Teasdale makes it two in a row

For Gavin Teasdale, the journey to greatness in the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament is halfway complete.
But it did not come without some drama.
Teasdale, the undefeated defending state champion from Jefferson-Morgan, made it two gold medals in as many years in this event when he won a hard-fought 6-5 decision over Patrick Glory of Delbarton, N.J., in the 113-pound finals of a packed gym at Canon-McMillan High School.
Teasdale trailed 3-2 heading into the final two minutes but registered two takedowns, the final one with 1:04 left to secure the win.
“I knew he was going to have a game plan against me,” said Teasdale. “I held back a little and I didn’t finish my takedowns when I had the chance so I have to work on that.”
Teasdale gave up a second period takedown to Glory, the first points scored against the J-M sophomore this season.
“The next time I wrestle him, I just have to go to my offense better,” he said. “I didn’t do too good in this match, but I won.”
Teasdale had a 2-0 lead after one period but Glory escaped, then took Teasdale down with 37 seconds remaining in the period.
“We had to do all the work because he knew what we were going to do and capitalized on it,” said J-M head coach Mike Lesko. “He has nothing to lose. He is coming at you 100 percent.
“I told Gavin the match is not 4:20 seconds. The match is six minutes. Gavin proved it. Kids are going to come after him. That’s 1 and 5 in the nation going at each other but Gavinn did his job. He won.”

Teasdale was the only local wrestler to make it to the finals.

Powerade results

Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament
At Canon-McMillan High School
Team Finals
1   1. Wyoming Seminary  2. Belle Vernon   3. Kiski. 4. Pennridge
Individual Finals
106-Job Chishko (Ptr) dec. Aaron Burkett (CR) 4-3
113-Gavin Teasdale (JM) dec. Patrick Glory (Del) 6-5
120-Josh Humphreys (SA) dec. Charles Lenox (FL) 4-2
126-Jake Riegel (WS) dec. Cole Matthews (R) 4-1
132-Tate Ortz (B) dec. Zach Hartman (BV) 5-3
138-Luke Pletcher  (L) dec. George Phillippi (D) 3-1
145-Cam Coy (PTr) dec. Mekhi Lewis (BB) 7-1
152-Mason Manville (WS) dec. Hayden Hidlay (Miff) 2-1 UTB
160-Jake Wentzel (SP) dec. Trent Hidlay (Miff) 4-1
170-Austin Bell (BV) dec. Nino Bonaccorsi (BP) 5-4
*182-Brandon Kui (DC) dec. Jake Woodley (NA) 6-5 UTB
195-Drew Phipps (N) dec. Christian Dietrich (WS) 2-1 OT
220-Cody Amos (CS) dec. Will Hilliard (WS) 3-2 OT

Hvy-Ron Tucker (LT) dec. Hayden Rice (N) 3-0

Third & Fourth
106-Kassis (Prk) dec. Dunlop (BV) 1-0
113-Parker (P) dec. Monday (AM) 2-1
120-Davis (WS) dec. Planta (SP) 5-3
126-Rush (P) dec. Atencio (Pl) 5-4
132-Monday (AM) dec. Olson (WS) 4-3
138-Lucas (Pl) dec. Blumer (K) 5-1
145-Budock (GC) dec. J. Verkleeren (BV) 2-1 UTB
152-Glasgow (BB) dec. Ward (Moe) 5-2
160-Stillings (P) dec. Verallis (WS) 3-1
170-Stewart (Miff) dec. Carey (DC) 3-1
182-Bulsac (SP) dec. Gentile (P) 3-2
195-Duggan (NA) dec. Bushman (CS) 3-2
220-Meyer (Moe) tech fall Kuhn (K) 16-1
Hvy-Furman (CM) dec. Hensley (Moe) 3-1

Fifth & Sixth
106-Wilson (CC) dec. Thomas (GC) 2-0
113-Diltz (Bent) dec. Macri (CM) 5-3
120-Ortman (Prk) dec. Baxter (PR) 3-2
126-Ramos (LT) dec. Casey (BB) 6-4
132-Farro (Del) dec. Hogue (R) 6-2
138-Wilson (Wbg) dec. Hinkson (NA) 11-5
145-Potter (AM) pinned Batkowski (M) 3:45
152-Monico (Sae) dec. Timmons (LT) 9-1
160-Tiongson (SP) dec. Taylor (AM) 5-0
170-Mulligan (Sae) dec. McGillick (PTr) 9-8
182-Hoffman (M) dec. McCracken (Wbg) 3-0
195-Hoffman n(M) dec. Butty (CR) 6-0
220-McAleavey (PT) dec. Jones (WH) 3-1
Hvy-Ringer (R) pinned Fagan (Pl) 4:21

Seventh & Eighth
106-Lutz (M) dec. Kunselman (B) 8-3 SV
113-Guariello (FL) dec. Camacho (FR) 5-3
120-Morris (Wbg) dec. Bayless (R) 1-0
126-Maver (DC) pinned Burnham (PR) :47
132-Heinl (S) dec. Pipa (BM) 5-3
138-Godzin (BV) dec. Lizak (Prk) 8-4
145-Bulsak (SP) by default over Oster (LT)
152-J. Verkleeren (BV) dec. Whitmore (CM) 7-2
160- Walton (BB) dec. Hartman (BV) 7-1
170-Dailey (EM) by forfeit over Bryant (Moe)
182-Bowlen (JM) by forfeit over Fritts (Pl)
195-Hartsock (Miff) dec. Delp (K) 4-2
220-Nye (BM) by forfeit over Moses (Bur)
Hvy-Korber (BV) dec. Cobbs (CS) 3-1

106-Burkett (CR) pinned Kassis (Prk) :34 Chishko (PTr) dec. Dunlop (BV) 1-0
113-Teasdale (JM) dec. Parker (P) 12-4 Glory (Del) dec. Diltz (Bent) 6-0
120-Lenox (FL) dec. Baxter (PR) 8-2 Humphreys (SA) dec. Davis (WS) 1-0
126-Matthews (R) dec. Atencio (Pl) 8-3 Riegel (WS) dec. Rush (P) 5-1
132-Ortz (B) dec. Hogue (R) 6-1 Hartman (BV) dec. Monday (AM) 9-7
138-Pletcher (L) dec. Wilson (Wbg) 6-5 Phillippi (D) dec. Lucas (Pl) 1-0
145-Coy (PT) dec. Potter (AM) 10-4 Lewis (BB) dec. Budock (GC) 5-4 UTB
152-Manville (WS) dec. Monico (Sae) 7-0 Hidlay (Miff) pinned Timmons (LT) 5:43
160-Wentzel (SP) dec. Verallis (EM) 11-0 Hidlay (Miff) dec. Taylor (AM) 1-0
170-Bell (BV) pinned Carey (DC) 5:05 Bonaccorsi (BP) dec. Stewart (Miff) 6-2
182-Kui (DC) dec. Gentile (P) 6-4 Woodley (NA)  dec. McCrackenn (Wbg) 3-2
195-Phipps (N) dec. Duggan (NA) 3-1 SV; Dietrich (WS) dec. Bushman (CS) 3-1
220-Amos (CS) dec. Kuhn (K) 5-2 Hilliard (WS) dec. Meyer (Moe) 4-0
Hvy-Rice (N) dec. Hensley (Moe) 3-1 Tucker (LT) dec. Ringer (R) 1-0

KEY – Altoona (A);  Arlington Martin, Texas (AM), Belle Vernon (BV), Benton (Bent), Bethel Park (BP), Bishop McDevitt (BM), Bound Brook, N.J. (BB), Brookville (B), Burrell (Bur), Cabell Midland, W.Va. (Cab), Canon-McMillan (CM), Cave Spring (CS), Cedar Cliff (CC), Chestnut Ridge (CR), Connellsville (Con), Delbarton, N.J. (Del), DePaul Catholic, N.J. (DC), Derry (D), Erie McDowell (EM), Fort Leboeuf (FL), Franklin Regional (FR), Good Counsel (GC), Huntington, W.Va., (Hu), Jefferson-Morgan (JM), Kiski (K), Latrobe (L), Lockport Twp., Ill. (LT), Montoursville (M), Mifflin County (Miff), Moeller, Ohio (Moe), North Allegheny (NA), Norwin (N), Parkland (Prk), Pennridge (P), Penn Trafford (PTr), Peters Township (PT), Pine Richland (PR), Plainview, Okla. (Pl), Reynolds (R), Saegertown (Saeg), South Park (SP), St. Alban’s, W.Va., (SA), St. Paul’s (SP), Shaler (S), Trinity (T), Waynesburg (Wbg), Westmont Hilltop (WH), Wyoming Seminary (WS),

Powerade Finals lineup

182--Kui (DePaul Catholic) vs. Woodley (N. Allegheny) 195--Phipps (Norwin0 vs. Dietrich (Wyoming Seminary)
220--Amos (Cave Spring) vs. Hilliard (Wyoming Seminary) Hvy--Rice (Norwin) vs. Tucker (Lockport)
106--Burkett 9Chestnut Ridge) vs. Chishko (Penn Trafford) 113--Teasdale (Jeff-Morgan) vs.Glory (Delbarton)
120--Lenox (Ft. Leboeuf)vs. Humphreys (St. Alban) 126--Matthew (Reynold) vs. Riegel (Wyoming Seminary)
132--Ortz (Brookville) vs. Hartman (Belle Vernon) 138--Pletcher (Latrobe) vs. Phillippi (Derry)
145--Coy (Penn Trafford) vs. Lewis (Bound Book) 152--Manville (Wyoming Seminary) vs. Hidlay (Mifflin County)
160--Wentzel (South Park) vs. Hidlay (Mifflin County) 170--Bell (Belle Vernon) vs. Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park)


Other Powerade stories

Here some links to other stories about Powerade, starting with my feature.






Go Erie



Powerade seeds released

Seeds are released for the Powerade Tournament. Here is the link.


Team Rankings

Class AAA

10. Moon
9. North Allegheny
8. Seneca Valley
7. Norwin
6. Waynesburg
5. Franklin Regional
4. Canon-McMillan
3. Kiski
2. Latrobe
1. Belle Vernon

Class AA
5. Southmoreland
4. McGuffey
3. Derry
2. South Fayette
1. Burrell


Powerade link

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Scott third at U.S. Senior Nationals

North Carolina head wrestling coach Coleman Scott took third place at 57 kg (126 pounds) at last weekend's U.S. Nationals/Trials Qualifier at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist will compete for a place on the 2016 Olympic team at the U.S. Trials in Iowa City in April.
After an opening round bye, Scott, a Waynesburg High School graduate, scored a pair of 10-0 technical falls against Stevan Micic and Andrew Hochstrasser. Wrestling for the Sunkist Kids, Scott dropped a 3-2 decision to eventual champion Daniel Dennis of the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club in the semifinals before handing Nathan Tomasello a tech fall in the consolation semis. Scott finished the event by decisioning Erkin Tadzhimetov of the New York AC, 7-3, to claim third place. 


Landmark win for Maples

Mapletown earned its biggest win since the program was revived four years ago when the Maples stunned traditional Class AA power Jefferson-Morgan 45-33 Wednesday night on the Maples’ mats. It is believed to be Mapletown’s first wrestling win over the Rockets in more than 50 years.
Mapletown won the match by gaining three forfeits and dominating the middle weights, putting together four consecutive wins including three by fall. Kevin Hayes (145), Brandon Smotzer (152) and Corey Dewitt (160) each won by fall, the latter two coming in the first period.Noah Hixon also had a pin for the Maples at 113.Jefferson-Morgan’s defending state champion Gavin Teasdale (126) needed only 16 seconds to win by fall. Trevor Kniha (170) and Billy Bowlen (195) also had pins for the Rockets.
Upcoming tournamentsCanon-McMillan, Jefferson-Morgan, Peters Township, Trinity and Waynesburg will compete in the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament, Dec. 29-30 at Canon-Mac's gym.* Beth-Center, Burgesttown, Chartiers-Houston, McGuffey and West Greene will compete in the Southmoreland Tournament Dec. 29-30.Washington will be at the Steve DeAugustino Classic at West Mifflin.
* Ringgold is at the Wheeling Park Duals Dec. 29-30
* Mapletown is at the East Fairmont DualsDec. 29-30


Thoughts from the week of wrestling

1. I didn't give Trinity much hope of defeating Canon-McMillan Wednesday night but I like the energy and optimism Mark Powell brings to the match. The head coach is fun to talk to and sometimes says things that make you scratch your head. It was a close match for a while -- Trinity trailed only 17-15 after 8 bouts -- but C-M's heavyweight were dominant in a 43-18 win.

2. The Big Macs have some injury problems - 3 starters were out against the Hillers - so it is a little hard to evaluate them until their performance in Powerade. Head coach Jason Cardillo has a tough job because I am sure everyone compares this team with the ones Chris Mary led to five state titles in three years. They might not want to but it's human nature. Just make sure you don't overlook the talent. It's there and the Big Macs will have a strong season. If healthy.

3. I thought Peters Township would struggle this season because of the wrestlers lost to graduation -- 81 wins from three wrestlers -- but Jason Carpetta has a nice team. It was apparent in their second-place finish in the Chartiers-Houston Tournament that the Indians will have a nice run in the team portion of the season.

4. First upset of the season: Seneca Valley 37, North Allegheny 36. It came down to the final bout and Francis Duggan needed a pin. He got a tech. fall. Duggan is a transfer from Cumberland Valley. Seneca Valley chewed NA up in the lighter weights.

5. Spencer Lee, the undefeated two-time state champion from Franklin Regional, is expected back in late January. Lee is out with a shoulder injury, suffered in the preseason.

6. How much difference does a year make? Gavin Teasdale, fresh from a win at the Eastern Invitation Tournament, is 14 pounds heavier and looks even strong on the mat, if that's possible.


Here's the link to the tournament.



C-H Results

Team Standings
1. South Fayette 197; 2. Peters Twp. 157.5; 3. Butler 130; 4. Upper St. Clair 128; 5. W. Allegheny 125.5; 6. Annville-Cleona 119; 7. Pine Richland 114; 8. Montour 113; 9. Albert Gallatin 207; T10. Beth-Center and North Hills 103.5; 12. Chartiers-Houston 82; 13. SS Beaver 80; T14. Buckhanon-Upshur and South Park 78.5; 16. Burgettstown 70; 17. Beaver 61; 18. Chartiers Valley 52; 19. Fort Cherry 47.5; 20. Avella 41.5; 21. Elizabeth Forward 35; 22. Central Valley 52; 23. Freeedom 23.5; 24. avonworth 19; 25. North Catholic 18.5; 26. Brashear 10.6; 27. Charleroi 8; 28. California 3.5
106–Macy (CV) dec. Dunn (SF) 6-2
113–Matthews (PT) dec. Walnoha (USC) 8-0 (major)
120–Curry (NH) dec. Salas (PR) 11-0 (major)
126–Baxter (PR) pinned Cunningham (WA) 4:28
132–Burnham (PR) pinned Demor (SSB) 1:59
138–Cusick (SF) dec. Lawson (NH) 3-2
145–Carr (SF) dec. Tenney (B-U) 7-2
152–Baxter (But) pinned Talorico (Bvr) :46
160–Wentzel (SP) pinned Wallace (aG) :55
170–Welsh (BC) dec. McGeary (WA) 8-0
182–Bulsak (SP) pinned Wagner (A-C) 1:17
195–Grape (USC) dec. Belack (PT) 10-4
220–McAleavey (PT) pinned Slinger (USC) 5:18
Hvy–Jabloski (Mont) dec. Lober (CH) 13-0

Third & Fourth
106–Mazutis (CH) dec. Giovengo (Mont) 8-1
113–Smith (Burg) pinned Curry (NH) :22
120–Florentino (PT) dec. Wallace (aG) 4-3 UTB
126– Jezioro (PT) by default over Ferraro (NC)
132–McGeary (WA) pinned Lavery (AG) 3:39
138–Renninger (A-C) pinned Palm (USC) 2:39
145–Bails (Burg) pinned MacPherson (NH) :46
152–Resignalo (CV) dec. Garcia (B-U) 3-2
160–Fundy (B-C) dec. Previte (SF) 8-4
170– Sequete (But) dec. DeDi (SF) 13-0 (major)
182–Funkhouser (Mont) dec. Usenicnik 6-0
195–Johnson (But) dec. Simonelli (Av) 11-3 (major)
220–Culberson (SF) dec. Light (A-C) 9-1
Hvy–Dodson (AG) dec. McIntire (FC) 1-0

Fifth & Sixth
106–Howard (EF) pinned Hoffman (But) 3:21
113–Seik (SSB) dec. Loeffler (SF) 5-4
120–Candelore (FC) pinned Funck (A-C) 3:24
126–Renninger (A-C) dec. Keister (EF) 9-0 (major)
132–Azzurella (AG) dec. Kyle (USC) 8-2
138–Flati (WA) dec. Hyrb (Bvr) 11-7
145–Mastrangelo (CV) dec. Wertz (USC) 4-2
152–Ging (SF) pinned Shaeffer (WA) :42
160–Mary (PT) dec. Finan (But) 2-1
170–Bombadier (Mont) dec. Nicholson (Burg) 4-3
182–Dillon (B-C) pinned Provenzano (CH) 4:31
195–Supan (SF) dec. Johnston (CH) 1-0
220–Macek (Mont) dec. Adams (Bvr) 7-2
Hvy–Boggs (D-U) by def. over Karas (Bvr)


Gavin Teasdale: The making of a champion

Here is the link


Team by team assessment.

Here is the link to a story assessing each team's strengths and weaknesses and how they will fare in the wrestling season.



Char-Houston Tournament






Returning Champions: 
Hunter Neely Bentworth
Gage Curry North Hills
Mike Carr South Fayette
Gio Vonne Sanders Jeannette
Jake Wentzel South Park
Anthony Welsh Beth Center
Luke Seifert West Allegheny
Sean Bright North Hills

Returning Runner-ups: 
Daniel Florentino Peters Township
David Wallace Albert Gallatin
Mason Schaefer West Allegheny
Josh Kuslock Chartiers-Houston
Vinny Palm Upper St. Clair
Keagan Lawson North Hills
Kody Komara Freedom
Michael McAleavey Peters Township
Eli Grape Upper St. Clair

Top 2 returning teams from 2014: West Allegheny & Butler