Powerade updates - Day 1 (11:04 p.m.)

A quick Wiercioch-Marsteller breakdown: Up front, I have to admit that I have seen many more bouts from Wiercioch than I have Marsteller. I know Marsteller is getting a sound wrestler, able to wrestle a physical match or a technical one, whichever is required for a victory.
Normally, these type of bouts don't take place this early in the season. But credit Marsteller for coming up to 170 for Powerade.
Wiercioch presents a couple of problems for Marsteller. He is taller, has a longer reach, is just as strong on his feet and has great technique. If Wiericioch attempts to go chest-to-chest with Marsteller, I don't think he can win. Marsteller is too strong for that, and has the quickness to make Wiercioch pay for any little mistake. Wiercioch would be more effective working his angles and not allowing Marsteller in on his legs.
Marsteller has great balance and movement and can slip around a wrestler before he can react. I am reminded of the match between Wiercioch and Burrell's Travis McKillop two years ago in the state finasl. McKillop did a great job of keeping Wiercioch at arm's length and scoring off Wiercioch's mistake to win the match.
It's a different Wiercioch now, smarter and more talented than his sophomore days. Whether that will be enough to beat Marsteller, who is often compared to cary Kolat, is anyone's guess. It will be a great way to find out.

Top 5 team scoring through the heading into the semifinals: 1. Blair Academy 175; 2. Moeller 111; 3. Canon-McMillan 107; T4. Franklin Regional 94; T4. Solanco 94

Six local wrestlers are in the semifinals, including four from Canon-Mac. Joining Wiercioch are Dalton Macri (120), Connor Schram (126) and Alex Campbell (22). Garrett Vulcano of Chartiers-Houston and Brent Blacharczyk of McGuffey are in at 195 and 182, respectively.

Cody Wiercioch of Canon-McMillan and Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale each advanced to the semifinals at 170 by breezing through the first threerounds. Marsteller and Wiercioch are ranked 1-2 in the country by Intermat and are expected to meet in the finals barring an upset or injury.

It didn't take long for one of the top four seeds to be upset in the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament at Canon-McMillan. Senior  Tommy Aoli of Forest Park, Va., the No. 2 seed at 106, was decisioned by freshman Charlie Lenox of Erie McDowell, 9-3, in the second round. Lenox gets another touted freshman in Luke Pletcher of Latrobe in the quarterfinals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about results from the Southmoreland tournament? FYI: there are more local teams in that tournament than at Powerade.

Friday, December 28, 2012 2:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CM is at Powerade

Friday, December 28, 2012 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything a little more personal-like, for those of us who couldn't make this morning, how did Cody & Chance Marshmeller look compared to each other?

Friday, December 28, 2012 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

Wiercioch and Marsteller wrestled in such a way that if you miss this final, then in the famouse words of Mike Lange, shame on you for six weeks.

Friday, December 28, 2012 4:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! Thanks Joe, my mouth is watering already!

Friday, December 28, 2012 4:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Southmoreland Tournament - YUK!! Here are the teams in that one Southmoreland, Riverview, Meyersdale, Jefferson Morgan, West Greene, Corry Area, North Star, Blairsville, Forrest Hills, Bentworth, Mt. Pleasant, Ligonier Valley, Jeannette, Greenville, Northern Bedford, Baldwin, Valley, Knoch, Hickory, Freedom, Burgettstown, Gateway, Chaleroi, Butler, Mars, Highlands, Marion Center, Holidaysburg, South Side, Slippery Rock, Pine Richland, Grove City, Beth Center

How interesting could it be? Powerade, on the other hand, has some top notch teams and individuals AND is one of the top 3 or 4 tournies in the country.

Friday, December 28, 2012 5:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody cares about a bunch of schools you never heard of from West Virginia, New Jersey and from Eastern Pennsylvania. That's what Powerade has. How about results from Southmoreland that has local kids. No wonder the O-R's wrestling coverage gets worse by the year. You can't get local results. It's turned into the Canon-Mac Gazette.

Friday, December 28, 2012 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Zig Ziegler said...

Do your best, CW! If anyone can beat him, it's you! And win or lose, we know you'll do us proud like always!

Friday, December 28, 2012 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

Well, Anonymous 10:28, if you can somehow find your way to the top of the blog, read and click on the link, you will get the Southmoreland results you so desperately seek.

Friday, December 28, 2012 11:01:00 PM  

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