Dapper Dan Wrestling: Kiski Prep's Livorio outstanding
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Brock Livorio had trouble seeing for most of his bout in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic last night at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House.
But that didn't stop the Kiski Prep senior from recording a pin to lead the WPIAL All-Stars to a 36-15 win against the Wisconsin All-Stars in the preliminary match.
"I lost both of my contacts with my first takedown," said Livorio, a resident of Irwin, Pa., who has accepted a scholarship to Virginia Tech. "I can only see 5-10 feet in front of me, so most of the bout was a blur to me. I've lost a contact before but never both at the same time. It was a real challenge, but it worked out fine."
Livorio, a two-time National Prep Tournament finalist and one-time champion, was named Outstanding Wrestler of the WPIAL All-Stars after his first-period pin in the 125-pound bout against Malachi Root of Wisconsin's Green Bay Preble High.
"I was hoping to get a shot to wrestle in The Classic but didn't think it would be possible when I transferred from Penn-Trafford two years ago," said Livorio, referring to the fact that Kiski Prep does not compete in the WPIAL.
"I've wrestled with these kids when I was younger, so I'm really glad to come back and be part of the team."
Livorio, who finished his scholastic career with a 132-21 record, was one of two WPIAL wrestlers who recorded pins in the match.
The other was Belle Vernon's Donnie Tasser, who managed a second-period pin at 152 vs. Matt Gille of Wisconsin's Roncali High School.
Hempfield's Nico Cortese, Plum's Zack Zummo, Burrell's Shane Welsh and Livorio helped the WPIAL build a 15-3 lead with victories.
Wisconsin cut the deficit to 15-12 with three consecutive wins, including decisions by four-time state champion Zac Cibula and three-time champion Cole Schmitt.
The WPIAL secured the match victory with wins in four of the last five bouts by Albert Gallatin's Lance Bryson, Norwin's Mike Salopek, Chartiers Valley's Dan Utchel and Burgettstown's Dan Conley.
Utchel and Conley recorded victories in consecutive bouts.
Utchel, a two-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, posted a 4-2 win against two-time Wisconsin champion Nick Lloyd of Luxemburg-Casco. Conley, a PIAA Class AA champion, posted a 5-1 win against Jake Little of Neenah.
Wisconsin was making its third appearance in the preliminary match and first since 1997. The WPIAL has a 3-0 record against Wisconsin.
First Published March 16, 2008 12:00 am