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JAKE ARDELLITZ

Kiski Area, Junior

Claim to fame: Ardellitz, who is 20-9 and ranked No. 5 at 132 pounds in Class AAA, finished third at the Allegheny County tournament in early January after pinning Norwin's Joel Pezze.

“I have done pretty well, comparing from where I have come from,” Ardellitz said. “I definitely became more aware and active on my feet.”

How did you keep focus all the way through a match?

I think anything is possible and any single movement can get you points. It can get you three or four points. I just keep focused with that and hope to come out with the victory.

What is your favorite tournament?

The Manheim tournament. You stay with a host family, and it's fun to wrestle over Christmas.

What got you involved in wrestling?

Me and my friends started to wrestle in fourth grade. I was kind of short for basketball, so I kinda of stuck with wrestling.

What do you need to do to perform well in the postseason tournaments?

I just take it one match at a time. I will try to perform my best and come out on top there.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 11-0 1

2. Franklin Regional 16-1 4

3. Connellsville 18-2 3

4. Kiski Area 14-1 2

5. North Allegheny 13-2 5

6. Latrobe 7-4 6

7. Greensburg Salem 13-3 7

8. Hampton 11-3 9

9. Peters Township 12-2 10

10. Belle Vernon 9-3 8

Class AA

1. South Fayette 7-0 1

2. Burrell 11-5 2

3. Kittanning 11-4 4

4. Jefferson-Morgan 9-4 NR

5. Chartiers-Houston 8-6 5

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (23-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (26-2); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (22-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (12-5); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (17-5).

113: 1. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (31-3); 2. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (20-5); 3. James Harrison, West Mifflin (21-1); 4. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon (16-6); 5. Daniel Leonard, Connellsville (15-10).

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (21-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (26-5); 3. Dom Forys, NA (24-1); 4. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (17-7); 5. Blake Caudill, Butler (19-4).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (25-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, F. Regional (16-4); 3. Tyler Walker, North Hills (27-0); 4. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Twp. (25-2); 5. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (21-3).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (21-3); 2. Drew Walker, North Hills (25-3); 3. Italo Merante, Peters Township (21-2); 4. Joel Pezze, Norwin (15-5); 5. Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area (20-9).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, F. Regional (20-5); 2. Jesse Rodgers, NA (24-2); 3. Justin Alexander, Central Catholic (30-6); 4. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (21-6); 5. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (17-3).

145: 1. Josh Shields, F. Regional (20-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (25-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (20-5); 4. Chris Nuss, Central Catholic (20-10); 5. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (19-5).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (16-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, Greensburg Salem (27-5); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (18-4); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (23-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (24-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (24-1); 2. Zach Voytek, Greensburg Salem (32-1); 3. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (24-5); 4. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (21-1); 5. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (22-3).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (27-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebo (21-3); 3. Noah Wilps, Char. Valley (15-5); 4. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton (18-4); 5. Damon Drositis, Hopewell (19-1).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (23-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (17-2); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (21-4); 4. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (23-8); 5. Brent Blaharczyk, McGuffey (14-4).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (25-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (23-1); 3. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (23-4); 4. Zach Smith, NA (22-6); 5. Anthony Cable, Greensburg Salem (21-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (26-4); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (27-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (19-2); 4. Noah Shulman, Hampton (22-4); 5. Layne Skundrich, NA (13-2).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (27-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (17-1); 3. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (25-6); 4. Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel (16-4); 5. Tyler Mears, Latrobe (20-7).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (18-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (23-1); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (20-4).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (24-3); 2. Seth Carr, S. Fayette (22-2); 3. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center (11-2).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (23-1); 2. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston (21-11); 3. Mike Carr, South Fayette (15-6).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (21-6); 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (12-2); 3. Greg Bulsak, South Park (22-6).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (28-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (17-1); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (23-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (19-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (20-5); 3. Jason Miller, J-M (24-3).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, Chartiers-Houston (29-5); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (11-4); 3. Matt Johnston, West Greene (22-3).

152: 1. Boe Bonzo, Freedom (17-3); 2. Grant Fetchet, S. Fayette (22-5); 3. Corey Falleroni, Burrell (15-3).

160: 1. J.J. Walker, S. Fayette (20-3); 2. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (14-6); 3. Bill Bowlen, J-M (18-5).

170: 1. Mike Fetchet, South Fayette (24-1); 2. Dalton Rosta, Laurel (15-1); 3. Connor Payne, South Side Beaver (22-5).

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (15-0); 2. Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan (20-0); 3. Terrell Fields, Valley (22-3).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, C-H (30-2); 2. Eli Holt, Mt. Pleasant (21-9); 3. Christian Williams, Yough (19-6).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (21-1); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (21-6); 3. Tyler Cousins, Freedom (18-7).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (19-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (21-6); 3. Trevin Bedillion, West Greene (14-8).

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
By Stephen Catanese
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 11:14 p.m.
 

If Valley wrestlers are to find success Wednesday in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AA team tournament, they will need to make opponents wrestle at their pace.

“I don't think many teams can keep up with us,” coach Steve Ansani said.

Tempo control is something Ansani, in his 10th year as coach of the Vikings, has preached to his team, and the tempo he wants is fast and filled with constant motion. He went as far as to describe a recent performance as “extremely aggressive” — exactly what he wanted.

“To win, we need to be aggressive on our feet and on the mat, keep pressure on the other wrestlers, and attack while maintaining position,” he said.

Valley enters the WPIAL tournament with a 10-10 record overall and 3-2 mark in the murderers' row that is Section 3-B. The Vikings' only section losses were against fellow playoff qualifiers Kittanning, 39-31, and six-time defending WPIAL champion Burrell, 36-34.

The Vikings qualified for the WPIAL playoffs after earning a comfortable 46-13 victory over Keystone Oaks in the Section 3-AA fifth-place qualifying match last week.

“We did battle with Burrell and Kittanning for the section title, but fell short by a few points,” Ansani said. “But we're expecting to do well in the playoffs.”

Valley's opening opponent in the WPIAL tournament will be Section 1 third-place finisher Burgettstown. If Valley can defeat the Blue Devils, it will face the winner of the No. 2 seed South Fayette and South Allegheny in the quarterfinals, immediately following the first round. Both matches will be held at South Fayette.

The last time Valley made a run in the WPIAL playoffs was in 2009, when it reached the semifinals. Junior 126-pounder Pat Dewitt, ranked No. 1 in his weight class by Trib Total Media with a 21-6 record, thinks the team has a chance to equal, or even surpass, that success.

“Our goal is to get to states,” he said. “It's really big for us to get a win. Last year, we felt really bad after we lost in the first round. We had a good team. I thought we could do it. But we're better this year.”

Ranked No. 3 by Trib Total Media at 182 pounds, junior Terrell Fields (22-3) has been a force for Valley. Senior Josiah Hughes, junior Marcus Davenport and freshman Jihad Ratlif have also played key roles.

The Vikings aren't entering the playoffs unscathed. Dylan Clarke (14-5), a 170-pound junior, is out for the season with a dislocated elbow. Sophomore Colton Buzzard (4-4) has filled in capably in his absence.

Dewitt said wrestlers fully buying into Ansani's philosophy of speed, aggression and relentlessness as keys for the team's overall improvement.

And when the team buys in, Ansani said the sky is the limit.

“You have to wrestle your style,” he said. “When you do that, you control your destiny.

Stephen Catanese is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


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