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ANTHONY CABLE

Greensburg Salem, JR.

Claim to fame: Cable (19-3) claimed his second title at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament after pinning Franklin Regional's Brett Zanotto in 2:46 in the 220-pound weight class on Jan. 12.

“I did all right during the tournament,” Cable said. “However, I thought I could have done better in some matches. I need to keep pushing on as I try to make it to Hershey and hopefully win at states.”

What weight class are you most comfortable?

I would have to say 195 because it's more of my natural weight. At 220, there are a lot more bigger kids. It's a lot easier to maneuver around the kids at 220.

How do you think the team will do in the playoffs?

I feel like we can make it to Hershey. We have a couple young kids. However, we pride ourselves on being successful.

Who's your favorite wrestler?

I like Dan Gable. He lost his last match. He gave it his all. He would put his weaknesses behind him and did what he had to do to get the job done.

When do you feel like you're at your best on the mat?

I feel like it's all about who gets the first takedown in the match. Whoever does has the better chance to win the match. If you keep attacking your opponent, he will eventually give up. You will have a better advantage if you keep attacking.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 8-0 1

2. Kiski Area 13-0 2

3. Connellsville 16-2 3

4. Franklin Regional 9-1 6

5. North Allegheny 11-2 7

6. Latrobe 7-2 8

7. Greensburg Salem 12-2 4

8. Belle Vernon 8-2 9

9. Hampton 10-2 5

10. Peters Township 8-0 NR

Class AA

1. South Fayette 5-0 3

2. Burrell 7-4 2

3. Yough 14-1 4 4. Kittanning 9-3 55. Chartiers-Houston 4-3 1Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (20-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (24-2); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (16-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (12-5); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (17-5).

113: 1. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (29-3); 2. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (18-5); 3. James Harrison, West Mifflin (21-2); 4. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon (15-5); 5. Kevin Kinyua, Mt. Lebo (18-7).

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (18-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (21-5); 3. Dom Forys, N. Allegheny (24-1); 4. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (11-5); 5. Blake Caudill, Butler (17-3).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (22-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, F. Regional (13-4); 3. Tyler Walker, N. Hills (25-0); 4. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (20-2); 5. Tyler Buckiso, Peters (19-2).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (18-3); 2. Drew Walker, North Hills (23-3); 3. Italo Merante, Peters (15-2); 4. Joel Pezze, Norwin (15-5); 5. Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area (19-8).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, F. Regional (19-4); 2. Jesse Rodgers, NA (22-2); 3. Justin Alexander, Central Catholic (23-6); 4. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (19-6); 5. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (15-3).

145: 1. Josh Shields, F. Regional (19-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (23-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (17-4); 4. Chris Nuss, Central Catholic (14-8); 5. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (17-5).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (16-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, Gbg. Salem (26-4); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (17-3); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (15-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (24-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (22-1); 2. Zach Voytek, Gbg. Salem (30-1); 3. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (22-5); 4. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (19-1); 5. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (13-1).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (24-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (19-3); 3. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (10-4); 4. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton (17-2); 5. Damon Drositis, Hopewell (16-1).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (21-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (16-1); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (21-4); 4. Robert West, Trinity (19-1); 5. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (21-8).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (23-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (19-1); 3. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (22-4); 4. Zach Smith, N. Allegheny (20-6); 5. Anthony Cable, Gbg. Salem (21-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (23-4); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (19-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (18-2); 4. Noah Shulman, Hampton (18-4); 5. Layne Skundrich, NA (12-1).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (25-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (14-1); 3. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (22-6); 4. Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel (13-3); 5. Tyler Mears, Latrobe (18-7).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (17-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (21-2); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (16-3).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (23-3); 2. Cody Charles, Yough (16-5); 3. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center (11-2).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (22-1); 2. Seth Carr, South Fayette (16-2); 3. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston (17-9).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (20-6); 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (10-2); 3. Greg Bulsak, South Park (18-6).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (27-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (16-1); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (22-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (15-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (15-5); 3. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (22-3).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, C-H (21-5); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (9-4); 3. Matt Johnston, West Greene (21-2).

152: 1. Boe Bonzo, Freedom (14-2); 2. Grant Fetchet, S. Fayette (17-3); 3. Corey Falleroni, Burrell (14-2).

160: 1. J.J. Walker, South Fayette (17-3); 2. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (14-6); 3. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (16-5).

170: 1. Mike Fetchet, SF (18-0); 2. Dalton Rosta, Laurel (15-1); 3. Connor Payne, S.S. Beaver (21-5).

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (12-0); 2. Dustin Conti, J-M (18-0); 3. Terrell Fields, Valley (20-3).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, Chartiers-Houston (22-2); 2. Eli Holt, Mt. Pleasant (17-6); 3. Cody Jacobs, West Greene (18-3).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (20-1); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (20-5); 3. Tyler Cousins, Freedom (15-5).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (19-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (18-5); 3. Christian Williams, Yough (18-4).

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 11:00 p.m.
 

When No. 2 Kiski Area defeated No. 4 Franklin Regional on Jan. 2, it was the first of a possible four meetings.

Kiski Area (13-0) defeated short-handed Franklin Regional (9-1), 36-23, rallying for the victory and the claiming the Class AAA, Section 1A title.

The teams can meet again in the Section 1-AAA team tournament finals Wednesday at Kiski Area as long as they win their opening-round matches — Kiski Area faces Section 1B runner-up No. 6 Greensburg Salem (12-2), while No. 6 Latrobe (7-2), the Section 1B champion, battles Franklin Regional. The opening matches begin at 6 p.m.

The postseason begins Wednesday with section tournaments in Class AAA and Class AA. The WPIAL team tournament is scheduled to begin Monday.

“All the Jan. 2 match decided was who was going to host this event,” Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. “We're looking forward to another shot at them. We also could meet them in the WPIAL tournament and the PIAA tournament.”

Kiski Area has won the four previous matches, and Franklin Regional would like to reverse that trend. The Panthers were without Michael Kemerer, Trevor Medlang, John Wohlin and Luke Fleck in the first meeting. Kemerer and Fleck are expected to wrestle. Kemerer's backup, however, Dom Giannangeli performed well in the first meeting.

Even though he lost in the dual, his performance at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament helped Franklin Regional win its first team title. The Panthers dominated the county tournament.

Kemerer (126 pounds), Tyler Smith (132), Josh Maruca (145) and Josh Shields (152), all PIAA qualifiers last year, are the Panthers top wrestlers, while Kiski counters with PIAA champion Matt McCutcheon (23-0) at 195, PIAA placewinner Shane Kuhn (24-0) at 285 and Cole Landowski at 145.

“We got a couple key victories,” Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said after the first match. “Kyle (Skelly) hung in his match and pulled out a 3-2 win, and Dakota (Lange) won an overtime match. We'll wrestle whoever shows up.”

Latrobe coach Tad Harbert and Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley are eager to see how their teams perform against two of the top teams in the state.

“We have five or six talented teams in the section,” Harbert said. “It's going to be a grind.”

Latrobe has two of the top wrestlers in the state — freshman Luke Pletcher (106) and junior Zack Zavatsky (160). Tyler Reinhart (152), Zach Voytek (160) and Anthony Cable (220) pace Greensburg Salem.

Hempfield is at Gateway in the Section 1 fifth-place match.

The other Class AAA sites are at Connellsville (Section 2), North Allegheny (Section 3) and Canon-McMillan (Section 4).

In Class AA, No. 3 Yough (14-1) looks to win its first Section 2 tournament, but must defeat Bentworth and then the winner of the Mt. Pleasant-Jefferson-Morgan match.

“I'm confident in the team,” Yough coach Jeremy Zufall said. “There aren't many teams that can match up with us besides South Fayette and Burrell.”

The other Class AA sites are South Fayette (Section 1) and South Allegheny (Section 3).

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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