10-year-old blind wrestler

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Top active winners

An interesting list posted by Bruce Closson on WPIALwrestling.net. An active list of 100-plu winners in wrestling. Wins are entering this season.

Devin Brown, Franklin Regional, 127
Sam Krivus, Hempfield, 126
Josh Shields, Franklin Regional, 122
A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg, 122
Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional, 120
Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional, 120
Brendan Howard, Jefferson-Morgan, 113
Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown, 113
Jared Walker, South Fayette, 113
Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland 109
Zach Smith, North Allegheny, 108
Allen Beattie, Burrell, 108
Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic, 105
Kellen Stout, Mt. Lebanon, 100


Team Rankings 12-15-14

Class AAA

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

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


Tournament results of local wrestlers

McGuffey wins 5
McGuffey High School’s wrestling team captured five bouts in the Marshall Duals Saturday. The Highlanders downed Ripley, 49-18, Buckhannon, 58-14, John Marhsall, 54-21, Oak Glen, 31-28, and East Fairmont, 48-24.
Going 5-0 in the event were Gage Nicolella at 120, Connor Thompson at 170 and Liam McElhoes at 220
McGuffey has a 9-2 record.
West wins title at NCC
Robert West captured the 220-pound title at the North Coast Wrestling Classic in Independence, Ohio, with a 12-4 decision over Josh Maxon of Padua. The senior from Trinity High School won his third title, had seven pins and was named Outstanding Wrestler.
Ryan Yocum took second at 132 for THS after falling 4-1 to Vince Citiello of Bay Village in the finals.
Austin Fife went 4-4 in finishing eighth at heavyweight and Michael Kolosky also took eighth at 113.
Brunswick, Ohio won the team title and Greensburg Salem finished second. Trinity was 12th.
CM’s Oblock 8th at Ironman
Matt Oblock, a sophomore at Canon-McMillan High School, finished eighth at 132 pounds in the Ironman tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School. Oblock lost 3-2 to Ben Anderson of Pleasant Grove, Utah.
C-M finished in 20th place. St. Paris Graham, Ohio won the team tournament. Blair Academy of New Jersey was second.

Interesting night

Got to watch Gavin Teasdale for the first time Friday night and he looks like the real deal. Quick, technically sound, strong for a freshman. At 106 pounds, this freshman from Jefferson-Morgan seems quite mature for his 16 years on and off the mat.
Despite the hype, Teasdale will not be the next Cary Kolat , and that's a good thing. The two wrestlers have very different styles at this stage of their careers. Kolat depended on his power and strength as a freshman and Teasdale depends on his quickness and maneuverability. They are not the same wrestler. That's not to say Teasdale can't have the same type of success, but the comparisons to Kolat should end because they are not applicable.
The other pleasurable aspect of the night was A.C. Headlee, a 132-pound senior at Waynesburg. He thrilled the packed crowd at Jefferson-Morgan's gym with a move he learned off YouTube called the Magic Stick. It's a situation where you propel yourself behind your opponent with a leap over his head. Should be called the Magic Frog for the leaping ability required.
Both wrestlers will be competing in the Christmas PowerAde Tournament at Canon-McMillan. It's worth the trip.

Ironman, King of Mountain update


Wins for Canon-Mac, McGuffey

Thomusseit No. 1, Wiercioch 24th

Off to a 10-0 start this season, which includes three wins over top-10 opponents, redshirt senior Max Thomusseit  is the consensus No. 1 ranked wrestler at 184 pounds in all of this week’s individual polls.
Since TheOpenMat, one of six wrestling publications, began releasing individual rankings during the 2009-10, no other Panthers great has accomplished the feat. The closest was former two-time All-American and Pitt assistant coach Matt Wilps, who spent 13 weeks ranked second at 197 pounds to begin the 2012-13 season.
In addition to Thomusseit’s individual achievement, the Panthers joined the top-10 for the first time this year in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. They are one of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the top-11 and one of four in the top-21. Overall, Pitt still has five top-25 teams remaining on its schedule.
Freshman Cody Wiercioch, a Canon-McMilan graduate, jumped one spot to 24th at 165 pounds.


Ty Moore dies (Updated)

Reports on social media say Ty Moore, one of the most decorated wrestlers in WPIAL history, has died.
Moore, a four-time PIAA champion from North Allegheny, apparently died in his sleep, according to a Facebook post by his brother Teague.
In his Facebook post, Teague Moore said his brother had been fighting a "long battle."
Moore had a 146-1 record and was a three-time WPIAL champion. He had 113 pins before heading to North Carolina. He was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels and a three-time Division I qualifier.

Good story on Closson

Bill Closson, a former wrestler at Plum, was hired at Norwin. Closson's father, Bruce, runs wpialwrestling.net

Here is the link to the story:


Teasdale debut a success, or was it?

The debut of Gavin Teasdale could be termed a success by the fans, wrestlers and coaches of Jefferson-Morgan's wrestling team. Whether the officials who run the Eastern Area Tournament at Gateway High School think so, is, well, anyone's guess.
The results sent to the media showed that Teasdale, the most heralded wrestler to emerge from J-M since you know who, had lost by a 25-8 technical fall to Job Chishko of Penn Trafford in the 106-pound finals. If the name sounds familiar, Chishko is the brother of Solomon Chishko, who won two state titles at Canon-McMillan.
A flurry of phone calls determined that the Eastern Area Tournament scorekeepers are not as good as the media guide says they are. They also misspelled Chishko's name.
Since there was no activity on Twitter proclaiming Teasdale's loss - and we're pretty sure there would have been - it was reasonable to assume a mistake had been made.
Anyway, for posterity's sake, it should be noted that Teasdale won four bouts, two by fall and two others by technical fall. Oh, and maybe the most mysterious part of the process was that Teasdale was seeded second behind . . . yep, Chishko.

Chartiers-Houston results

Chartiers-Houston Tournament

Team Standings
1. Oak Glen 181, 2. West Allegheny 175.5, 3. Butler 144, 4. Peters Township 125.5, T5. Annville-Cleona and Upper St. Clair 119, 7. North Hills 113, 8. Albert Gallatin 102, 9. Beth-Center 102, 10. South Fayette 98, 11. Chartiers-Houston 85, 12. Elizabeth Forward 83.5, 13. SS Beaver 82, 14. Bentworth 83.5, 15. Freedom 74, 16. South Park 64.5, 17. Avella 64, 18. Chartiers Valley 49, 19. Beaver 46, 20. Jeannette 36, 21. Fort Cherry 31.5, 22. Brashear 29, 23. Central Valley 9, 24. California 6, 25. Charleroi 1.

Individual Finals
106–Debee (OG) pinned Florentino (PT) 3:37
113–John (SF) dec. Wallace (AG) 4-3
120–Neely (Bent) dec. Schaefer (WA) 11-9
126–Curry (NH) dec. Kuslock (CH) 9-3
132–Mary (PT) tech. fall over Palm (USC) 16-1
138–Carr (SF) dec. Lawson (NH) 7-1
145–Sanders (J) dec. Komara (Free) 5-1
152–Wentzel (SP) dec. Inman (AC) 10-0
160–Hall (WA) dec. Bortmas (But) 11-0
170–Welsh (BC) dec. Wilding (USC) 5-4
182–Bahr (WA) dec. McAleavey (PT) 11-4
195–Fournier (EF) dec. Grape (USC) 6-0
220–Seifert (WA) dec. Price (OG) 7-4
Hvy–Bright (NH) dec. Mills (OG) 7-2