Everett Varsity WrestlingEverett Area High School · District 5 AA · Southwest Region
In many occasions on a trip to the PIAA state wrestling tournament, having three wrestlers from Bedford County place in the top three in the state would be a reason to celebrate.
However, having a defending state champion fall in his final high school bout made potentially joyous occasion sting a lot.
Two of the toughest things in sports are to win a championship and then to repeat it.
On Friday, Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy put on another fine display at the PIAA Wrestling Championships as he rolled to both quarterfinal and semifinal victories to earn a berth in his second straight final.
Everett's Garret Cornell is in his third trip to the PIAA Wrestling Championships, but the Warrior has yet to bring home that elusive state medal.
The junior had something good happen to him on Thursday at the state tournament that he hopes will be a harbinger for good performance at state.
The preliminary round for the Gazette coverage area wrestlers was a superb one. The quarterfinals was a completely different story.
The Chestnut Ridge Lions moved 10 of the 13 grapplers they took to Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Friday to the quarterfinals.