Ken Wunderley profiles the Shaler wrestling team. Read his story below.
The Shaler Area wrestling team opened the season with a respectable 3-2 record at the Hampton Dawg Duals, held Dec. 5-6, but the Titans record does not tell the whole story.
Shaler opened the one-day tournament with a 42-34 win against Mount Pleasant, then posted a 39-28 upset of Hempfield Area in the second round. After a earning a bye in round three, the Titans dominated Ligonier Valley, 57-18, to up its record to 3-0.
"Ligonier Valley had only seven wrestlers, but in three of the bouts we had a starter go down with an injury," Shaler coach Drew D'Agostino said. "I had to sit all three for the next two matches."
To make matters worse, Shaler suffered a fourth injury in its next match against Hampton.