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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano prepares to pin Mt. Pleasant Area's Eli Holt at 26 seconds in their 170-lb bout during the quarterfinal round at the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling tournament at Chartiers Valley High School on February 24, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>   Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano prepares to pin Mt. Pleasant Area's Eli Holt at 26 seconds in their 170-lb bout during the quarterfinal round at the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling tournament at Chartiers Valley High School on February 24, 2012.
- Freedom wrestler Boe Bonzo. Submitted
Freedom wrestler Boe Bonzo. Submitted

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Freedom, senior

Claim to fame: Bonzo, who is 13-2 at 152 pounds and has 109 career wins after capturing his fourth MAC title Saturday, finished last season as the WPIAL Class AA 145-pound weight class runner-up. Bonzo went 39-8 last season and was fifth at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional.

“He's pretty much a coach's dream,” Freedom coach Jim Covert said. “He has a very aggressive style and he tries to outshoot his opponents. He's a very rough and physical wrestler; he doesn't lay back.”

What did you do during the offseason to improve on the mat?

I was able to lift a lot and I was able to join a club team.

With most of your free time normally spent on your family's dairy farm, how was it to finally work on wrestling?

Lifting-wise, I was definitely able to get a lot stronger and my cardio is stronger. With me being able to join a club team, I was able to see different wrestlers and the different styles.

Which tournament is your favorite every year?

I would have to probably have to say the end-of-the-year tournaments like the section tournament, WPIAL tournament and state tournament, since those are the tournaments during the year that really matter.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 6-0 1

2. Kiski Area 10-0 3

3. Connellsville 10-1 4

4. Greensburg Salem 6-1 5

5. Hampton 8-1 6

6. Franklin Regional 7-1 2

7. North Allegheny 6-2 9

8. Latrobe 3-1 NR

9. Butler 2-1 9

10. Belle Vernon 6-2 10

Class AA

1. Chartiers-Houston 3-1 1

2. Burrell 6-3 2

3. Yough 11-1 3 4. South Fayette 3-0 5

5. Kittanning 2-2 4Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Luke Pletcher (12-2), Latrobe; 2. Gage Curry (14-1), North Hills; 3. Brendon Price (14-5), Canon-McMillan; 4. Chris Eddins (14-6), Greensburg Salem; 5. Scotty Stossel (10-4), NA.

113: 1. A.C. Headlee (23-3), Waynesburg; 2. Ricky Cavallo (10-5), Hempfield; 3. James Harrison (11-0), West Mifflin; 4. Mitch Hartman (10-2), Belle Vernon; 5. Kevin Kinyua (10-3), Mt. Lebanon.

120: 1. Sam Krivus (11-3), Hempfield; 2. Dalton Macri (17-4), Canon-McMillan; 3. Dom Forys (13-3), North Allegheny; 4. Vincenzo Joseph (9-5), Central Catholic; 5. Blake Caudill (10-2), Butler.

126: 1. Connor Schram (18-3), Canon-McMillan; 2. Michael Kemerer (13-4), F. Regional; 3. Tyler Walker (15-0), North Hills; 4. Nate Russo (14-2), Belle Vernon; 5. Austin Shaw (17-3), Gbg. Salem.

132: 1. Tyler Smith (14-3), Franklin Regional; 2. Joel Pezze (9-3), Norwin; 3. Drew Walker (13-2), North Hills; 4. Italo Merante (9-2), Peters Township; 5. Corey Wilding (9-4), USC.

138: 1. Josh Maruca (14-4), Franklin Regional; 2. Justin Alexander (21-6), Central Catholic; 3. Ethan Kenney (8-4), Connellsville; 4. Jesse Rodgers (11-2), NA; 5. Jake Shaffer (10-4), Latrobe.

145: 1. Josh Shields (13-4), Franklin Regional; 2. Cole Landowski (16-1), Kiski Area; 3. Kevin Synan (11-4), Hampton; 4. Tyler Steele (5-0), Connellsville; 5. Brandon Heinzelman (18-3), Ringgold.

152: 1. Tyler Reinhart (16-3), Greensburg Salem; 2. Heath Coles (10-2), Norwin; 3. Kyle Skelly (15-2), Kiski Area; 4. Kyle Coniker (13-6), Central Catholic; 5. Tyler Heasley (10-2), Fox Chapel.

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky (12-1), Latrobe; 2. Zach Voytek (19-1), Greensburg Salem; 3. Dom Nania (9-4), Hempfield; 4. Brendan Burnham (7-1), Pine-Richland; 5. Austin Bell (17-2), Belle Vernon.

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch (18-1), Canon-McMillan; 2. Brandon Olszewski (11-1), Hampton; 3. Kellan Stout (11-1), Mt. Lebanon; 4. Noah Wilps (9-4), Chartiers Valley; 5. Ryan Hannon (9-0), Butler.

182: 1. Adam Nickelson (15-0), Belle Vernon; 2. Zach Smith (11-4), North Allegheny; 3. Drew Phipps (13-3), Norwin; 4. Tyler Worthing (14-6), Kiski Area; 5. Raistlen Willett (17-6), Gbg. Salem.

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon (16-0), Kiski Area; 2. Jake Hart (13-1), Hampton; 3. Alex DiCiantis (5-1), NA; 4. Alen Turcinhodzic (12-3), North Hills; 5. Anthony Cable (11-4), Gbg. Salem.

220: 1. Alex Campbell (16-4), Canon-McMillan; 2. Cole Macek (6-0), Montour; 3. Noah Shulman (12-4), Hampton; 4. James Keys (9-3), West Mifflin; 5. Zach DeLuca (17-7), Central Catholic.

285: 1. Shane Kuhn (17-0), Kiski Area; 2. Damon Sims Jr. (2-0), Hopewell; 3. Tyler Mears (10-5), Latrobe; 4. Angelo Broglia (18-5), Canon-McMillan; 5. Tyler Lever (11-2), Fox Chapel.

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffith (9-1), Southmoreland; 2. Austin McDermitt (11-1), Burgettstown; 3. Brendon Howard (15-1), Jefferson-Morgan.

113: 1. Cody Charles (14-1), Yough; 2. George Phillipi (14-2), Derry; 3. Jake Rothka (9-2), Bentworth.

120: 1. Nathan Reckner (15-1), South Side Beaver (15-1); 2. Seth Carr (10-1), South Fayette; 3. Rich McGinnis (13-6), Chartiers-Houston.

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt (12-1), Valley; 2. Vince Vahaly (5-1), Bentworth; 3. Greg Bulsak (12-4), South Park.

132: 1. Jason Nolf (18-0), Kittanning; 2. Nick Zanetta (10-1), Keystone Oaks; 3. Shane Gentry (15-1), South Side Beaver.

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi (11-0), Charleroi; 2. Steven Edwards (11-4), Burrell; 3. Jason Miller (16-2), J-M.

145: 1. Tanner Sutton (15-4), Chartiers-Houston; 2. Phil Marra (9-4), Burrell; 3. Matt Johnston (12-1), West Greene.

152: 1. Boe Bonzo (12-2), Freedom; 2. Grant Fetchet (11-1), SF; 3. Corey Falleroni (14-2), Burrell.

160: 1. J.J. Walker (6-1), South Fayette; 2. Derek Hull (12-5), Chartiers-Houston; 3. Nico Brown (9-4), Beth-Center.

170: 1. Mike Fetchet (11-0), South Fayette; 2. Dalton Rosa (11-0), Laurel; 3. Connor Payne (15-2), South Side Beaver.

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers (8-0), Burrell; 2. Dustin Conti (12-0), Jefferson-Morgan; 3. Terrell Fields (10-1), Valley.

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano (16-2), C-H; 2. Eli Holt (13-4), Mt. Pleasant; 3. Cody Jacobs (10-2), West Greene.

220: 1. Jake Temple (11-1), Avella; 2. Tom Sever (15-2), Yough; 3. Tyler Cousins (8-3), Freedom.

285: 1. Jake Beistel (10-1), Southmoreland; 2. Allan Beattie (14-4), Burrell; 3. Christian Williams (13-2), Yough.

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 10:42 p.m.

The results of the Powerade wrestling tournament two weeks ago at Canon-McMillan have no direct bearing on a team's record or its section standing.

When Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano and Tanner Sutton both medaled at the prestigious event, the two individuals did so knowing they had solid showings at what is considered to be one of the top high school wrestling tournaments in the country. Vulcano placed fourth in the 195-pound weight class, and Sutton took sixth at 145 pounds.

Bucs coach Bill Sutton disputes the notion the medals won't do anything in terms of getting Chartiers-Houston deep into the WPIAL team tournament or to Hershey for the PIAA team tournament.

“What happened (that) weekend kind of helps us out (as a team), too,” said Bill Sutton, who is Tanner's father. “By far, Garrett and Tanner are the hardest workers in the room, and they only reinforced that by being the ones who got medals at Powerade.

“They're seniors, and they lead the team. We as coaches kind of direct them, and when they do something, everyone else does it. If they see Tanner and Garrett do it, it's easier for us to get them follow.”

The two were at it again this past weekend, as Vulcano took first and Sutton second at the Buzz Hill Wrestling tournament in Florida, leading the Bucs to a fourth-place finish out of 33 teams.

Tanner Sutton has placed in the top three of the WPIAL all three of his high school seasons — he's a reigning WPIAL champion at 145 pounds, placed third in the WPIAL at 130 pounds as a sophomore and second at 125 as a freshman. Vulcano is also a three-time WPIAL placewinner, having been the runner-up at 170 pounds last season, fourth at 160 pounds in 2011 and sixth at 145 in 2010.

They have been key parts of Chartiers-Houston teams that have advanced to the WPIAL semifinals each of the past three years. The Bucs were runners up in 2011.

“We've been through a lot in terms of experience, so in the practice room and on the mat, too, we try to set an example because we know when me or him are wrestling, all the guys are watching,” Tanner Sutton said. “We try to set a good example and wrestle hard.”

Six other seniors are contributing for Chartiers-Houston this season, including first-year wrestler David Kincaid. The leading rusher on the Bucs' football team, Kincaid always told Bill Sutton he would wrestle once his football career was over as a senior. He won the team's spot at 170 pounds.

Seniors Casey Dunkle and Josh Kraushaar have been holding their own despite being undersized at 220 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Senior Jimmy Saieva (182 pounds) is in his second season as a starter.

Dylan Schultz-Terling worked to drop weight from the 195 he wrestled at last season, and Alvaro Luna has made great strides in his third year of organized wrestling.

“Our team is not quite where we were the last couple years, but we really like what we have, that's for sure, with the leaders we have,” Bill Sutton said.

Vulcano plans on pursuing a college career as a linebacker. Sutton will wrestle — he's looking at Clarion, Edinboro and Lock Haven.

But before they leave, each can put the finishing touches on high school careers that, barring injury, will end with Vulcano and Sutton ranking first and second on the program's career wins list.

They also want to graduate with more team accolades.

“I want to make states, to be honest,” Vulcano said. “Let's place high (at WPIALs) and get to Hershey.”

Chris Adamski is a freelance writer.

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