Lions’ Knisely off to strong start
Name: Duane Knisely
School: Chestnut Ridge
Athlete of the week achievement: Knisely won the 220-pound championship in the King of the Mountain Tournament at Central Mountain High School.
Season update: Knisely is undefeated at 6-0 on the season.
Coach Josh Deputy’s quote: “I think it’s a good start for him. He is kind of the ultimate three-sport athlete for any coach or school. He had a great football season. He’s been a great leader for the wrestling team. He’s had a great start and looking really good, hopefully he can keep things rolling.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Bilchak
Favorite subject: Physics
Favorite movie: “Avengers: Endgame”
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite music genre: 1980s rock
Outside interests: Lifting, hunting, fishing
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: Penn State football
Pro athlete most admired: Joe Kovacs, a track and field competitor
Best athlete I ever competed against: Gage Garcia, Southern Columbia wrestling
Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, James Knisely
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning fifth at nationals in the discus event.
How I got my start in wrestling: My friends got me to come out.
Future goal: To compete for a Division I school in track and field.