Kiski Area football assistant Aaron Albert won many a belt during his professional wrestling career, and the Cavaliers now are incorporating the same mindset into their football workouts.
The Kiski Area coaching staff is awarding a “National Heavyweight Wrestling Champion” belt with the school’s logo to its top worker during summer workouts, with plans for them to carry it into the season.
Senior Troy Kuhn won the belt on the opening night of heat acclimatization.
“Everyone always wanted to wear or hold the belts when they’d come over or after shows and stuff,” said Albert, the son of football coach Sam Albert and the Kiski Area baseball coach. “So once I started coaching I came up with the idea of giving a belt since everyone seemed to enjoy it.”
Albert said the team gave away a less-expensive store-bought belt to the “Cav of the Week” last season but decided to upgrade this year.
“They all can’t get over how heavy it actually is and it’s definitely something they look forward to competing for each day,” Albert said of the belt, which he estimates weighs around eight pounds. “They’ve learned wearing it is easier than lugging it around.”