Chace Small, a Greensburg native and former Pitt wrestler passed away August 10th from an unforeseen illness.
“It is with tremendous sorrow that the Small family must announce the unexpected loss of a vibrant and positive soul to the world.”
Chace wrestled at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2011-2012 season and went 10-10. After his freshman season at Pitt he transferred to Slippery Rock, where he was about to graduate. Before college he amassed an impressive record at Greater Latrobe High School with 114 wins. He placed at the PIAA, WPIAL, Powerade, and King of the Mountain tournaments.
Ty Lydic was Chace’s longtime teammate:
“I can speak for myself and the entire Latrobe wrestling community when I say we are deeply saddened by Chace’s untimely passing. Chace and I wrestled together from my first year in the sport in 1999, to my freshman year of college at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. He was known locally for his speed and physicality on the mat, while off the mat he was known for his energetic personality and ability to make everyone and anyone laugh. Latrobe has a rich tradition of wrestling and all who have wrestled in our program know our motto, “scrap”; Chace epitomized this phrase. Chace was a great competitor and even better friend. He will be missed by many.”
From his obituary:
“Chace was a caring, loving, considerate son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin that inspired those around him to cherish life and strive for the greatness that lies in all of us. Chace passed in the comfort of his loved ones with hope for the future of himself and those around him. He was born June 30, 1992, in Greensburg, a son of David A. and Tiffany K. Small. He was a 2011 graduate of Greater Latrobe Area High School… and was currently employed at Stone & Company, Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Zachary D. Small of Pittsburgh; his sister, Kayla M. Small and her fiancee, Joseph Rotert of Greensburg and his grandmothers, Elaine R. Kelley of Colorado and Barbara M. Small of Latrobe.”