By Lori Altmeyer
Montour’s championship wrestler Peter Chacon was recently honored by his coach and the athletic director for his prowess across various sports.
Athletic Director Lou Cerro introduced Chacon, 2023's WPIAL Championship Wrestler for Class-2A, as one of the best student-athletes, an accomplished cross-country runner and track member during the April 20 school board meeting.
As the wrestling team captain, Chacon led his team to an 11-2 season.
"Chacon was the section champion, WPIAL champion (third in school history), varsity team captain, and voted at the Duals tournament as the ‘Most Outstanding Wrestler’ by all the head coaches of every team who attended this tournament,” said Coach Zachary Tournay.
Chacon had 39 wins and seven losses and 30 of those victories by pinfall which is a team record.
He placed third at the Chartiers Houston tournament, second in the section, second at MAC tournament, second at the Allegheny County tournament, and third place at the Grove City tournament. Chacon's 100th career varsity victory took place at the West Penn Duals tournament and is the first wrestler to achieve this in school history as well as being the champion of the Southwest Regional tournament, said Tournay.
His individual post-season includes a three-time section place winner, champion in his sophomore and senior year, a four-time WPIAL qualifier and a three-time place winner, champion his senior year three-time southwest regional qualifier, two-time place winner, and a two-time state qualifier.
Off the mat, Chacon has a 4.5 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and Boys to Men mentoring program. He will be taking his work ethic to Duke University next year.