High school roundup: Kittanning finishes 2nd at wrestling tournament
Kittanning served notice to the other WPIAL Class AA wrestling teams by placing second at the season-opening Eastern Area Tournament this weekend at Gateway.
Class AAA power Kiski Area won the 18-team tournament with 229.5 points, and the Wildcats followed with 171 points. Norwin, another AAA team, finished third with 157.5 points.
Kittanning junior Jason Nolf was named Outstanding Wrestler after pinning all four of his opponents to capture the 132-pound title. In the title bout, Nolf defeated Norwin senior Joel Pezze with a fall in 1 minute, 27 seconds.
Senior Zac Croyle (195 pounds) and junior David Grafton (285) earned runner-up honors for Kittanning, which is ranked No. 3 in Class AA by Trib Total Media.
In the finals, Croyle and Grafton were pinned by Kiski Area wrestlers who are among the best in the state. Croyle lost to Penn State recruit Matt McCutcheon. Grafton fell to junior Shane Kuhn, a Division I prospect.
Wildcats sophomore Derek Bowser (120) placed fourth. Brody Trumbull (113), Christian Emminger (138), Taylor Jack (152) and Jacob Robb (170) placed fifth. Freshman Brendon Malia (106) and Logan Robb (220) placed sixth.
Blairsville Duals — West Shamokin's limited lineup didn't secure a win in the team tournament, but sophomore 170-pounder Brenden Glover won four of his five bouts, three of which involved pins, and senior 138-pounder David Batistig won three bouts, two by pin.
Kittanning 78, Cambria Heights 67 — Senior guard Kevin Barnes scored a team-high 21 points as Kittanning (2-0) won the championship game of its season-opening tournament. Kittanning poured in 32 points in the third quarter to take a 63-31 lead. Cambria Heights (1-1) outscored Kittanning, 36-15, in the fourth quarter.
Apollo-Ridge 71, Leechburg 23 — Senior guard Josh Reynolds scored a game-high 13 points for Apollo-Ridge (2-0) and earned MVP honors at the Leechburg Tournament. The Vikings jumped out to a 21-2 lead over Leechburg (1-1) and cruised to victory. Tre Tipton and Alex Smith added 12 points apiece, and Evan Davis had 10 points for Apollo-Ridge.
Shady Side Academy 54, Ford City 46 — Senior guard David Lattanzio collected 18 points and seven rebounds for Ford City (0-2) in a loss to Shady Side Academy (1-1) in the consolation game of the Mars Tournament.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 62, Freeport 50 — Freshman forward Josh Beale finished with a team-high 14 points, but Freeport (1-1) lost to OLSH (2-0) in the title game of the St. Joseph Tournament.
Marion Center 52, West Shamokin 38 — Senior guard/forward Anthony Rocco sank a trio of 3-pointers and scored 21 points — one short of tying the game-high — but West Shamokin (0-2) lost to Marion Center (1-1) in the consolation game of the Marion Center Tournament.
Apollo-Ridge 54, Knoch 22 — Junior forward Ashley Emminger collected 18 points and 17 rebounds to lift Apollo-Ridge (1-1) over Knoch (0-2) in the consolation game of the Springdale Tournament. Apollo-Ridge led, 27-10, at halftime.
Karns City 51, Freeport 17 — Emily LoPresti, LeAnn Gibson and Shanel Preston scored in double-digits for the Gremlins (2-0) in the final of the Freeport Tournament. LoPresti led the way with 13, while Gibson had 12 and Preston 10.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 48, Ford City 33 — Allyson Cujas netted a team-high 12 points for Ford City (0-2) in a consolation-game loss to OLSH (1-1) at the St. Joseph Tournament.
Punxsutawney 52, West Shamokin 46 — Jill Glover led all scorers with 16 points, but West Shamokin (0-2) came up short against Punxsutawney (1-1) in the Marion Center Tournament's consolation game.