SRU Good News for Jan. 24, 2012
Rock graduate sets WPIAL wrestling win record
LEECHBURG, Pa. – Charles “Chuck” Tursky, a 1980 Slippery Rock University graduate and longtime Kiski Area High School head wrestling coach, became the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League's all-time leader in career wins earlier this month when his team beat Burrell High School, 60-14.
The win was Tursky's 449th and moved him past retired Connellsville High School coach and fellow Slippery Rock University graduate Tom Dolde Sr, a member of the class of 1960.
Tursky, who coached at Burrell for seven years before taking over at Kiski Area in 1986, took setting the record and doing it against his former team all in stride, according to a Valley News Dispatch story.
"I got into coaching for a lot of different reasons, and none of them was to get a record," Tursky said. "A lot of those guys from my first couple of years at Burrell were here tonight. What a great thing to share it with them as well as the newer guys."
Chris Heater, longtime Kiski Area assistant coach, presented Tursky a plaque, signed by current and former wrestlers commemorating the accomplishment.
"It's always amazing having a coach this great to look up to as you're growing up and then to finally have him coach you," Matt McCutcheon, a current Kiski Area standout. "I've always looked up to him. He's always working hard to make us better. It would've been nice if the match was closer, but I'm sure it's the same feeling for him."
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