Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who is now a standout wrestler at Pitt. Read his story below.
Tyler Wilps had a late start to the 2014-15 collegiate wrestling season, but it didn't stop him from earning a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament, which began yesterday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
"I suffered a broken arm during a practice in late October," said Wilps, a redshirt senior at Pitt. "I missed eight weeks. I tried to come back for our matches with Lehigh and Penn State [in November] with a brace on it, but I made things even worse. I just had to wait it out."
Fortunately, the injury didn't keep Wilps from working out.
"I was able to run and ride the bike, so I stayed in shape," said Wilps, a Chartiers Valley High School graduate who resides in Collier Township. "It also gave me a chance to look back at video of matches I wrestled last year. I got a bird's-eye view of my deficiencies and what I needed to work on."