FR’s Nico Megaludis Lone WPIAL Golden Boy in PIAA AAA Wrestling

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Sunday, March 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM


After winning four WPIAL titles a week ago, Franklin Regional senior Nico Megaludis had one more gold medal he wanted to add to his mantel. After finishing third as a freshman, Megaludis rattled off two straight PIAA championships before this weekend. After Saturday night's action, Megaludis was able to keep his undefeated record going (51-0) for a third straight year by beating Jeremy Minich of Boyertown by a 16-4 score at 125.

Megaludis finishes an outstanding high school wrestling career with only one loss in four years and winning three state titles. He will join Greg Warnock on Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, Thursday night at 7pm, to talk about his achievements.

The WPIAL wasn't so successful in the other title matches. Canon-McMillan sophomore Conner Schram at 112, Upper St. Clair junior Mackenzie McGuire at 119, Canon-McMillan senior Nick Catalano at 145, and Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior Jason Luster at 160 all fell just short of being at the top of the podium.

In all the WPIAL claimed 24 PIAA medals with the top two teams from a week ago, Canon-McMillan and Pittsburgh Central Catholic, dominating the action. Canon-McMillan, who won the team championship with 92 points, had all six of their qualifiers place in the top 8 (two seconds, three thirds, and a seventh). Pittsburgh Central Catholic, who was second in the team points race with 79, had all six of their qualifiers also get a medal (one second, one third, two fourths, and two sixths).

2011 PIAA CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS:

103 – Billy Rappo, Council Rock South dec. Ethan Lizak, Parkland, 3-2 TB.

112 – Jordan Conaway, New Oxford dec. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan, 10-4.

119 – Corey Keener, Blue Mountain dec. Mackenzie McGuire, Upper St. Clair, 3-2.

125 – Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional major dec. Jeremy Minich, Boyertown, 16-4.

130 – Zach Horan, Nazareth dec. Tanner Hough, Westmont Hilltop, 5-1.

135 – Dan Neff, Solanco major dec. Garett Hammond, Chambersburg, 11-3.

140 – Mitchell Minotti, Easton dec. Kevin Gooding, Central Dauphin, 12-6.

145 – Brian Brill, Central Mountain dec. Nick Catalano, Canon-McMillan, 6-2.

152 – Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale dec. Mark Havers, Bradford, 9-4.

160 – Michael Ottinger, Parkland dec. Jason Luster, Central Catholic, 3-2 OT.

171 – J.M. Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh major dec. Neal Grudi, Spring Grove, 15-2.

189 – Kenny Courts, Central Dauphin pinned Josh Popple, Coughlin, 0:38.

215 – Thomas Haines, Solanco pinned Brandan Clark, Methacton, 4:23.

285 – Averee Robinson, Susquehana Township dec. Dawson Peck,
Chambersburg, 10-7.

THIRD-PLACE CONSOLATIONS:

103 – Colt Shorts, Canon-McMillan major dec. Zach Fuentes, Norristown, 8-0.

112 – Austin Miller, Landisville Hempfield dec. Anthony Cabrera, Bethlehem Liberty, 3-2.

119 – Tyson Dippery, Central Dauphin dec. Matt Harkins, Hatboro Horsham, 11-7.

125 – Devon Lotito, Bethlehem Liberty major dec. Zach McGinnis, Waynesburg, 12-0.

130 – Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan dec. Joe Mazzi, LaSalle College, 4-2.

135 – Mason Popham, Unionville dec. Matt Rappo, Council Rock South, 8-5.

140 – Matt Cimato, LaSalle College dec. Shane Miller, Middletown, 6-2.

145 – Jayshon Wilson, Carlisle dec. Eric Nutter, Central Catholic, 3-2.

152 – Lorenzo Thomas, Central Catholic dec. Brett Harner, Norristown, 9-3.

160 – Zach Thomson, Mechanicsburg dec. Brady Grieb, Bellefonte, 6-3.

171 – Nick Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park dec. Cole Baxter, Butler, 3-0.

189 – John Bolich, Upper Moreland pinned Perry Hills, Central Catholic, 2:47.

215 – Joe Stolfi, Souderton dec. Zachary Nye, East Pennsboro, 4-2 OT.

285 – Cody Klempay, Canon-McMillan dec. Jeremy Reith, Father Judge, 3-2 UTB.

FIFTH-PLACE CONSOLATIONS:

103 – Tanner Shoap, Chambersburg by medical forfeit over Jim Long, West Chester Henderson.

112 – Rob D'Annunzio, Methacton dec. Kenny Arentz, Governor Mifflin, 11-10.

119 – Dereck Enders, Big Spring dec. Thomas Traxler, Bellefonte, 9-2.

125 – Bobby Rehm, Penn Manor dec. Kaleb Loht, Indian Valley, 5-1.

130 – Shyheim Brown, Central Dauphin dec. Brandon Choate, Blue Mountain, 8-2.

135 – Joseph Rizzolino, Easton dec. Dylan Mogan, Bethel Park, 7-6.

140 – Scott Bosak, State College major dec. Tyler Manion, Central Catholic, 8-0.

145 – Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauphin dec. Trey Duncan, Spring Grove, 6-1.

152 – Geno Morelli, DuBois dec. Thomas Demetrio, Pottsgrove, 8-4.

160 – Shane Springer, LaSalle College by medical forfeit over Ryan Krecker, Nazareth.

171 – Connor Moran, Solanco dec. Austin Coniker, Central Catholic, 5-3.

189 – Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area dec. Ryan Burnheimer, Westmont Hilltop, 5-1.

215 – Matt Idelson, Garnet Valley by medical forfeit over Scott Mohring, Latrobe.

285 – Josh Duplin, Westmont Hilltop dec. Alec Gluvna, Corry, 3-1 OT.

SEVENTH-PLACE CONSOLATIONS:

103 – Brett Marino, Bethlehem Liberty dec. Jake Gromacki, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-2.

112 – Godwin Nyama, Brashear dec. Paul Bewak, Hempfield (Dist. 7), 4-3.

119 – Derrick Nelson, Waynesburg dec. Jon Brigham, Cumberland Valley, 5-1.

125 – Mike Fake, Parkland dec. Daniel King, Susquehana Township, 2-1.

130 – Celby Allen, Middletown dec. John Pezze, Norwin, 4-3.

135 – Dario Dobbin, Canon-McMillan major dec. Eric Howey, Stroudsburg, 11-2.

140 – Cody Zechman, Selinsgrove dec. Matt Tadich, Norwin, 6-4.

145 – Tyler Parsons, Erie Cathedral Prep dec. Justin Heller, Parkland, 11-4.

152 – Tyler Buckwalter, Central Mountain major dec. John Lambert, Northampton, 9-1.

160 – Zack Towers, Meadville dec. Nick Russell, Neshaminy, 3-2 UTB.

171 – Shane Gilmore, Council Rock South dec. Chad Hoffman, Hazleton, 3-2.

189 – Phil Sprenkle, Dallastown pinned Dominick Wolfe, Shikellamy, 3:43.

215 – Tyson Searer, Lewistown dec. Tarek Haddad, Parkland, 5-2.

285 – Gavin Queenan, Norristown pinned Ryan Geiger, LaSalle College, 0:23.

TEAM LEADERS
1. CANON-McMILLAN – 92
2. PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC – 79
3. Central Dauphin – 78
4. Solanco – 63
5. Parkland – 56
6. Chambersburg – 54
7. LaSalle College – 51
8. Council Rock South – 42
9. Easton – 39
10. Bethlehem Liberty – 38.5

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