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KELLAN STOUT

Mt. Lebanon, soph.

Claim to fame: Stout (24-3), who is ranked second at 170 pounds in Class AAA, finished second at the Allegheny County Tournament after a 3-1 loss to South Fayette's Mike Fetchet on Jan. 12. Stout also was runner-up to Fetchet at the West Mifflin Holiday Tournament.

“This year, I think I've done well. I have noticed a big improvement from last year,” Stout said. “I have gotten better mentally and physically. I have to go back and work on some things. I know I can't dwell on my losses. I lost to some pretty good wrestlers.”

Do you have to diet to maintain your weight?

I'm not into that. I don't have lose 12 to 15 pounds like some people. I normally weigh around 170. I'm usually over by a few, but after a few hard practices I'm able to get down to where I need to be.

How did you start wrestling?

My dad was a Division I wrestler at Clarion University. I was introduced at a young age at second or third grade, and I have stuck with it ever since.

What is the best thing that comes out of wrestling?

When you're not wrestling, you're watching your weight. Discipline comes into it a lot. When you're out with friends you have to watch what you eat and drink. Also, with school you need to make sure you're on time and stuff like that.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Canon-McMillan 13-0 1

2. Franklin Regional 18-3 2

3. North Allegheny 17-3 5

4. Kiski Area 16-3 4

5. Connellsville 19-3 3

6. Greensburg Salem 14-4 7

7. Hampton 12-4 9

8. Belle Vernon 15-4 8

9. Latrobe 7-5 6

10. Peters Township 12-3 10

Class AA

1. Burrell 14-5 2

2. South Fayette 10-1 1

3. Chartiers-Houston 11-8 5

4. Jefferson-Morgan 11-6 3

5. Kittanning 12-5 4

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (24-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (26-2); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (26-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (12-5); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (17-5).

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

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (21-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (28-5); 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (24-1); 4. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (17-7); 5. Blake Caudill, Butler (19-4).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (29-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, F. Regional (20-4); 3. Tyler Walker, North Hills (28-1); 4. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Twp. (25-2); 5. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (21-3).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (25-3); 2. Drew Walker, North Hills (26-4); 3. Italo Merante, Peters Township (21-2); 4. Joel Pezze, Norwin (15-5); 5. Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area (23-10).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (24-5); 2. Jesse Rodgers, North Allegheny (28-2); 3. Justin Alexander, Central Catholic (30-6); 4. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (23-6); 5. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (18-3).

145: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (24-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (29-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (20-5); 4. Chris Nuss, Central Catholic (20-10); 5. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (20-6).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (16-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, Greensburg Salem (29-5); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (22-4); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (23-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (24-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (25-1); 2. Zach Voytek, Greensburg Salem (34-1); 3. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (27-5); 4. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (22-1); 5. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (22-3).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, C-M (31-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (24-3); 3. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (15-5); 4. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton (18-4); 5. Damon Drositis, Hopewell (19-1).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (25-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (21-2); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (21-4); 4. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (26-9); 5. Brent Blaharczyk, McGuffey (14-4).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (29-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (23-1); 3. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (23-4); 4. Zach Smith, NA (26-6); 5. Anthony Cable, Greensburg Salem (22-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (29-5); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (27-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (19-2); 4. Layne Skundrich, NA (16-3); 5. Dylan Miller, Connellsville (29-4).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (31-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (17-1); 3. Luke Fleck, F. Regional (6-0); 4. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (29-6); 4. Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel (16-4); 5. Noah Shulman, Hampton (22-4).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (18-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (24-3); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (25-4).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (24-3); 2. Seth Carr, S. Fayette (22-2); 3. Zach Swarrow, B-C (14-4).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (23-1); 2. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston (23-11); 3. Mike Carr, South Fayette (16-7).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (25-7); 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (16-3); 3. Greg Bulsak, S. Park (22-6).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kitt. (29-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, KO (22-1); 3. Shane Gentry, SS Beaver (27-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (21-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (20-5); 3. Jason Miller, J-M (26-6).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, Chartiers-Houston (29-5); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (13-5); 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 (15-4).

160: 1. J.J. Walker, South Fayette (20-3); 2. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (15-7); 3. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (22-6).

170: 1. Dustin Conti, J-M (24-0); 2. Mike Fetchet, S. Fayette (24-1); 3. Dalton Rosta, Laurel (16-2).

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (18-0); 2. Terrell Fields, Valley (27-3); 3. J. Overly, Mt. Pleasant (25-8).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, C-H (30-2); 2. Eli Holt, Mt. Pleasant (21-9); 3. Christian Williams, Yough (20-6).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (21-1); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (23-6); 3. Allen Cratsenburg, Highlands (5-1).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (19-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (21-7); 3. Trevin Bedillion, West Greene (14-8).

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

It hasn't been easy for WPIAL teams to win PIAA team titles since the tournament began in 1999.

Only three teams — Burrell (2008) in Class AA and Connellsville (2005) and Canon-McMillan (2012) in Class AAA — have won titles.

Five local teams, including the defending champion Big Macs, are headed to Hershey for the PIAA team tournament, which begins Thursday at Giant Center.

Burrell, which won its seventh consecutive WPIAL title, and South Fayette are in Class AA, while Franklin Regional, Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny are in the Class AAA tournament.

North Allegheny advanced by defeating City League champion Allderdice, 73-7, on Monday. Chartiers-Houston fell short of a trip to Hershey after falling to District 10 runner-up Fort LeBoeuf, 41-21, in the PIAA opening round. Those losses have become commonplace for WPIAL teams.

“There are such strong teams all over the state,” Canon-McMillan coach Chris Mary said. “You have Easton, Central Dauphin; there are a lot of good teams out there with studs. We're going to prepare and go out with a positive attitude.”

Canon-McMillan, which will wrestle 8 p.m. Thursday against Spring Grove, the third-place team from District 3, has its own “studs” — Brendan Price (106 pounds), Dalton Macri (120), Connor Schram (136), Cody Wiercioch (170) and Alex Campbell (220).

Franklin Regional and North Allegheny have matches at 6 p.m. The WPIAL runner-up Panthers face District 4 champion Jersey Shore, while the Tigers, the WPIAL third-place team, will face District 3 champion Central Dauphin, which won consecutive titles from 2008-11.

“It's really hard putting together a full lineup with very few holes or no holes,” said North Allegheny coach Jaime Kyriazis, whose team qualified for the second consecutive year. “Your second-tier guys have to do well, and you have to get the right matchups.

“Everybody says Western Pennsylvania is one of the toughest parts of the state; I don't know. Teams like Easton, Central Dauphin and Northampton are the ones who have had success. I don't know how they do it; they put these incredible teams together. Hopefully things are turning the corner with Canon-McMillan winning.”

Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said he's excited about his team's first trip to the state tournament and knows his team can do some damage.

Burrell is making its 10th straight trip to the state tournament, placing third in 2005 and '11.

“When you get outside the district, the talent pool out east and up north is better,” said Chris Como, Burrell's assistant coach who also has served as the team's head coach. “Reynolds and those teams in the Lehigh Valley have solid lineups throughout, and studs. It comes down to winning swing matches. When we won, we had a solid lineup and guys who could win or keep matches close. Then, we had guys we could count on getting big points.”

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

 

 

 
 


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