December 30, 1978 Five Panther Valley wrestlers capture individual titles and the Panthers claim the team championship at the annual Jim Thorpe Christmas Wrestling Tournament. PV, coached by Jay Hoffman, receive first-place finishes from Frank Kurland (107 pounds), Geno McGorry (121), Dave Slonaker (140), Tony Tessitore (147) and Duane Slonaker (187). The Panthers total 195 1/2 points compared to 164 by runner-up Tamaqua, who crowns four champs Joe Hoherchak (114), Tim Frantz (157), Mike Keip (169) and Chris Lopresto (heavyweight).
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Monday, December 30, 2013