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Posted: January 2nd, 2013

The Pennsylvania Cable Network will air wrestling each Saturday after this week. The “Match of the Week” segment will begin Friday with a replay of the Powerade tournament at Canon McMillan High School. The tournament took place last week and the broadcast will likely feature only championship and third-place bouts. Saegertown’s Devan Brown finished second in the 106-pound class and his championship bout will likely be on the broadcast. The remaining lineup of broadcasts is filled with eastern matches except for one. The Conneaut at Saegertown match on Jan. 15 will be shown on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. courtesy of Armstrong Cable.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: PIAA, Wrestling
Posted: November 28th, 2012

Sharon

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

11 at Hickory 7

13 at Slippery Rock 7

18 Lakeview 7

20 at Sharpsville 7:15

28-29 at Redbank Valley Tournament

January

3 Mercer 7

9 Franklin 7

12 at South Side 10 a.m.

16 at Reynolds 7

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Grove City 7

26 Sharon Duals 10 a.m.

February

6 at West Middlesex

8 vs. Redbank Valley at Clarion Univ.

Mercer

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

13 at Lakeview 7:15

14-15 at Penn Cambria Tournament

20 Franklin 7:30

28-29 at Redbank Valley Tournament

January

3 at Sharon 7

5 Region 1 Duals at West Middlesex 9 a.m.

16 at Grove City 7:30

17 Greenville 7

18-19 at North East Tournament

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

30 Cambridge Springs 7:30

31 at Redbank Valley 7:30

Youngsville

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

8 at St. Marys Dutchmen Tournament 9 a.m.

11 at North East 7

14 Eisenhower 7

18 at Corry 7

20 at Fort LeBoeuf 7

28 at Warren Tournament 9 a.m.

January

14 Union City 7:30

9 at Harbor Creek 7

16 Seneca 7

18-19 at Burgettstown Tournament

23 at Iroquois 7

29 at Strong Vincent 7

31 at Sheffield 7

February

6 Saegertown 7

7 at Maplewood 7

Cambridge Springs

Coach (season/record): Shane Ream (1st/0-0)

No additional information submitted by school

Schedule

December

8 at Greenville Duals 9 a.m.

11 at Conneaut 6

13 at Northwestern 6

15 Region 2 Duals 9 a.m.

21 West Middlesex 6

28-29 at West Mifflin Tournament

January

3 at Jamestown 6

16 Fairview 6

22 at Union City 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

30 at Mercer 6

February

2 Seneca 6

8 Harbor Creek 6

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 27th, 2012

Lakeview

Coach (season/record): Tom Tingley (3rd/24-19)

2011-12 overall record: 14-4

2011-12 region record: 5-4

Top wrestlers lost: Landon Clayton

Top wrestlers returning: Evan Clayton, Jake Heim, Dustin Schleifer, Sam Breese

Assistant coaches: Cortney Roberts, Adam Gadsby

Outlook: Breese, a junior, was a state qualifier at 285 pounds last season and finished 30-10. He leads a talented group that includes Even Clayton, a senior 106-pounder who was 21-11 last season; Heim, a 126-pound junior who went 15-10; and Schleiffer, a 138-pound senior who was 17-11. Freshman 132-pounder Trevor Williams was 10-2 at the junior high level last season and should make an impact right away. In his third season, Tingley is pushing for the Sailors to qualify for the District 10 team championships and become a factor in the Region 1 race. At least two or three PIAA qualifiers and a state place-winner are on his wish list.

Schedule

December

11 at Sharpsville 7:15

13 Mercer 7:15

18 at Sharon 7

20 Reynolds 7:15

28 Lakeview Duals

February

3 at Grove City 7:15

9 West Middlesex 7:15

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

16 at Hickory 7:15

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Slippery Rock 7:15

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

29 at Cochranton 7:15

February

6 at Franklin

Maplewood

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

7-8 at Hickory Tournment

11 at Fairview 7:30

12 at West Middlesex 7

15 Region 2 Duals at Cambridge Springs 9 a.m.

18 Slippery Rock 7

January

4 at Northwestern 7:30

5 at Coudersport Duals 9 a.m.

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

16 at Conneaut 7:30

18 Meadville 7

23 at Commodore Perry 7:30

February

1 Iroquois 7

5 Union City 7:30

7 Youngsville 7


West Middlesex

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

12 Maplewood 7

18 at Franklin 7

21 at Cambridge Springs 6

January

9 at Lakeview 7:15

14 Ellwood City Lincoln 7

23 at Jamestown 6

30 Commodore Perry 7:30

February

6 Sharon 7

Wednesday: Sharon, Mercer, Youngsville and Cambridge Springs

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 26th, 2012

Saegertown

Coach (season/record): Jim Mulligan (5th/49-9)

2011-12 overall record: 11-2

2011-12 region record: 8-1

Top wrestlers lost: Justin Mitchell, Branden Stafford, Josh Tomiczek, Jerod Young

Top wrestlers returning: Dylan Auck, Quinton Ross, Bing-Bong Elizon, Tyler Vath, Nick Monico, Lucas Smith, Garrett Zuver, Matt Humes, Lance Neuscheler, Aaron Jackson, Andrew Boylan, Jeremy Mitchell, Dylan Reynolds, Brock Henderson, John Macken, James Sowers

Assistant coaches: Adam Horne, Steve Tomiczek, Pat Bradshaw, Larry Lee, Brett Vath, Luke Harrison

Outlook: The Panthers had an outstanding 2011-12 season, with the only two losses coming to PIAA Class AA third-place finisher Fort LeBoeuf. Although they lost several quality wrestlers from that team, plenty of talent returns led by Vath, who went 42-4 last season, won district and regional titles and finished fifth in the state at 106 pounds. He is slated to move up to 120. Dylan Reynolds went 31-8 last season and finished fifth in the district at 160 for Cambridge Springs. He is expected to compete at 182 this season. Overall, the Panthers have a good mix of seniors and underclassmen, and enough quality depth to compete for a region title and factor into the D-10 Class AA team race.

Schedule

December

11 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30

13 at Union City 7:30

14-15 Jarvis Memorial Tournament (Athens)

18 Harbor Creek 7:30

20 at Seneca 7:30

28-29 at Powerade Tournament (Canon-McMillan)

January

3 Iroquois 7:30

4-5 at Tool City Tournament

9 Corry 7:30

15 Conneaut 7:30

16 at North East 7:30

18-19 at Brookville Ultimate Duals

21 Eisenhower 7:30

February

6 Youngsville 7

Girard

Coach (season/record): Dave Onorato (4th/12-47)

2011-12 overall record: 9-12

2011-12 region record: 0-8

Top wrestlers lost: Eric Miller

Top wrestlers returning: Trevor McCray, Gage Dalton, Christian Bock, Vitaliey Kleschevinikov, Dan Daugherty

Assistant coaches: Ed Onorato, Jason Johnson

Outlook: Onorato has gradually rebuilt Girard’s program and as he begins his fourth season expects to field a competitive lineup with a few wrestlers who have the potential to make deep postseason runs. At the top of that list is McCray, who is 80-24 in his career and put together a 33-7 season in 2011-12, when he was one of three District 10 qualifiers for the YellowJackets. The other returning D-10 qualifiers are Christian Bock, who went 20-19 last season, and Dan Daugherty, who was 15-19 last year. McCray projects at 138 or 145, with Bock at 160 or 170 and Daugherty at 195 or 220. Dalton is penciled in at 132 or 138, with Kleschevinikov at 170 or 182. Freshman Brendan Kohan should slide in at 152 or 160 after an accomplished junior career.

Schedule

December

8 at Eisenhower Tournament

11 Northwestern

15 at Region Duals (Cambridge Springs)

20 at Commodore Perry

28 at Lakeview Duals

January

9 at Fairview

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Conneaut Lake

30 Union City

February

5 Strong Vincent

9 at North East

Sharpsville

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

11 Lakeview 7:15

13 Franklin 7

15 at Pymatuning Valley Laker Shaker Tournament

20 Sharon 7:15

January

5 at West Middlesex Duals 8 a.m.

9 Grove City 7:15

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

19 at Clearfield Bison Duals

22 at Cochranton 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

30 at Jamestown 7:15

February

7 Greenville 7:15

Tuesday: Maplewood, Lakeview and West Middlesex

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 25th, 2012

Fairview

Coach (season/record): Ben Corbin (3rd/NA)

2011-12 overall record: 2-7

2011-12 region record: 2-7

Top wrestlers lost: Derek Rozantz, Derek Kruse

Top wrestlers returning: Sam Lehman, Ryan Cardman, John Anderson, Shawn Nerthling

Assistant coach: Leroy Oglesby

Outlook: Corbin views the upcoming season as “very promising.” The Tigers have plenty of experienced starters returning and Corbin expects their experience to pay off. He is hoping for four or five District 10 qualifiers. Lehman (22-10 last season), Nerthling (18-18) and Cardman (17-14) were district qualifiers last year, and Lehman won a match at the district tournament.

Schedule

December

7-8 at Hickory Invitational

11 Maplewood

13 at Commodore Perry

18 Jamestown

20 Conneaut

29 at Pine Valley Tournament

January

9 Girard

16 at Cambridge Springs

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Northwestern

25-26 at Salamanca (N.Y.) Tournament

30 at Greenville

February

6 at Cochranton

East

Coach (season/record): Sean Hayes (1st/0-0)

2011-12 overall record: 0-9

2011-12 region record: 0-8

Top wrestlers returning: James Carr, Pat Williamson, Deiontre Plott

Assistant coaches: Melvin Crosby, Jeremy Corey, Sean Spinelli

Outlook: Hayes takes over East’s recently-resurrected program this season and expects to be able to field the most balanced lineup so far. The Warriors had some good preseason workouts, he said, and hope to carry that intensity into the season. Carr (8-6 last season) projects as a 132-pounder, Williams (5-3) is expected to be at 220 and Plott (9-5) anchors the lineup at 285. All three gained experience last season and competed at the District 10 Class AAA tournament. Newcomer Craig Heidelberg is penciled in at 160.

Schedule

Not submitted

Jamestown

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

7-8 at Hickory Invitational

13 Conneaut 6

15 Region 2 Duals at Cambridge Springs

18 at Fairview 6

28 at Lakeview Duals

January

3 Cambridge Springs 6

16 at Northwestern 6

19 at Richland Invitational

23 West Middlesex 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

30 Sharpsville 6

Monday: Girard, Sharpsville and Saegertown

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 24th, 2012

Harbor Creek

Coach (season/record): Derek Chew (5th/NA)

2011-12 overall record: 9-4

2011-12 region record: 6-3

Top wrestlers lost: Kevin Nowakowski, Cody Bratt, Jake Newara, Parris Warner, Adam Sallot

Top wrestlers returning: Matt Newara, Adam Pearson

Assistant coach: Mike Benson

Outlook: Chew says the Huskies are very young and will have to deal with heavy graduation losses from last year’s team. Several first-year starters will get experience this season.

Iroquois

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

12 Union City 7

13 at Harbor Creek 7

18 Seneca 7

20 at Corry 7

28 Region Duals at Central Tech 10

January

3 at Saegertown 7:30

5 at Ripley Tournament

9 North East 7

16 at Eisenhower 7

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Youngsville 7

February

1 at Maplewood 7

6 at Fort LeBoeuf 7

Franklin

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

11 Grove City 7

13 at Sharpsville 7

18 West Middlesex 7

20 at Mercer 7

28 at Region Duals (Lakeview) 9 a.m.

January

3 Hickory 7

9 at Sharon 7

16 Slippery Rock 7

19 at Howland (Ohio) Tournament

23 at Reynolds

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

31 at Oil City 7

February

6 Lakeview 6

9 at Slippery Rock Duals 8 a.m.

13 Cranberry 6:30

Sunday: East, Jamestown and Fairview

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 23rd, 2012

North East

Coach (season/record): Dana Gorton (1st/0-0)

2011-12 overall record: 7-7

2011-12 region record: 1-7

Top wrestlers lost: Alex Svetz, Austin Phelps

Top wrestlers returning: Jordan Bryan, Andrew Phelps, Tyler Stapp, Corey Voorhis

Assistant coaches: Mark Hughes, Alex Svetz

Outlook: Gorton takes over a program that will miss Phelps and Svetz, a regional runner-up who was fourth at Hershey. But a solid core group returns led by Bryan, a 2011-12 District 10 runner up who went 27-11 at 160 pounds and is expected to be back at that weight this season. Voorhis, also a returning regional qualifier who was fourth in the district at 152 last season, posted a 17-12 mark and also should remain at the same weight class. Newcomers Adam Ballew (projected at 120), Andrew Benden (106) and Logan Gray (113) could contribute right away. Gorton said turnout has been strong and he believes the Grapepickers could be headed for a high-water mark season.

Schedule

December

11 Youngsville 7

18 Union City 7:30

20 at Harbor Creek 7

28 at Region Duals (Lakeview)

January

9 at Iroquois 7

16 Saegertown 7:30

18-19 North East Tournament

23 Corry 7

Conneaut

Coach (season/record): Tom Courtney (17th overall, 1st at Conneaut/0-0)

2011-12 overall record: New school

2011-12 region record: New school

Top wrestlers lost: New school

Top wrestlers returning: Nick Moss, Brandon Moss, Kyle Lukewich, Taylor Ellis, Brandon Sherman

Assistant coaches: Matt Horne, Cash Horne, Robert Courtney, Adam Green

Outlook: Courtney, who spent 16 seasons coaching at Conneaut Lake, takes over the new program, although Conneaut Lake has been the only one of the three former district schools (Conneaut Valley, Linesville) that has fielded a wrestling team for several years. Courtney brings with him an experienced staff and a solid nucleus of former Conneaut Lake wrestlers led by Lukewich, a returning regional qualifier who finished 34-10 last season at 120. Nick Moss (23-12 last season at 106), Brandon Moss (13-10 at 113) and Taylor Ellis (20-8 at 138) all were district qualifiers last season. Conneaut Lake went 8-6 overall last season and 8-1 in the region, and the new-look Eagles should be solid.

Schedule

December

8 at Greenville Duals

11 Cambridge Springs 6

13 at Jamestown 6

18 Northwestern 6

20 at Fairview 6

21 at Greenville 6

January

4-5 at Tool City Tournament (Meadville)

8 Cochranton 6

15 at Saegertown 6

16 Maplewood 6

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 at Girard 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

February

6 Commodore Perry 6

Saturday: Iroquois and Franklin

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 22nd, 2012

Fort LeBoeuf

Coach (season/record): Tim Simon (4th/52-13)

2011-12 overall record: 18-3

2011-12 region record: 8-0

Top wrestlers lost: Kody Pace, Brandon Puckly, Riley Smith, Craig Cihon

Top wrestlers returning: Tyler Kuzma, Adam Borgia, George Mcguire, Brad Malinowski, Taylor Harrington, Taylor Fox, Jack Middleton, Evan Daley, Nate Conti

Assistant coaches: Steve Waite, Scott Waite, Dan Baney, Ethan Saylor

Outlook: The Bison will reach into one of the state’s deepest feeder systems to replace four standouts from last season, when Fort LeBoeuf finished third in the PIAA Class AA team dual championships and had an outstanding state individual tournament. Cihon (47 wins, 2nd at Hershey) and Pace (49 wins, 3rd) led the way, while Puckley went 40-10 and was a state qualifier and Smith was 38-15 and a regional consolation semifinalist. While their firepower is gone, plenty of talent remains. Daley is back after a tremendous junior season in which he went 50-6 and finished fifth at Hershey. Mcguire is a returning state qualifier who went 33-18, and Harrington (37-13 last season) and Malinowski (18-15) each were fourth at regionals. There’s no reason to expect anything less than another run at the D-10 and perhaps even PIAA team Class AA titles, and LeBoeuf will have at least one strong individual championship contender in Daley.

Schedule

December

7 at General McLane 7

11 at Saegertown 7

13 North East 7

14-15 at King of the Mountain Tournament (Mill Hall)

18 at Eisenhower 7

20 Youngsville 7

27-28 at Manheim Tournament

January

2 at Reynolds 7

4 at Corry 7

9 at Canon McMillan 7

11 at Cathedral Prep 7

18-19 at Top Gun Tournament

23 at Seneca 7

25 at Union City 7

February

6 Iroquois 7

Warren

No information submitted by school

Schedule

December

11 at Meadville 7

13 Cathedral Prep 7

14-15 at STWOA Tournament

18 at Central 6

20 at East 7

28 Warren Duals

January

3 Oil City 6

4-5 at Tool City Tournament (Meadville)

8 at Titusville 6

16 General McLane 6

23 at Strong Vincent 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

February

6 McDowell 7

Friday: North East and Conneaut

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 21st, 2012

Corry

Coach (season/record): Greg Barnett (2nd/6-5)

2011-12 overall record: 6-5

2011-12 region record: 6-4

Top wrestlers lost: Levi Catalfu, Zac Morris, Cody Bailey

Top wrestlers returning: Ryan Morris, Shane Taubert, Tim Suydan, Alex Suydan

Assistant coaches: Jarred Johnson, Brandon Edwards

Outlook: The Suydans and Taubert each won at least 15 matches last season and along with Morris will represent the backbone of a team that lost some firepower with the graduation of Catalfu and Morris, both District 10 champs last season, and Baily. Taubert went 18-12 last season and lost in the district consolation semifinals. He is expected to compete at 170 pounds. Tim Suydan, who was 18-last season, advanced to the district semifinals at 220 and is expected to be back at that weight. Morris (10-7) and Alex Suydan (16-17) each won a match at districts. Newcomers include former PJW state qualifier Jonathan Hammond (projected at 120 or 125) and Mark May. Barnett, in his second season at Corry, believes the Beavers will be competitive and show improvement as the season goes on.

Schedule

December

11 Eisenhower 7

13 at Seneca 7

14-15 at Penn Cambria Tournament

18 Youngsville 7

20 Iroquois 7

28-29 at Southmoreland Tournament

January

4 Fort LeBoeuf 7

9 at Saegertown 7

10 St. Marys 7

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

16 Union City 7

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 at North East 7

February

6 Harbor Creek 7

Eisenhower

No information submitted by school

Thursday: Fort LeBoeuf and Warren

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling
Posted: November 20th, 2012

Strong Vincent

Coach (season/record): Dennis Clemente (12th/not submitted)

2011-12 overall record: 4-15

2011-12 region record: 1-10

Top wrestler lost: Maxx Swoger

Top wrestlers returning: Jared Carlson, Dijon Deboe

Assistant coaches: Scott Burbee, Andy Henry

Outlook: The Colonels were senior-heavy last season and lost every starter from 152 pounds up, including Swoger, a District 10 runner-up at 285 who went 2-2 at regionals. Carlson and Deboe lead the returnees and both had quality seasons last year. Carlson went 28-9, finished third at districts at 138 and won a pair of matches at regionals. He will move up to 145 or 152 this season. Deboe posted a solid season with a 19-12 record and a pair of tournament top-four finishes. Clemente said the Colonels will lean on those two until a crop of newcomers and younger starters matures. That group is led by Joshua Caban (projected at 120), Joshua Caban (120) and junior Chris Starocci (170), a Cathedral Prep transfer.

Schedule

December

8 at Eisenhower Tournament

11 Oil City 7

13 at Titusville 7

18 General McLane 7

28 Carr Duals: vs. Central, East

January

4 at McDowell 7

5 at Ripley (N.Y.) Tournament

9 Meadville 7

16 at Cathedral Prep 7

23 Warren 7

29 Youngsville 7

February

5 at Girard 7

Northwestern

Coach (season/record): Keith Sherman (7th/46-35)

2011-12 overall record: 8-3

2011-12 region record: 7-3

Top wrestler lost: Stephen Maskrey

Top wrestlers returning: Matt Wheeler, Sebastian Rinehardt, Garrett Behringer, Kyle Panko, Austin Miczo, Shayne Vorse, Ian Pettis, Isaac Howard, Dalton Daniels

Assistant coaches: Greg Evans, David Osterberg, Roger Sherman, Adam English

Outlook: The Wildcats are young but don’t lack experience with several starters back from last season. Matt Wheeler is the top returnee after posting a 31-11 record with a fifth-place District 10 finish and reaching the regional consolation semifinals. He’s projected at 120 pounds this season. Rinehardt, who is penciled in at 152, went 23-14 last season and was a district qualifier, as was Behringer, who went 13-14 and is expected to compete at 160. Sherman expects newcomers Isaac Merritt (projected at 145) and Bruce Copeland (113), a former PJW qualifier, to contribute right away. The Wildcats should be balanced with quality depth at several weight classes and will be a factor in the Region 2 race.

Schedule

December

8 at Greenville Duals

11 at Girard

13 Cambridge Springs

14-15 at Jamestown (N.Y.) Holiday Classic

18 at Conneaut

20 at Cochranton

January

4 Maplewood

8 Greenville

9 at Commodore Perry

16 Jamestown

19 at Howland (Ohio) Tournament

23 at Fairview

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

Grove City

No information submitted by school

Wednesday: Corry and Eisenhower

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling

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