Eight Mustangs wrestlers seeded for AC tourney
The annual Allegheny County Tournament will be Friday and Saturday at Fox Chapel High School, and eight Plum wrestlers are seeded in their respective weight classes.
Ten wrestlers were seeded in each weight class, and juniors Zach Martin (152) and Andy McRandal (170) lead the way, as each is seeded sixth.
Senior Jake DiGuilio is seeded seventh at 220, while freshman Tommy Zummo (120) and junior Eric Green (138) are eighth seeds.
Freshman Tony DiNinno is seeded 10th at 106, while sophomore Nate Turchick (182) and junior Stephen Turchick (285) also are No. 10 seeds.
“Every weight class is pretty tough,” Plum head coach Mike Supak said.
“When you have younger guys at a tournament this big, you have to be ready to wrestle any match from any seed. Even if you don't get seeded, it doesn't matter where you start. It's where you finish that counts.”
DiGuilio is the lone returning Plum wrestler to earn a medal at the 2012 Allegheny County Tournament.
He was seeded eighth last year at 220 and worked his way to a fifth-place finish.
DiGuilio defeated Montour's Cole Macek in the fifth-place match. This year, Macek is seeded second at 220, right behind Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Zach DeLuca.
DeLuca was fourth at 220 last year.
“With 40 teams, every weight class is full of quality wrestlers,” Supak said. “If you lose one, you have to have a short memory and start winning again in the consolation bracket.”
A pair of 2012 ACT champions — North Allegheny's Domenic Forys and Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph — are seeded first and second, respectively, at 120.
Gateway senior A.J. Wilkins is right behind both as the third seed at 120.
Forys won last year at 113, while Joseph did the same at 106.
Three other champions from 2012 are back to try to win their weight classes.
Joining Forys and Joseph in that category is Elizabeth Forward's Luke Etzel, the third seed at 126 who is the defending 126-pound champ.
North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis won the 170-pound title last year, and he is the top seed this weekend at 182.
Hampton's Noah Shulman is the defending champion at heavyweight.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Medals will be awarded to eighth place, and the Parade of Champions will be Saturday at 5:45 p.m. with the championship round at 6.
Plum was able to bounce back from a tough 37-36 Section 3 loss to Shaler on Jan. 2 with a 52-16 victory at rival Gateway in a nonsection contest two days later.
Five Mustangs wrestlers — Stephen Turchick (285), DiNinno (106), sophomore Anthony Borrasso (113), Nate Turchick (182) and DiGuilio (220) — scored pinfall victories, while Tommy Zummo earned a major decision win, 14-2, at 126.
“The Shaler match was a tough one two swallow,” Supak said. “Even in that match, we wrestled well. They wanted to get back out there (against Gateway) and get a match in, wrestle well and move on.”
Supak said he was impressed with Martin's 2-0 victory over Gateway's Tony DeFazio at 152.
“Zach was hitting his moves, and the guy wasn't letting him score,” Supak said. “Zach kept grinding it out.”
Also winning against Gateway were Green (138) by decision, 7-3; senior Anthony Zummo (145) by decision, 8-2; Hunter Fenk (160), by decision, 8-1; and sophomore Ronny Amato (120) by forfeit.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.