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JOEY Alessandro

Hempfield, senior

Claim to fame: Alessandro (31-5) is ranked third at 138 pounds by the Tribune-Review entering the Class AAA section tournaments this weekend. He finished second in the 138-pound weight class at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament earlier this season after a 6-2 loss to Franklin Regional's Mike Kemerer. Alessandro, who has 111 career wins, finished third at the King of the Mountain and Powerade tournaments. ”I think just putting more time in and having extra workouts have contributed to my success,” Alessandro said. “I have also been getting stronger physically and mentally, as well.”

What are your college plans for next year?

I'm wrestling next year at Seton Hill. I want to major in accounting. Their coach was recruiting me hard. I like the coach and the program they are running up there. I like working with numbers and I'm pretty good with math.

How does it feel to reach the 100-win plateau for your career?

It was pretty difficult because I was out for 11 months after my knee injury during my sophomore year. I came back a little hungrier to get that milestone.

What did you learn during that time when you were injured?

I learned to really not take anything for granted. It makes me give 100 percent whenever you can and do the best you can.

What is your mindset going into the individual portion of the season?

Really, just knowing it's my last go at it makes me want to place high up in the state tournament, which is my ultimate goal.

What do you need to do to accomplish that?

I just really need to wrestle hard through the whole tournament and stay consistent through my matches.

— Andrew John

Class AAA Rankings

106: 1. Devin Brown, Franklin Regional (26-0); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (27-0); 3. Alex Lynch, Seneca Valley (30-3).

113: 1. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (38-0); 2. Luke Landefeld, North Allegheny (28-7); 3. Chris Eddins, Greensburg Salem (25-7).

120: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (32-0); 2. Brendan Hasson, Belle Vernon (29-6); 3. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (7-5).

126: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (32-2); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (30-2); 3. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (29-3).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional (27-0); 2. Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford (29-4); 3. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Township (22-3).

138: 1. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (34-1); 2. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (29-3); 3. Joey Alessandro, Hempfield (31-5).

145: 1. Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan (16-3); 2. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (31-4); 3. Corey Wilding, Upper St. Clair (28-2).

152: 1. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (31-4); 2. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe (28-8); 3. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (26-6).

160: 1. Dom Scalise, Latrobe (29-4); 2. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (31-5); 3. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (27-3).

170: 1. Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley (25-1); 2. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold (23-1); 3. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (20-3).

182: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (31-0); 2. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (27-2); 3. Tommy Provance, Connellsville (22-7).

195: 1. Drew Phipps, Norwin (17-0); 2. Cole Macek, Montour (26-0); 3. Zach Smith, North Allegheny (30-6).

220: 1. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (25-1); 2. Fred Mantsch, Hempfield (21-5); 3. Layne Skundrich, North Allegheny (16-3).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (29-1); 2. Zeynul Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon (27-3); 3. Tyler Mears, Latrobe (13-5).

Class AA Rankings

106: 1. Dallas Bulsak, South Park (21-4); 2. Hunter Neely, Bentworth (27-3); 3. Cole Lambie, Southmoreland (29-7).

113: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (28-2); 2. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (33-2); 3. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (28-6).

120: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (31-4); 2. Kody Komara, Freedom (27-5); 3. Jake Rothka, Bentworth (24-9).

126: 1. Patrick Dewitt, Valley (33-0); 2. John Demaske, Jefferson-Morgan (34-0); 3. Anthony Marra, Burrell (25-13).

132: 1. Mike Carr, South Fayette (34-0); 2. Evan Myers, Southmoreland (26-10); 3. Darion Trimmer, Avonworth (27-11).

138: 1. Jake Wentzel, South Park (30-1); 2. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (21-1); 3. GioVonne Sanders, Jeannette (24-10).

145: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (34-0); 2. Corey Falleroni, Burrell (31-11); 3. Anthony Welsh, Beth-Center (29-3).

152: 1. Steven Edwards, Burrell (36-4); 2. Grant Fetchet, South Fayette (34-2); 3. Greg Bulsak, South Park (29-2).

160: 1. Jared Walker, South Fayette (34-1); 2. Ryan Zalar, Jefferson-Morgan (27-5); 3. Pete Provenzano, Chartiers-Houston (22-9).

170: 1. Bill Bowlen, Jefferson-Morgan (35-3); 2. Nick Pattock, Burrell (28-15); 3. Dalton Rosa, Laurel (21-2).

182: 1. Terrell Fields, Valley (27-1); 2. Dalton Wildman, West Greene (22-3); 3. Brendon Glover, West Shamokin (26-3).

195: 1. Marcus Davenport, Valley (27-3); 2. Brad Grinnen, Ellwood City, (28-2); 3. Anthony Patterson, Jefferson-Morgan (15-7).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (33-0); 2. Jacob Robb, Kittanning (33-5); 3. Tom Sever, Yough (28-5).

285: 1. Allan Beattie, (36-5); 2. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (29-2); 3. Ian Wolfe, Jefferson-Morgan (26-8).

Pin Leaders

24: Robert West, Trinity.

23: Gage Curry, North Hills; Shane Kuhn, Kiski.

22: Spencer Lee, FR; Jason Nolf, Kittanning.

21: Steven Edwards, Burrell.

20: Mike Sinclair, Ellwood City.

— Paul Schofield

Top high school sports
By Paul Schofield and Bill West
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 10:03 p.m.
 

Hempfield senior Joey Alessandro (31-5) is ranked third at 138 pounds by the Tribune-Review entering the Class AAA section tournaments this weekend. He finished second in the 138-pound weight class at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament earlier this season after a 6-2 loss to Franklin Regional's Mike Kemerer. Alessandro, who has 111 career wins, finished third at the King of the Mountain and Powerade tournaments.

“I think just putting more time in and having extra workouts have contributed to my success,” Alessandro said. “I have also been getting stronger physically and mentally, as well.”

What are your college plans for next year?

I'm wrestling next year at Seton Hill. I want to major in accounting. Their coach was recruiting me hard. I like the coach and the program they are running up there. I like working with numbers and I'm pretty good with math.

How does it feel to reach the 100-win plateau for your career?

It was pretty difficult because I was out for 11 months after my knee injury during my sophomore year. I came back a little hungrier to get that milestone.

What did you learn during that time when you were injured?

I learned to really not take anything for granted. It makes me give 100 percent whenever you can and do the best you can.

What is your mindset going into the individual portion of the season?

Really, just knowing it's my last go at it makes me want to place high up in the state tournament, which is my ultimate goal.

What do you need to do to accomplish that?

I just really need to wrestle hard through the whole tournament and stay consistent through my matches.

— Andrew John

 

 
 


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