| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Possible finals matchups between champs highlight WCCA tournament

Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus, top, wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Kriuvus, top, wrestles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in the 132-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Smith won 7-0.
Submitted - Latrobe's Dom Scalise
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Latrobe's Dom Scalise
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher wrestles Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the 120-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Pletcher won 3-2.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Dom Scalise

Latrobe, senior

Claim to fame: Scalise (14-1), who transferred back to Latrobe after a year at Kiski School, won the 160-pound title at the Powerade Tournament at Canon-McMillan by a 3-0 decision over Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin. Scalise, who finished third at the National Prep Championships, has seven pins, three major decisions and four decisions.

Why did you choose the University of Virginia?

It's a fantastic academic school and when it came to wrestling I feel like I fit in extremely well. I have built a relationship with the coaches and I'm extremely comfortable there.

What was it like to win at Powerade?

I have watched the Powerade since I was in elementary school. I have seen fantastic wrestlers. I have looked forward to it and to be in the final parade was really special.

What made you transfer to and from Kiski School?

I went to get my priorities straight when it came to academics. I grew up and matured a lot in the one year. I'm very thankful for that. I grew as a person and I have put a better head on me. I like the team aspect at Latrobe. I'm happy to come back for my senior campaign.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Franklin Regional 6-1 1

2. Latrobe 6-0 2

3. North Allegheny 4-0 3

4. Canon-McMillan 9-0 4

5. Kiski Area 10-1 5

6. Connellsville 4-1 6

7. Peters Township 4-0 8

8. Belle Vernon 7-2 7

9. Hempfield 2-1 9

10. Greensburg Salem 3-1 10

Class AA

1. South Fayette 1-0 1

2. Burrell 2-1 2

3. Jefferson-Morgan 7-3 3

4. Bentworth 2-0 4

5. Burgettstown 3-0 5

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Devin Brown, Franklin Regional (8-0); 2. Alex Lynch, Seneca Valley (8-0); 3. Matt Siszka, Kiski Area (14-4).

113: 1. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (18-0); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (14-0); 3. Ethan McCoy, Latrobe (9-3).

120: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (16-0); 2. Scotty Stossel, North Allegheny (11-2); 3. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (7-3).

126: 1. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (20-1); 2. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (18-3); 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (17-2).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (10-0); 2. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (11-1); 3. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford (17-2).

138: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (14-1); 2. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (17-3); 3. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield (11-3).

145: 1. Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan (10-3); 2. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (11-4); 3. Zach Mattucci, Greensburg Salem (11-0).

152: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (13-3); 2. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe (13-4); 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (13-2).

160: 1. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (10-0); 2. Dom Scalise, Latrobe (14-1); 3. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (13-5).

170: 1. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (10-1); 2. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold (12-1); 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (11-3).

182: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (14-0); 2. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (11-2); 3. Elliot King, North Hills, (13-1).

195: 1. Drew Phipps, Norwin (6-0); 3. Ty Worthing, Kiski Area (19-1); 3. Zach Smith, North Allegheny (14-5).

220: 1. Cole Macek, Montour (6-0); 2. Chad Kuhn, Kiski Area (18-2); 3. Fred Mantsch, Hempfield (12-3).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (17-1); 2. Zaynel Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon (11-3); 3. Lukas Cervenak, Peters Township (9-3).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Dallas Bulsak, South Park (9-2); 2. Hunter Neely, Bentworth (9-2); 3. Cole Lambie, Southmoreland (10-5).

113: 1. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 2. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (10-1); 3. Jihad Ratliff, Valley (5-2).

120: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (11-3); 2. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (10-1); 3. Josh Kuslock, Chartiers-Houston (9-2).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (6-0); 2. Stone Kepple, Derry (11-3); 3. Mike Carr, South Fayette (1-0).

132: 1. John Demaske, Jefferson-Morgan (14-0); 2. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (9-1); 3. J.R. Andrejcik, Burrell (7-5).

138: 1. Jake Wentzel, South Park (11-0); 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 3. Shane Ging, South Fayette (3-2).

145: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (17-0); 2. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (6-0); 3. Austin Mears, Mt. Pleasant (15-1).

152: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell (10-3); 2. Greg Bulsak, South Park (10-0); 3. Nolan Wise, Highlands (9-2).

160: 1. Ryan Zalar, Jefferson-Morgan (14-1); 2. Grant Fetchet, South Fayette (1-0); 3. Pete Provenzano, Chartiers-Houston (11-4).

170: 1. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (16-2); 2. Jared Walker, South Fayette (1-0); 3. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (10-2).

182: 1. Fred McKissick, Carlynton (5-0); 2. Terrell Fields, Valley (6-1); 3. Dalton Wildman, West Greene (9-3).

195: 1. Zach Walker, South Fayette (1-0); 2. Brad Grinnen, Ellwood City (11-1); 3. Jacob Robb, Kittanning (17-5).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (8-0); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (10-2); 3. Josh Lind, Mt. Pleasant (12-5).

285: 1. Allan Beattie, (11-3); 2. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (12-1); 3. Mason Shumaker, Bentworth (10-3).

Pin LEaders

13: Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area

12: Ryan Hardaway, Kiski Area

11: Gage Curry, North Hills; Jake Ardellitz, Kiski

10: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional

9: Jason Nolf, Kittanning; Dom Forys, N. Alleg.

Coaches can send pin leaders to

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 10:45 p.m.

When Nico Megaludis and Jimmy Gulibon squared off in the 125-pound finals of the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament in 2011 at Franklin Regional, a large crowd was entertained by an epic battle between returning PIAA champions.

History could repeat itself Saturday in the 2014 WCCA tournament.

Megaludis and Gulibon, Penn State teammates, won't be making a special appearance to repeat that performance, which was won by Megaludis, 4-3, but there is a good chance two finals bouts could feature returning PIAA champions.

Latrobe sophomore Luke Pletcher, the returning 106-pound Class AAA champion, could meet Derry sophomore George Phillippi, the returning 113-pound Class AA champion, in the 120-pound final. Pletcher edged Phillippi, 3-2, in a December dual meet.

The 132-pound final could pit Hempfield junior Sam Krivus, the returning 120-pound Class AAA winner, against Franklin Regional senior Tyler Smith, the returning 132-pound Class AAA champ. Smith and Krivus met in the Powerade Tournament and Smith rolled to a 7-0 victory.

The tournament begins 5:30 p.m. Friday at Franklin Regional. The finals are 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine said Smith had the better match against Krivus.

“Until that point, Sam was having a great tournament,” DeAugustine said. “But against Tyler, he didn't set the pace. For him to get beat 7-0 and get dominated was a shocker.”

Smith's plans were changed early in the season when teammate Michael Kemerer challenged him at 138 pounds. Kemerer won, and Smith decided to drop to 132. Also expected to compete at 132 is Penn-Trafford freshman Cameron Coy, who lost to Krivus, 1-0, at the King of the Mountain Tournament.

Smith wasn't pleased with how Franklin Regional wrestled against Kiski Area on Jan. 3, especially after winning the Powerade Tournament.

“I thought we were ready to roll,” Smith said of the defending WCCA champion Panthers.

Pletcher and Phillippi also met in the Super 32 finals in late October with Pletcher pulling out a late win.

“Wrestling fans should be entertained again,” DeAugustine said. “Those two possible finals, along with Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee (113) and a strong 152-pound weight class, I still believe our county is the best for wrestling in the country. There should be a lot of great matches.”

Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca, Smith and Josh Shields; Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky; and Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn will attempt to become three-time champions this weekend, and Pletcher and Kemerer are looking for their second titles.

Hempfield's Ricky Cavallo, a two-time champion, will miss the tournament with an injury.

Lee, the No. 1 ranked freshman in the country at 113, could get a rematch against Latrobe's Ethan McCoy. The two met in the finals at the Powerade Tournament and Lee won 14-4.

Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown, who transferred from Saegertown, is a returning PIAA Class AA champion at 106. Nine other wrestlers entered who were PIAA placewinners.

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

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Wrestling

  1. Valley wrestling pins hopes on new coach