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Wheeling Central Boys Earn Sectional Soccer Title

Photo by Cody Tomer Wheeling Central’s Austin Nestor, left, battles Trinity’s Gabriel Turak for possession Thursday.

WHEELING — Gabriel Turak has been a thorn in the side of Wheeling Central for four years.

Once again, he found the back of the net on Thursday night but it wasn’t quite enough as the Maroon Knights earned a 4-1 win over Trinity in the Class A Section One Final at 16th Street Field in a game that was delayed due to lightning.

“They have three exceptional forwards,” Central coach Brian Komorowski said. “We played them really tight. Gabe Turak has been a pain in our sides for four years and I told him before the game that I’ll be glad to not see him again because he is a great player and he seems like a great kid.”

Wheeling Central received goals from four different players in the victory that sends them to the regional title bout.

Luke Minor, Ryan Prager, Andrew Tiu and Austin Nestor all contributed with goals for the Knights.

“We came out and played 100% from the very beginning,” Komorowski said. “But we were a little sloppy in the second half.

“All that matters is that we got the result we wanted and we’re moving on.”

Central owned the first half but Trinity coach Dan Lohmann was happy with his team’s second half effort.

“They came out and played really well in the first half,” Lohmann said. “They took advantage of their opportunities and they are very deserving of the result but I’m proud of how our guys came back and fought.”

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