WPIAL trio on Pa. squad for Dapper Dan

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High school wrestling fans will get one more chance to see Derry Area's Jimmy Gulibon, Upper St. Clair's Mackenzie McGuire and Central Catholic's Perry Hills in action.

The three seniors have been named to the Pennsylvania All-Stars for the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic at 6 p.m. March 25 at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House.

Gulibon (136-4) joined a most elite club Saturday when he became the 10th wrestler in the 75-year history of the PIAA tournament to win four titles. He won the Class AA 126-pound title.

McGuire (134-9) is a two-time Class AAA finalist who won his first PIAA title with a 3-2 decision against Central Dauphin's Shyheim Brown at 132 pounds.

Hills (142-24) became the second wrestler in Central Catholic history to win a PIAA title -- he won the Class AAA 195-pound title -- and the first to finish a season unbeaten (35-0).

"Wrestling in the Dapper Dan Classic will be a great way to end my career," said Hills, who has accepted a football scholarship to play quarterback at Maryland. "I went to watch two of my former teammates wrestle at The Classic last year and it was a great time. I'm really looking forward to it."

Also named to the Pennsylvania team were three-time PIAA champions Nick Roberts (146-10 at 120) of North Star and John Rizzo (159-11) of Richland High near Johnstown. Council Rock South's Billy Rappo (137-37 at 113), McDowell's Steve Spearman (149-9 at 138) and Susquehannock's Averee Robinson (154-13 at 285) are two-time PIAA champions.

Other members of the Pennsylvania team are Juniata's Zach Beitz (173-13 at 145), Greenville's Cody Copeland (170-12 at 152), Central Mountain's Brian Brill (156-12 at 160), Bethlehem Catholic's Elliot Riddick (141-26 at 170) and Grove City's Wesley Phipps (141-14 at 182).



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