Canon-McMillan's Wiercioch named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrestler of the year
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