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(Photo: North Allegheny's Zach Smith, top, defeated Norwin's Drew Phipps, 7-4, in the championship match at 195 pounds of the 2013 Eastern Area Invitational Tournament last year. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
Steve Carney has returned to the sport of wrestling, this time as a coach.
Carney, a 2002 graduate of Kiski Area High School, is the new head coach at Knoch.
He has replaced Mark McLaughlin, who started the program 10 years ago at the Butler County school. After two years as an independent team, Knoch made its WPIAL debut in 2006.
"Everybody has to start somewhere," Carney said. "I've always enjoyed wrestling and wanted to get back into the sport as a coach. I just didn't expect it to be as a head coach so quickly."