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Plum to return to annual West Mifflin tourney

| Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
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Eric Green scored a decision victory in the 138-pound bout during Plum's section match with Hampton on Dec. 12, 2012. Michael Love | Plum Advance Leader

The Plum varsity wrestling team returns to the annual Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic for a second year in a row, and head coach Mike Supak is hoping his mix of veteran and younger wrestlers will be able to take advantage of some challenging competition among the mostly WPIAL field of teams.

The Mustangs will face the some familiar foes such as Fox Chapel, Penn Hills, North Hills and Woodland Hills at the tournament on Dec. 28 and 29.

Also in action will be Albert Gallatin, Ambridge, Avonworth, Belle Vernon, Brashear, Cambridge Springs (District 10), Carrick (City League), Keystone Oaks, McKeesport, Mt. Lebanon, Richland (District 6), Shady Side Academy, Shaler, South Allegheny, South Fayette, South Park, Obama Academy (City League), Thomas Jefferson, Upper St. Clair, Washington, West Mifflin, Westinghouse and Yough.

The number of teams in this year's field — 30 — is up from 22 last year, as the tournament continues to grow in popularity.

Host West Mifflin won last year's tournament, and Fox Chapel, Mt. Lebanon and Plum finished second through fourth.

Supak said earlier this week his lineup for the tournament wasn't finalized, but several returning wrestlers fared well last year.

Senior Jake DiGuilio went 3-1 at 220 pounds and placed second, while sophomore Nate Turchick compiled a 4-1 record at 170 pounds and took third.

Junior Eric Green also recorded a third-place finish, as he went 4-1 at 132 pounds.

His four wins came in the form of three pins and a major decision.

Senior Anthony Zummo placed fifth at 138 with a 4-2 record, while junior Stephen Turchick went 4-2 at heavyweight and also earned a fifth-place finish.

The Mustangs wrestlers in the lineup next week hope to emulate the performance last year of graduate John Marotto, who went undefeated (4-0) and won the championship at 145 pounds.

This year's Steve DeAugustino Classic kicks off on Dec. 28 with first-round action at 10:45 a.m.

The second round in the championship bracket, the first round of consolations, the championship quarterfinals and the second and third round of consolations also will be that day, with the final session beginning at 6:30.

The championship semifinals and the fourth round of consolations kick off action on Dec. 29 at 10:15 a.m.

The consolation semifinals are slated for 12:30 p.m., and all final rounds will be at 3.

All times are tentative.

Wrestlers are permitted to wrestle a maximum of five matches per day, so one session, if necessary, may have to be moved to the second day.

Hampton 43, Plum 16

The host Talbots got the better of the Mustangs in the Section 3B-AAA opener for both teams last week.

Plum came out on top in five bouts.

Nate Turchick opened the match with a 6-2 decision victory at 182, while freshman Tony DiNinno earned a 10-5 decision win at 106.

It was the second victory of his young varsity career. He also won a match in the 106-pound consolation bracket at the Eastern Area tournament on Dec. 7.

Sophomore Anthony Borrasso picked up a 6-2 decision triumph at 113. The win was the first of his varsity career.

Freshman Tommy Zummo dominated his bout at 126, winning with a 13-1 major decision.

It was his fifth win of the season, as he also won four bouts at the Eastern Area tournament en route to a 126-pound fifth-place finish.

Rounding out the victors for the Mustangs was Green at 138, as he earned a high-scoring 15-11 decision win.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at

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