Top Incoming Freshmen of 2014

Good Screen ShotThe 2013-2014 PIAA Wrestling Season is just around the corner and many new faces will hit the mats for the first time in a high school singlet. Below is PA Power Wrestling’s 2nd Annual “Top Incoming Freshmen” Series that this season features an impressive Top 35 Ranking of all incoming freshmen this season. Additionally 25 “Honorable Mention” wrestlers are listed in alphabetical order to bring the total Top Incoming Freshmen of 2014 list to 60 wrestlers. The list features incoming freshmen who will compete for PIAA Schools and excludes PA Prep Schools. If you feel there is a mistake made in any particular wrestler please notify Jeff Upson at papowerwrestling@gmail.com

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1.  Spencer Lee

35510_384891138273613_202794642_nHigh School:  Franklin Regional

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Top Three Medalist PIAA Class AAA State Tournament

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  World Cadet Championships (Freestyle) – 110 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2013:  FILA Cadet Nationals (Freestyle) – 110 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Cadet National Duals (Fresstyle) – 106 lbs. – Undefeated (7-0)
  • 2013:  Cadet National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 106 lbs. – Undefeated (7-0)
  • 2013:  Flo Nationals (High School Division) – 106 lbs. – Runner-Up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Philo Electric Invitational – 110 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  McDonogh Duals – 107 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (High School Division) – 106 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 105 lbs. – Undefeated (9-0)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 105 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 105 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  Phil Portuese NE Regional Tournament (Freestyle) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Phil Portuese NE Regional Tournament (Greco-Roman) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Philo Electric Invitational – 104 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 98 lbs. – Undefeated (10-0)
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 98 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW Area 6 Championships (11 & 12) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (13 & 14) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Tulsa Nationals (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 6 Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Dixie Nationals (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  Liberty Nationals (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW Area 6 Championships (10 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Tulsa Nationals (7 & 8) – 61 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  PJW Area 6 Championships (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  Tulsa Nationals (7 & 8) – 55 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2007:  PJW Area 6 Championships (10 & Under) – 55 lbs. – Champion

Spencer “The Kid” Lee is our undisputed #1 Top Incoming Freshman for the 2014 season with a multitude of National accolades to his name. Most recently Lee traveled to Serbia where he competed in the Cadet Freestyle World Championships finishing in seventh place. Spencer will be competing for Franklin Regional High School this season despite spending much of his youth in Saegertown, PA. In folkstyle competition Lee has won four PJW State Championships and seven PJW Area 6 Championships. Lee has won Championships titles at the Tulsa Nationals, Liberty Nationals, Dixie Nationals, and Northeast Nationals. In Freestyle & Greco-Roman competition Spencer has amassed one a PAWF Championship in each stye and went undefeated in freestyle competition at the Schoolboy National Duals in 2011. Arguably his most impressive achievement came in 2012 at the Super 32 Challenge Tournament. There Lee competed in the High School Division at 106 lbs. and tore through the competition right into the finals. In the finals Lee met the Nation’s #1 grappler at 106 lbs. Nick Suriano (New Jersey). In the semi-finals Suriano defeated PA’s 2013 Top Incoming Freshman Luke Pletcher and would be State Champion by a score of (2-0). Pletcher would go on to finish in third place at 106 lbs. In the Suriano vs. Lee match it looked as if Spencer Lee would cement his status as the top eighth grade wrestler in the Nation. Lee jumped out to a (2-0) lead after a takedown in the first period and gave up an escape to lead (2-1) after one. In the second Suriano choose bottom and Lee was hit with a controversial locked-hands penalty to tie the match at (2-2). In the second Lee nearly picked up back-points with a chin-pullback riding Suriano out for the entire period to end the second tied (2-2). In the third period Lee choose the bottom position earning an escape early on to go up (3-2). With time running out in the match Suriano got in on Lee’s leg and finished by spinning around near the edge of the mat as the buzzer sounded. “The Kid” was unable to hold onto the victory despite looking exceptional throughout majority of the bout in his first career Super 32 High School Division finals. In April 2013 Lee would face 2013 State Champion Luke Pletcher in the FloNationals finals at 106 lbs. with Pletcher coming out on top (3-1). These top wrestlers in the Nation may be seeing much more of each other in the coming years as Franklin Regional and Greater Latrobe both compete in the WPIAL’s Section 1. With 2013 106 lbs. State Champion Devin Brown also making the move to Franklin Regional Lee will in all likelihood compete at the 113 lbs. weight-class in the post-season.

 

2.  Cameron Coy

398692_348808548464072_55960139_nHigh School:  Penn Trafford

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight:  126 lbs. – 132 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Tournament (Freestyle) – 126 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 122 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Philo Electric Invitational – 122 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 126 lbs. – Undefeated (9-0)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 112 lbs. – Record of (7-3)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 112 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Junior High Championships – 110 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 112 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 3 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 92 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 3 Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (10 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Champion

#2 on the list is Penn Trafford’s Cameron Coy who will enter his freshman season as one of the top middle-weights in the WPIAL. Coy is a 2x PJW State Champion and 4x PJW Area 3 Champion. In 2013 Coy won the 13 & 14 year old division at 124 lbs. by recording a major decision, a tech-fall, and two falls en route to his second straight PJW State Championship. Cameron is also a 2x Southwest Regional Junior High Champion and has National experience competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Coy competed for Team PA at the 2012 Schoolboy National Duals against some of the Nation’s top competition in his age group. The freshman has grown from 75 lbs. in 2009 to 124 lbs. in 2013 and will most likely compete at the 126 lbs. – 132 lbs. range this season. Coy will be a contender to place at the WPIAL Tournament and could earn a trip to Hershey in his freshman campaign.

 

3.  Jarod Verkleeren

383129_264606053597238_21153242_nHigh School:  Belle Vernon Area

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight: 138 lbs. – 145 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 138 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 138 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (High School) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 138 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 140 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 128 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 128 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 128 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 128 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 133 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 122 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 117/124 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 112 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW Area 4 Championships (11 & 12) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 110 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 90 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 4 Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 82 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up

Younger brother Jarod Verkleeren will join older brother and sophomore Derek for the Belle Vernon Area program. Verkleeren is an accomplished youth wrestler who won two PJW State Championships and five PJW Area 4 Championships. At the 2013 Nittany Lion Open Tournament Jarod won both the Junior High and High School division Championships at 140 lbs. Like Coy, Verkleeren has captured two Southwest Regional Junior High Championships and is a 4x Ohio Tournament of Champions medalists including a 1x Champion. Verkleeren will certainly add to an already young and talented Belle Vernon Area wrestling team  for first year head coach and former PIAA State Champion and NCAA All-American Tyler Naumen. Jarod will likely compete around the 138 lbs. – 145 lbs. before older brother Derek. Jarod will join a WPIAL middle-weight class that is full of the State’s top wrestlers so the frosh may miss out on a trip to Hershey as a rookie.

 

4.  Gus Solomon

529832_10151428977791284_1544733829_nHigh School:  Franklin Regional

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 105 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (High School) – 108 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Junior High Championships – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 82/87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 74 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Eighth Place
  •  2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Third Place

The second Franklin Regional wrestler on the list is one of the most talented freshman who may see only limited varsity action in his freshman campaign. Gus Solomon is a solid addition to an already stacked Franklin Regional line-up but unfortunately there is going to be a log-jam of talent in the light-weights this season. With returning PIAA State Champion Devin Brown slated to return to 106 lbs. this season and #1 Spencer Lee floating around 113 lbs. – 120 lbs., Solomon may have to compete at a heavier weight in order to see the mat. In 2001 Solomon placed third at the PJW State Championships at 82 lbs. in the 13 & 14 year-old division. In April 2013 Gus competed at the FloNationals in 106 lbs. High School Division going (3-2) and falling to State Champion Luke Pletcher (8-0) and PIAA Medalist Gage Curry (3-1). The freshman will only get better with practice partners such as Spencer Lee and Devin Brown.

 

5.  Cole Nye

483773_10151426770452758_1579890387_nHigh School:  Bishop McDevitt

Class:  AA

District:  3

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight:  195 lbs. – 220 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 187 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 187 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 187 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 185 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 152 lbs. – Record of (5-2)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 152 lbs. – Record of (4-2)
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 130 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 136 lbs. – Record of (2-8)
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 136 lbs. – Record of (1-6)
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 110 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 110 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 100 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 100 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Dixie Nationals (12 & Under) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 82 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  Dixie Nationals (10 & Under) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 95 lbs. – Third Place

Incoming freshman Cole Nye is one of the top rookie upper-weights who is just one part to a talented and growing Bishop McDevitt wrestling program. Nye won his first career PJW State Championship in 2013 at 187 lbs. in the 13 & 14 year-old division. He was also a 2013 Wilson Junior High Champion at 185 lbs. and a 2x Dixie Nationals Champion. Nye will likely compete at 195 lbs. this season and should place at the District 3 Tournament and qualify for the Class AA SE Regional Tournament. Nye has the potential to reach high levels on the State scene in his career at Bishop McDevitt. The freshman plays football for McDevitt and may grow into a formidable 220 lbs./Heavyweight wrestler.

 

6.  Zane Black

945058_10200780345963881_1525916037_nHigh School:  Bishop McDevitt

Class:  AA

District:  3

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight:  170 lbs. – 182 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • Super 32 Challenge Qualifier (High School) – 182 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 170 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 170 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (High School) – 172 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 175 lbs. – Undefeated (10-0)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 144 lbs. – Undefeated (10-0)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 144 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 152 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 160 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 145 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 145 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 145 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 120 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 120 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 120 lbs. – Record of (3-1)
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 120 lbs. – Record of (5-1)
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 108 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 85 lbs. – Champion

#8 is the second Bishop McDevitt Crusader on the list as the talented Zane Black will begin his career with good friend and teammate Cole Nye. Black has been a name associated with PA Youth Wrestling for the past several years. Black won the 2013 PJW State Championship in 2013 at 167 lbs. in the 13 & 14 year old division. Black was a double Cadet Champion in 2013 and 2012 in addition to competing in the Schoolboy National Duals in 2011 and 2012. Recently Black competed at the Super 32 Challenge Qualifying tournament in the High School Division and finished as the runner-up at 182 lbs. Black defeated 2013 PIAA State Qualifier Jared Beckwith of Tyrone Area (4-1) en route to the finals where he fell to Bermudian Springs talented senior and returning PIAA State Runner-up Tristan Sponseller (12-1). Black should fair very well against the competition and should not be overlooked as a potential State Tournament qualifier or medalist in his freshman campaign. Zane has shown true potential to transition into high school competition smoothy and fans may see him on the State Tournament podium multiple times, including he top.

 

7.  Jacob Oliver

269340_2941925684066_1868468224_nHigh School:  Huntingdon Area

Class:  AA

District:  6

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight:  145 lbs. – 160 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  PIAA Class AA State Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 136 lbs. – Record of (4-6)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 136 lbs. – Record of (7-4)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 136 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 115 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 115 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 128 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 115 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 95 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 85 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 2 Championships (9 & 10) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 82 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Champion

Huntingdon Area’s Jacob Oliver may be the dark horse of 2014 Freshman Class. Oliver is a 4x PJW State Medalist and including finishes of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in his last three seasons. The middle-weight rookie has competed for Team PA at the Schoolboy National Duals and won a 2012 PAWF State Freestyle Championship. This season Jacob could see action anywhere between 145 lbs. and 160 lbs. with a strong possibility to advance through the Southwest Regional Tournament and qualify for his first PIAA State Tournament. The reason Oliver may be considered a dark horse is his potential for a stellar career at Huntingdon Area, as his accomplishments show, he is constantly improving.

 

8.  Austin DeSanto

Exeter_Township_Senior_High_School_logoHigh School:  Exeter Township

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region: South Central

Projected Wight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  PIAA State Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 62 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 58 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 54 lbs. – Sixth Place

Another younger brother on the freshman list is Austin DeSanto of Exeter Township. His older brother Tony DeSanto was a 2x PIAA Class AAA State Medalist at 125 lbs. finishing in fifth place in 2005 and sixth place in 2004. Austin DeSanto has a solid history of success on the PA Youth level which includes being a 3x PJW State Champion. DeSanto was also a 5x PJW Are 9 Champion and a 2x MAWA Eastern National Champion. Austin will most likely compete at 106 lbs. in the post-season and with the South Central Region qualifying four to the PIAA State Tournament, DeSanto has a very strong chance of making a trip to the GIANT Center in his freshman campaign. As an experienced youth wrestler Austin will contribute to an Exeter Township program that has had success on the team and individual levels over the past several seasons.

 

9.  Brock Port

549131_10152698302670084_144487330_nHigh School:  Bellefonte Area

Class:  AAA

District:  6

Region:  Northwest

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  PIAA State Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 120 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 112 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 105 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 98 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012: PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 85 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 77 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 77 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 70 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 66 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 2 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 62 lbs. – Runner-up

Another PA Youth Star with a family history of success is Bellefonte Area’s Brock Port who projects to compete between 113 lbs. and 120 lbs. this season. Port is a 3x PJW State Medalist and has twice placed as a high as third place. PA Wrestling fans may recognize the name as Brock’s cousin, Mitchell Port, was a PIAA State Champion for Bellefonte Area and was a 2013 NCAA Division I Runner-up for Edinboro University. Brock has always been in the top tier of his age/weight bracket since beginining his youth career and despite not claiming a State Championship, Port will be competing for a PIAA State Tournament qualifying spot next season in the Northwest Region.

 

10.  Chandler Olson

16177_429758430411195_655310247_nHigh School:  Shippensburg Area

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 112 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 112 lbs. – Undefeated (10-0)
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 90 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion

PA Youth Wrestling fans may not be as familiar with Chandler Olson but the tough lightweight has accomplishments to back up his ranking. Olson has twice finished in fourth place, once as the runner-up, and once in fifth place at the PJW State Championships. Olson’s only two loses at the 2013 PJW State Championships were to #1 Spencer Lee (7-0) and to #9 Brock Port (4-0). In 2013 he claimed the Wilson Junior High championship after finishing as the runner-up in 2012. Olson will compete between 113 lbs. – 120 lbs. in his rookie season and should challenge the top wrestlers in his weight at the South Central Regional Tournament.

 

11.  Zack Trampe

299633_4661174699171_2030208559_nHigh School:  Council Rock South

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 120 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  War At The Shore (Junior High) – 82 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 74 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 58 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2006:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Bantam) – 48 lbs. – Third Place

Council Rock South’s lightweight dominance in the Southeast Regional will continue with freshman Zack Trampe. Zack’s older brother Tom Trampe was a 2012 PIAA Class AAA State Medalist at 285 lbs. finishing eighth in his senior season. Zack won’t be seeing heavyweight anytime soon and is registered at 120 lbs. for the Super 32 Challenge this month along with teammate Dan Martoccio. Trampe will likely compete where Martoccio is not, so anywhere between 113 lbs. – 126 lbs. this season. Trampe’s biggest achievment came in 2013 when he captured the PW State Championship title at 117 lbs. The weight class was loaded with talented wrestlers and in the finals he defeated #12 Nino Bonaccorsi (5-4 TB). Trampe has also won a MAWA Eastern National title.

 

12.  Santino “Nino” Bonaccorsi

66131_475469792509822_801661781_n High School:  Bethel Park

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 120 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (High School) – 115 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Record of (7-3)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 98 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 98 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012: PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 100 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 102 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 91 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011: PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 90 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 74 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 68 lbs. – Third Place

A decorated wrestler who like many other top freshman have a family tradition of success. Nino’s older brother Nick Bonaccorsi wrestler for the University of Pittsburgh and in 2013 he was an EWL Champion and NCAA Qualifier at 174 lbs. Nick was a 4x PIAA State Qualifier and a 3x PIAA State Medalist for Bethel Park High School including a third place finish his senior season. Nino Bonaccorsi has competed in many National and State wrestling events and his resume includes two PAWF State Championships, a PJW State Championship, and an Ohio Tournament of Champions title. Bonaccorsi captured the 2011 PJW State Championship at 90 lbs. but was unable to duplicate that feat finishing as the runner-up in the next two seasons. In 2012 he was the PJW State runner-up to Gage Curry (North Hills) at 97 lbs. score of (3-0). Curry was a PIAA Class AAA State Fourth Place finisher last season as a freshman at 106 lbs. Bonaccorsi projects to compete around the 120 lbs. – 126 lbs. range in his rookie season and, like his older brother before him, should have a prosperous career at Bethel Park High School.

 

13.  Colin Cronin

302103_601627816534049_2024593893_nHigh School:  Upper Darby

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  PIAA State Tournament Class AAA Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals (Junior High)- 100 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 95 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 11 Championships (11 & 12) – 95 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 86 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Dixie Nationals (10 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 66 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2007:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Bantam) – 60 lbs. – Runner-up

3x PJW State Champion Colin Cronin has done something not many PA wrestlers have done before: He pinned #1 Spencer Lee. In the finals of the 2009 PJW State Championships in the (9 & 10) year old division Cronin pinned Lee in (2:59). It was Cronin’s first of three career PJW State Championships. Entering his freshman season at Upper Darby the 2x MAWA Eastern National Champion will be competing for a spot in Hershey at the PIAA State Tournament. With many of the top returners at 106 lbs. in District 1 moving up in weight there is a good chance Cronin will be a contender. In addition to his PJW State success Cronin has captured two MAWA Eastern National Championships and a Dixie National Championship. Colin is entered at 113 lbs. for the 2013 Super 32 Challenge taking place next month. He joins teammates and brothers Austin and Anthony Petril for Upper Darby who are also registered at 113 lbs. With Cronin and the Petril brothers Upper Darby will have a strong lightweight line-up and should fair well in the team race for District 1.

 

14.  Luke Landefeild

222725_210701755620738_6186572_nHigh School:  North Allegheny

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals (Junior High) – 100 lbs. – Record of (6-4)
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 87 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 80 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011: PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up

Younger brother Luke Landefield will join a long line of older brothers who have competed for the North Allegheny wrestling program. Older brother Drew will be a senior this season and eldest brothers Brett and Bill had successful careers for the Tigers in high school. Luke had a very successful youth career which included two Southwest Regional Junior High Championships and a PJW State Championship in 2011. In total Luke earned 5 PJW State Championship medals never finishing less than fifth place. Lanfield should compete at 106 lbs. but will have to earn the starting spot against other incoming freshmen such as Zach Stedeford. Overall Luke will no doubt have a successful career at North Allegheny and may even surpass his older brothers. Don’t be surprised to see Landefield on the PIAA State Tournament podium by the end of his career.

 

15.  Frankie Guida

parkland-trojans-263e919a80ccbf1cHigh School:  Parkland

Class:  AAA

District:  11

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  145 lbs. – 160 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (High School) – 147 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 136 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 120 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 11 Championships (11 & 12) – 115 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 95 lbs. – Runner-up

Yet another brother of a former PA Wrestling stand out is freshman Frank Guida of Parkland. His older brother Nick was a 2004 PIAA State Champion and 2005 PIAA State runner-up for the Trojans. Nick went on to wrestle for the University of Illinois. Frankie Guida was a 2013 PJW State runner-up at 147 lbs. and predicts to compete anywhere between 145 lbs. and 160 lbs. in his rookie season. Guida will join an already talented line-up for Parkland and should fair well against District 11 competition.

 

16.  Cole “C.J.” Manley

Ut_HKthATH4eww8X4xMDoxOmw2Ow7T9lHigh School:  Altoona Area

Class:  AAA

District:  6

Region:  Northwest

Projected Weight Class: 106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 94 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 94 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 84 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 77/84 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 77/84 lbs. – Record of (2-2)
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 77 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 77 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2011: PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 75 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 66 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW Area 2 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 60 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2008:  PJW Area 2 Championships (9& 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2006:  MAWA Eastern Nationals – (Bantam) – 52 lbs. – Fourth Place

Arguably the most well-known PA Youth wrestlers of the incoming freshman class is Cole “C.J.” Manley of Altoona Area High School. C.J. is currently registered at 106 lbs. for the 2013 Super 32 Challenge Tournament and should compete at 106 lbs. this season. Manley has been on the wrestling scene since 2006 and has earned a multitude of achievements. Most notably Manley has captured two PJW State Championships and twice finished as the runner-up. Manley also earned two PAWF State Championships and was a 4x Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament Champion. Despite being slightly undersized Manley should grow into the 106 lbs. weight-class and the Super 32 Challenge will be a good benchmark to determine how he will do this season. Overall Manley will be one of the top light-weights in the State by the end of his high school career at Altoona Area High School.

 

17.  Todd Lane

282637_431299443559967_974273993_nHigh School:  Southern Columbia Area

Class:  AA

District:  4

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 132 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  District 4 Junior Championships – 122 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 110 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 107 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 107 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 66 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2008:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 58 lbs. – Runner-up

Some may say freshman Todd Lane should be ranked higher on the list but regardless the incoming freshman will prove his worth at Southern Columbia Area High School this season. Lane has had an impressive youth career which includes victories over some of the State’s top wrestlers. In 2012, at the PJW State Championships in the (13 & 14) 107 lbs. division, Lane advanced to the State finals and defeated Derry Area’s George “Mickey” Phillippi (3-0) in the quarterfinals before falling to Greater Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher (2-0) in the finals. Phillippi would go on to win a PIAA Class AA State Championship in 2013 at 113 lbs. while Pletcher captured the PIAA Class AAA State Championship at 106 lbs. The freshman has also captured a MAWA Eastern National championship and Super 32 Challenge Middle School Championship. Lane will join older cousin Kent on the Souther Columbia Area wrestling team this season and could compete anywhere between 129 lbs. and 132 lbs. Lane is currently registered at 120 lbs. for the Super 32 Challenge coming up.

 

18.  Dan Moran

485856_410903055602379_972173032_nHigh School:  Northampton Area

Class:  AAA

District:  11

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  War At The Shore (High School) – 102 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 90 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 84 lbs. – Record of (3-1)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 84 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 84 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 84 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  War At The Shore (Junior High) – 102 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 87 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 87 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 85 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 11 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 55 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 56 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2008:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 54 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 48 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2007:  PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 50 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2007:  PJW Area 11 Championships (10 & Under) – 50 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 50 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2006:  PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 45 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2006:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Bantam) – 44 lbs. – Runner-up

Dan Moran’s PA Youth achievements go out the front door and around the block as the freshman will look to continue that success in high school at Northampton Area. It has been since 2008 when Northampton last qualified a wrestler at 103 lbs./106 lbs. for the PIAA State Tournament when sophomore Greg Rinker went (1-2). Moran good very well end that dry-spell for the Konkrete Kids in the near future. Moran is an outstanding 7x PJW State medalist including a State Champion in 2009. The freshman is registered to compete at 106 lbs. at the prestigious Super 32 Challenge this month. Moran has experience on multiple stages throughout his long youth career and this will only benefit him in high school against District 11’s stiff competition. Do not be surprised to see Moran in Hershey multiple times in his career and earning a spot on the podium.

 

19.  Jake Riegel

cache_3588344604High School:  Bethlehem Catholic

Class:  AA

District:  11

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 11 Junior High Tournament – 107 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 11 Junior High Tournament – 87 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 85 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010:  Big Horn Nationals (12 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Dixie Nationals (12 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW Area 11 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Big Horn Nationals (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Dixie Nationals (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 58 lbs. – Third Place

Yet another talented light-weight will join the BECA State Championship program this season as freshman Jake Riegel looks to have an impact for the Golden Hawks. Riegel was a 2013 PJW State runner-up falling to #13 Colin Cronin in the finals (7-0) at 102 lbs. Riegel is also a 2x District 11 Junior High Champion and a Big Horn Nationals Champion. The rookie will benefit greatly by working out with PIAA Class AA State Runner-up Luke Karam on a daily basis. Karam is registered to compete at 106 lbs. at the Super 32 Challenge so Riegel may be seeing action at 113 lbs. depending on where Karam ends up. Regardless, Riegel will have an impact and  should have a successful career at Bethlehem Catholic.

 

20.  Cal Reichart

487600_406465796108039_612859720_nHigh School:  Cumberland Valley

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 107 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 110 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 105 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 100 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 96 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 95 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 82 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals  (Junior)  – 74 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up

Cumberland Valley will look to continue the tradition of talented lightweights as freshman Cal Reichart is leading the charge. Reichart was PJW State Third Place Medalist in 2013 and was an Ohio TOC runner-up. Reichart will have several other talented freshmen to compete with as Wyatt Long and William Kaldes are also in the mix at 106 lbs. – 113 lbs. Reichart will most likely compete at 113 lbs. this season and will only improve in the Cumberland Valley wrestling room with head coach Dave Heckard and assistant coach Billy Chamberlain. The eagles could return to the days of Ryan Williams and Morgan Baublitz in the coming years if these freshmen flourish.

 

21.  Brian Courtney

1076372High School:  Athens Area

Class:  AA

District:  4

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 4 Junior High Championships – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 90 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  War At The Shore (Junior High) – 102 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  Pop & Flo Nationals (Intermediate) – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012: PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 4 Junior High Championships – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 75 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2011:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 10 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 10 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 10 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Runner-up

District 4’s Brian Courtney comes into his rookie season with three PJW State medals and a District 4 Junior High Championship. Courtney recently competed at the Super 32 Challenge Tournament held in Shippensburg, PA and went (3-2) at 106 lbs. There he defeated #25 Aaron Rump (3-1). Courtney should continue to compete at 106 lbs. for Athens Area High School. Facing always-tough District 4 competition his freshman season will benefit the lightweight and could turn out making several trip to Hershey for the PIAA State Tournament.

 

22.  Dominic Means

VIking_Head_LogoHigh School:  Central Catholic (Pittsburgh)

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 62 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Third Place

Sanshiro Abe will have yet another talented lightweight wrestler this season as freshman Dominic Means will join the Central Catholic Vikings. Means is a 4x PJW State Medalist and 3x PJW Are 7 Champion. The rookie should compete at 106 lbs. throughout the season and will benefit from working out with 2x PIAA State Medalist Vincenzo Joseph in the wrestling room. Central Catholic’s schedule is no walk in the park with three of the Nation’s top tournaments on the list including the Wash-Jesuit Ironman, the Beast of the East, and the POWERade Tournament. Means will be tested and will benefit from the experience. Expect to see him make an impact on the WPIAL in the years to come.

 

23.  Jake Hinkson

north-alleghenyHigh School:  North Allegheny

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  132 lbs. – 138 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 110 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 95 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 82 lbs. – Third Place

Somewhat of a dark horse on the list compared to others around him, freshman Jake Hinksom burst onto the PJW State scene when he claimed the 132 lbs. Championship in 2013. In the quarterfinals Hinkson defeated 2013 Northeast Regional qualifier Jimmy Saylor of Easton Area (5-4) to advance to the semifinals. It was Hinkson’s first time qualifying for the PJW State Championships. Hinkson did however place twice at the MAWA Eastern National Championships finishing as the runner-up once and third place once. The rookie predicts to compete between 132 lbs. and 138 lbs. for the Tigers. He will join an already talented line-up that includes 2013 PIAA State Medalist Jesse Rodgers. Hinkson is just one of several freshmen who could make an impact for a team that finished third in the WPIAL Team Championship last season and qualified for the PIAA Team Championships. If Hinkson is able to crack the line-up he should fair well with a rather tough schedule.

 

24.  John Pipa

picts-Mascots-BISHOP MCDEVITTHigh School:  Bishop McDevitt

Class:  AA

District:  3

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  PIAA State Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 100 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 95 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  MWAW Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 80 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012:  Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 80 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 75 lbs. – Eighth Place

Freshman John Pipa, like majority of the Top Incoming Freshmen, will join his older brother David Pipa on the Bishop McDevitt Crusader line-up. John is the third Crusader on the list joining Cole Nye and Zane Black. Older brother David will be a junior this season and qualified for the PIAA Class AA State Tournament at 113 lbs. going (1-2) after having to default his final match. John predicts to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and will compete at 106 lbs. in his rookie season. Pipa is registered to compete at 106 lbs. in the Super 32 Challenge. In 2013 he was a PJW State runner-up at 92 lbs. falling to Pennridge’s rising sophomore Kordell Rush. Pipa was also a 3x MAWA Eastern National medalist finishing as the runner-up in 2013 at 100 lbs. Pipa has a very good chance to do well at 106 lbs. and may end up earning a trip to Hershey in his first try.

 

25.  Aaron Rump

6187_4903495630285_1258472820_nHigh School:  Chambersburg Area

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs. – 113 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 100 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 70 lbs. – Fourth

Freshman Aaron Rump joins older brother David Rump on the Chambersburg Area wrestling team for his freshman season. Rump is a decorated youth wrester who was 2013 PJW State medalist and 2012 MAWA Eastern National runner-up. Rump recently competed at the Super 32 Challenge Qualifying Tournament in Shippensburg, PA where he went (0-2) falling to rising 8th grade wrestler Andrew Wert (0-2), and to #21 Brian Courtney (1-3). Aaron in currently registered to compete in the Super 32 Challenge at 106 lbs. The rookie will have to adjust to high school competition and settle in to the 106 lbs. weight-class for Chambersburg Area. Overall he should have a fine future ahead of him over the next four years.

 

26.  Dallas Bulsak

bentworthhslogo_unlocked_we_omzxHigh School:  Bentworth

Class:  AA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 97 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 90 lbs. – Record of (7-3)
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 90 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 97 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 80 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 68 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up

Dallas Bulsak, a 2x PJW State Medalist, joins a Bentworth wrestling team that includes lightweights Hunter Neeley and Jake Rothka. Bulsak was also a 4x Cliff Keen National Kick of Tournament medalist and projects to compete at 106 lbs. this season. Although slightly undersized, Bulsak could advance to the Southwest Regional Tournament and overall have a successful first season. With talented practice partners in the room, Bulsak will only improve and should be a challenger in the Southwest Region throughout his career.

 

27.  Anthony “A.J.” Boeh

north-alleghenyHigh School:  North Allegheny

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 132 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (High School) – 122 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 124 lbs. – Third Place

Yet another Top Incoming Freshman for the North Allegheny Tigers is rookie Anthony “A.J.” Boeh. At the 2013 PJW State Championships he placed third at 117 lbs. falling to eventual champion and #11 Zack Trampe (4-0). Boeh bounced back and defeated #34 Jason Stange (4-0) in the consolation finals. Boeh lacks the National competition that other wrestlers on the list possess; however, he is currently registered to compete at the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, NC this month at 126 lbs. Anthony had competed for Mars Area during his youth career and his brother Richard Boeh, a rising junior, competed for Mars Area High School’s wrestling team last season. Listed on his registration for the Super 32 Challenge is North Allegheny as the high school. If he is indeed at North Allegheny it will be another young star to join a very deep line-up for the Tigers. Boeh has the potential to make an impact on the WPIAL over the next four years regardless of which high school he attends.

 

28.  Matt Oblock

312336_586754768006644_1806780237_nHigh School:  Canon-McMillan

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 132 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 128/136 lbs. – Record of (4-3)
  • 2013:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 128/136 lbs. – Record of (4-3)
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 115 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 4 Championships (11 & 12) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 105 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 105 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  PJW Area 4 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 90 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 72 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion

The 2x PIAA Class AAA State Champions and 5x WPIAL Class AAA Champions Canon-McMillan Big Macs will add a talented young wrestler to their team this season. Matt Oblock is a PJW State Champion and 3x PJW State medalist. In 2012 he captured the 105 lbs. State Championship in the 11 & 12 division while earning a Southwest Regional Junior High Championship in 2013. This past spring Matt competed for Team PA at the Schoolboy National Duals and compiled a (4-3) record in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman against the Nations top wrestlers. Oblock could compete anywhere between 120 lbs. and 132 lbs. for the Big Macs and it will largely depend on where 2013 PIAA State Runner-up Dalton Macri decides to compete. Having the talent around him daily will obviously benefit Matt and expect to see him make several trips to Hershey by the end of his career.

 

29.  Riley Palmer

970799_680621565285537_1424825606_nHigh School:  Council Rock South

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  District 1 East Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Dixie Nationals (12 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 62 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Champion

2x PJW State Champion Riley Palmer will join older brother Nick Palmer on the Council Rock South wrestling team this season. Palmer was a 2009 and 2011 PJW State Champion while finishing third in 2012. Palmer was also a 2x Northeast Nationals Champion and a Dixie Nationals Champion in his youth career. The talented lightweight missed the 2013 PJW State Tournament with an injury. Palmer will attempt to break into the line-up for the Golden Hawks in his rookie season. If successful, he will face some of the State’s toughest competition at 106 lbs., as the CRS schedule is full of challenges. Palmer may be slightly undersized still but with time and growth he has the potential to earn a spot in Hershey in the next four years.

 

30.  Billy Korber

983846_518571048203444_441670684_nHigh School:  Belle Vernon Area

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  170 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 165 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 144 lbs. – Record of (5-2)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 144 lbs. – Record of (5-3)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 144 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 144 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 140 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 147 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 144 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 135/145 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 140 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 140 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 120 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 135 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 120 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 120 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Dixie Nationals (10 & Under) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – HWT – Champion
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 110 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2007:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 105 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2006:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Bantam) – 80 lbs. – Third Place

The second Belle Vernon Area freshman on the list is big Billy Korber. The upper weight wrestler has a long history of competition going all the way back to 2006. Now, seven years later, he will be looking to make an immediate impact on a Belle Vernon team that is loaded with talent. Korber will most likely compete at 170 lbs. but could see action at 182 lbs. as well. Korber is a 2x PJW State Medalist and a 2013 Southwest Regional Junior High Champion. Billy has participated in several State and National level Freestyle tournaments throughout his youth career and faired well. The rookie will join rising sophomore Austin Bell who won over 35 matches at 160 lbs. as a freshman. Korber could duplicate that feat and the two will provide Belle Vernon Area with a strong one-to-punch. Korber has the potential to earn PIAA State hardware by the end of his high school career and do not be surprised to see success out of him early on.

 

31.  Michael Labriola

558937_498688153526346_2119277835_nHigh School:  Bethlehem Catholic

Class:  AA

District:  11

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  War At The Shore (High School) – 128 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 128 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 124 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 105 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 86 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 66 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 62 lbs. – Seventh Place

PJW State Champion Michael Labriola is a talented wrestler who projects to compete around 120 lbs. – 126 lbs. in his rookie season. In 2013 Labriola was a PJW State runner-up at 124 lbs. falling to #2 Cameron Coy by fall in the finals. In the semifinals Michael defeated Shaler’s Logan Heinl (4-3) who was a Class AAA Southwest Regional fourth place medalist as a freshman. Labriola was also a District 11 Junior High Champion in 2013 at 117 lbs. The BECA rookie should enjoy a successful career and may earn several trips to Hershey and bring home hardware by the time its all over.

 

32. Matthew Marino

315827_298594786817424_1403728442_nHigh School:  Garnet Valley

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 120 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 105 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 105 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 105 lbs. – Fourth Place

You guessed it. Another younger sibling of a talented line of brothers is Matthew Marino of Garnet Valley. Marino’s eldest brother Joe Marino is currently on the Harvard wrestling team after finishing fourth at the PIAA Class AAA State Tournament in 2010 for Garnet Valley. Middle brother Michael Marino is a senior this season at Garnet Valley and in 2013 he placed sixth at the PIAA Class AAA State Championship at 120 lbs. Matthew is currently registered at 113 lbs. for the Super 32 Challenge Tournament. Matthew was a 2013 PJW State seventh place finsher at 112 lbs. and was a 2013 MAWA Eastern Nationals third place finisher. Marino will look to match his brother’s accomplishments and by all accounts he is certainly capable of achieving that. He projects to compete at 113 lbs. but could see action at 120 lbs. in his rookie season. He will have to face stiff competition at 113 lbs. in District 1 but could reach the Southeast Regional Tournament in his first season.

 

33.  Jimmy Hoffman

2010-2011-penn-league-outstanding-wrestler-award1High School:  Hazelton Area

Class:  AAA

District:  2

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 80 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011: PJW Area 10 Championships (11 & 12) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 10 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 62 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 10 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 58 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2008:  PJW Area 10 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 54 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2006:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Bantam) – 52 lbs. – Fifth Place

PJW State Champion and 4x PJW State Medalist Jimmy Hoffman is an accomplished youth wrestler who should continue that success into high school at Hazleton Area. In 2011 Hoffman won the PJW State Championship at 80 lbs. in the 11 & 12 division. In the Tournament Hoffman defeated #20 Cal Reichart (2-1) in the finals after downing #9 Brock Port (1-0) in the quarterfinals. Hoffman is also a 6x MAWA Eastern Nationals Medalist including claiming the Championship in 2010 at 70 lbs. The rookie projects to compete between 113 lbs. and 120 lbs. this season. Hoffman should fair well against District 2 competition and should have an impact on the Northeast Regional and PIAA State Tournaments by the end of his career.

 

34.  Jason Strange

529321_472700586123824_1433508657_nHigh School:  Yough

Class:  AA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 115 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 124 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 105 lbs. – Record of (5-2)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 105 lbs. – Record of (2-2)
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 108 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012: PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 107 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011: PJW Area 3 Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 80 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 3 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Third Place

Talented youth wrestler Jason Strange has achieved multiple accolades in his young career. The Yough High School freshman was a 5x PJW State Medalist and a 2012 Southwest Regional Junior High Champion. Strange has competed in many State and National Freestyle events, which will help him against the always-tough WPIAL competition. Strange should compete between 120 lbs. and 126 lbs. for Yough and could have an impact early on the Southwest Regional. Strange will continue to improve and should make several trips to Hershey earning hardware along the way.

 

35. Joey Blumer

941602_518570018203547_1182113522_nHigh School: Kiski Area

Class: AAA

District: 7

Region: Southwest

Projected Weight Class: 106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish: WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013: Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 107 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013: PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 107 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013: Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 110 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012: PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 90 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2011: PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 85 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010: PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010: PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009: Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Third Place

Kiski Area freshman Joey Blumer is a 3x PJW State Medalist and a 2x Southwest Regional Junior High Medalist. In 2013 Blumer was the SW Regional Junior High runner-up at 110 lbs. falling to #12 Nino Bonaccorsi (3-2) in the finals. Blumer recently captured the Nittany Lion Open Junior High Championship at 112 lbs. Blumer projects to compete at 106 lbs. for 2013 WPIAL Team Fourth Place Cavaliers. The rookie will be tested by Kiski Area’s difficult schedule but the experience will benefit him for the future. Expect to see Blumer make an impact on the WPIAL in the next four years with a trip to Hershey or two in the process.

 

Honorable Mention – Alphabetical Order

 

HM. Hunter Baxter

High School:  Pine-Richland

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 90 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  VACW Holiday Duals – 95 lbs. – Record of (5-5)
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 85 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – State Runner-up
  • 2012: PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 82 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011: PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012: Nittany Lion Open (13 & 14) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 75 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  Dixie Nationals (12 & Under) – 80 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 70 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up

 

HM. Gage Bayless

High School:  Reynolds

Class:  AA

District:  10

Region:  Northwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  District 10 Tournament Qualifier

  • 2013:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 100 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 6 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 6 Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Champion
  • 2007:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 48 lbs. – Sixth Place

 

HM. Hunter Bohannon

High School:  Warrier Run

Class:  AA

District:  4

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  285 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  District 4 Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 252 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 252 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 4 Junior High Championships – 250 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 4 Junior High Championships – 210 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 166 lbs. – Runner-up

 

HM. Lawrence Brown

High School:  Moshannon Valley

Class:  AA

District:  6

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  132 lbs. – 128 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013: PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013: PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 125 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012: PJW Area 2 Championships (11 & 12) – 125 lbs. – Champion

 

HM.  Garrett Burnham

High School:  Pine-Richland

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 77 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 55 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (10 & Under) – 55 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Northeast Nationals (10 & Under) – 50 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 50 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2008:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 50 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Toby Cahill

High School:  Conemaugh Township

Class:  AA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  220 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 212 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW Area 1 Championships (13 & 14) – 212 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 175/190 lbs. – Record of (3-4)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 175 lbs. – Undefeated (8-0)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 175 lbs. – Runner-up

 

HM. Jakob Campbell

High School:  Boyertown Area

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  District 1 West Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  War At The Shore (High School) – 96 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 94 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 94 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 93 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  District 1 SEPA Tournament (Junior High) – 92 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  War At The Shore (Junior High) – 96 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  District 1 SEPA Tournament (Junior High) – 77 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 75 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 75 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 65 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 58 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 54 lbs. – Seventh Place

 

HM. Joel Cawoski

High School:  Greater Latrobe

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 120 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 112 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 115 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 100 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Champion

 

HM.  Nick Duliakas

High School:  Owen J. Roberts

Class:  AAA

District:  1

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  160 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 11 Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  District 1 SEPA Tournament (Junior High) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 165 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 145 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW Area 11 Championships (11 & 12) – 145 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 1 SEPA Tournament (Junior High) – 147 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 145 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 11 Championships (9 & 10) – 105 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Eli Grape

High School:  Upper Saint Clair

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  152 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 160 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 135 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 135 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 120 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 120 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 105 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 105 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Chaise Hauck

High School:  Reynolds

Class:  AA

District:  10

Region:  Northwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs. – 113 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 112/120 lbs. – Record of (9-1)
  • 2013:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 112 lbs. – Undefeated (6-0)
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 91/98 lbs. – Record of (3-4)
  • 2012:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 91/98 lbs. – Record of (3-5)
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 91 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 6 Championships (9 & 10) – 70 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2009:  PJW Area 6 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Runner-up

 

HM. Sam Hepler

High School:  Tri-Valley

Class:  AA

District:  11

Region:  Southeast

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs. – 113 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  District 11 Championships (Junior High) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 105 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 100 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 92 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2012:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Advanced) – 93 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 92 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Junior) – 66 lbs. – Eighth Place

 

HM. William Kaldes

High School:  Cumberland Valley

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  Cadet U.S. National Championships (Freestyle) – 94 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 92 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 95 lbs. – Third Plade
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 92 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2012:  Wilson Junior High Tournament – 90 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2012:  Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 90 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2011:  Northeast Nationals (12 & Under) – 85 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Midget) – 68 lbs. – Sixth Place

 

HM. Luke Kemerer

High School:  Hempfield Area

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 95 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 97 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 60 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Kody Komara

High School:  Freedom Area

Class:  AAA

District:  11

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  113 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 4 Championships (13 & 14) – 102 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 95 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 4 Championships (9 & 10) – 65 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Colin McCraken

High School:  Waynesburg Central

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  152 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PAWF Cadet State Championships (Freestyle) – 160 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 157 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 1 Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 155 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 157 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 150 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 130 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2010:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (12 & Under) – 115 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2010:  Ohio Tournament of Champion (Junior) – 105 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 108 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 1 Championships (9 & 10) – 90 lbs. – Champion

 

HM.  Matt McGillick

High School:  Penn Trafford

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  170 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW Area 3 Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 165 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 145 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 73Championships (11 & 12) – 145 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 155 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 120 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2010:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2009:  PJW Area 3 Championships (9 & 10) – 105 lbs. – Runner-up

 

HM. Max Murin

High School:  Central Cambria

Class:  AA

District:  6

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Southwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 98 lbs. – Record of (2-1)
  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 97 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 2 Championships (13 & 14) – 97 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Cliff Keen National Kick-Off Tournament (15 & Under) – 97 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 84 lbs. – Third Place

 

HM. Erech Noecker

High School:  Blue Mountain

Class:  AAA

District:  11

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  220 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  District 11 Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 212 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 212 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 212 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 11 Junior High Championships – 212 lbs. – Third Place

 

HM.  Drew Peck

High School:  Chambersburg Area

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  152 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights

  • :2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 147 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Fifth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 9 Championships (13 & 14) – 147 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Super 32 Challenge (Middle School) – 136 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 120 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Greco-Roman) – 105 lbs. – Record of (3-1)
  • 2011:  Schoolboy National Duals (Freestyle) – 105 lbs. – Record of (3-1)
  • 2011:  PAWF Schoolboy State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 105 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2011:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Intermediate) – 105 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Freestyle) – 100 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010:  PAWF Novice State Championships (Greco-Roman) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Junior) – 91 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 9 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion
  • 2008:  MAWA Eastern Nationals (Midget) – 75 lbs. – Eighth Place

 

HM. Vinny Romano

High School:  Kiski Area

Class:  AAA

District:  7

Region:  Southwest

Projected Weight Class:  160 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  WPIAL Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 7 Championships (13 & 14) – 157 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 155 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2012:  Southwest Regional Championships (Junior High) – 138 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2011:  PJW Area 7 Championships (11 & 12) – 135 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 85 lbs. – Seventh Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 7 Championships (9 & 10) – 85 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Mike Stewart

High School:  Benton Area

Class:  AA

District:  4

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  120 lbs. – 126 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 117 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Schoolboy) – 100 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2012:  PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 100 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012:  PJW Area 10 Championships (11 & 12) – 100 lbs. – Champion
  • 2010:  PJW Area 10 Championships (9 & 10) – 80 lbs. – Champion

 

HM.   Zurich Storm

High School:  New Oxford

Class:  AAA

District:  3

Region:  South Central

Projected Weight Class:  106 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  South Central Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013: Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 107 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: Northern Invitational (Junior High) – 95 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2012: PJW State Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012: PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 90 lbs. – Champion
  • 2011: PJW Area 9 Championships (11 & 12) – 75 lbs. – Runner-up
  • 2010: PJW State Championships (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2010: PJW Area 9 Championships (10 & Under) – 65 lbs. – Champion

 

HM. Hunter Thomas

High School:  Bloomsburg High School

Class:  AA

District:  4

Region:  Northeast

Projected Weight Class:  170 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northeast Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Fourth Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 10 Championships (13 & 14) – 167 lbs. – Champion
  • 2012:  District 4 Junior High Championships – 145 lbs. – Third Place

 

HM. Gavin Wilkerson

High School:  Greenville

Class:  AA

District:  10

Region:  Northwest

Projected Weight Class:  132 lbs. – 138 lbs.

Projected 2014 Finish:  Northwest Regional Tournament Qualifier

Career Highlights:

  • 2013:  Nittany Lion Open (Junior High) – 132 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  PJW State Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Third Place
  • 2013:  PJW Area 6 Championships (13 & 14) – 132 lbs. – Champion
  • 2013:  Ohio Tournament of Champions (Cadet) – 135 lbs. – Sixth Place
  • 2009:  PJW State Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Eighth Place
  • 2009:  PJW Area 6 Championships (9 & 10) – 75 lbs. – Champion

 

 

Comments

  1. TexasVet says:

    So where would Mifflin County’s Milliken & Wert have been ranked if their families hadn’t decided to transfer to Trinity?

    REF: Mifflin County Wrestling Blog.

  2. softail says:

    You are way off on Lane. 17th? He would CRUSH Port Olson and Trampe. And he doesnt have a brother. great research team.

  3. Andrewsmom says:

    It doesn’t matter where they would have ranked. Congrats to all the amazing wrestlers who made the list.

  4. mike labriola says:

    Labriola is at Bethlehem Catholic. He is ranked #31 but beat #9 Brock Port this year in Virginia Duals 9-0. He also beat #11 Zack Trampe last year in Virginia Duals by pin. Another win was over #12 Nino Bonaccorsi this year 2-1 at Weaver Olympic Duals. All these big wins and ranked #31???????

  5. Doc Bering says:

    Thank you so much for this fantastic list of upcoming freshmen. You must have devoted a considerable amount of time;
    and perhaps attended many of the kids’ events. Keep up the good work. Again thanks .

  6. boeh beat #12 Nino Bonicorsi at pjw state quilfer and lost to #2 Camron Coy 1-0 at virginia beach duals

  7. Leroy says:

    seriously some of these kids are making huge jumps in weight! at least one of the kids is moving up from 77lbs at 2012 PJW to 106?!?!?!? that is either serious weight sucking last year or ducking kids going on! just to be a PJW champ? nothing against PJWs but why cut so much weight? I would rather see my kid wrestle up and loss than suck huge weight to win in Jr high. my opinion only and I see not everyones…

  8. Scott says:

    nothing on jake cherry? some say he’s better than pipa. both wrestled on cd freshmen team last 2 seasons. one to watch.

  9. Brian Casey says:

    You also forgot about freshman Shane Casey at 106 a transfer from north schuylkill to southern Columbia lots of
    Surprises to come with this wrestler

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