Ringgold's DeJuliis set to enter W&J hall of fame
Ringgold High School graduate and standout wrestler Kevin DeJuliis will be one of five individuals inducted into Washington & Jefferson College's 16th Athletic Hall of Fame Class.
The 2014 banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Rossin Campus Center Ballroom.
W&J's 2014 class will also be recognized at halftime of the Presidents' season-opening football game against The College of Wooster (Ohio) at Cameron Stadium the following evening. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Comprising the rest of the new class will be Burleigh Cruikshank 1915 (football-posthumous), Terry Evans '70 (basketball), Bobby Swallow '09 (football) and Rebecca Webb '94 (swimming).
A 2003 graduate, DeJuliis is the W&J wrestling program's all-time wins leader with 117 career victories.
He was a two-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier.
As a junior, he became the fifth wrestler in school history to earn All-America laurels after placing seventh in the 133-pound bracket at the 2002 national championships.
He helped the 2001-02 Presidents compile the program's first undefeated dual meet season with a perfect 7-0 overall record.
DeJuliis was selected as the Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Wrestler in 2003 after winning the 133-pound championship.
Interestingly he was the Presidents' last NCAA All-American until recently graduated Josh Etzel (Elizabeth Forward High School) earned 2013 All-American honors by placing fifth nationally at 157 pounds.
DeJuliis' 175 career takedowns still rank second in the school record book and his 36 victories in 2002-03 remained the program standard before Etzel's 37 victories in 2013.
He becomes just the eighth wrestler inducted into the W&J Athletic Hall of Fame and joins his coach and former Presidents' four-time national qualifier Angelo Morascyzk, a 2010 inductee.
For more information on attending the induction ceremony, contact the W&J athletic office at 724-223-6054.
If the 2014 Bee Graphix Football Classic was any indication, Monessen High School's Clintell Gillaspie is going to make an immediate impact at Lackawanna College in Scranton this spring.
The multisport star was named the South squad's Offensive Most Valuable Player after helping his team earn a 35-7 victory over the North squad.
Gillaspie finished with 53 rushing yards on four attempts and had 45 receiving yards receiving, including a 12-yard scoring reception.
Javon Brown, also from Monessen, contributed 42 rushing yards on just three attempts and one of his two receptions was a 57-yard touchdown pass.
Two other Monessen players on the South team included Kayne Jackson and De-Shawn Homes.
Uniontown High School's Xavier Ellis was the South's quarterback.
Charleroi High School graduate Brandon Bowman scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and also excelled on defense. He will attend nearby California University of Pa. Fellow Cougar Dakota Moorer, who is headed to Thaddeus (Philadelphia, Pa.) Stevens College of Technology, caught one pass for 35 yards.
Belle Vernon Area High School graduate Jake Sweitzer had one reception for 18 yards. He will play college football at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The head coach of the South squad was Monessen's Andy Pacak.
Receiving MVP honors for the North squad was Geneva (Beaver Falls) College-bound quarterback Charlie Manack from Frazier High School. He completed seven of 13 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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