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High school wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan maintains status quo under 1st-year head coach

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Gage Curry

North hills, Sophomore

Claim to fame: Curry, who is 9-0 this season, won the 113-pound title at the Chartiers-Houston Tournament after pinning Peters Township's A.J. Buckiso in 3:11. Curry, who went 38-5 last season, finished second at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament last season in the 106-pound weight class and took fourth at states.

“It was a good feeling because I lost in the finals last year against the kid I wrestle with, Austin Griffiths,” Curry said.

What was your mindset going into the final match?

I just wanted to try different stuff and I wanted to work on my neutral. I just wanted to have fun on the mat.

What were you working on during the offseason to improve?

I was working on my technique and strength.

What do you need to do to end up on the podium?

I think I just need to work hard and keep doing what I'm doing.

How did you get started?

My dad started making me wrestle when I was 3. I just have been doing it since then.

What was your earliest moment in wrestling?

I would have to say when I was at states for the 10-and-under competition when I was 8 years old. It was the first time I made it to states, and I was wrestling kids two years older than me.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

1. Franklin Regional (3-1)

2. Latrobe (2-0)

3. North Allegheny (1-0)

4. Canon-McMillan (2-0)

5. Kiski Area (2-0)

6. Connellsville (1-1)

7. Belle Vernon (1-0)

8. Peters Township (2-0)

9. Hempfield (1-0)

10. Greensburg Salem (1-1)

Class AA

1. South Fayette (0-0)

2. Burrell (1-0)

3. Jefferson-Morgan (2-0)

4. Bentworth (1-0)

5. Burgettstown (1-0)

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Devin Brown, Franklin Regional; 2. Alex Lynch, Seneca Valley; 3. Hunter Baxter, Matt Siszka, Kiski Area.

113: 1. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional; 2. Gage Curry, North Hills; 3. Brendan Price, Canon-McMillan.

120: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe; 2. Kevin Miller, Norwin; 3. Brenan Hasson, Belle Vernon.

126: 1. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan; 2. Dom Forys, North Allegheny; 3. Phillip Mary, Peters Township.

132: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield; 2. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional; 3. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford.

138: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional; 2. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg; 3. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield.

145: 1. Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan; 2. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic; 3. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional.

152: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional; 2. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe; 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon.

160: 1. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland; 2. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford; 3. Jonathan Avon, North Hills.

170: 1. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley; 2. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold; 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic.

182: 1. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon; 2. Ryan Hannon, Butler; 3. Clay Byerly, North Allegheny.

195: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe; 2. Drew Phipps, Norwin; 3. Zach Smith, North Allegheny.

220: 1. Cole Macek, Montour; 2. Fred Mantsch, Hempfield; 3. Travis Schmeling, Latrobe.

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area; 2. Zach Deluca, Central Catholic; 3. Zaynel Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon.

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Dallas Bulsak, South Park; 2. Hunter Neely, Bentworth; 3. Jacob Shaner, Kittanning.

113: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland; 2. Brendan Howard, Jefferson-Morgan; 3. Zach Charles, Yough.

120: 1. George Phillippi, Derry; 2. Josh Kuslock, Chartiers-Houston; 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown.

126: 1. Mike Novak, Mt. Pleasant; 2. Stone Kepple, Derry; 3. Ben Hritsko, Chartiers-Houston.

132: 1. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver; 2. J.R. Andrejcik, Burrell; 3. John Demaske, Jefferson-Morgan.

138: 1. Jake Wentzel, South Park; 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan; 3. Shane Ging, South Fayette.

145: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning; 2. Corey Falleroni, Burrell; 3. Austin Mears, Mt. Pleasant.

152: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell; 2. Greg Bulsak, South Park; 3. Ethan Charlesworth, Mt. Pleasant.

160: 1. Ryan Zalar, Jefferson-Morgan; 2. Pete Provenzano, Chartiers-Houston; 3. Jarrett Dorazio, Derry.

170: 1. Nico Brown, Beth-Center; 2. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan; 3. Derek Hull, Chartiers-Houston.

182: 1. Fred McKissick, Carlynton; 2. Dalton Wildman, West Greene; 3. Brendon Glover, West Shamokin.

195: 1. Brad Grinnen, Ellwood City; 2. Jacob Robb, Kittanning; 3. Dale Rybacki, Carlynton.

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella; 2. Tom Sever, Yough; 3. Logan Robb, Kittanning.

285: 1. Alan Beattie, Burrell; 2. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland; 3. Trevin Bedillion, West Greene.

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

The Canon-McMillan School District didn't have to look far for a new wrestling coach.

After Chris Mary resigned following back to back PIAA Class AAA team titles, the school named assistant Jason Cardillo as his replacement.

According to senior Solomon Chishko things have stayed status quo with Cardillo as coach. Glenn Haynes also was retained as an assistant coach.

“The program is in a good place,” Cardillo said. “Chris is still around if I need to ask a question. He actually worked out the kids we didn't bring (to the Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio).

“Chris brought stability to the program, and I want to keep the consistency going. I want to continue to teach the kids and make them better. That's why they brought me in.”

Dalton Macri and Chishko each reached the semifinals at the Ironman. Macri ended up third at 126 pounds and Chishko, after falling in his semifinal match, forfeited his next two matches with an knee injury and finished sixth.

“We're going to be OK,” Cardillo said. “The season is off to great start. We're young, and we'll be back where we were in a couple years. You care a lot about the kids and team. You try to be a good role model and be as fair as possible.”

Brown eligible

Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown will be able to wrestle this season. According to FR coach Eric Mausser, the PIAA overturned the WPIAL ruling that Brown's transfer from Saegertown was in part for athletic reasons.

Brown was the Class AA state champion at 106 pounds. Saegertown officials argued that Brown followed freshman Spencer Lee to Franklin Regional. Lee transferred in the summer.

Lee off to great start

Lee (10-0) began his high school career in impressive fashion, earning outstanding wrestler honors at the Ironman Tournament after winning the 113-pound title.

He won six bouts: two by pins, three 15-0 technical fall wins and a 12-2 major decision.

“No one scored on him,” Mausser said. “The only points he allowed is when he released his opponent.”

Lee's teammate, junior Mike Kemerer, placed second at 138. Despite breaking his nose in the quarterfinals, Kemerer reached the finals by using a late five-point move to defeat Colton Adams of Scottsbluff, Neb., 6-2.

Franklin Regional finished seventh, four points better than Wyoming Seminary, which defeated the Panthers in a dual meet when five wrestlers were missing from the lineup.

Josh Shields lost a 2-1 decision to Mason Manville of Blair Academy in the semifinals. He took fifth. Josh Maruca reached the quarterfinals.

Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (126) placed third, Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph (132) and North Allegheny's Dom Forys (126) and Zach Smith (195) each finished fourth, while Chishko (145) ended up sixth.

Wildcats win at KOM

Latrobe's Luke Pletcher (120) and Zack Zavatsky (182) won titles at the King of the Mountain tournament in Lock Haven.

Pletcher defeated Parkland's Ethan Lizak, 4-3, in overtime in the finals, while Zavatsky rolled to a 15-5 major decision against Tyree Spearman of Erie McDowell.

Dom Scalise (160) placed third, Ethan McCoy (113) finished fourth and Tyler Mears (285) finished sixth.

Hempfield junior and returning PIAA champion Sam Krivus had a scare in the 126 finals, edging Penn-Trafford freshman Cameron Coy, 1-0.

North Coast Classic

Greensburg Salem's Zach Mattucci (145), Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (113), Trinity's Robert West (195) and Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein (170) captured titles at the North Coast Classic in Independence, Ohio. Greensburg Salem ended up fourth. Ringgold was fifth, Trinity seventh and Southmoreland 12th.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.




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