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2nd-place finish at Allegheny County Tournament prepares Mt. Lebanon for postseason

Jason Bridge | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout (top) works to pin North Hills' Elliot King in the 182-pound championship match at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Stout won the match by pin.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout (top) works to pin North Hills' Elliot King in the 182-pound championship match at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Stout won the match by pin.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch - Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev, bottom left, flips Chartiers Valley's Nick Canton in their 285-pound match during the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, January 17, 2014. Zaynullayev won the match on a pin.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev, bottom left, flips Chartiers Valley's Nick Canton in their 285-pound match during the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, January 17, 2014.  Zaynullayev won the match on a pin.

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Te'Shan Campbell

Penn Hills, Junior

Claim to fame: Campbell (15-5), who has nine pins, claimed the 160-pound title after defeating Pine-Richland's Brendan Burnham, 5-3, at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel on Saturday. Campbell, who has a 3.4 GPA, also finished third at the Steve DeAugustino Holiday Tournament at West Mifflin in December.

“I was excited and the coaches were excited with the win,” Campbell said. “I was excited inside but I didn't show much on the outside.”

What do you like about wrestling more than any other sport?

It's an individual sport, and you can't blame anyone. You have to make the right decisions. You can't blame anyone for missing a block or anything.

Who do you model your wrestling style after?

I can't really say. I just go out there and wrestle.

Do you like a big pin or a big point when time is expiring?

I like a good physical win. It's good to get that point in a close win since you put in all that work.

What do you have to improve on as a wrestler?

I have to better my conditioning and make sure I get healthy with my knee and ankle. I have to get my weight down. If I get my weight under control then I should be fine.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Franklin Regional 8-1 1

2. Latrobe 8-0 2

3. North Allegheny 8-0 3

4. Canon-McMillan 12-0 4

5. Kiski Area 13-1 5

6. Peters Township 8-1 7

7. Belle Vernon 10-2 8

8. Hempfield 4-1 9

9. Connellsville 15-4 6

10. Greensburg Salem 4-2 10

Class AA

1. South Fayette 15-0 1

2. Burrell 7-3 2

3. Jefferson-Morgan 10-2 3

4. Bentworth 4-1 4

5. Burgettstown 6-0 5

Class AAA individuals

106: 1. Devin Brown, Franklin Regional (11-0); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (20-0); 3. Kris Distefanis, Hempfield, (15-6).

113: 1. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (23-0); 2. Chris Eddins, Greensburg Salem (17-6); 3. Ethan McCoy, Latrobe (18-5).

120: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (22-0); 2. Scotty Stossel, North Allegheny (14-3); 3. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (8-3).

126: 1. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (25-2); 2. A. C. Headlee, Waynesburg (28-3); 3. Dom Forys, North Allegheny (21-2).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (15-0); 2. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (17-2); 3. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford (22-4).

138: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (19-1); 2. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (19-3); 3. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield (17-3).

145: 1. Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan (11-3); 2. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (16-3); 3. Jarod Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (6-1).

152: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (16-3); 2. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe (18-5); 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (20-4).

160: 1. Dom Scalise, Latrobe (17-4); 2. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (19-6); 3. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (12-2);

170: 1. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (12-1); 2. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold (19-1); 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (14-3).

182: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (20-0); 2. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (16-2); 3. Elliot King, North Hills (16-4).

195: 1. Ty Worthing, Kiski Area (22-1); 2. Drew Phipps, Norwin (6-0); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (12-0).

220: 1. Fred Mantsch, Hempfield (18-4); 2. Lynn Skundrich, North Allegheny (9-2); 3. Chad Kuhn, Kiski Area (24-3).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (23-1); 2. Zaynul Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon (16-3); 3. Benji Kane, Shaler (10-0).

Class AA individuals

106: 1. Dallas Bulsak, South Park (15-3); 2. Hunter Neely, Bentworth (16-3); 3. Cole Lambie, Southmoreland (18-6).

113: 1. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (18-3); 2. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (18-2); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (16-2).

120: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (21-4); 2. Josh Kurlock, Chartiers-Houston (15-2); 3. Kody Komara, Freedom (14-3).

126: 1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (17-0); 2. Stone Kepple, Derry (19-5); 3. Mike Novak, Mt. Pleasant (9-3).

132: 1. John Demaske. Jefferson-Morgan (21-0); 2. Mike Carr, South Fayette (13-0); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (9-1).

138: 1. Jake Wentzel, South Park (18-0); 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (17-1); 3. Shane Ging, South Fayette (14-5).

145: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (26-0); 2. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (7-0); 3. Corey Falleroni, Burrell (15-4).

152: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell (15-3); 2. Grant Fetchet, South Fayette (14-0); 3. Greg Bulsak, South Park (16-1).

160: 1. Jared Walker, South Fayette (14-0); 2. Ryan Zalar, Jefferson-Morgan (17-1); 3. Pete Provenzano, Chartiers-Houston (14-6).

170: 1. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (21-3); 2. Nick Pattock, Burrell (12-7); 3. Nico Brown, Beth-Center (15-6).

182: 1. Terrell Fields, Valley (14-1); 2. Dalton Wildman, West Greene (14-3); 3. Rausaun Culbertson, South Fayette (13-5).

195: 1. Marcus Davenport, Valley (15-3); 2. Zach Walker, South Fayette (12-1); 3. Jacob Robb, Kittanning (26-5).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (16-0); 2. Josh Lind, Mt. Pleasant (17-8); 3. Tom Sever, Yough (15-4).

285: 1. Allan Beattie, Burrell (14-4); 2. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (19-2); 3. Ian Wolfe, Jefferson-Morgan (18-4).

Pin Leaders

19: Gage Curry, North Hills; Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area

17: Jason Nolf, Kittanning

16: Mike Sinclair, Ellwood City

15: A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg; Zach Mattucci, Greensburg Salem; Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 10:09 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon has started checking off some of its team goals.

After a sixth-place finish last year, the Blue Devils took second out of 39 teams at the Allegheny County Championships on Saturday, accomplishing their goal of finishing in the top five.

Juniors Kellan Stout (182 pounds) and heavyweight Zeynul Zaynullayev won titles, and 13 different wrestlers scored points to lead Mt. Lebanon to its best ever tournament finish.

“Really, we thought it was a team effort that enabled us to get in that top five and finish as a runner-up,” coach Bill Lewis said. “Some kids didn't place and still won three matches or two matches, and picked up a pin or major decision.”

Thanks to a 9-4 record, 4-1 in Class AAA Section 2B, Lewis' team already has accomplished its second goal of returning to the WPIAL playoffs.

The top five teams from each section advance to the WPIAL team tournament, which begins Monday, and Mt. Lebanon has secured its spot as a top four team in Section 2.

The Section 2 team championships are Wednesday at Peters Township, where the Blue Devils will face top-seeded Belle Vernon in the opening round.

Although he believes in his team's abiilty to win, Stout has grown used to being the underdog and said he's learned to accept his losses better.

“I think it affects some wrestlers,” Stout said. “Me personally, I try not to let it get to me, and in reality it's just a wrestling match. I try not to leave the mat with a bad taste in my mouth. If you don't do that, then you're going to regret it later.”

Everyone agreed the camaraderie the team shares this year has taken them to a new level.

“I've wrestled with the same guys for my whole life pretty much, and I've gone to tournaments with them since I was a little guy,” Stout said. “I think that's really good for the team relationship as a whole. It adds a new tier of understanding.”

Senior Kevin Kinyua, the 120-pound runner-up at the Allegheny County Championships, agreed.

“I've definitely seen that — both on and off the mat — our team is working together to face any problems we have,” Kinyua said. “If a teammate loses, another teammate will go over to them and show them what they could do better and help them to fix their mistakes.”

One of the challenges that Lewis faces for the rest of the season is balancing his efforts between preparing the team for competition and helping talents like Stout and Kinyua, as well as county place winners Sam White (126), Sean Perri (132), R.J. Fitzgerald (145) and Bakhtiyar Zaynullaev (195) among others, prepare for individual tournaments.

“A lot of times, when you try to create an environment for your team collectively where kids are willing to work hard, to take risks, to improve, I think that carries over,” Lewis said, “whether the kid is working to win a state championship or to break into the starting lineup for the first time this year.”

Latrobe (Section 1), Plum (Section 3) and Montour (Section 4) also will host Class AAA tournaments Wednesday.

Class AA tournaments will be at Burgettstown (Section 1), Derry (Section 2) and Burrell (Section 3).

Fifth-place matches also are being held in each section.

Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at

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