Friday, February 15, 2013

WRESTLING: Cherneskie, two Hill School teammates reach semifinals at state preps

By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury

NEWTOWN — At St. Pius X, then at Pope John Paul II, and now at The Hill School, Johnnie Cherneskie has wrestled competitively at just about every level.
Next, he’ll be taking on the best competition that private schools can offer when he heads to the National Prep Tournament next weekend at Lehigh University. That comes after he clinched a top-six finish in the state at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Hill 182-pound post-graduate won by a pin and a decision at Episcopal Academy to earn a spot in this morning’s semifinal round and can do no worse than the sixth-place finish required to move on to the next level. He’ll be joined in the semifinal round and nationals by teammates Chad Saunders (132 pounds) and Nick Flanigan (145 pounds), along with West-Mont Christian Academy’s Austin Mortimer (120 pounds). Competition resumes this morning at 9 a.m. with the semifinals and third round of consolations and concludes with the championship finals and awards beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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