Keith Barnes profiles Avonworth wrestler Darion Trimmer.
(Photo: Freedom's Kody Komara, left, battles Darion Trimmer of Avonworth in the WPIAL Class AA individual championships Saturday at South Fayette. Komara won the third-place consolation match by decision, 3-1. Cara DeCarlo/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
"Avonworth senior Darion Trimmer had a lot riding on him when he competed in the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling finals last weekend at South Fayette.
Not only did he have his own expectation of competing for and possibly winning a championship, he had the hopes of the Antelopes athletics department to have a respectable enough finish that could jump-start sagging participation in the program.
Though he didn't come home with a gold medal, he did keep Avonworth alive to compete another day as he finished fourth in the 132-pound weight class and moved on to the two-day PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament, which begins today at Canon-McMillan.
"He did OK, but obviously I want us to win all the time," Avonworth coach Tom Giel said. "It's a tough weight class and the top four kids in that weight class are very aggressive and, if they wrestled six different times, there would be six different outcomes.""