Class AA local preview

The following is a brief look at the local wrestling teams in the WPIAL. Records and weights are from last year. Incoming freshmen not included.

Class AA
Key Losses: Jared Magon (171, 32-12).
Key Returns: Shawn Carl (10, 160, 10-9); Zach Simonelli (11, 160, 10-9); Jake Temple (10, 215, 27-9).
Comment: Another tough season for the Eagles.

Key Losses: Dylan Demain (160, 43-7, 7th in PIAA); Gus Mizia (171, 39-5, 5th PIAA); Sam Lapcevic (135, 31-15)
Key Returns: Francis Mizia (12, 145, 44-6, 7th PIAA); Jake Rothka (10, 103, 28-7); Vince Vahaly (11, 119, 34-12); Nick Smydo (12, 26-11); Jake Barker (11, 17-13).
Comment: Bearcats have talent at bottom, middle and top of lineup, and will be difficult to beat.

Key Losses: Erik Bolin (135, 29-13); Jeff Tarley (Hvy, 34-5, 3rd PIAA).
Key Returns: Zach Swarrow (11, 103, 32-12, 7th PIAA); Matt Riggle (10, 145, 19-10); Zach Holmes (12, 215, 21-16).
Comment: Coaching change caused quite a stir.

Key Losses: Tyler Rommes (119, 38-7); Dom Pulcini (130, 25-8); Dylan Fleming (145, 36-10); Darren Reed (189-27-14); Chris Bendick (215, 18-9)
Key Returns: Ryan Abbott (12, 125, 20-13); Jeff Sayer (11, 135, 23-15); Roger Vigliotti (12, 19-21)
Comment: Lot lost to graduation.

Key Losses: Cody Wiercioch (11, 160, 39-3, 2nd PIAA); Tommy Thorpe (171, 28-14)
Key Returns: Nick Gavazzi (10, 119, 28-9); Aaron Toth (12, 125, 33-11); Josh Kwasny (12, 135, 32-12)
Comment: Wiercioch’s transfer to Canon-McMillan hurts. Low numbers a challenge to new coach, Dave Nelson.

Key Losses: Ryan Dodd (119, 20-13); Andrew Lis (130, 17-16); Blake Balsama (135, 14-14); Michael Innes (145, 41-6, 4th PIAA); Tony Lucciola (171, 11-7); Jeremy Anesetti (189, 25-16)
Key Returns: Richie McGinnis (10, 103, 29-14); Jake Jones (10, 112, 10-9); Pete Provenzano (10, 112, 14-10), Andrew Vernau (12, 125, 27-11); Tanner Sutton (11, 130, 37-11); Tom Orembaum (12, 140, 17-12); Garret Vulcano (11, 160, 35-12); Joey Congie (12, 171, 21-18); Nate Grandelis (12, Hvy, 33-12)
Comment: Performance from last year’s freshmen will determine how far Bucs will go.

Fort Cherry
Key Losses: Zach Morris (130, 17-8); Adam Lucarini (135, 17-10); Sam Guidi (171, 34-7, 7th PIAA); Gary Kiefer (189, 10-2)
Key Returns: Greg Kumer (12, 215, 24-6); Corey Garry (12, Hvy, 32-5)
Comment: Good finishing punch to the lineup. But what’s below is a concern.

Key Losses: Quincy Hathaway (160, 32-13), Tyler Perkins (215, 24-18).
Key Returns: John Demaske (10, 103, 29-9); Jason Miller (10, 112, 30-14), Ryan Zalar (10, 119, 28-18); Alex Agnew (11, 125, 19-18); Shane Black (12, 130, 22-17); Dustin Conti (11, 171, 37-17); Joe Phillips (12, 189, 33-15); Brian Rush (12, Hvy, 28-17).
Comment: Has potential to be best team at J-M since Cary Kolat era.

South Fayette
Key Losses: Nick Carr (152, 41-2, 2nd PIAA); Brian Haney (160, 32-12).
Key Returns: Kevin Chaussard (10, 103, 18-14); Seth Carr (11, 112, 32-11); Grant Fetchet (10, 130, 23-14); Mike Fetchet (11, 145, 31-15)
Comment: Core is there for new coach, Rick Chaussard.

Key Losses: None
Key Returns: George Rogers (10, 130, 20-12);
Comment: Another season of an uphill struggle.

West Greene
Key Losses: Jake Durbin (140, 35-9); Devon Pierson (171, 10-9).
Key Returns: Wade Blackmon (11, 119, 16-12); Matt Johnston (11, 145, 19-9); Wade Durbin (12, 152, 22-15); Brent Sink (12, 160, 19-15); Cody Jacobs (11, 189, 25-10).
Comment: Finding talented lightweights a priority.

(Coming soon: Class AAA)


Anonymous Edward R Murrow said...

"Brief" is an understatement...It was the 'Summer of Wiercioch' on the blog. Meanwhile, the AA wrestlers get name and record. Lazy journalism.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 5:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you want Ed this is a preview for the season. It makes me laugh when when people don't get enough press for their son. You don't pay Joe anything so don't complain. I'm sure he will get to your son sooner or later. Well maybe not...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:07:00 PM  
Anonymous @theeyes said...

if your looking for info this year follow me on twitter.. ill have live updates from tournys im at as well as rankings and newws daily. ill also be posting on wrestling report helping mr blondy out with alot of the news I gather.. i have already been posting some good info on wrestling report already so go and check it out and leave comments.so everyone get a twitter and follow me for some good wrestling info.. good live updates and news.. @theeyes is the twitter

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about JM's " Brandon" transfers. Brandon Lesko from Trinity, Brandon Howard from Laurel Highlands, Brandon Brumley from Waynesburg. That helps to fill the three weak weights with three good wrestlers.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Joe Tuscano said...

I've written a piece in the newspaper about Jeff-Morgan that included some of those wrestlers. I didn't include them in this part because technically, they are not returners.

I will make an exception for Cody Wiercioch because of his past success and the uniqueness of his situation. I don't know all the wrestlers who transferred schools so I don't want to leave anyone out.

To Edward R: Of course it's a brief look. I've already revealed my picks as the best teams in my preseason rankings. The blog is here for you and others to give their opinions.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just figure we should include CM in any ranking discussion to remind everyone that we will be on top with our approved transfer for the AA.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't be serious. AA can't have one moment to shine on here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM, Bentworth, Chartiers Houston will be tough. Some teams building and we'll see how the new coaches gel with their teams in their debuts.

Good luck to all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stoppp. 3:45 is not even from cm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe great job on that! How soon will you come out with AAA? love to see it. Thanks. (if you need to you can skip cm so others don't get mad)

Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there's anyone left on here too get mad. Too many good wrestling sources to access.

Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM is not "LOADED". They refrain from drinking during the season. But they should be OK on the mat. Get to compare them to Kiski, North Allegheny, & Kittanning in a week, then we'll know.

Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry eyes I can't find you on twitter

Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:47:00 PM  
Anonymous @the__eyes said...

Search by people on there.. My name is @the__eyes That's two underscores between words.. I'm on the just got to look.. Like I been saying in gonna have some good stuff as to ranking and live updates and news I'll be always posting to twitter first before wrestling report so everyone get one and follow me

Thursday, December 01, 2011 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@the__eyes definitely will be following your updates

Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous @the__eyes said...

good to hear.. ill be looking for your follow on twitter soon..

Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, who is left here besides Ed, Bonnie, and Joe?

Joke of a site. If you want to know Ed's, Bonnie's, and Joe thoughts on Cody. Stay here. I believe there are two posters left here, "Ed" and "Bonnie".

F.Y.I. Bonnie has better grammar than Ed, and Ed uses all capital letters to emphasize a point.

For EVERYONE else...Try this site:


Friday, December 02, 2011 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM competition this year is very weak, I looked at the teams they wrestle this year and it will be hard to compare them to the WPIAL elite. I wish them well and it will be a very great wrestling season.

Friday, December 02, 2011 5:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!! 12:34.

I am out of here too after looking at this site: http://sportstown.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/wrestling

I plan on never coming back. Joe's blog site over the years has been good but I agree, it has become a circus sideshow act. It reminds me of a good ole TV show like Happy Days that started out about "life in the 50's" but the series ran too long and ended up with "Mork from Ork" on the show. In the end it had nothing to do with the orginal intent of the show.

The site above is real articles about wresting - go figure.

For you CM Fans ... nice article on Sam Lombardo at Waynesburg. Need to check it out and move on everybody.

Good bye

Friday, December 02, 2011 7:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe when did you start excepting advertising. The last two post were from the same person advertising their site. As of 12:34 which one of those three are you?

Friday, December 02, 2011 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That site is OK, but nothing I can't get elsewhere. May check it out after the season starts. Not gonna visit it as often as this. Joe, and some other internet & print writers, all well known and don't need a blurt here, sound like sports writers, or sports fans, not librarians. No offence to librarians. Seriously.

This blog has become a little CM-centric, even CW-centric (Canon-WcMillan, anyone? It's just one inverted character out of a great program), while there are other topics that might be of interest, like "Why the hell is Trinity still rebuilding?",
"What's up w/Mapletown?"
"Why isn't Trinity better?"
"Has Trinity finally hit bottom?",
"McGuffey & Wash Hi gonna be down as long as Trinity?"
"Should Triniy & Washington combine to form a Singularity?"
Do appreciate the CW (Sorry, CM) fans & their enthusuasm, and a few lonely voices trying to talk about JM. And of course, the team previews.

Friday, December 02, 2011 2:06:00 PM  
Anonymous exhug said...

My word verification is "exhug".

Sumpin in the ballpark of "unfriend"?

Anyone take a guess at who wins the Char-Houston tournament? Peters and the home team could be a great race!

Friday, December 02, 2011 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

home team by a nose. peters 2nd usc 3rd butler 4th

Friday, December 02, 2011 6:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really much closer attention to the individual wrestlers' post season ptotential; basically, who has worked hardest off-season. There are some great wrestlers on small teams that get overlooked or much less attention. I'm still an advocate that the team title is determined during the individual tourney. Just my opinion.

Saturday, December 03, 2011 8:26:00 AM  
Anonymous @the__eyes said...

Remember guys I have a twitter account and be posting stuff on wrestling report.. Twitter is up and coming and getting some good feedback I'll have ranking and live updates and all kinds of news I'll be posting to twitter first then to wrestling report.. I'll be at the char Houston tourny this weekend so follow my coverage @the__eyes gonna be good..

On a further note don't expect char Houston to run away with it.. They lost a good amount to graduation and they will be without sutton as well as vernau till jan I heard.. So between graduation last yr and those two being out don't be suprised they finish outside top 5..

Saturday, December 03, 2011 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger jm106 said...

hey guys theres 2 brandons at jm ...the 3rd is brendan howard ..thanks guys keep up the good work

Monday, December 05, 2011 2:14:00 PM  

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