Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional/Laura McCauley, Greensburg Central Catholic

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Nico Megaludis

Franklin Regional

Last week: Megaludis won his third consecutive Powerade Wrestling Tournament title, one of the top holiday tournaments in the country.

Check this out: A junior, Megaludis is competing in his third weight class in as many years. He won a PIAA title last season in the 112-weight class, going undefeated, and has yet to lose this year in the 119-pound weight class. He wrestled in the 103-pound division as a freshman. He already has committed to wrestle at Penn State.

What's your proudest accomplishment as an athlete? I'd have to say winning my first state title, which was last year. It was just something you always look forward to. It was just a good feeling.

How did you get involved in wrestling? My dad -- he started me when I was like 4 or 5. He helped out in the program a lot. He built the team up, so he was the one to get me started.

What's the most challenging aspect of wrestling? It's such a demanding sport. If you want to succeed, you have to do so much. Some of the practices we go through are real hard. And sometimes, after that, you'll go to another practice or get another workout.

Who is your role model? [Penn State wrestling coach] Cael Sanderson. He went undefeated in college, and that's pretty ridiculous when you think about it. He was undefeated in Division I and won four NCAA titles. And he won a gold medal at the Olympics. You can't get much better than that.

-- By Michael Sanserino

Laura McCauley

Greensburg Central Catholic

Last week: McCauley's 19 points helped the WPIAL Class AA top-ranked Centurions (6-0, 3-0) remain perfect in Section 4 after an 82-47 rout of Springdale Monday.

Check this out: A 5-foot-11 senior forward, McCauley is averaging a team-high 19 points per game for a Centurions squad that leads the WPIAL in scoring offense and has beaten every opponent by at least 31 points.

Big brother: McCauley is the sister of former Yough and N.C. State star Ben McCauley, who is now playing professionally in France.

Do you worry about how the team will react in a close game? We've talked about how we don't like this because we don't play in the fourth quarter, and in the playoffs we're going to have to play a full game. But we play well together as a team, so I think we'll be OK.

What did you learn the most from Ben? Passing would be one. He's a great passer, whether it's no-look passes or just finding the open player. I got some of that from him.

Is there anything you do better than him on the court? I don't know, because he taught me a lot of what I know. We're both post players and I think we're very similar in how we play.

-- By Brad Everett


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