Dutch wrestlers place fifth at Kickoff Classic

The Dutch wrestling squad finished fifth overall in team points and had four wrestlers finish in the top three in their weight classes in the inaugural St. Marys Kickoff Classic Wrestling Tournament, which was held at St. Marys Area High School on Saturday. “I think it went pretty well. We had a couple little bumps along the road, but as far as the tournament was concerned I think it went pretty well and all the coaches were happy with it,” said St. Marys Area head coach Dom Surra. “As a team, we had some ups and downs. There are some young kids that really came out and wrestled well today, and we have some kids that need to do some improvement. So I mean it was up and down for us today. We didn’t have any champs, but we had some kids that wrestled real well and it was a real good gauge for us for the rest of the season.”Top performers for the Dutchmen were seniors Evan Smith and Sam Miller, junior Joe McLaughlin and sophomore Tyler Yetzer. Smith, Miller and Yetzer all finished as the runners-up in their respective weight classes, while McLaughlin was third. “All those kids wrestled pretty good today,” Surra said. “I think Tyler Yetzer was a surprise. He did some spot work for us last year and he really came out and made it to the finals and wrestled solid. He really wrestled well. I think that was a surprise for us. We are expecting guys like Sam and Joey and Evan to wrestle and to do well like that, and Yetzer being in the finals is a pleasant surprise.”The pool-style tournament featured eight teams including St. Marys Area, and allowed the Dutchmen to check out some of their competition in District 9. District 9 rivals Cameron County, Port Allegany and Oswayo Valley took part in the tournament along with North Star, District 5; Plum, District 7; Youngsville, District 10; and Allentown Central Catholic, District 11.The Dutchmen are scheduled to open their dual meet season on Thursday evening when they host Cameron County in a 7 p.m. match. “Cameron County’s got some upperclassmen that are good and some underclassmen that are good, and they’re a solid team so it’s going to be a tough dual meet for us,” Surra said. North Star won the team title on Saturday by earning 152.5 points. Plum finished second with 119, followed by Port Allegany 115, Youngsville 107.5, St. Marys 90.5, Cameron County 84.5, Oswayo Valley 73, and Allentown CC 43. Unofficial individual results106 – Colton Gennett (NS), Brandon Saline (CC), Casey Vollmer (PA), Ron Amato (PL) Ray Dent (STM)113 – Eli Knapp (PA), Paul Etchepare (CC), Aaron Hoover (YV), Trenton James (OV), Willie McGonnell (STM)120 – Nick Roberts (NS), Evan Smith (STM), Chester Ciukaj (YV), and Thomas Caden (PA)126 – Mike Ridgers (ACC), Tayte Mostoller (NS), Dalton Caden (PA), Dylan Smith (STM)132 – Eric Green (PL), Tyler Yetzer (STM), Ryan Horner (NS), Hunter Freer (PA)138 – Luke Lepley (NS), Anthony Zummo (PL), Hunter Proctor (YV), Andrew Tagliavia145 – John Marotto (PL), Sam Miller (STM), Austin Connor (NS), Jose Santana (ACC)152 – Sam Kysor (PA), Tanner Revak (NS), Sam Colbert (OV), Robert Williams (PL)160 – Alex Gular (PA), Josh Lewis (YV), Reilly Demharter (PL), Josh Cameroni (STM)171 – Jeremy Lyon (YV), Nick Stuckey (CC), Nate Turchick (PL), Chance Austin (OV)182 – Jake Wichert (OV), Max Strasiser (NS), Devin Mason (CC), James Raduj (ACC), Derek Taylor (STM)195 – Aaron Burnside (CC), Luke Wilson (OV), Joe McLaughlin (STM), Brett Benedict (NS), Zak Tarr (PA)220 – Jaykup Durliln (YV), Kevin Horner (NS), Stephen Turchick (PL), Gary Fledderman (STM)285 – Nick Budd (PA), Jake Diguilio (PL), Stephen Beattie (YV), Jack Karsten (CC) Brian Carnahan (STM)