Preseason Team Rankings

Class AAA

1. Canon-McMillan
Big Macs have lost 141 bouts wins and three stars - Colt Shorts, Dario Dobbin and Cody Klempay - to graduation but are still the team to beat in WPIAL, again.

2. Franklin Regional
Four state placewinners are back, including Michael Kemerer.

3. Connellsville
Ethan Kenney leads a young team that is competitive at every weight.

4. Kiski
Defending state champion Matt McCutcheon anchors an impressive heavyweight lineup.

5. North Allegheny
Alex DeCiantis and Dom Forys provide high-low punch in the lineup but middle is a question.

6. Central Catholic
Perry Hills and Tyler Manion will be hard to replace.

7. Hampton
State runnerup Jake Hart is back but lower part of lineup only so-so.

8. Greensburg Salem
Either very good or very suspect at a weight, a matchup nightmare.

9. North Hills
Taking a chance here with a young team. But I see potential.

10. Hempfield
Graduation left upperweights in disarray. Ricky Cavallo and Sam Krivus combined for 78 wins last season.

Class AA

1. Yough
Most like Kittanning in this spot, but I like Yough's balance through the lineup

2. Kittanning
Jason Noff and Nate Robb great 1-2 punch down low. Upperweights are  a concern.

3. South Fayette
Everyone is back. Fetchett-Walker-Fetchett-Previte hard to counter.

4. Burrell
Yes, Dakota DesLauriers is back. But there is no John Davidson to pull out of the hall and none of the lightweights had a winning record last year.

5. Jefferson-Morgan
I went back and forth between JM and Chartiers-Houston here. Two really similar teams. I might change my mind again tomorrow.

Editor's note: Rankings are based on rosters at the end of last season. I don't have enough rosters  or background to factor in first-year wrestlers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things ain't what they used to be when North Hills and Yough are top teams. Interesting stuff. It might be more fun if we hd a CM Franklin Regional match early in the year, I wonder how close it could be w/o CM at full strength?

Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Eye see All said...

everyone is talking about this balance with yough and kittanning, i personally dont see it. they dont really have any studs and some of their "balanced" kids are bad.. chartiers is going to be down this yr im seeing it.. lost alot to grad.. see them out of the top 5. South fayette looks tough as long as they fill a few holes that hurt them this yr. I like there chances at the title

Friday, November 30, 2012 3:44:00 AM  
Anonymous he who smelt it said...

looked at those line ups and haveta say that yough and kittanning do have much much more balance. two clusters of studs in a line up doesnt win the wpial just ask shadyside.

burrell might not have a big boy pinner walking the halls but we do have a middleweight whip qualifier from 2 years ago and a prep league stud that found his way back home. looking forward to the competition!

Sunday, December 02, 2012 1:22:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

An observation:

I was surprised last year that none of my posters showed any indignation with Davidson coming out for the team at the end of the regular season and competing for two weeks. Never went to a preseason workout as far as I know, never had a regular-season practice session until the end then left the team when the individual tournaments began.

Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we will see when the time comes.. many teams beat yough last yr same with kittanning that balance wasnt to good then and i dont think it will be as good as everyone thinks this yr.. SF will have 2 groups of studs based on there lineup (guessing)SF will be stronger this yr than last and they have a 1 up on them based on there 37-35 win at the end of last yr against that "balanced team" we shall see though

Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:17:00 AM  

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