Class AAA 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 AAA
Key Losses: Nick Catalano (145, 47-2, 2nd PIAA).
Key Returns: Colton Shorts (12, 103, 50-1, 3rd PIAA); Connor Schram (11, 112, 47-3, 2nd PIAA); Sammy Minor (11, 125, 27-19); Solomon Chishko (10, 130, 46-5, 3rd); Dario Dobbin (12, 135, 42-13, 7th PIAA); Cody Wiercioch (11, 160, 39-3, 2nd PIAA); Alex Campbell (11, 215, 39-12); Cody Klempay (12, Hvy, 47-1, 3rd PIAA).
Comment: The best team in the state in either classification.

Key Losses: None.
Key Returns: Tyler Harris (10, 119, 23-11); Christian Whipley (11, 125, 26-14); Erik Capra (11, 160, 19-13); Brent Blaharczyk (11, 171, 25-13).
Comment: Lots of young wrestlers so development is key.

Peters Township
Key Losses: Matt Mauer (145, 12-2); Sean Woodrow (160, 22-9); Matt Sikora (171, 17-13); Chad Muchesko (189, 18-10).
Key Returns: Tyler Buckiso (10, 103, 40-7); Mike Buckiso (12, 112, 29-10); Devan Evanovich (1, 119, 6-2); Luke Palamides (12, 119, 26-8); John Ivashchenko (11, 130, 20-18); Derrick Evanovich (12, 125, 37-5); Zan Kail (12, 152, 29-8).
Comment: Finding strong heavyweights is crucial. A top 10 team.

Key Losses: Jonathan Fafalios (112, 24-15); Nick Tarpley (135, 26-13); Neal Rands (215, 21-5).
Key Returns: Josh Gudenburr (12, 119, 23-16); Kenny Tarpley (10, 125, 19-7); Alex Powell (12, 130, 34-10); Jake Wisener (12, 140, 24-3); Devin Fallenstein (12, 145, 28-17); Dean Lusk (12, Hvy, 35-8).
Comment: Injuries hurt Rams last year.

Key Losses: Cameron Banasick (125, 16-15); Matt Dates (130, 13-16); Mike Ardeno (140, 27-10); Jordan Roberts (160, 26-9); Patrick Jennings (189, 26-11); Kyle McWreath (215, 33-2); J.D. George (Hvy, 18-15).
Key Returns: Blake Iddings (12, 103, 20-11); Jeff Miller (11, 135, 15-14); Don McWreath (11, 171, 20-12).
Comment: Graduation depletes team; rebuilding under way. Hillers out of Powerade this year.

Key Losses: Derrick Nelson (119, 38-6,7th PIAA); Zach McGinnis (125, 41-6, 4th in PIAA); Alex Teagarden (145, 27-15); Jeremy Ellis (189, 35-6); Kyle Gray (12, 215, 33-11); Mike Weidner-Yetter (Hvy, 21-9).
Key Returns: Tommy Henderson (12, 135, 11-8); Eric Jones (12, 140, 24-18); Bo Hampton (10, 145, 20-15)
Comment: McGinnis and Nelson will be missed. Lightweights must get better to compete.


Anonymous Cm fan said...

Hey Joe do you really see cm beating Blair at powerade. Blair is heavily stacked. Good luck cm, love for it happen.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cm and blair would be a donny brook!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bethlehem Catholic would beat CM.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kyle Gray transfered from WBG to Mapeltown. The raiders can't fill every weight, and will not be their usual competitive self this year. However their little league program is thriving and in a few years they will be back. Look for Austin Headlee to turn some heads this year, very tough freshman.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CM and Blair would be good, maybe the big macs can find someone from Blair to recruit to help stack their team for next year.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Blair don't stack theirs !!! with so called recruits . Only difference boosters pay for their tuition at Blair.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Frank Repertin said...

Blair is a prep school....they attract students from all over the world, not just those from local area or around the state. If Canon McMillan can even stay close, that will show the caliber of wrestling here in the WPIAL. One thing is for sure, a team like Blair will bring the college scouts. So all of you parents who get on this site and cry about Canon Mac recruiting talent...just get your kids ready to wrestle on the 29th and colleges will take note.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that Blair is $47000 a year?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CM is REALLY stacked too. I've seen guys go to Blair from WPIAl and start that would not even be the 8th best wrestler on this CM squad, I'm not saying Cm can, will, or should win, and I would never dis a great program like Blair, who deserves to be favored, but CM has enough to be ambitious in this match. If they lose, or even lose handily, it was still an honor to battle. But I'd like to see them go for the W. And thank you Blair Academy for giving us this opportunity.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:32:00 PM  
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Joe Tuscano said...

I don't see any team beating Canon-Mac this season. Didn't know Gray transferred to Mapletown. I'll change it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blair has very good wrestling program, but Blair Academy's attraction is the fact that it is a tremendous educational opportunity for a kid. Academics, arts, performing arts, small student to teacher ratio. Teachers with outstanding credentials. Given the resources, I would not hesitate to send my kid there, even if the wrestling team was winless. I guess I tend to look slightly beyond wrestling when I consider my childrens'futures. sfuritre

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger jm106 said...

44000 a year at blair

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, given 44K. Life and a kid's future is somtimes more than wrestling.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger jm106 said...

blair tuition is 47,600 a year according to their website

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:49:00 PM  
Anonymous CM fan said...

Can anyone from CM tell me where they are wrestling this weekend. And when is the first home match?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 5:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Mr Obvious said...

If you where truly a CM fan, you would knpw this.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 6:58:00 PM  
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011 7:16:00 PM  
Anonymous CM FAN said...

Mr obvious, I;m 70 years old and can't get out much . Been a CM fan for years. Both kids grad from C.M . Love wrestling but Honesty don't have a schedule . I would like someone out there to let me know when CM wrestles and I will try to get to the matches.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 7:16:00 PM  
Anonymous TheGodfather said...


Get off of the bandwagon already. Pathetic pandering, indeed. I will pick you out easily at the Powerade Tournament, because of your new satin "Wiercioch" jacket! Maybe you can pay Eddie's entrance fee, so he doesn't have to sneaky in the side door! Shameless.

This is worst blog ever! Why did I punish myself and return here. "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in..."

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 7:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey cm fan that's awsome. It will be good to have you there. Kids are away this weekend but home on wensday against USC at 7:30.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this site has hit rock bottom.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 9:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Caldwell said...

CM Fan...you can get the schedule and view results at


Thursday, December 08, 2011 9:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:01 and gf, if this blog is so bad, why do you keep going to it? I think it's great that Joe takes the time to promote high school wrestling like he does. Thanks Joe! I appreciate what you do and the info that you put on here.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 6:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. It's not Joe that brings all the bickering. Keep it coming Joe, big weekend.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 7:18:00 PM  
Anonymous CM fan said...

To Aaron thanks !

Thursday, December 08, 2011 7:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe keep it up, your objective but people take this stuff WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too seriously. Enjoy your kids, root for them but some of these people need to stop trying to live through them.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous @the__eyes said said...

Hey guys, I don't know if you know this or not, but I've got this really crappy web site that I'm promoting like crazy. It's really pretty crappy, but I figure if I keep posting on this site, I'll get some people to come over and take a look at my crap. I mean, it's really good crap. If you like crap, you should check it out.

Friday, December 09, 2011 3:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what's the crappy site?

Friday, December 09, 2011 2:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our objective to have a soley CM websit site to boast our success is vast approaching. Thank you Joe for supporting our cause.

Friday, December 09, 2011 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$11,000 per student paid by everyone in CM School District boundaries is waaay better then $47,000 paid by the booster club/parents at Blair. Come to CM it's value.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:34:00 PM  
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Monday, December 12, 2011 2:56:00 PM  

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