Former coach sues Waynesburg U.

Tara Kinsell has a story on our Web site about Waynesburg University's former wrestling coach Charlie Heard suing the school.

"Former Waynesburg University wrestling Coach Charlie T. Heard of Morgantown, W.Va., has filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer in U.S. District Court claiming he was treated differently from other coaches because he is black.

The suit, filed Monday, alleges discrimination by the university against Heard and athletes recruited by him. ... "

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The search continues

If you haven't been paying attention, Burgettstown High School still does not have a wrestling coach. The school board settled on a candidate and was ready to hire him at this month's meeting. But he pulled out at the last minute.

That leaves the search going back to Square 1. There were three finalists for the job so maybe one could emerge. Chris Day held the position last season on an interim basis while Terry Havelka took the season off to watch his son Jeff compete in college. Havelka planned on returning this season but Jeff was awarded an extra season because of an injury so those plans fell through.

If you know of anyone interested - and please, let's at least assume your candidate has some coaching experience, and a time schedule compatible with the sport's demands - then let me know or give Burgettstown athletic director Jon Vallina a call at the high school.


Angle cleared of charges

Professional wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle has been cleared of charges of violating a protection from abuse order and possession of human growth hormone.

Angle was arrested last month in suburban Pittsburgh. His girlfriend, Trenesha Biggers, had obtained a protection order after the two had fought.

Police say they found vials of human growth hormone in Angle's car. The 40-year-old wrestler said he had a prescription to treat previous neck injuries. He also denied stalking Biggers.

District Judge Carla Swearingen on Tuesday also dismissed charges against Angle of driving with a suspended license and drug possession related to the hormone.

Biggers did not comment outside court. Angle said he will be more careful about who he associates with in the future.