Burrell's DesLauriers named Tribune-Review wrestler of the year
Add another DesLauriers wrestler to Burrell High School's rich tradition.
Four-time state placewinner Dakota DesLauriers joined his uncle Joel DesLauriers as a PIAA champion by winning the 182-pound state title on March 9, capping a stellar 36-0 season and a career mark of 152-14.
“It was always one of those Thanksgiving Day fights, who was better?” Dakota DesLauriers said. “We'd be sitting around the dinner table and he'd always be saying to me, ‘Well, you haven't won a state championship yet.'
“Now, I have it.”
DesLauriers, who wrestled for much of the season with a bone chip in his elbow and recently underwent surgery to remove it, has been named the Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year.
Prior to winning a championship this season, DesLauriers was a runner-up at 182 in 2012. He finished third in 2011 and sixth in 2010, both at 171 pounds.
DesLauriers will attend Mercyhurst and is expected to wrestle at 184 pounds as a freshman for the NCAA Division II Lakers.
It's weeks later now, how are you feeling about winning a state title?
You kind of have to come down to reality some time. It's nice to know that I won the state championship, but you really have to move on and prepare for the next step. For me, that's college.
Why did you pick a Division II school in Mercyhurst?
That's not an uncommon question. I just think I can excel in academics there. You can't wrestle 40 years down the road. You have to come out of there with a shot at a good job. It's not out of the question to transfer to a Division I school later on.
What is the one place you have to stay away from on campus?
The food line. Yeah, that would be it.
Even though you won a state championship, is there something else that you'd call a highlight in your wrestling career?
No, the state championship was really the icing on the cake.
Would you rather be a national champion or an Olympic gold medalist?
I definitely would rather have an Olympic gold medal, but both would be fantastic. The goal now is a national championship.
If you had a chance to go on a dream vacation, where would it be?
I would probably have to say Jamaica. It just looks so beautiful. It's a nice beach.
What was your first meal after you won the PIAA title on March 9?
I went to a seafood restaurant with everyone who came up to watch me and had lobster tail. My second meal was an Original Chicken Sandwich at Burger King. It's my favorite.
If you didn't wrestle, what sport would you play?
I probably would have to say rugby. I played two years on our high school club team. We took second and fifth in the state. This year, I needed to get focused a little more. But rugby was a lot of fun. I might even have played football for that matter. I played it through ninth grade, but I just had to many injuries early in the season.
Tribune-Review Wrestling All-Stars
2012-13 record: 41-2
Pletcher won his first PIAA Class AAA title with four victories. … Placed first at the Powerade and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments. … Both losses came against PIAA placewinners at the King of the Mountain tournament at 113 pounds. … Second Latrobe wrestler to win a state title — the first was Ryan Goodman in 2006.
South Fayette, Sr.
2012-13 record: 39-5
Carr was a PIAA Class AA runner-up, losing to Derry freshman George Phillippi, 1-0. … WPIAL champion and PIAA Southwest Regional runner-up. … Clarion recruit captured the Bedford tournament title and finished second in the Allegheny County tournament.
2012-13 record: 42-4
Phillippi won a PIAA Class AA title by defeating South Fayette's Seth Carr. … School's 10th wrestler to win a state title. … It is the fifth consecutive year that Derry has had a state champion, and he is only the second freshman to do it. Jim Gulibon is the other.
2012-13 record: 40-3
Krivus won his first PIAA Class AAA title after finishing third in 2012 at 113. … Won nine consecutive matches at Giant Center. … Also won the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association title and was second at the Powerade tournament. … Ninth Hempfield wrestler to win a state title.
Franklin Regional, So.
2012-13 record: 38-5
Kemerer was the PIAA Class AAA runner-up for the second consecutive season. … Lost to Canon-McMillan senior Connor Schram in the PIAA and WPIAL finals. … Westmoreland County Coaches' Association champion.
2012-13 record: 44-3
Schram won his second PIAA Class AAA title, the first came in 2010. ...Placed second in 2011 and 2012. … Powerade champion and helped Canon-McMillan to consecutive WPIAL and PIAA team titles. … Will attend Stanford. … Was among three Big Macs to win PIAA titles.
2012-13 record: 45-0
Nolf won his second PIAA Class AA title, defeating Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta. … Career record is 132-1. … First PIAA title came in 2011. … Also a Powerade champion. … Second wrestler from Kittanning to win a state title. The first was Chamie Hooks in 1995.
Franklin Regional, Jr.
2013 record: 45-4
Smith is the second wrestler from Franklin Regional to win a PIAA Class AAA title. Penn State wrestler Nico Megaludis was a three-time PIAA champion. … WPIAL runner-up, losing to Connellsville's Ethan Kenney. … Second consecutive Westmoreland County Coaches' Association title.
Keystone Oaks, Sr.
2012-13 record: 35-5
Zanetta was a PIAA Class AA runner-up two consecutive seasons. … WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional runner-up, losing in four consecutive tournaments to Kittanning junior Jason Nolf. … Allegheny County champion. ... Signed with Pitt.
2012-13 record: 11-0
Chishko missed almost the entire regular season with an elbow injury sustained in the preseason Super 32 tournament. … Came back for the individual tournaments and barely was tested. Won his first state title with an 8-0 win against Cedar Cliff's Chris Vassar. … Three-time PIAA placewinner. … Made verbal commitment to attend Virginia Tech.
2012-13 record: 44-1
Wiercioch won a third PIAA title, his second in Class AAA. His first came in 2010 when he attended Charleroi. … Only loss came in the Powerade tournament finals against three-time PIAA Class AAA champion Chance Marsteller. … Three-time WPIAL champion. … 167-5 career record. … Pitt recruit.
2012-13 record: 44-1
After placing second as a junior, Hart defeated returning PIAA champion Matt McCutcheon from Kiski Area to win WPIAL and PIAA titles. … Will attend Edinboro. … Powerade runner-up and captured the Allegheny County tournament crown.
Kiski Area, Sr.
2012-13 record: 37-2
McCutcheon was the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, losing to Hampton's Jake Hart. … PIAA Class AAA champion at 182 in 2012. … Won the Eastern Invitational, Manheim and Westmoreland County Coaches' Association tournaments. … Penn State recruit.
2012-13 record: 45-3
Vulcano was the PIAA Class AA runner-up, falling to Milton's Ryan Solomon. … WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional champion. … School's all-time leader with 154 victories. … Deciding between football and wrestling in college.