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Wrestling Outlook: The Shadow Team's Shadow Edition

[Bumped a little late, but we eventually have to beat Iowa in something, someday, right? - RUTS]

With the NCAA's in full swing, it's a good time to take a peek at the future, or the Shadow Team's shadow.   Pennsylvania's PIAA championships were held last weekend, and Penn State's inbound group snared 3 big school (AAA) champs: the ever-studly Alton twins, with Andrew easily taking gold at 145 (his 3rd), and Dylan destroying the 152 weight class (his 2nd), and rising senior Nico Megaludis winning his 2nd gold at 119.   In the AA class, both Penn State recruits were upset. Frank Martellotti dropped a 4-3 decision to take 2nd, and Dirk Cowburn was denied his 3rd title, losing an ugly 1-0 decision to returning champ Eric Hess. The Cowburn/Hess match was highly anticipated, as both were returning champs, but......what a snoozefest. Hess' escape in the 2nd period was it, and both looked uninspired. A good wrestler can make anyone look bad, but this was sheer dullsville. Cowburn is the only small school wrestler offered a scholie (Martellotti is walking on), and I'm hoping Cael can get this guy moving and much more aggressive.   All in all, while a good weekend for the good guys, here's a flashback (after the jump) to the 2009 AAA finals. Recognize any names?

 2009 PIAA Finals Matchups/Results

Championship Finals
103 Jimmy Gulibon, Derry Area, maj. dec. Paul Bewak, Hempfield Area, 13-3
112 Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional, dec. Zach Horan, Nazareth, 3-1 OT
119 Shane Young, Penn Trafford, dec. Tyler Rauenzahn, Blue Mountain, 5-3 OT
125 Sam Sherlock, West Mifflin, dec. Nathan Pennesi, Greater Latrobe, 6-3
130 Joe Waltko, North Allegheny, dec. Rocco Wellek, Erie Cathedral Prep, 10-6
135 Josh Kindig, Blue Mountain, pinned Joey Walters, Greater Latrobe, 3:03
140 Andrew Alton, Central Mountain, pinned Jack Bachman, Hempfield Area, 1:24
145 Dylan Alton, Central Mountain, dec. Joseph Napoli, Cumberland Valley, 6-3
152 Marshall Peppelman, Central Dauphin, maj. dec. Mark Havers, Bradford, 8-0
160 Jake Kemerer, Hempfield Area, dec. Kenny Courts, Central Dauphin, 4-2
171 Clay Gable, Dallastown, won by tech. fall over Clint Morrison, Cedar Cliff, 16-1 5:18
189 Tony Dallago, Central Dauphin, pinned Jamie Callender, Council Rock North, 1:33
215 Nate Gaffney, Connellsville, dec. Spencer Myers, Selinsgrove, 5-4
285 Evan Craig, Abington Heights, dec. David Osei, Abington, 3-1    

Of the 14 champs, a total of 5 are either enrolled, or PSU bound: Megaludis, Sam Sherlock  (who lost his senior year to an ACL tear), Andrew Alton, Dylan Alton, and Jake Kemerer. Kemerer, of course, is a member of this year's red-shirted Shadow Team.   Coming up this Saturday night is the Dapper Dan Classic, which pits Pennsylvania's seniors against the best of the rest of the USA. It is every high school wrestler's dream to be picked for this event, and it has a remarkable history. Every year, the USA team sports ridiculous numbers, and for good reason: all these guys can rip your head off. Even so, Pennsylvania won last year, and is favored to repeat.   Here are the starting line-ups, which are a veritable Who's Who of high school wrestling. Eye-popping numbers? Behold:


USA TEAM
Weight Class   Name   High School   State Career Record Win Loss State Championships College Signed With
112 Ryak Finch Safford Arizona 204 2 3X Iowa State University
119 Ty Mitch Aurora Ohio 163 22 3X Virginia Tech University
125 Logan Stieber Monroeville Ohio 184 1 4X Ohio State University
130 Jamie Clark St. Edwards Ohio 128 8 3X University of Illinois
135 Ryan Nieman Bullock Creek Michigan 231 6 3X Indiana University
140 Chris Villalonga Blair Academy New Jersey 144 3 4X Cornell University
145 Joe Cozart Brandon Florida 226 4 4X Iowa State University
152 Jackson Morse Lowell Michigan 184 9 3X University of Illinois
160 Nick Sulzer St. Edwards Ohio 146 17 1X University of Virginia
171 Nick Visicaro Long Branch New Jersey 153 17 2X Rutgers University
189 Mike Evans Blair Academy New Jersey 153 8 1X University of Iowa
215 Trevor Rupp Pocatello Idaho 113 6 2X  
285 Bobby Telford St. Mark’s Delaware 116 40 2X University of Iowa
Totals 2145 143 35  
USA Honorary Coach - Ken Chertow - 1988 USA Olympian, 3X Division I All American    
PENNSYLVANIA TEAM
Weight Class Name High School Hometown Career Record
Win Loss
State Championships
112 Michael Rhone Benton Benton 135 20  
119 Anthony Marino Bethlehem Liberty Bethlehem 128 22  
125 Mitchell Port Bellefonte Bellefonte 156 18 1X
130 Joe Spisak Boiling Springs Boiling Springs 164 15 1X
135 Joshua Dziewa Council Rock Sout Yardley 126 7 1X
140 Josh Kindig Blue Mountain Auburn 172 12 2X
145 Andrew Alton Central Mountain Lock Haven 178 8 2X
152 Dylan Alton Central Mountain Lock Haven 176 5 3X
160 Marshall Peppelman Central Dauphin Harrisburg 181 7 3X
171 Matthew Cunningham Shady Side Academy Munhall 162 12 1X
189 Jamie Callender Council Rock North Ivyland 156 27 1X
215 Spencer Myers Selinsgrove Selinsgrove 149 18 1X
285 Evan Craig Abington Heights Clarks Summit 169 10 2X
Totals 2052 181 18
  COACHES:          
  Terry Havelka Burgettstown WPIAL AA Coach of the Year  
  Chris Mary Canon McMillan WPIAL AAA Coach of the Year     
  In the prelims, the WPIAL's top seniors are taking on those of New York.   Check out the Dapper Dan link - http://wrestlingclassic.com/  - to see the WPIAL guys, including our man Martellotti, or if you just feel like browsing through some great history - all past results are listed:  Click on the "Follow the 2010 Classic Here" link for this year's rosters.  

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