Canon-McMillan's Wiercioch named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrestler of the year
TribLIVE Sports Videos
After winning back-to-back PIAA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan High School and another as a freshman at Charleroi, Cody Wiercioch is headed to Pitt on a scholarship.
The senior, who won Class AAA titles in 2013 and '12 at 170 pounds and a Class AA crown in 2010 at 152, was 44-1 in his final year, bringing his career mark to an eye-opening 167-5.
He chose Pitt over three-time defending champion Penn State and Virginia.
“It was pretty tough to figure it out,” Wiercioch said of his college choice. “I knew I wanted to get into the medical field, and Pitt has a good program.”
Wiercioch, whose only loss as a senior came against Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale in the finals of the Powerade Tournament at Canon-McMillan, has been named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year.
When he wasn't winning a state title, he was finishing as a Class AA runner-up at 160 pounds in 2011 at Charleroi.
What do you think about Canon-McMillan winning the team title two years in a row?
Winning the state championship this year was so much better than last year because we had some guys injured. We had lost a lot of seniors and having the injuries, we weren't expected to win. We weren't expected to make it out of the semifinals, but the guys stepped up. It was pretty satisfying.
What is the one place you have to stay away from on campus at Pitt?
Probably the fast food. They've got a lot of nice restaurants down there. It's going to be hard to stay away from that.
What is the highlight of your wrestling career?
Winning those two state titles for my team (at Canon-McMillan). That probably would be the No. 1 thing. Everyone played a role in those matches.
Would you rather be a national champion or an Olympic gold medalist?
If I had a chance, probably an Olympic gold medalist. Both are pretty big deals.
If you had a chance to go on a dream vacation, where would it be?
New Zealand. I've heard people talk about it and I'd seen it on TV when I was a little kid. I always thought it was a nice place to go. I'm going to go there some day.
What was your first meal after you won the PIAA title?
I had some Reese's cups. That's my favorite food.
If you didn't wrestle, what sport would you play?
I'd probably do gymnastics. Ever since I started wrestling, I started doing flips on a trampoline and then on the ground. I got pretty good at it. When I'm not wrestling, I'm doing flips.
Tribune-Review Wrestling All-Stars
2012-13 record: 41-2
Pletcher won his first PIAA Class AAA title with four victories. … Placed first at the Powerade and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments. … Both losses came against PIAA placewinners at the King of the Mountain tournament at 113 pounds. … Second Latrobe wrestler to win a state title — the first was Ryan Goodman in 2006.
South Fayette, Sr.
2012-13 record: 39-5
Carr was a PIAA Class AA runner-up, losing to Derry freshman George Phillippi, 1-0. … WPIAL champion and PIAA Southwest Regional runner-up. … Clarion recruit captured the Bedford tournament title and finished second in the Allegheny County tournament.
2012-13 record: 42-4
Phillippi won a PIAA Class AA title by defeating South Fayette's Seth Carr. … School's 10th wrestler to win a state title. … It is the fifth consecutive year that Derry has had a state champion, and he is only the second freshman to do it. Jim Gulibon is the other.
2012-13 record: 40-3
Krivus won his first PIAA Class AAA title after finishing third in 2012 at 113. … Won nine consecutive matches at Giant Center. … Won the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association title and was second at the Powerade tournament. … Ninth Hempfield wrestler to win a state title.
Franklin Regional, So.
2012-13 record: 38-5
Kemerer was the PIAA Class AAA runner-up for the second consecutive season. … Lost to Canon-McMillan senior Connor Schram in the PIAA and WPIAL finals. … Westmoreland County Coaches' Association champion.
2012-13 record: 44-3
Schram won his second PIAA Class AAA title, the first came in 2010. ... Placed second in 2011 and 2012. … Powerade champion and helped Canon-McMillan to consecutive WPIAL and PIAA team titles. … Will attend Stanford. … Among three Big Macs to win PIAA titles.
2012-13 record: 45-0
Nolf won his second PIAA Class AA title, defeating Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta. … Career record is 132-1. … First PIAA title came in 2011. … Powerade champion. … Second wrestler from Kittanning to win a state title. The first was Chamie Hooks in 1995.
Franklin Regional, Jr.
2013 record: 45-4
Smith is the second wrestler from Franklin Regional to win a PIAA Class AAA title. Penn State wrestler Nico Megaludis was a three-time PIAA champion. … WPIAL runner-up, losing to Connellsville's Ethan Kenney. … Won his second consecutive Westmoreland County Coaches' Association title.
Keystone Oaks, Sr.
2012-13 record: 35-5
Zanetta was a PIAA Class AA runner-up two consecutive seasons. … WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional runner-up, losing in four consecutive tournaments to Kittanning junior Jason Nolf. … Allegheny County champion.
2012-13 record: 11-0
Chishko missed almost the entire regular season with an elbow injury sustained in the preseason Super 32 tournament. … Came back for the individual tournaments and barely was tested. He won his first state title with an 8-0 win against Cedar Cliff's Chris Vassar. … Three-time PIAA placewinner. ... Made verbal commitment to attend Virginia Tech.
2012-13 record: 36-0
DesLauriers won his first PIAA Class AA championship after placing second in 2012. … Four-time WPIAL champion. … Won titles at the Powerade and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments. … Mercyhurst recruit.
2012-13 record: 44-1
After placing second as a junior, Hart defeated returning PIAA champion Matt McCutcheon from Kiski Area to win WPIAL and PIAA titles. … Will attend Edinboro. … Powerade runner-up and captured the Allegheny County tournament crown.
Kiski Area, Sr.
2012-13 record: 37-2
McCutcheon was the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, losing to Hampton's Jake Hart. … PIAA Class AAA champion at 182 in 2012. … He also won the Eastern Invitational, Manheim and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments. … Penn State recruit.
2012-13 record: 45-3
Vulcano was the PIAA Class AA runner-up, falling to Milton's Ryan Solomon. … WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional champion. … School's all-time leader with 154 victories. … Deciding between football and wrestling in college.
— Compiled by Paul Schofield
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Trade for Winnik gives Penguins competition among bottom six
- Snow sculptors have a ball with Iceburgh, Einstein
- Lincoln tries to rejuvenate career in second stint with Pirates
- Rossi: Pirates better with Maz on scene
- Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri
- Fast-growing Americans for Prosperity opens location in Greensburg
- Missing $1.4M triggers probe of tax collection in Baden
- Heyl: Longtime Pirates fan has long-term designs on his favorite team
- Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through
- Drivers survive head-on crash on Route 356 in Allegheny Township
- Easter Seals merger in Pennsylvania raises ethics concerns