Thursday, February 21, 2013

WRESTLING: Hill’s Saunders leads 7 locals into National Prep Championships

The Hill School’s Chad Saunders, right, is hoping for a return to the medal stand at the National Prep Championships this weekend at Lehigh University. Saunders was a runner-up as a freshman. (File photo by John Strickler/The Mercury)

By Don Seeley

The National Prep Championships have gotten their share of criticism through the years, anything from not being a true national event to not being all that competitive.
Try selling that to those who have already stepped onto the mats for prep schools’ season-ending event. For that matter, try selling it to the seven area wrestlers who will participate in today’s opening rounds in Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena.
None of those seven recognizes how difficult it is more than The Hill School’s Chad Saunders. Two years ago, he worked his way to the finals before getting pinned in less than a minute and settling for the silver medal. Last year, he went two-and-out.
Saunders, of course, hopes to extend his stay today and Saturday, as do teammates Nick Flanigan, Johnnie Cherneskie, John Hill and Kostya Golobokov. They’ll be joined by West-Mont Christian’s Austin Mortimer and Zach Coffey.

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