|PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' HORTON SEES CAREER END WITH LOSS IN PIAA CLASS AA WRESTLEBACKS (10 PHOTOS) (2018-03-08)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Chris Horton’s four-year career at Athens came to an end Thursday afternoon with a 13-5 loss to Jacob Powers of St. Joseph’s Academy in the first round of 132-pound wrestlebacks in the PIAA Class AA Championships here at the Giant Center.
“It was kind of a microcosm of his entire career,” said Athens coach Shawn Bradley.
“He was down by quite a bit early and fought back. He was in a situation where he could have tied the match, and took a bad shot, then it was out of reach,” added Bradley.
Horton was taken down and cradled in the one-minute first period and trailed 4-0.
Horton chose down to start the second period, and scored a takedown midway through the second period to trim the deficit to 4-2.
He let Powers up to start the third period, then registered a quick takedown to close the gap to 5-4 with 1:41 remaining.
After letting Powers loose, Horton shot, but Powers stuffed it and cradled him to his back in a five-point move that made it 11-4.
Horton fought off his back and to his feet, but Powers scored another takedown at the buzzer to provide the final margin.
Horton, who finishes the season at 33-9, finishes up his career with 110 wins against just 46 losses. He ranks 18th all-time on the Athens wins list — one win ahead of his oldest brother Roger, and four behind his older brother Brock, who is 14th on the all-time wins list.
“He was a chubby 95-pound kid in his freshman year, and I think he was under .500,” said Bradley. “No one has outworked that kid the last three years.
“He is second in his class, and he’s a great kid … he’s has a lot of good things coming his way.
“He’s headed to RIT,” added Bradley. “That’s not the end of Chris Horton, it’s just a shame that chapter had to end that way.”
IN PHOTOS: Athens’ Chris Horton. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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