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Nick Zanetta

Keystone Oaks, Senior

Claim to fame: Zanetta (15-1), who has 112 career wins, claimed the 132-pound title at the Allegheny County Championship with a 6-2 victory over North Hills‘ Drew Walker on Saturday.

“I started off the season slow, but I feel like I'm peaking toward the end of the season,” Zanetta said. “I'm not satisfied, but all that counts are the wins.”

How do you find success on the mat?

It all starts out in the practice room. I need to work harder and get back to the things that worked for me last year, like the techniques. I need to start getting into more of a postseason mentality.

What did you like about Pitt's program?

The coaches will make sure everyone works hard, and that's what I need.

When do you think you perform the best?

I would have to say whenever the spotlight is on me. The more pressure I have on me is when I do better.

How do you not shy away from the spotlight with so much attention on you?

You are focused and more worried in what you need to do. Whenever in the big matches, that's when all the good wrestlers come out and show you what they are made of.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 7-0 1

2. Kiski Area 11-0 2

3. Connellsville 15-2 3

4. Greensburg Salem 7-1 4

5. Hampton 9-1 5

6. Franklin Regional 8-1 6

7. North Allegheny 7-2 7

8. Latrobe 4-1 8

9. Belle Vernon 7-2 10

10. Central Catholic 3-1 NR

Class AA

1. Chartiers-Houston 4-1 1

2. Burrell 6-3 2

3. South Fayette 4-0 4

4. Yough 12-1 3 5. Kittanning 3-2 5

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (16-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (19-1); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (16-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (8-3); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (10-2).

113: 1. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (24-3); 2. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (15-5); 3. James Harrison, West Mifflin (17-2); 4. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon (13-4); 5. Kevin Kinyua, Mt. Lebo (11-4).

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (17-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (21-4); 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (15-1); 4. Vincenzo Joseph, C. Catholic (10-5); 5. Blake Caudill, Butler (11-3).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (22-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (13-4); 3. Tyler Walker, North Hills (16-0); 4. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (19-2); 5. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Twp. (13-2).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (18-3); 2. Drew Walker, North Hills (14-2); 3. Italo Merante, Peters Township (10-2); 4. Joel Pezze, Norwin (14-5); 5. Corey Wilding, Upper St. Clair (10-4).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (19-4); 2. Jesse Rodgers, NA (13-2); 3. Justin Alexander, C. Catholic (22-6); 4. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (13-5); 5. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (12-3).

145: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Reg.(19-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (21-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (12-4); 4. Chris Nuss, Central Catholic (16-9); 5. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (15-5).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (14-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, Greensburg Salem (20-4); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (15-3); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (14-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (21-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (18-1); 2. Zach Voytek, Gbg. Salem (24-1); 3. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (20-4); 4. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (15-0); 5. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Rich. (13-1).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (24-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (13-1); 3. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (10-4); 4. Ryan Hannon, Butler (11-0); 5. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton (12-2).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (18-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (11-1); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (18-4); 4. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (19-7); 5. Robert West, Trinity (19-1).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (22-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (18-1); 3. Zach Smith, NA (15-4); 4. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (13-3); 5. Anthony Cable, Greensburg Salem (15-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (23-4); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (21-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (13-1); 4. Noah Shulman, Hampton (17-4); 5. Layne Skundrich, NA (5-1).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (23-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (6-0); 3. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (22-6); 4. Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel (11-3); 5. Tyler Mears, Latrobe (15-7).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (12-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (17-1); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (11-1).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (20-3); 2. Cody Charles, Yough (16-3); 3. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center (6-2).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (16-1); 2. Seth Carr, South Fayette (14-1); 3. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston (14-6).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (15-3); 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (7-2); 3. Greg Bulsak, South Park (13-4).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (19-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (11-1); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (16-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (15-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (15-5); 3. Nick Kusich, Avella (10-2).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, C-H (18-5); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (9-4); 3. Matt Johnston, West Greene (14-1).

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

160: 1. J.J. Walker, South Fayette (15-3); 2. Derek Hull, Chartiers-Houston (13-5); 3. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (10-4).

170: 1. Mike Fetchet, SF (17-0); 2. Dalton Rosta, Laurel (11-0); 3. Connor Payne, S.S. Beaver (15-5).

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (12-0); 2. Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan (17-0); 3. Terrell Fields, Valley (14-3).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, Chartiers-Houston (20-2); 2. Eli Holt, Mt. Pleasant (16-6); 3. Cody Jacobs, West Greene (16-3).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (14-1); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (19-4); 3. Tyler Cousins, Freedom (13-5).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (14-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (18-5); 3. Christian Williams, Yough (17-4).

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 10:06 p.m.

Coming off his second consecutive 285-pound title at the Allegheny County Championship this past weekend, senior Noah Shulman appears on track to make a run at his goal of qualifying for the PIAA championships.

Get to know Shulman, though, and you begin to understand there is much more to this Hampton senior than just wrestling.

A lot more.

How much more? Try a football standout talented enough that coaches at Penn State have encouraged him to walk on after he enrolls next year.

The 6-foot-2 Shulman also is a capable enough discus thrower that he narrowly missed out on a PIAA championships berth.

Hampton wrestling coach Joe Bursick says Shulman has Division I ability in his sport, too. Shulman nearly qualifying for the PIAA championships last season suggests as much.

Strong and powerful, Shulman plays three sports at a high level. But he's much more than just an athlete.

Try Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra musician. River City Youth Brass Band tuba player. National Honors Society-caliber student with a 3.75 grade-point average. Aspiring veterinarian and part of a family heavily involved in animal rescue.

“He's a great guy off the mat with a lot of interests,” said Bursick, who also teaches Shulman in an honors calculus class at Hampton. “He works extremely hard at practice and is a vocal leader ... just the type of kid you enjoy working with.

“I can say of all his extracurricular activities, wrestling is probably about fourth on his list. He could go to a small D-I school (for wrestling) and be successful if he wanted.”

Shulman twice has placed among the top six at the Powerade tournament, an event considered one of the top high school tournaments in the nation.

Shulman is being driven, in part, by what happened at last season's WPIAL championships. During a consolation-round match in the 285-pound bracket, he was put in an illegal and potentially dangerous headlock by Montour's Ty Haddock.

Shulman won that match by disqualification, leaving him only one victory short of the third-place match that decides a PIAA berth. But Shulman was forced to forfeit the next match after the headlock incident.

“Had that not happened, who knows, he might have qualified for states last year,” Bursick said. “But one of our goals is to get him qualified this season. And he's having a great year.”

And not just in wrestling. His two-way play on the lines helped Hampton's football team stay in the Greater Allegheny Conference race until the season finale.

Shulman will study animal science at Penn State — and plans to walk on as a linebacker. His choice of field of study is no coincidence — his family is heavily involved in animal rescue.

“We have four collies, a Chihuahua, six cats, and we have about 10 parrots,” said Shulman, who has three older brothers who also were athletes at Hampton (Jordan is a sophomore wrestler at Pitt).

“Over the years, we've been involved with and support different rescue agencies. When I'm not playing sports or playing the tuba or working on academics, we spend a lot of time moving animals around, finding them homes.”

Shulman also wants to find a way to help get the Talbots to Hershey for the PIAA team championships.

“Us seniors have been wrestling since we were in elementary school together,” Shulman said. “We want to come out on top this year, so we're wrestling real hard and doing everything we can do.”

Chris Adamski is a freelance writer.




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