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Possible match between Wiercioch and Marsteller highlights Powerade Tournament

- Addison Knepshield (top), a Manor Township native and former member of Kittanning's youth wrestling program, now competes for national prep powerhouse Blair Academy (N.J.). Knepshield, a senior, will compete in the 182-pound weight class of the Powerade Christmas Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School this Friday and Saturday.
Addison Knepshield (top), a Manor Township native and former member of Kittanning's youth wrestling program, now competes for national prep powerhouse Blair Academy (N.J.). Knepshield, a senior, will compete in the 182-pound weight class of the Powerade Christmas Tournament at Canon-McMillan High School this Friday and Saturday.
Valley News Dispatch - Kiski Area's #86 Shane Kuhn Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Kiski Area's #86 Shane Kuhn Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dispatch

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Claim to fame: Kuhn, who is 11-0 and has 78 career wins, finished as the WPIAL Class AAA runner-up last season in the 285-pound class after losing to Canon-McMillan's Cody Klempay, 1-0. Kuhn, who finished last season 37-6 with 29 pins, placed fourth at the PIAA Class AAA tournament. Kuhn claimed titles in his weight class at the Section 1-AAA and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments.

“The goal is to stay on top ,of my game,” Kuhn said about his early success on the mat. “I don't really think about it. I just stay focused and not let it get into my head.”

Who do you have the toughest time wrestling against?

I would probably say the hardest wrestler I have faced is Luke Fleck from Franklin Regional. It has always been a close match that goes back and forth through the two years so far.

What's your best move?

I would have to say whatever really works against that particular opponent at that time. What might work on a smaller wrestler might not work on a bigger wrestler.

What do you need to do to claim WPIAL gold and get on the podium in Hershey?

I need to keep working and work harder. I know what I need to work on to get better.

— Andrew John


Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 2-0 1

2. Franklin Regional 6-0 2

3. Kiski Area 8-0 4

4. Connellsville 4-0 5

5. Gbg. Salem 5-1 6

6. Hampton 7-1 3

7. Central Catholic 1-0 7

8. Butler 2-0 8

9. North Allegheny 4-2 10

10. Belle Vernon 5-1 9

Class AA

1. Char-Houston 2-1 1

2. Burrell 4-3 2

3. Yough 10-0 3            

4. Kittanning 0-1 4

5. South Fayette 2-0 5

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Gage Curry, North Hills; 2. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan; 3. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon; 4. Chris Eddins, Greensburg Salem; 5. Gage Nicolella, McGuffey.

113: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe; 2. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg; 3. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield; 4. James Harrison, West Mifflin; 5. Sam White, Mt. Lebanon.

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield; 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan; 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny; 4. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic; 5. Blake Caudill, Butler.

126: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional; 2. Tyler Walker, North Hills; 3. Nathan Russo, Belle Vernon; 4. Lukas Etzel, Elizabeth Forward; 5. Casey McGowan, Penn-Trafford.

132: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan; 2. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional; 3. Joel Pezze, Norwin, 4. Drew Walker, North Hills; 5. Ron Seibert, Central Catholic.

138: 1. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional; 2. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville; 3. Italo Merante, Peters Township; 4. Justin Alexander, Central Catholic; 5. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe.

145: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional; 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area; 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon; 4. Chris Nuss, Central Catholic; 5. Kevin Synan, Hampton.

152: 1. Tyler Reinhart, Greensburg Salem; 2. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area; 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic; 4. Dale Provance, Connellsville; 5. Zach Kocak, Hampton.

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe; 2. Zach Voytek, Greensburg Salem; 3. Heath Coles, Norwin; 4. Dom Nania, Hempfield; 5. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon.

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan; 2. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton; 3. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon; 4. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley; 5. Brebdan Burnham, Pine-Richland.

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon; 2. Zach Smith, North Allegheny; 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin; 4. Ryan Hannon, Butler; 5. Pat Barcaskey, Moon.

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area; 2. Jake Hart, Hampton; 3. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny; 4. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills; 5. Anthony Cable, Greensburg Salem.

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMIllan; 2. Cole Macek, Montour; 3. James Keys, West Mifflin; 4. Calvin Sittig, Ambridge; 5. Michael Tempalski, Hopewell.

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area; 2. Damon Sims, Hopewell; 3. Luke Fleck, Franklin Regional; 4. Zach Deluca, Central Catholic; 5. Noah Shulman, Hampton

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffith, Southmoreland; 2. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown; 3. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan.

113: 1. Cody Charles, Yough; 2. George Phillipi, Derry; 3. Jake Rothka, Bentworth.

120: 1. Seth Carr, South Fayette; 2. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center; 3. Matt Vickless, Bentworth.

126: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver; 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth; 3. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston.

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning; 2. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver; 3. Jake Wentzel, South Park.

138: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell; 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan; 3. Tony Welsh, Beth-Center.

145: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi; 2. Phil Marra, Burrell; 3. Jason Stay, Beth-Center.

152: 1. Tanner Sutton, Chartiers-Houston; 2. Boe Bonzo, Freedom; 3. Grant Fetchet, South Fayette.

160: 1. Derek Hull, Chartiers-Houston; 2. Nico Brown, Beth-Center; 3. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan.

170: 1. Mike Fetchet, South Fayette; 2. Brendon Glover, West Shamokin; 3. Lucas Richardson, Yough.

182: 1. Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan; 2. Justin Overly, Mt. Pleasant; 3. Dylan Clark, Valley.

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, Chartiers-Houston; 2. Cody Jacobs, West Greene; 3. Jake Fordyce, Bentworth.

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella; 2. Christian Williams, Yough; 3. Tyler Cousins, Freedom.

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland; 2. Tom Sever, Yough; 3. Allan Beattie, Burrell.

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, 7:58 p.m.

It's the biggest and one of the toughest holiday wrestling tournaments in the country.

The 45th annual Powerade Tournament begins Friday at Canon-McMillan, and it features national power Blair Academy of New Jersey, the returning team champion. The tournament started with only schools from the WPIAL, but it's expanded and now brings in teams from all over the state and teams from California, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Tennessee, Oregon and West Virginia.

Canon-McMillan, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Franklin Regional, Connellsville, Hempfield, Greensburg Salem, Kittanning, Hampton, Central Catholic and Chartiers-Houston are some of the top WPIAL teams entered.

But there is an added attraction: a possible meeting in the 170-pound final between Canon-McMillan senior Cody Wiercioch and Kennard-Dale junior Chance Marsteller, both two-time PIAA champions.

“Cody welcomes the challenge and I imagine Chance does too,” Canon-McMillan coach Chris Mary said. “These types of battles are good for the sport.”

Wiercioch and Marsteller are two of 10 returning champions and four runners-up back.

The other returning champs are Central Catholic sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (106 pounds), Franklin Regional sophomore Michael Kemerer (113), Canon-McMillan junior Solomon Chishko (138), Blair seniors Russell Parsons (152) and Brooks Black (285), Burrell senior Dakota DesLauriers (182), Hampton senior Jake Hart (195) and Solanco senior Thomas Haines (220). Chishko has an elbow injury and will not compete.

Canon-McMillan senior Connor Schram (120), who missed the 2011 tournament because of an injury, was the 2010 winner.

Wiercioch has been tested a few times already this season, winning titles at the Ironman and Reno tournaments. Marsteller may provide his toughest test of the season, and it could be a precursor to the PIAA tournament if both stay at the same weight class.

Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine, a Powerade champion, said he wants his wrestlers to get experience against some of the top wrestlers in the country. Hempfield competed in the Beast of the East tournament over the weekend and sophomore Sam Krivus ended up fourth at 120 pounds.

“We wrestled well as a team,” DeAugustine said. “The competition is great. At the Beast, there were 45 college coaches in attendance. You don't get a scholarship being on a good team.”

Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley said he wants to see his good wrestlers take a step up to another level, and the Powerade Tournament is the place to do it.

“The young wrestlers are going to get their eyes opened, and the veterans get a chance to take a step,” Parsley said. “There isn't much difference between our wrestlers and the top wrestlers in the country. Work ethic is the only thing that separates the top wrestlers.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-836-5095.

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