By: Tim Birney | | March 11, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


HERSHEY — Athens senior Karter Rude saw his high school career come to an end Friday morning with a setback in the second round of wrestlebacks here at the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center.

Rude, who finishes his season with a 33-9 record, dropped a 7-5 decision to Northwest Region champion Kane Kettering of Reynolds, who was upset in the round-of-16.

Rude struggled to finish his takedown attempts on the lanky 6-3 Kettering throughout the match.

“It was tough, that kid was super-long … Karter needed to finish a little bit quicker,” said Athens coach Shawn Bradley.

“That one hurts,” noted Bradley. “(Karter) gave one away yesterday, I would have like to have seen what he could have done if he won that one yesterday, but (wrestling) is a very unforgiving sport.

“Karter kept wrestling and had a chance to win, and that’s a testament to his development over the last few years,” added Bradley. “He actually came a long way in one year. I think he wrestled with more of a purpose this year.”

After a scoreless 60-second first period, Rude cut Kettering loose to start the second period.

About 30 seconds later, Rude got in on a leg, but Kettering was able to stuff the attempt and score a takedown for a 3-0 lead.

After a Rude escape, he once again got in on Kettering, only to have the Reynolds senior counter for the takedown and a 5-1 lead.

Rude scored a quick takedown in the third period, but Kettering registered a reversal moments later to take a 7-3 lead.

Rude recorded an escape with 34 seconds remaining, and Kettering was banged for stalling with 5 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.

“This loss stinks, but (Karter) is going to do great things in life,” said Bradley. “He is a class act. I wish I had 20 more of him.

“He’s a leader on our team without a doubt, and he led by example,” added Bradley. “He’s a great kid.”

Rude finishes his four-year varsity career with a 96-42 record.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).