New names atop the high school wrestling record books


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Last season, eight WPIAL wrestlers broke their school's record for career victories.

This season, there could be even more. Two have already broken a school record, one can tie a record Wednesday and nine others have a chance of eclipsing a school record before the season ends.

• Kittanning's Jason Nolf is shattering the school record held by 1997 graduate Chamie Hooks (137-11). The Penn State recruit is 18-0 this season, which gives him a 150-1 record. The WPIAL record, held by Shady Side Academy's Dane Johnson (182-11), looks to be out of Nolf's reach.

• Montour's Cole Macek broke the school record held by 2009 graduate Petros Georgalis (106-35) at the Midwestern Athletic Conference tournament. He is 11-0 this season and 112-23 for his career.

• Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky can tie the school record in Wednesday's match against Greensburg Salem. He's 19-0 for the season and 143-18 overall. The record is held by 2012 graduate Ty Lydic (144-30).

• Peters Township's Tyler Buckiso is closing in on former teammate and 2012 graduate Derrick Evanovich (123-30). He has a 16-3 record, which gives him a 118-23 overall mark.

• Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein is nine wins short of tying 2010 graduate Fred Garcia (123-23). Fallenstein improved to 18-1 over the weekend at the Tri-County tournament and is 114-33 for his career.

• North Allegheny's Dom Forys, a Pitt recruit, recorded two wins Saturday to improve his season record to 20-2 and career mark to 141-19. The school record is held by 2007 graduate Rob Waltko (150-9).

• Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout is on track to shatter the school record held by 1987 graduate Kurt Angle (91-8). Stout, a junior, is 15-2 this season and is 79-16 overall, leaving him 12 wins short of tying the record. And he still has next year.

• South Fayette's Grant Fetchet got a late start to his season due to the Lions' football success, but he's making up for lost time. He's 12-0 for the season and 109-40 overall. The school record was set in 2011 by Nick Carr (128-17).

• Charleroi's Nick Gavazzi, a Pitt recruit, began the season 24 wins short of tying the school record set by Aaron Toth (126-34) in 2012. A shoulder injury has slowed Gavazzi's progress, as he entered the week with a 6-0 season record and 108-18 career mark.

• Avella's Jake Temple is closing in on the record held by 2009 graduate Mitch Spencer (139-28). He improved to 15-0 at the Tri-County tournament and is 117-19 for his career.

* Jefferson-Morgan's Jason Miller is 21 wins short of tying 2013 graduate Dustin Conti (142-33), but is out with an injury. He is 14-1 for the season and 121-37 overall.

• South Side Beaver's Shane Gentry is chasing the school record set last year by Nathan Reckner (147-26). A shoulder injury has slowed his progress, as he enters the week with a 9-1 season record and a 128-29 career mark.

Weekend event

The 13th annual Allegheny County tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Fox Chapel High School with 40 teams participating.

North Allegheny's Forys has a chance to become the second wrestler in tournament history to win four titles. The only four-time champion is Plum's Sean Clair, a 2005 graduate. Forys is entered at 126 pounds.

Central Catholic has two returning champs: Kyle Coniker and Vincenzo Joseph. Coniker won at 152 last year and is entered at 170. Joseph is a two-time finalist and one-time champ entered at 138.

North Hills has the other two returning champs: Gage Curry and Jonathan Avon. Curry returns at 106, and Avon is back at 160.

Section showdowns

Teams must complete their section schedules this week, and three sections have two unbeaten teams facing off.

• Connellsville plays host to Belle Vernon Tuesday in Class AAA Section 2A. Both are 4-0.

• Trinity travels to Canon-McMillan Wednesday in Class AAA Section 4A, with both teams at 4-0.

• South Fayette takes a 2-0 mark into Tuesday's Class AA Section 1A match against Avella (3-0). South Fayette has three section matches this week.

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