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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri celebrates after defeating Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri celebrates after defeating Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy for the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy for the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer wrestles Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph in the 138-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Kemerer won 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer wrestles Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph in the 138-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Kemerer won 3-2.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's coaches react during the bout between Hempfield's Sam Krivus and Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's coaches react during the bout between Hempfield's Sam Krivus and Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Smith won 7-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout introduced prior to his bout against Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky in the 182-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Zavatsky won 3-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout introduced prior to his bout against Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky in the 182-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Zavatsky won 3-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Shields is introduced prior to his bout against Mifflinburg's Cole Walter in the 152-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Shields won 3-1.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Shields is introduced prior to his bout against Mifflinburg's Cole Walter in the 152-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Shields won 3-1.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky stretches before his bout against Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout in the 182-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Zavatsky won 3-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky stretches before his bout against Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout in the 182-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan. Zavatsky won 3-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus, top, wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus, top, wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith reacts after beating Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith reacts after beating Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus (right) wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus (right) wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus (back) wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus (back) wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Latrobe coach Tad Harbert cheers for Luke Pletcher as he wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe coach Tad Harbert cheers for Luke Pletcher as he wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown wrestles Solanco's Connor Sheehan in the 106-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Brown won major decision 12-3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown wrestles Solanco's Connor Sheehan in the 106-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Brown won major decision 12-3.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri reacts after beating Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Macri won 8-6.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri reacts after beating Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Macri won 8-6.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown wrestles Solanco's Connor Sheehan in the 106-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Brown won a major decision 12-3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown wrestles Solanco's Connor Sheehan in the 106-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Brown won a major decision 12-3.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (bottom) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (bottom) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee reacts after winning against Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee reacts after winning against Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy, facing, in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy, facing, in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) shakes the hand of Latrobe's Ethan McCoy before their 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) shakes the hand of Latrobe's Ethan McCoy before their 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (right) wrestles Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the 113-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Lee won by major decision 14-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri wrestles Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri wrestles Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 10:21 p.m.
 

Repeat visitors led the way to the top of the medal stand at the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament.

Six wrestlers returned to the top of the medal stand, the most since 2007, and 170-pound senior Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale became just the fifth four-time champion in tournament history Saturday night at Canon-McMillan High School.

Kittanning's Jason Nolf, Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer and Josh Shields, and Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky and Luke Pletcher won their second Powerade titles on a night in which 10 of 14 titles went to WPIAL wrestlers.

Marsteller was the most decorated star on display, and the Oklahoma State-bound senior improved his career record to 142-0 in quick fashion with a 17-1 technical fall at the 2:35 mark over Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps.

Marsteller joins North Allegheny's Ty Moore, Central Dauphin's Marshall Peppelman, Franklin Regional's Nico Megaludis and Derry's Jimmy Gulibon as the only four-time champs in the tournament's 47-year history.

“It's a big steppingstone for me. I came in here looking to join the other four guys, but I just had to take it one match at a time,” Marsteller said.

Though he battled a head cold through the two-day tournament, that didn't stop Marsteller from recording three pins and an 8-1 decision to reach the final.

“This is definitely the best tournament (of the high school season) for me because it lets me know what I need to work on,” Marsteller said. “Last year I found out I needed to work on my riding. I've always been a takedown guy, so I spent a lot of time working this summer on my riding.”

For Nolf, it was the second Powerade title in as many attempts, and the Kittanning senior upped his career mark to 149-1 with a 13-7 decision over Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in the 145-pound final.

Nolf was clinical in his winning performance, as the Penn State recruit recorded six takedowns and controlled the action from start to finish without looking for much in the way of riding time.

“I'm trying to open guys up because my goal is to pin them,” Nolf said. “If I take a guy down a few times, it will open him up, and I think it's easier to pin them that way.”

Nolf won all five of his matches with ease and shrugged off missing out on a potential national No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup with injured Canon-McMillan senior Solomon Chisko.

“It would have been nice to wrestle him, but you can't do anything about it. He got hurt,” Nolf said.

Franklin Regional won the team title on the strength of five titles, including wins by Tyler Smith (132), Devin Brown (106) and Spencer Lee (113), the nation's top-ranked freshman at any weight and the only freshman Powerade winner this year. Latrobe finished second.

Latrobe's Dom Scalise won the 160-pound title with a 3-0 win, and Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri — named Most Outstanding Wrestler — thrilled the home crowd with a late takedown and near fall for an 8-6 win at 126 pounds.

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mgrubba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.

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