Wrestling: Ex-stars come out for Legends Night

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Teague Moore and Jay Robison have decided to come out of retirement for one night.

Moore, the wrestling coach at Clarion University, and Robison, the coach at Washington & Jefferson College, are two featured wrestlers for Legends Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

Moore, a 1995 graduate of North Allegheny High School, won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA crown, then captured an NCAA Division I title at Oklahoma State University.

"They held a District 10 Legends Night last year and my graduate assistant Jim Gibson was asked to wrestle," said Moore, who just turned 33. "He had a good time and said I would enjoy it."

Moore hasn't wrestled competitively in five years but still spends quite a bit of time on the mat.

"I work out with my wrestlers all the time, so I'm in good shape," Moore said. "I just have to mentally prepare myself."

Robison, a 1993 Hampton graduate, won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA title at 189 pounds.

"The last time I wrestled competitively was 2000 at the U.S. Open," Robison said. "I'm a little bigger now at 240 pounds, but I'm still in pretty good shape. I work out every day with my wrestlers."

Robison will face Ray Brinzer, a 1990 graduate of North Allegheny who won three WPIAL and three PIAA titles.

Moore was scheduled to face Mark McKnight, a 2003 graduate of South Fayette who won WPIAL and PIAA titles while wrestling at Chartiers Valley, but McKnight was injured and will not be able to compete. Eric Albright, a senior at Pitt who graduated from Red Lion High School in 2005, will replace him.

"I wanted to give something back to the sport of wrestling and to my hometown," said organizer Jeff Linn, a 1997 Chartiers Valley graduate who is now an assistant coach at Thiel College. "I organized a Legends Night in District 10 last year and we filled our gym at Thiel. We raised almost $5,000 to benefit District 10 wresting."

This year's event features former WPIAL wrestlers.

"We have 16 bouts, including the two feature bouts and two that feature current college wrestlers," Linn said. "They will wrestle three one-minute periods. We used that format last year and it worked very well."

Wrestlers from 20 WPIAL high schools will be participating. Canon-McMillan has the most entries with seven. Waynesburg has three and North Allegheny and Freedom have two.

The oldest entry is Mark Marshall, a 1981 Burgettstown graduate who is now 46.

"I'm an assistant coach at Seton Hill, so I'm still in pretty good shape," said Marshall, who won a WPIAL title his senior year. "It should be a lot of fun, but most importantly it's for a good cause."

Ryan Lang, a 1993 graduate of Gateway, is making the trek from Charleston, S.C., to compete.

"I run the campus recreation department at Citadel University," Lang said. "The last time I put on a singlet was 2002, but I'm still in good shape. I'm always willing to help the sport of wrestling."

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame to benefit WPIAL wrestling.


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