Plum earns six medals at West Mifflin tourney
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
The Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic at West Mifflin High School turned 10 years old this year, and Plum joined the party only last season.
But the Mustangs' debut was a successful one, as they came away from the 2011 tournament with seven place winners.
Last Saturday was almost as successful, as six Plum wrestlers claimed medals for top-six finishes.
“There were more than 30 teams, and they started to wrestle well right out of the gate,” Plum head coach Mike Supak said.
“They were finishing their shots and making the most out of their time on the mat.”
Plum had a wrestler at every weight class with the exception of 195.
Eleven wrestlers won at least one match, with 10 scoring two or more victories.
Senior Jake DiGuilio went 3-1 to finish second at 220, while junior Eric Green placed third at 138 with wins in five of his six bouts.
Junior Andy McRandal (170) and sophomore Zach Martin (152) each placed fourth. McRandal went 3-2, while Martin claimed victory in five of his seven bouts.
Junior Stephen Turchick wrestled eight times over the tournament's two days, and he went 6-2 at heavyweight to place fifth.
Sophomore Nate Turchick wrestled to a 4-2 mark and also took fifth.
“Everyone was pretty much tired when the two days were over,” Supak said.
“We all talked about this being a good tournament to get some experience and get some success going.”
Stephen Turchick lost an 11-5 decision to Ambridge junior Sebastian Perez in the second round of the championship bracket.
He dropped down to the consolation bracket and won four matches in a row.
Turchick lost a consolation semifinals bout, 5-1, to Mt. Lebanon sophomore Zeynul Zaynullayev, but he rebounded to scored a 9-3 decision victory in a rematch with Perez for fifth place.
“Stephen had a couple of tough dual-meet matches with (Noah) Shulman from Hampton and (Tyler) Lever from Fox Chapel. They are two of the higher-ranked heavyweights in the WPIAL. This gave him a chance to wrestle some of the guys who are not as high ranked and get a little success going.
“We talked about what his mistakes were against Perez the first time. He capitalized on the corrections and went out and got the job done.”
Stephen Turchick also placed fifth last year, and he is a combined 10-4 at the West Mifflin Tournament.
DiGuilio placed second for the second season in a row.
On Saturday, he suffered a tough 2-1 decision loss to Westinghouse's Rodjrecko Christian in the finals.
Green is a combined 9-2 in two years at the West Mifflin Tournament, and he went 5-1 on Saturday with three wins by pinfall and two decision victories by a combined 12-3.
He found success in the consolation bracket with four wins, including a 7-1 victory over Avonworth's West Bartholemew.
Nate Turchick also has two medals in as many appearances at the West Mifflin Tournament.
He placed third in 2011 and is a combined 8-3 at West Mifflin.
Turchik pinned three opponents and added a 7-2 decision victory over Cambridge Springs' Zach Stafford in the fifth-place bout at 182.
Junior Mike Walkup won his first two bouts at 132, but an injury forced him to withdrawal from the remainder of the tournament.
Plum was slated to return to Section 3 action Wednesday against Shaler at Plum High School. The match was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.
The Mustangs went into the match with the Titans 1-1 in the section.
Plum steps away from the section Friday with a match at rival Gateway. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs and Gators last competed in a dual match right before the section tournament in 2011, and the Mustangs won, 39-28.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.
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