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After finishing 1st in sub-section, Derry set to host Section 2-AA tournament

Eric Schmadel | For the Tribune-Review
Greater Latrobe's Luke Pletcher struggles to break free from Derry Area's George Phillippi during their 120-pound championship bout at the WCCA wrestling tournament on January 11, 2014.

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Tom Sever

Yough, Junior

Claim to fame: Sever (16-4) finished fourth in the 220-pound weight class after a 3-1 loss to Latrobe's Dylan Davis at the WCCA Tournament at Franklin Regional on Jan. 11. Sever, who has five pins, also finished third at the Steve DeAugstino Holiday Tournament at West Mifflin and second at the Eastern Area Tournament.

What has motivated you this season?

Last year at regionals at Johnstown, I let the match be decided by the refs. I didn't want that to happen this year. Hopefully, that won't happen when I get to Johnstown this year so I can go to states.

What do you think you need to work on?

I just got to practice more. My coaches have been practicing on me really hard. But I need to do more stuff on my own and push myself to do better.

What is your favorite wrestling style?

I'm a bigger guy, but I wrestle like a lightweight. I shoot a lot. But I wrestle a physical style too.

Who has been most influential in your wrestling career?

My dad is my biggest influence. He has been with me since JO's (Junior Olympics) and has been pushing me since then. He has told me to never stop and to be the best that I can be.

— 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, 10:15 p.m.
 

When the high school wrestling season began in December, Derry coach Mike Weinell had no idea what to expect from his team.

Since the days when four-time PIAA champion Jimmy Gulibon (2009-12) and PIAA champion Travis Shaffer (2008-11) roamed the mats, Derry has been in a rebuilding mode.

Finishing first in WPIAL Class AA Section 2B was a surprise for Weinell, and now Derry (10-1) will host the Section 2-AA team tournament Wednesday.

The other teams hosting are: Latrobe (Section 1-AAA), Peters Township (2-AAA), Plum (3-AAA), Montour (4-AAA), Burgettstown (1-AA) and Burrell (3-AA).

The top four teams in each section already have qualified for the WPIAL team tournament, which begins Monday with opening-round matches. Fifth-place matches in each section will determine the other playoff qualifiers.

Derry, which suffered its lone loss to Class AAA No. 2-ranked Latrobe, will wrestle Bentworth, the second-place team from Section 2A. Yough, which finished second to Derry, will face Section 2A champ Jefferson-Morgan. Both matches are set for 6 p.m. The winners will meet at 7:30 p.m., while the two losers will meet for third place.

“We had a full lineup to start the season, but we were inexperienced,” Weinell said. “I'm definitely pleased how we wrestled.

“George (Phillippi) and Stone (Kepple) both did a nice job, and Joe (Kelly) and Jarrett (Dorazio) wrestled well. Getting Cole Wano back on the team was a big help.”

Weinell said Wano (9-4) took a few seasons off, but said the sophomore is back having fun again.

Phillippi (20-4), the returning PIAA Class AA 113-pound champ, is having another solid season. He's ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL by Trib Total Media at 120 pounds and in the state by Off The Mat.

Kepple is 19-5 at 126 pounds. Kelly is 11-7 at 182, and Dorazio is 15-7 at 160.

“We match up well against Bentworth (4-1), and hopefully we can pull it out,” Weinell said. “Their best wrestlers match up against ours. I'd like to make the section finals, and I believe we can if we wrestle well.”

Yough's first-round matchup is a lot tougher. The Cougars (6-1) will face No. 3-ranked Jefferson-Morgan (10-2), which features a strong lineup led by Brendan Howard (18-3) at 113, John Demaske (21-0) at 132, Jason Miller (17-1) at 138, Ryan Zalar (17-1) at 160, Bill Bowlen (21-3) at 170 and Ian Wolfe (18-4) at 285.

The Cougars' top wrestlers include Cody Charles (10-8) at 120, Teddy Charletta (12-4) at 132, Lucas Richardson (12-8) at 170, Clay Waldron (13-8) at 182 and Tom Sever (16-4) at 220.

Top teams at Latrobe

Wednesday's Section 1-AAA tournament will feature the top two ranked teams in the WPIAL, along with two more in the top 10.

Latrobe (8-0), ranked No. 2, will host No. 5 Kiski Area (13-1) at 6, while No. 1 Franklin Regional (8-1) tangles with No. 8 Hempfield (4-1).

All four likely are to be seeded high for next week's WPIAL tournament.

“Our section might be the best in the entire state,” Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine said.

Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said he's glad his team is at home.

“Kiski Area is very talented and I know it will be ready,” Harbert said. “It should be exciting.”

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

 

 

 
 


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