Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who recently earned a runner-up finish for Pitt at the NCAA wrestling championships.
(Photo: Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis. Chris Lee/Associated Press)
Pitt senior Tyler Wilps was surprised, if not shocked, by two decisions made by the referees in Saturday's NCAA Division I title match at 174 pounds against Penn State senior Matt Brown.
In a bout that had four coaches challenges, Wilps, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was called for two technical violations in the final three seconds, which turned a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 defeat.
To fully understand the final seconds of the bout, a recap of the final two periods is in order.
After a scoreless first period, Wilps won the flip and took the down position in the second period. He escaped with 1:26 remaining, but was cautioned for stalling, for backing away from Brown, with 58 seconds left. Both wrestlers had a scoring opportunity during the period, but neither could finish their shot.