Update from Fargo

Here is a link to an update on Pa wrestlers competing at national championships in Fargo.



Recruiting list

The Pa Power Wrestling released its top 300 wrestlers on its recruiting list. Here is the link:



Vulcano's stay as AD ending at CV

Frank Vulcano's tenure as athletic director at Chartiers Valley is coming to an end June 30 and he is not pleased. Vulcano released this statement Tuesday.

As of June 30, 2014, my contract as Athletic Director for the Chartiers Valley School District will be terminated.  Although I was forced to submit a letter of retirement, "I have no plans on retiring".  In order for me to receive compensation for my sick days that I had accumulated, I had to submit the letter.
It all started about a 1 1/2 years ago when I was told that "they" wanted new "leadership" and that I should start looking for another job.  In June, 2013 I was given a 1 year contract that stated that my employment with the district would be terminated on June 30, 2014.
"at no time during the past 1 1/2 years when I asked, did anybody tell me what "they" wanted to see changed in my leadership".
"When you have to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students and their program and the leaders of the district are not in agreement, then I guess "they" want a change".
"I believe that what I have done over the past 8 years at Char Valley should speak for itself".

Accomplishments at CV:

* started Boy/Girls Basketball doubleheaders
* hosted over 200 WPIAL/PIAA Play-off games
* started Boys & Girls Lacrosse teams
* 2012-13 WPIAL Athletic Director of the Year
* Former President of the WPIAL AD's Association
* Started the CV Wrestling Duals, Varsity & Junior High Mega Wrestling Scrimmages
* In my 8 years we achieved 29 out of the 90 section championships in the schools history

Section Championships - 29 - (32% of total section championships in school history)

Boys Soccer - 2006, 08
Boys Basketball - 2007, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14
Girls Basketball - 2008, 10, 11, 12
Baseball - 2011, 13, 14
Girls Lacrosse - 2011, 12, 13, 14
Softball - 2007, 10
Boys Tennis - 2011
Girls Track - 2008, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14

WPIAL Championship - 1

Boys Basketball - 2010

WPIAL Finalist - 10

Boys Basketball - 2007, 11, 13, 14
Girls Basketball - 2013
Baseball - 2009
Girls Lacrosse - 2011, 12, 13, 14

PIAA Finalist - 2

Boys Basketball - 2010
Baseball - 2009


PIAA increases state brackets to 20

The PIAA has given the OK to increase the number of state qualifiers from 16 to 20 for next season. The move came on the impetus of the Pa. Wrestling Coaches Association. It also means District 7 will have an extra qualifier in each classification, moving Double-A to 6 and Triple-A to 4.

Here's a link


Also, Bethlehem Catholic, which has dominated Class AA wrestling, was given permission to move to Class AAA for next season.

Here is the link:



Powerade field released

Trinity and Jefferson-Morgan are back and Chartiers-Houston is out of the PowerAde Christmas Wrestling Tournament in December. Here is the link.



Kolat hired as head coach at Campbell

Former national champion and Olympic team member Cary Kolat has been named head wrestling coach at Campbell University. Kolat joins the Fighting Camel staff after serving since 2010 as associate head coach at the University of North Carolina.
"This is a milestone announcement for the Campbell wrestling program," said director of athletics Bob Roller. "Nationally and internationally, Cary Kolat is synonymous with wrestling for the past three decades, and I am confident he will build a program for CU that will be known throughout NCAA Division I. We welcome Cary, Erin and their family to Campbell."
During Kolat’s tenure at Chapel Hill, he was involved in all phases of the UNC program and helped improve the team’s national ranking from 57 to 22. In addition, he was head coach at the Olympic regional training center in Chapel Hill where he trained Olympic level athletes.
Kolat has also served on wrestling staffs at Lehigh, Wisconsin, West Virginia and his alma mater, Lock Haven.
"I’m extremely excited that Bob Roller and Campbell University have given me the opportunity to lead this program," said Kolat, a native of Rices Landing. "But the success of this program is not going to happen overnight. It will be determined by our guys doing the small things right over and over every day, consistently wanting to improve and taking the program to the next level."
A two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Kolat was a four-time All-American who went on to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A three-time World Cup gold medalist, he also won World silver and bronze medals.
His career also includes three U.S. Open championship medals and a pair of Pan-Am Games first-place finishes. Kolat was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1991-2002. In the summer of 2011, Kolat returned to competitive wrestling, was a finalist at the U.S. Open and competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.


Point-Counterpoint on 20-man bracket

Got this e-mail upset over my negative comments on the 20-man bracket, so I thought I would do a point-counterpoint. Feel free to add your opinions.

You are so wrong in so many ways.... It is obvious you have never laced up a pair of wrestling shoes. How dare you question who remembers a 6th place finisher! I'm sure that the wrestler, his family, his friends, and his school certainly remember. If you actually followed the sport (outside of Washington and Greene County...South Fayette for some reason too) and didn't hitch your wagon to certain local stars, you would see that adding extra wrestlers will increase the chances for our local boys to bring home state medals and in no way water down the state competition. Would you say Dom Forys from NA had no shot at placing in the PIAA and his presence at PIAA's would detract from the event? Your solution ...make the state tournament smaller??? Really Joe, really? The wrestling community needs to be constantly evolving and testing itself all of the time. Right now is the perfect time to try something new! Let's get more kids a chance to make it to Hershey which means more schools have a chance to make it as well. Wouldn't it be great to see Carlynton, Baldwin or Knoch have kids going to Hershey? Who knows, maybe a little kid in one of those programs sees the success and wants to repeat it? Further more the population of PA is on a continual incline and has been for quite awhile. So let's reduce the size of the state tourney... I'm still floored by that! I will agree that having all of the metal rounds compete at once is an experiment gone horribly wrong but at least the PIAA tried to make it better....so their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have tasted neither victory nor defeat.

My reply:
First, let's deal with the Forys issue. While I agree he did not get a fair shake because of the weight class, Forys was not going to finish any higher than fourth if you take into account he couldn't beat the three people in front of him in the district. You can't replay the tournament. You get one shot so you better beat the guy in front of you.

I am not going to belittle the accomplishment of winning a medal at the state tournament. The point I am trying to make is that the state tournament is there to decide champions. Like former NFL coach Herman Edwards said, "You play to win the game." Adding more wrestlers might certainly mean more medals, but it's the gold one that carries the most meaning.

If the accumulation of medals is how you base success in the tournament, then what would be better? Bringing seven wrestlers from the district who win state titles or having a dozen medalists from second to eighth? That's an easy answer. A smaller tournament makes for more interest in my opinion. If the consolation rounds are so exciting to fans, why are the least attended parts of the state tournament?

I agree with Herm. You play to win the game. That's why we watch.