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Penn-Trafford's Young wins third Powerade wrestling title

| Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Penn-Trafford's Shane Young and Central Dauphin's Marshall Peppelman joined yet another elite group of wrestling champs as each won his third Powerade Christmas Tournament title Tuesday night at Canon-McMillan High School.

They became the 13th and 14th wrestlers to win three Powerade finals in 42 years of the national wrestling tournament.

Young, a two-time PIAA champion who was top-seeded at 119 pounds, used three takedowns for a 6-3 victory over Tyler Rauenzahn of Blue Mountain.

"I feel pretty good, but I could have wrestled better," Young said. "I wanted to win it on my feet, and I got a couple takedowns."

Young opened the match with a pair of takedowns and extended his lead to 6-2 with a second-period takedown.

Peppelman, also a former state champ and the No. 1 seed at 152 pounds, put on one of the most dominating shows of the tournament in his 100th career victory. He needed just one takedown and only 1 minute and 46 seconds to score a 16-0 technical fall over Chris Moon of Fauquier (Va.).

"I'm pretty excited," Peppelman said. "I wanted to come out and get my third title."

When Peppelman had Moon down, he tilted him over him for 14 consecutive back points.

"I wanted to work on my tilt on top," Peppelman said, "and just take my time. Coach (Jeff Sweigard) and I had a game plan and I was able to execute it."

In other matches:

• Returning champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional, the No. 1 seed at 112 pounds, went to overtime before winning his second title. After more than six minutes of struggling for position with second-seeded Zach Zimmer of Clovis West (Calif.), Megaludis scored the winning takedown 38 seconds into overtime.

"It was a slow match for my style," Megaludis said. "I didn't think anyone could match my conditioning."

He won the 103-pound Powerade title last year.

• Shady Side Academy set the stage for another strong season on the mats by placing four wrestlers in the finals and claiming three titles.

Top-seeded Shady Side senior Dane Johnson scored a takedown with 30 seconds remaining to win the 140-pound title with a 6-4 decision over No. 2 seed Jack Bachman of Hempfield.

Shady Side junior Frank Martellotti picked up the 130-pound title and junior Matthew Cunningham won the championship at 160 pounds.

The Indians' sweep ended when senior Roman Sandoval finished second at 189 pounds with an 11-2 loss to second-seeded Tony Dallago of Central Dauphin.

"We battled strong all tournament and everyone wrestled hard," Shady Side coach Tim Giel said. "We go in with the idea that steel sharpens steel."

In one of the closest matches of the evening, Martellotti escaped with 15 seconds in the third overtime and stayed on his feet to score a 2-1 victory over South Side Beaver senior John Prezzia at 130 pounds.

"I'm not very happy," Prezzia said. "I didn't wrestle as well as I would have liked. I didn't get my composure."

• Bethel Park junior Adam Lazenga claimed second at 215 pounds after he was decked in 2:46 by top-seeded Zac Bennett of Westmont Hilltop.

• In a battle between the two top seeds, Mt. St. Joseph (Md.) heavyweight Karl Green scored a takedown with 50 seconds remaining for a 3-1 victory over Canon-McMillan senior Sam Brownlee.

• Derry freshman Jimmy Gulibon won the 103-pound title with a 10-1 major decision over Blue Mountain freshman Corey Keener.

"I feel great," Gulibon said. "I'm excited, very excited. I kept my position and wrestled as hard as I could."

• Latrobe's Nathan Pennesi took control from the start and won the 125-pound title with a 7-2 decision over Clinton McAlester of Clovis (Calif).

Pennese took a 5-0 lead in the opening period that included three points for a near fall, and added a reversal.

"We've been coming here for three years and never had a champion before, so this feels good," Pennesi said.

• Hempfield senior Jake Kemerer strung together a series of takedowns to win the 171-pound final with a 14-6 decision over Bellefonte's Christian Oberle.

"It's my first time winning, so I'm pretty excited about that," Kemerer said. "I trained all year for this, so it feels great."

Hempfield senior Jack Bachman placed second at 140 pounds following a 6-4 loss to Johnson of Shady Side. Johnson scored the winning takedown with 30 seconds remaining.

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