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Wrestling: 2013-14 North Teams to Watch

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Below is a thumbnail sketch on five North wrestling teams to watch.

NORTH ALLEGHENY - The Tigers placed third in the WPIAL and qualified for the PIAA Tournament en route to an 18-5 record. Nine starters from that squad are back including PIAA place-winners Dom Forys (43-5 at 113) and Jesse Rodgers (40-7 at 138). Rodgers placed fourth, while Forys was fifth. Other returnees with 20 or more wins are: Scott Stossel (29-12 at 106), Blynn Shideler (22-15 at 126), Drew Landefeld (22-11 at 132), Clay Byerly (20-8 at 170), and Zach Smith (35-10 at 195).

SHALER - The Titans fell one win short of a WPIAL playoff berth last season and finished with an 8-9 record. Three starters from last year's squad have graduated. The Titans top returnees are: Mike Heinl (27-8 at 106), Logan Heinl (31-6 at 120), Jordan McGonigle (28-9 at 126), and Austin Heinl (18-14 at 132). Also back is Ted Mazer, who missed last season with an injury.

BUTLER - The Tornados placed second in Sub-Section 3A en route to a WPIAL playoff berth. They finished the season with a 19-4 record. Seven starters from that squad, all of whom qualified for the WPIAL Tournament, have graduated. Butler's top returnees are: Connor Foust (27-11 at 113), Cody Houston (32-10 at 132), Jeremiah Bortmas (18-16 at 145), and Ryan Hannon (33-5 at 170).

NORTH HILLS - The Indians qualified for the WPIAL playoffs after placing third in Sub-Section 3B and finished with a 10-7 record. They also had four wrestlers qualify for the PIAA Tournament, but three have graduated. The Indians top returnee is Gage Curry (38-5 at 106), who placed second in the WPIAL and fourth in the PIAA. Also back for North Hills are: David Tuzikow (20-19 at 145) and Jonathan Avon (29-3 at 160).

SENECA VALLEY - The Raiders placed third in Sub-Section 3A last season and finished with a 12-6 record. All but three starters are back, including five who had 19 or more wins: Alex Lynch (25-13 at 106), Ben Lynch (24-13 at 113), Nick Zoria (26-12 at 120), Austin Leon (28-13 at 145), and Tyler Miller (19-13 at 220).