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Kiski Area wrestler Tyler Worthing no stranger to adversity

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TYLER LEVER

Fox Chapel, Senior

Claim to fame: Lever (26-4), who is ranked No. 4 at 285 pounds in Class AAA, finished second after losing to Hampton's Noah Shulman, 9-0, at the Allegheny County tournament earlier this season. He is a contender for the Section 3-AAA title this Saturday at the individual tournament.

“I think I have improved a lot throughout the season. I definitely have gotten into a lot more better condition throughout the season,” Lever said. “I have started to use a lot more techniques because the last two years I have been out. I started to remember the different moves and started to use them.”

How do you think you will fare in the section tournament?

In the section tournament, I believe I can get first. I've heard the only kid in the section that has beaten me, Hampton's Noah Shulman, has dropped down a weight class.

Who do you think you will have a good match with?

I think North Allegheny's Dan Watson. I should have a pretty good match against him. He was the No. 2 seed in the county tournament, and he is still in my section.

What are your college plans for next year?

I've applied to Waynesburg. But I'm not sure yet. I have looked into a couple Division II schools, but it's a possibility I will go to Waynesburg. I'm going somewhere for football. I enjoy the team aspect of football. The individual aspect is nice, but wrestling takes a strain on my body with my back. I have a bad back, and that's why I was out my sophomore and junior years.

How did you get started with wrestling?

I started in third grade when I joined Fox Chapel's elementary program, and I have done it ever since.

— Andrew John

Class AAA Rankings

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (30-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (28-2); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (31-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (21-7); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (22-5).

113: 1. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (32-3); 2. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (33-2); 3. James Harrison, West Mifflin (25-1); 4. Phil Mary, Peters Twp (25-5); 5. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon (23-7).

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (29-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (35-5); 3. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (16-7); 4. Brenden Hasson, Belle Vernon (30-3); 5. Conner Medlang, F. Reg., (6-2).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (34-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, F. Regional (29-4); 3. Tyler Walker, N. Hills (28-1); 4. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Twp. (29-2); 5. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (28-4).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (35-3); 2. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (23-6); 3. Drew Walker, North Hills (25-4); 4. Italo Merante, Peters Twp. (25-2); 5. Joel Pezze, Norwin (25-6).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, F. Regional (33-6); 2. Jesse Rodgers, NA (30-4); 3. Justin Alexander, Central Catholic (33-8); 4. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (24-4); 5. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe (26-7).

145: 1. Josh Shields, F. Regional (34-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (29-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (30-5); 4. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (21-6); 5. Nate Hall, West Allegheny (30-1).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (27-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, Greensburg Salem (31-5); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (22-4); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (27-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (29-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (31-1); 2. Zach Voytek, G. Salem (35-1); 3. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (23-1); 4. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (31-6); 5. Sammy Minor, Canon-McMillan (29-6).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (34-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (27-3); 3. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (25-6); 4. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (26-9); 5. Damon Drositis, Hopewell (26-1).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (31-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (28-2); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (30-5); 4. Brent Blaharczyk, McGuffey (21-4); 5. Zack Weaver, Butler (28-7).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (29-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (33-1); 3. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (26-4); 4. Zach Smith, NA (29-7); 5. Anthony Cable, Greensburg Salem (24-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (29-6); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (31-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (26-2); 4. Noah Shulman, Hampton (23-4); 5. Brett Zanotto, F. Reg. (18-9).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (31-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (19-1); 3. Luke Fleck, F. Reg. (15-1); 4. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (30-8); 5. Dylan Miller, Connellsville (26-4).

Class AA Rankings

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (26-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (32-4); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (29-4).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (32-3); 2. Seth Carr, South Fayette (29-3); 3. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center (16-5).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (26-2); 2. Josiah Hughes, Valley (27-8); 3. Mike Novak, Mt. Pleasant (33-9).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (29-7); 2. John Demaske, Jefferson-Morgan (19-2); 3. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (26-4).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (35-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (26-2); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (32-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (29-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (30-5); 3. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (33-7).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, C-H (35-6); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (22-6); 3. Ryan Zalar, J-M (18-7).

152: 1. Boe Bonzo, Freedom (20-3); 2. Taylor Jack, Kitt. (29-8); 3. Grant Fetchet, S. Fayette (29-7).

160: 1. Connor Payne, South Side Beaver (30-6); 2. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (27-8); 3. Jared Walker, South Fayette (24-6).

170: 1. Dustin Conti, Jefferson-Morgan (31-0); 2. Mike Fetchet, South Fayette (33-1); 3. Dalton Wildman, West Greene (26-6).

182: 1. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (26-0); 2. Terrell Fields, Valley (30-4); 3. Justin Overly, Mt. Pleasant (31-8).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, Chartiers-Houston (36-2); 2. Zac Croyle, Kittanning (21-9); 3. Zach Walker, South Fayette (28-4).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (31-1); 2. Cody Jacobs, West Greene (28-4); 3. Tom Sever, Yough (27-8).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (28-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (29-8); 3. Rob Wolak, South Park (18-6).

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
 

Tyler Worthing should get extra back points.

After what the Kiski Area freshman wrestler has been through over the past year, the idea that he's even competing again seems unlikely and far-fetched.

The optimistic 15-year-old has battled injuries throughout his still-budding career. He's had surgery on his hip, shoulder and thumb. But his most recent affliction arguably has been the most trying.

Worthing continues to recover from a quarter-sized pilonidal cyst on his tailbone, an ailment that developed while he was recovering from hip surgery in the offseason.

Essentially, surgery left a small, still-healing hole in Worthing's lower back.

“I was working on a drill in practice and I fell back and hit my butt,” he said. “It was a shooting pain like I had never felt before. That's when we noticed (the cyst).”

Worthing (26-9, 13 pins) has continued to wrestle, with a bandage over the wound. He will compete in the 170-pound weight class at Saturday's Section 1-AAA individual tournament at Gateway — the first step in his postseason debut and what he hopes is the start of achieving his goal of reaching the state tournament in Hershey.

“I learned a work ethic at a young age,” Worthing said. “I guess it comes from practicing in the living room with my dad. I learned to suck it up.”

Worthing had three different surgeries from February to April.

“He has a high tolerance for pain,” said his mother, Angela. “He keeps fighting. Some kids take time off to heal and rest. Not Tyler.”

A reoccuring and painful hip injury last wrestling season turned out to be a torn labrum and required surgery. The extent of the injury wasn't diagnosed until he went to the hospital for a broken thumb. While there, he requested his hip get checked.

“When it's on the line, he wants to win and compete,” Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said. “He finds a way to be able to go, despite all he's been through. He has really been through some adversity.”

Following treatment, which left an 8-inch scar, doctors decided they didn't want Worthing to put pressure on his hip and hand, so he was placed in a wheelchair for a month. He was confined to a doctor's bed in his home and missed two months of school. It was in that time the cyst developed.

“That's been the real bugger to heal,” Angela Worthing said.

There were times early in the season when his mother would change the dressing on the 3-inch wound during matches.

“It was pretty nasty,” Tyler said. “It would close up, but then I could tell when it would split open again.”

For three months, Worthing was aided by a fanny-pack-sized Medevac system. The small bag was strapped to his waist and tubing ran under his clothing to help drain the abscess. Worthing also has undergone treatment for an umbilical hernia, a protrusion of the abdominal lining around the belly button.

Worthing's injuries led to weight fluctuation — he was 203 pounds at one point but dropped to 157 last year. He's weighed in at 182 much of this season.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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