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Lions’ Knisely off to strong start

Name: Duane Knisely

School: Chestnut Ridge

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

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.

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