- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 20, 2023
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Dave Kijewski was an outstanding 3-sport athlete whose accomplishments get bigger the more you read them. Maybe because he played on teams with so many outstanding players his own records tended to get taken for granted. But viewed from the present day perspective Dave Kijewski had one helluva athletic career at Mt. Carmel High.
As a senior he was voted Outstanding Athlete in the class of 1973. No wonder: he was 14-0 in the regular season as a wrestler…and he finished 20-2 overall on his way to becoming Sectional Heavyweight Champion. In his first year out for track he tossed the shot more than 50 feet. And as a two way starter for the Eastern Conference Football Champions, he was outstanding enough to be recruited by Lee Corso at Louisville before finally accepting a football grant at Temple University.
His career record as a wrestler was 31-7, and included 18 pins. He turned down wrestling grants from the University of Virginia and William & Mary.
Dave lives here in Mt. Carmel…his daughters Denise, a senior, and Lisa a sophomore are solid runners for the Tornado track team.