Wrestling: Two violations cost Chartiers Valley grad in NCAA final

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who recently earned a runner-up finish for Pitt at the NCAA wrestling championships.

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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.


Wrestling: Chartiers Valley grad Wilps pursues a medal for Pitt

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

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."


Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA Second Round Playoffs - Chartiers Valley vs. Beaver (March 11)

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North Allegheny is the venue, the event is the PIAA Second Round Playoffs, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  In the first game of the evening Beaver girls face Chartiers Valley.  Beaver was at a deficit with the loss of Lexi Posset, due to injury and Chartiers Valley was the victor, 47-29.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Basketball: Chartiers Valley ends season with valiant effort

Written by Joe Koch on .

Going into this past Saturday's PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game between Chartiers Valley and Blackhawk, Colts coach Ashley Battle wanted to see a game where her team gave maximum effort.

Taking the defending PIAA Class AAA champions and current WPIAL champions into overtime before falling 50-46 may have given Battle the answers she was looking for, although a win would have been even nicer.

"Leading into this game, we just wanted a really great effort from the girls," said Battle, who just completed her second year as the Colts' coach with a record of 22-6. "That's what we got. We knew that if we played well and gave a great effort, then we would put ourselves in a position to win."

Chartiers Valley trailed by as many as 10 points with 5:10 left in the third quarter. But the effort Battle was seeking was rewarded as the Colts went on a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 31-26 entering the fourth quarter.


Swimming: Club coach sees Char Valley's Lohman as one of area's best ever

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Western Pennsylvania has produced some of the country's top divers over the last dozen years. And those divers usually go through the Pitt Aquatic Club where husband/wife coach duo Julian and Doe Krug coach them. Two divers normally come to mind, first and foremost, Doe and Julian's daughter, Cassidy Krug, and Samantha Pickens.

Krug, a 2003 Montour High School graduate, went on to win a national championship at Stanford and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Pickens, a 2010 Franklin Regional graduate, went on to win a national championship at the University of Arizona and reach the Olympic Trials. Chartiers Valley's Maria Lohman has national championship aspirations and Olympic aspirations of her own.

But first thing is first. Before she attempts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Lohman has her sights set on Bucknell, where she is a heavy favorite to cap off her high school career with another state crown.

Lohman has won four WPIAL diving championships. She is in the PIAA Class AAA diving championships this weekend seeking to win her third consecutive title.