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Greensburg Salem wrestling to celebrate program's 700th win

| Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 10:40 p.m.

Greensburg Salem has a storied football program with 674 victories, ranking third in the WPIAL behind New Castle and Jeannette.

The wrestling program, which began in 1936, achieved the 700-win milestone with three victories at the North Hills Duals on Saturday.

The Greensburg Salem School District will honor the achievement Wednesday when the Golden Lions host Indiana. The ceremony is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the match. School officials urge all past wrestlers to attend.

“It's neat that we have two highly recognized programs at the state,” said Greensburg Salem wrestling coach Randy Parsley, who was a wrestler for the school's 400th win, assistant coach for No. 500 and head coach for the 600th and 700th victories. “This program has a lot of stability. You don't have to worry about who is the coach.”

Past coaches, PIAA and WPIAL champions and former wrestlers will be attending, including three-time NCAA champions Greg Jones (West Virginia) and Brian Kapusta (North Dakota State) and Hall of Fame coach Rob Waller.

Others expected to attend are PIAA champions Phil Detore (1965), Mickey Kenney (1970), Ken Parsley (1978), Donnie Jones (2003, 2004) and Jeff Kapusta (1992).

Jeff Kapusta, Kenny Trumbetta and the late Sam Kucenic were two-time All-Americans, and Vertus Jones, who will be unable to attend, was a state champion and a three-time All-American at West Virginia.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at pschofield@tribweb.com.

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