1/27/2015

Picking winners in team tournament

Here is my column on who will win the team tournament titles?
Hint: It's neither of the top seeds.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150125/COLUMN0104/150129602#.VMf50P7F_qU

1/22/2015

BV, Burrell top seeds in tourney

Thanks to a regular season victory over Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon received the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament and Burrell, seeking its ninth consecutive title, was top seeded in Class AA.
Matches get under way Monday with four Class AAA pigtail dual meets. The rest of the tournament starts Wednesday with four teams wrestling at the top seeds – No. 2 South Fayette, No. 3 McGuffey and No. 4 Jefferson-Morgan in Class AA and Belle Vernon, No. 2 Franklin Regional, No. 3 North Allegheny and No. 4 Latrobe in Class AAA. The doubleheaders at these sites are at 6 p.m. with the winners competing at 7:30 p.m. Burrell, which has a first-round bye, is in a three-team pod.
One change for this season is that the semifinals and finals will be wrestled at one site Saturday, Jan. 31. Semifinals are at 1 p.m. and finals are at 3:30 p.m. Penn Hills is the site for Class AAA and Canon-McMillan for Class AA.
Other local teams competing are Burgettstown and Beth-Center at the Jefferson-Morgan pod, and Chartiers-Houston at the McGuffey pod in Class AA; and Waynesburg at the Belle Vernon pod in Class AAA.
In Class AAA, Trinity travels to Butler and Peters Township is at Hopewell for 7 p.m. pigtail matches Monday. If successful in the pigtail round, Peters Township would draw North Allegheny and Trinity would meet Franklin Regional in the first round.

1/19/2015

Stock up, Stock down

Stock Up

Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown
After losing in the finals of the Tri-CADA Tournament two weeks ago, the senior roared through the 120-pound weight class and won with ease.

James Campbell, California
After medaling (fourth place) in the Tri-CADA tournament, Campbell had a stronger showing in the Burgettstown Tournament, taking second place at 138.

Nick Kusich, Avella
Kusich lost in the semifinals of the Tri-CADA and finished third. At Burgettstown, Kusich won three matches with three pins in a combined 5:36.

Stock down
J.J. Walker, South Fayette
The PIAA runner-up at 160 pounds lost twice this week. He fell to Greg Bulsak of South Park, 8-5, in a regular-season dual meet. Walker avenged that loss in the semifinals of the Allegheny County Tournament but then fell to Te'Shan Campbell of Penn Hills in the finals.

Andrew John, South Fayette
John entered the Allegheny County Tournament seeded second but lost in the quarterfinals and finished seventh.

Shane Piper, Waynesburg
Piper won the 152-pound title at the Tri-CADA  but was upended by William Bell of Connellsville in a regular season finale.

Team, Individual rankings

Class AAA
1. Latrobe
2. Belle Vernon
3. Franklin Regional
4. Kiski
5. North Allegheny
6. Connellsville
7. Canon-McMillan
8. Waynesburg
9. Hempfield
10. Greensburg Salem

Class AA
1. South Fayette
2. Burrell
3. McGuffey
4. Jefferson-Morgan
5. Burgettstown

O-R Individual Rankings
Class AAA
106–1. Logan Macri (Canon-McMillan), 2. Caleb Morris (Waynesburg), 3. Vince Distefanis (Hempfield), 4. Job Chishko (Penn Trafford), 5. Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon)
113–1. Devin Brown (Franklin Regional), 2. Alex Lynch (Seneca Valley), 3. Noah Levett (Kiski), 4. Hunter Baxter (Pine-Richland), 5. Mike Kolosky (Trinity)
120–1. Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), 2. Gage Curry (North Hills, 3. Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon), 4. Kevin Miller (Norwin), 5.Luke Kemerer (Hempfield)
126–1. Gus Solomon (Franklin Regional), 2. Ethan McCoy (Latrobe), 3. Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem), 4. Tyler Kenney (Connellsville), 5. Cam Fontenot (Canon-McMillan)
132–1. Luke Pletcher (Latrobe), 2. A.C. Headlee (Waynesburg), 3. Joe Blumer (Kiski), 4. Matt Oblock (Canon-McMillan), 5. Mike Heinl (Shaler)
138–1. Sam Krivus (Hempfield), 2. Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford), 3. Shaun Wilson (Waynesburg), 4. Mitch Hartman (Belle Vernon), 5. A.J. Boeh (North Allegheny)
145–1. Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional), 2. Jarod Verkleeren (Belle Vernon), 3. Jake Hartman (Shaler), 4. Jake Willochell (Latrobe), 5. Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin)
152–1. Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic), 2. Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional), 3. Ethan Smith (Latrobe), 4. Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park), 5. Derek Verkleeren (Belle Vernon)
160–1. Josh Shields (Franklin Regional), 2. Paul Dunn (Bethel Park), 3. Devin Austin (Penn Trafford), 4. Nathan Hall (West Allegheny), 5. Josh Gozdin (Belle Vernon)
170–1. Te’Shawn Campbell (Penn Hills), 2. Austin Bell (Belle Vernon), 3. Jake Shaffer (Latrobe), 4. Brendan Burnham (Pine Richland), 5. Logan Heinl (Shaler)
182–1. Kellan Stout (Mt. Lebanon), 2. Clay Byerly (North Allegheny), 3. Colin McCracken (Waynesburg), 4. Tommy Provance (Connellsville), 5. Josh Barr (West Allegheny)
195–1. Drew Phipps (Norwin), 2. Zach Smith (North Allegheny), 3. Bakhtiyar Zayullaev (Mt. Lebanon), 4. Matt McGillick (Penn Trafford), 5. Keegan Harris (Pine Richland)
220–1. Tyler Worthing (Kiski), 2. Fred Mantsch (Hempfield), 3. Roman Macek (Montour), 4. Luke seifert (West ALlegheny), 5. Robert West (Trinity)
Hvy–1. Zack Jablonski (Montour), 2. Zeynul Zaynullayev (Mt. Lebanon), 3. Tyler Mears (Latrobe), 4. Brendan Furman (Canon-McMillan0, 5. Lou Mauro (Connellsville)
 

Class AA
106–1. Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan), 2. Tyler Griffiths (Southmoreland), 3. Manny Dovshek (Bentworth)
113–1. Tyler Alberts (Ellwood City), 2. Gage Nicolella (McGuffey), 3. Al Miscovich (Mt. Pleasant)
120–1. Brendan Howard (Jefferson-Morgan), 2. Austin McDermitt (Burgettstown), 3. Hunter Neely (Bentworth)
126–1. Justo Hernandez (South Allegheny), 2. Stone Kepple (Derry), 3. Dallas Bulsak (South Park)
132–1. George Phillippi (Derry), 2. Kody Kamara (Freedom), 3. Darion Trimmer (Avonworth)
138–1. Mike Carr (South Fayette), 2. Evan Meyers (Southmoreland), 3. Ty Mitchell (Bentworth)
145–1. Gio Von Sanders (Jeannette), 2. Trevor Jamison (Jefferson-Morgan), 3. Sam Talorico (Beaver)
152–1. Jake Wentzel (South Park), 2. Cody Jenkins (Southmoreland), 3. Austin Mears (Mt. Pleasant)
160–1. Ethan Charleworth (Mt. Pleasant), 2. Jason Stay (Beth-Center), 3. Sam Garner (Laurel)
170–1. Jared Walker (South Fayette), 2. Greg Bulsak (South Park), 3. Bill Bowlen, (Jefferson-Morgan)
182–1. Brendon Glover (West Shamokin), 2. Nico Brown (Beth-Center), 3. Alex Moses (Burrell)
195–1. Luke Fournier (Elizabeth Forward), 2. Robert Scherer (Burrell), 3. Trent Orr (Indiana)
220–1. Jacob Robb (Kittanning), 2. Seth Hitchins (South Allegheny), 3. Derek Allen (Avella)
Hvy–1. Al Beattie (Burrell), 2. Jacob Beistel (Southmoreland), 3. Josh Lind (Mt. Pleasant)

1/15/2015

CM, McGuffey and South Fayette to host tourney

Three local teams will host their respective pod in the WPIAL Team Section Tournament Wednesday.
In Class AA, McGuffey is the site for Section 2 and South Fayette for Section 1. Canon-McMillan will host Section 4 in Class AAA.
The format is the same as last year’s with doubleheaders at each pod. Four teams wrestle in each section pod at 6 p.m. Those winners will wrestle at 7:30 p.m. for the section title. The losers wrestle for third and fourth.
Fifth-place bouts will take place at different sites. The top five teams in each section advance so only the losers of the fifth-place bouts are eliminated.
Those placements will help in the seeding process for the WPIAL Team tournament, which begins the week of Jan. 26.

Here is the link to the brackets.

http://www.wpial.org/1415wrresults.asp

1/13/2015

Team, indiviudal rankings

Wrestling
O-R Team Rankings
(Through Saturday)
Class AAA
1. Latrobe
2. Belle Vernon
3. Franklin Regional
4. Kiski
5. North Allegheny
6. Canon-McMillan
7. Waynesburg
8. Connellsville
9. Hempfield
10. Greensburg Salem

Class AA
1. South Fayette
2. Burrell
3. McGuffey
4. Jefferson-Morgan
5. Burgettstown

O-R Individual Rankings
Class AAA
106–1. Logan Macri (Canon-McMillan), 2. Caleb Morris (Waynesburg), 3. Vince Destefanis (Hempfield), 4. Job Chishko (Penn Trafford), 5. Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon)
113–1. Devin Brown (Franklin Regional), 2. Alex Lynch (Seneca Valley), 3. Noah Levett (Kiski), 4. Hunter Baxter (Pine-Richland), 5. Mike Kolosky (Trinity)
120–1. Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), 2. Gage Curry (North Hills, 3. Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon), 4. Kevin Miller (Norwin), 5.Luke Kemerer (Hempfield)
126–1. Gus Solomon (Franklin Regional), 2. Ethan McCoy (Latrobe), 3. Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem), 4. Tyler Kenney (Connellsville), 5. Cam Fontenot (Canon-McMillan)
132–1. Luke Pletcher (Latrobe), 2. A.C. Headlee (Waynesburg), 3. Joe Blumer (Kiski), 4. Matt Oblock (Canon-McMillan), 5. Mike Heinl (Shaler)
138–1. Sam Krivus (Hempfield), 2. Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford), 3. Shaun Wilson (Waynesburg), 4. Mitch Hartman (Belle Vernon), 5. A.J. Boeh (North Allegheny)
145–1. Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional), 2. Jarod Verkleeren (Belle Vernon), 3. Jake Hartman (Shaler), 4. Jake Willochell (Latrobe), 5. Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin)
152–1. Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic), 2. Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional), 3. Ethan Smith (Latrobe), 4. Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park), 5. Derek Verkleeren (Belle Vernon)
160–1. Josh Shields (Franklin Regional), 2. Paul Dunn (Bethel Park), 3. Devin Austin (Penn Trafford), 4. Nathan Hall (West Allegheny), 5. Josh Godzin (Belle Vernon)
170–1. Te’Shawn Campbell (Penn Hills), 2. Austin Bell (Belle Vernon), 3. Jake Shaffer (Latrobe), 4. Brendan Burnham (Pine Richland), 5. Logan Heinl (Shaler)
182–1. Kellan Stout (Mt. Lebanon), 2. Clay Byerly (North Allegheny), 3. Colin McCracken (Waynesburg), 4. Tommy Provance (Connellsville), 5. Mike McAleavey (Peters Township)
195–1. Drew Phipps (Norwin), 2. Zach Smith (North Allegheny), 3. Keegan Harris (Pine Richland), 4. Matt McGillick (Penn Trafford), 5. Chad Kuhn (Kiski)
220–1. Tyler Worthing (Kiski), 2. Fred Mantsch (Hempfield), 3. Bakhtiyar Zaynullaev (Mt. Lebanon), 4. Roman Macek (Montour), 5. Robert West (Trinity)
Hvy–1. Zack Jablonski (Montour), 2. Zeynul Zaynullayev (Mt. Lebanon), 3. Tyler Mears (Latrobe), 4. Brendan Furman (Canon-McMillan0, 5. Lou Mauro (Connellsville)

 
Class AA
106–1. Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan), 2. Manny Dovshek (Bentworth), 3. Tyler Griffiths (Southmoreland)
113–1. Tyler Albertts (Ellwood City), 2. Andrew John (South Fayette), 3. Gage Nicolella (McGuffey)
120–1. Brendan Howard (Jefferson-Morgan), 2. Austin McDermitt (Burgettstown), 3. Al Miscovich (Mt. Pleasant)
126–1. Justo Hernandez (South Allegheny), 2. Stone Kepple (Derry), 3. Dallas Bulsak (South Park)
132–1. George Phillippi (Derry), 2. Noah Stoker (South Allegheny), 3. Aaron Harris (McGuffey)
138–1. Mike Carr (South Fayette), 2. Evan Meyers (Southmoreland), 3. Kody Kamara (Freedom),
145–1. Gio Von Sanders (Jeannette), 2. Trevor Jamison (Jefferson-Morgan), 3. Sam Talorico (Beaver)
152–1. Jake Wentzel (South Park), 2. Cody Jenkins (Southmoreland), 3. Austin Mears (Mt. Pleasant)
160–1. Ethan Charleworth (Mt. Pleasant), 2. Jason Stay (Beth-Center), 3. Sam Garner (Laurel)
170–1. Jared Walker (South Fayette), 2. Bill Bowlen, (Jefferson-Morgan), 3. Anthony Welsh (Beth-Center)
182–1. Brendon Glover (West Shamokin), 2. Nico Brown (Beth-Center), 3. Alex Moses (Burrell)
195–1. Luke Fournier (Elizabeth Forward), 2. Robert Scherer (Burrell), 3. Owen Main (West Greene)
220–1. Jacob Robb (Kittanning), 2. Seth Hitchins (South Allegheny), 3. Derek Allen (Avella)
Hvy–1. Al Beattie (Burrell), 2. Jacob Beistel (Southmoreland), 3. Josh Lind (Mt. Pleasant)

1/12/2015

Stock up, stock down

Over the weekend, the Tri-CADA wrestling tournament was held. Here is one opinion on whose stock rose and whose stock fell.


Stock Up


Brendan Howard, Jefferson-Morgan
He had an underwhelming performance in the PowerAde Christmas Wrestling Tournament, taking 6th at 120. But he won the weight class in the Tri-CADA event and beat Austin McDermitt of Burgettstown in the process.


Camden Fontenot, Canon-McMillan
Fontenot came into the Tri-CADA unseeded but won the 126-pound weight class, beating top-seeded Hunter Neely of Bentworth.


Shane Piper, Waynesburg
Piper also entered the Tri-CADA tournament unseeded but knocked off the Nos. 1 and 2 seed in winning the title.


Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan
Bowlen took some hits early in the season, losing to Colin McCracken of Waynesburg in a dual meet and failing to place at  PowerAde. But he looked strong in winning the 170 weight class at Tri-CADA.


Stock Down


Logan Henderson, Waynesburg
Second seed at 126, Henderson fell into the consolations on the first day of the Tri-CADA after a loss to Fontenot. He did come back and take third.


Nick Kusich, Avella
The top seed at 152, Kusich was knocked into consolations after a loss to Piper but battled back to finish third.


Ian Wolfe, Jefferson-Morgan
Wolfe came into the heavyweight division as the top seed but lost his second bout to Brendan Furman of Canon-McMillan. Wolfe finished third.

1/10/2015

Tri-CADA results


Wrestling
Tri-CADA Tournament
At Ringgold High School
Individual Results

Finals
106-Teasdale (JM) dec. Macri (CM) 10-1
113-Nicolella (McG) dec. Lynch (SV) 1-0
120-Howard (JM) dec. McDermitt (Burg) 4-3
126-Fontenot (CM) dec. Neely (B) 5-1
132-Headlee (W) dec. Oblock (CM) 3-1
138-Wilson (W) dec. Mitchell (B) 14-5
145-Wallace (AG) pinned Jamison (JM) 3:23
152-Piper (W) dec. Gerard (R) 1-0
160-Stay (BC) dec. Victor (W) 4-2
170-Bowlen (JM) dec. Welsh (BC) 5-1
182-McCracken (W) dec. McAleavy (PT) 12-1
195-Zeremenko (CM) pinned Keys (W) 2:10
220-McElhoes (McG) dec. Van Norman (WG) 3-2 OT
Hvy-Furman (CM) dec. Stienstraw (McG) 2-1 OT

 

Third & Fourth
106-Morris (W) pinned Florentino (PT) 2:48
113-Pihiou (CM) pinned Mountain (R) 2:40
120-Gudenburr (R) dec. Hritsko (CM) 11-0
126-Henderson (W) pinned gross (SV) 1:47
132-Mary (PT) dec. Harris (McG) 5-3
138-Downer (R) dec. Campbell (C) 3-0
145-Homet (W) pinned Adkins (W) 1:32
152-Kusich (A) dec. Kansco (CM) 6-2
160-Pierce (LH) dec. Caulfield (R) 3-0
170-Fitzgerald (PT) dec. McKee (Burg) 2-0
182-Brown (BC) dec. Hensler (SV) 1-0
195-Edenfield (LH) dec. Patterson (JM) 4-3
220-McIntyre (FC) pinned Higgs (R) 2:57
Hvy-Wolfe (JM) pinned Reedy (Burg) 1:44

Fifth & Sixth
106-Dovshek (B) pinned Wallace (aG) :34
113-Braun (W) dec. Mansberry (LH) 5-2
120-Beatty (LH) dec. Rush (Wbg) 5-3
126-Kuslock (CH) dec. Riffle (Burg) 10-0
132-Bails (Burg) pinned Patmon (WHS) 2:39
138-Mary (PT) dec. Pethel (Burg) 4-0
145-Meredith (A) dec. Miller (PT) 5-1
152-Kniha (JM) tech fall Clark (PT) 16-0
160-Merante (PT) dec. Nicholson (Burg) 4-2
170-Leon (SV) dec. Lesko (CM)
182-Grimm (CH) dec. Nicholson (Burg) 5-0
195-Friend (AG) pinned Main (WG) 4:11
220-Richards (Burg) pinned Calebank (AG) 1:54
Hvy-Dodson (AG) dec. Bass (R) 1-0

Semifinals
106-Teasdale (JM) pinned Florentino (PT) 1:33; Macri (CM) dec. Morris (W) 3-2
113-Nicolella (McG) tech fall Braun (W) 15-0; Lynch (SV) pinned Mansberry (LH) 2:29
120-McDermitt (Burg) dec. Rush (W) 7-3; Howard (JM) dec. Beatty (LH) 6-2
126-Neely (B) dec. Kuslock (CH) 9-1; Fontenot (CM) dec. Gross (SV) 20-9
132-Headlee (W) dec. Harris (McG) 14-4; Oblock (CM) dec. Mary (PT) 9-2
138-Wilson (W) pinned Campbell (Cal) 1:32; Mitchell (B) dec. Downer (R) 4-3
145-Jamison (JM) dec. Adkins (WHS) 8-5; Wallace (AG) dec. Homet (W) 5-2
152-Piper (W) dec. Kusich (A) 4-2; Gerard (R) dec. Kansco (CM) 5-2
160-Stay (BC) dec. Pierce (LH) 4-3; Victor (W) dec. Merante (PT) 2-0 OT
170-Welsh (BC) dec. Leon (SV) 9-1; Bowlen (JM) dec. Fitzgerald (PT) 3-0
182-McCracken (W) pinned Nicholson (Burg) :56; McAleavy (PT) dec. Brown (BC) 5-3
195-Zeremenko (CM) dec. Patterson (JM) 10-9 UTB; Keys (Wng) dec. Friend (AG) 5-3 OT
220-Van Norman (WG) dec. Higgs (R) 3-0; McElhoes (McG) dec. McIntyre (FC) 3-2
Hvy-Furman (CM) dec. Wolfe (JM) 2-1; Stienstraw (McG) pinned Bass (R) :57
KEY – Albert Gallatin (AG), Avela (A), Bentworth (B), Beth-Center (BC), Burgettstown (Burg), California (Cal), Canon-McMillan (CM), Charleroi (C), Chartiers-Houston (CH), Fort Cherry (FC), Frazier (F), Jefferson-Morgan (JM), Laurel Highlands (LH), Mapletown (M), McGuffey (McG), Peters Township (PT), Ringgold (R), Seneca Valley (SV), Washington (WHS), Waynesburg (W), West Greene (WG)