Gatten, 82 Bucs in WPIAL hall

One of the great multi-sport athletes to come from Washington and one of the best wrestling teams in the history of the region were announced Tuesday as inductees into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Aaron Gatten, who graduated from Washington High School in 1996, is one of the area's premier three-sport athletes. Gatten was so good that he was awarded the Observer-Reporter Sports Headliner Award.

Gatten played football, ran track and he wrestled as he earned 12 varsity letters for the High. He was a state champion sprinter and wrestler before playing football at Penn State.

The Chartiers-Houston 1982 wrestling team won the PIAA Class AAA team championship with a Class AA enrollment, an extraordinary accomplishment. Among the Bucs' wrestlers were current Canon-McMillan coach Chris Mary, who just guided C-M to the state team championship, Phil Mary, a two-time state champion, and Kurt Kesneck, who is the school's current athletic director.

Other inductees include Lavar Arrington of North Hills, Melanie Buddemeyer of Penn Hills, Clinton Davis of Steel Valley, Adam DiMichele of Sto-Rox and Troy Letters of Shaler as athletes; North Allegheny's Bob Miller, Hopewell's Joe Colella and Connellsville's Tom Dolde as coaches and the 1964 Uniontown boys basketball team.

The inductees will be honored at a banquet at the Green Tree Radisson on June 24.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron Gatten was the best 189 pounder in the history of the wpial. Congrats.

Thursday, May 05, 2011 4:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect to Gatten, it's a matter of opinion. Both Jason Robison of Hampton (2x AAA) and Mike Kraft (3x AAA) of Penn Hills may have been better. Robison went on to become an NCAA runner-up too which further supports his position.

Sunday, May 08, 2011 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's also not forget that Gatten was in AA.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Robinson won one title back in 92.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 10:08:00 PM  

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