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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Jason Nolf reacts after beating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in the 145-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Nolf won, 13-7.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf reacts after beating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in the 145-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School. Nolf won, 13-7.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Jason Nolf wrestles Saegertown's Matt Humes in the 145-pound quarterfinal during Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf wrestles Saegertown's Matt Humes in the 145-pound quarterfinal during Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Kittanning's Jason Nolf battles against Jason David during the 145lb match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf battles against  Jason David during the 145lb match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp - Kittanning's Jason Nolf controls Jason David during the 145-pound match Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Burrell.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Disp</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf controls Jason David during the 145-pound match Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Burrell.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp - Kittanning's Jason Nolf (right) battles against Burrell's Jason David during the 145-pound match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Disp</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf (right) battles against Burrell's Jason David during the 145-pound match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Kittanning's Jason Nolf battles against during the 145-pound match Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Burrell.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf battles against during the 145-pound match Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Burrell.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Mountour running back Cole Macek takes a hand-off from quarterback Tynan Greer during a work-out in Robinson Twp.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mountour running back Cole Macek takes a hand-off from quarterback Tynan Greer during a work-out in Robinson Twp.
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<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Plum's Eric Green

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ERIC GREEN

Plum, senior

Claim to fame: Green (27-6), who has nine pins and 10 decisions this season, finished second in the 145-weight class at the Allegheny County tournament after losing a 5-0 decision to Upper St. Clair's Corey Wilding. Green finished third at the Eastern Area tournament and fourth at the Steve DeAugustine Tournament at West Mifflin earlier in the season.

What are your college plans for next season?

I committed to Wheeling Jesuit and I will wrestle 149 or 157 there next year. I really like the coach. It's a new program, so I hope I can say I was with the program when it blossoms. I really like the campus. It had exactly what I wanted educational-wise. I want to get my BA in chemistry and doctorate in physical therapy. But I will start with a nursing major.

Are you wrestling at your natural body weight?

I was about 160 before the season started. Usually for me, I lose a lot of weight as the season goes along. It's really tough to make weight at the beginning. It's not natural for me, but as the season goes I'm able to manage my weight.

Do you feel like you're at your peak condition right now?

I feel stronger for my weight class than other years. I definitely feel more calm and collected than when I first started in my freshman year.

Who has been most instrumental during your wrestling career?

It would just be my teammates and practice partners. They push me to do better in tournaments. I don't have a favorite wrestler or anything like that.

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

I do want to finish the section as a champion and move onto WPIALs. Before the season, I had a goal of placing at states.

When do you feel most comfortable on the mat?

I feel pretty comfortable when I'm on my feet or I'm in a scramble.

— 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.
 

Plum senior Eric Green (27-6), who has nine pins and 10 decisions this season, finished second in the 145-weight class at the Allegheny County tournament after losing a 5-0 decision to Upper St. Clair's Corey Wilding. Green finished third at the Eastern Area tournament and fourth at the Steve DeAugustine Tournament at West Mifflin earlier in the season.

What are your college plans for next season?

I committed to Wheeling Jesuit and I will wrestle 149 or 157 there next year. I really like the coach. It's a new program so I hope I can say I was with the program when it blossoms. I really like the campus. It had exactly what I wanted educational-wise. I want to get my BA in chemistry and doctorate in physical therapy. But I will start with a nursing major.

Are you wrestling at your natural body weight?

I was about 160 before the season started. Usually for me, I lose a lot of weight as the season goes along. It's really tough to make weight at the beginning. It's not natural for me, but as the season goes I'm able to manage my weight.

Do you feel like you're at your peak condition right now?

I feel stronger for my weight class than other years. I definitely feel more calm and collected than when I first started in my freshman year.

Who has been most instrumental during your wrestling career?

It would just be my teammates and practice partners. They push me to do better in tournaments. I don't have a favorite wrestler or anything like that.

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

I do want to finish the section as a champion and move onto WPIALs. Before the season, I had a goal of placing at states.

When do you feel most comfortable on the mat?

I feel pretty comfortable when I'm on my feet or I'm at a scramble.

— Andrew John

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