The second day of the Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic began on a bad note for the North Hills High School wrestling team. Fortunately, it ended on a good note for the Indians.
"The bus got stuck on the hill leading up to North Hills High School," said Ken Walker, son North Hills twins Drew and Tyler Walker. "They needed a tow truck to get it. We got a call that the parents had to drive the kids to West Mifflin for the tournament. My wife and I planned on attending, but didn't think we would be leaving so early."
It was a good thing that the parents got them to West Mifflin in time, as the Indians put on an impressive performance that earned them the team title. North Hills outscored Belle Vernon 203 to 201 to win the team title.
"We had six kids in the finals," Walker said. "It was so exciting in the finals."
North Hills won four of its six title matches. The most significant title match victory was recorded by Jonathan Avon, who claimed the 160-pound title with an 8-6 upset of South Fayette's J.J. Walker, who won a WPIAL Class AA title last year.
Also winnning titles for North Hills were: Gage Curry, Tyler Walker, and Alen Turcinhodzic. Curry recorded a 9-1 major decision victory against Shaler's Mike Heinl in the 106-pound final. Walker pinned Mt. Lebanon's Sean Perri in the 126-pound final. Turcinhodzic posted an 11-3 victory in the 195-pound final.
Drew Walker and Eli Swain were runners-up for North Hills. Walker dropped a 4-3 decision to Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta in the 132-pound final. Swain was pinned by Thomas Jefferson's Thor Henze in the 285-pound final.
2012 Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic
1. North Hills 203, 2. Belle Vernon 201, 3. South Fayette 161, 4. Plum 148.5, 5. Mt. Lebanon 131.5.
106 - Gage Curry, North Hills major dec. Mike Heinl, Shaler, 9-1.
113 - Jimmy Harrison, West Mifflin major dec. Cody Charles, Yough, 10-0.
120 - Brendan Hasson, Belle Vernon dec. Seth Carr, South Fayette, 10-4.
126 - Tyler Walker, North Hills pinned Sean Perri, Mt. Lebanon, 3:27.
132 - Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks dec. Drew Walker, North Hills, 4-3.
138 - Filippo Crivelli, Hopewell dec. Brett Beltz, Keystone Oaks, 4-3.
145 - Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon pinned Jake Mikovitz, Shaler, 3:06.
152 - Grant Fetchet, South Fayette pinned Tyler Heasley, Fox Chapel, 3:11.
160 - Jonathan Avon, North Hills dec. J.J. Walker, South Fayette, 8-6.
170 - Mike Fetchet, South Fayette dec. Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon, 3-2 OT.
182 - Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon pinned Jarrod Browne, Upper St. Clair, 0:34.
195 - Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills major dec. Chris Williams, Yough, 11-3.
220 - Rodjrecko Christian, Westinghouse dec. Jake DiGuilio, Plum, 2-1.
285 - Thor Henze, Thomas Jefferson pinned Eli Swain, North Hills, 2:58.
106 - Jared Rice, Fox Chapel major dec. Noah Stoker, South Allegheny, 9-1.
113 - Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon dec. Kevin Kinyua, Mt. Lebanon, 4-1.
120 - Logan Heinl, Shaler pinned Braden Flinn, Thomas Jefferson, 2:11.
126 - Nate Russo, Belle Vernon dec. Greg Bulsak, South Park, 7-1.
132 - Jake Wentzel, South Park dec. Corey Wilding, Upper St. Clair, 4-0.
138 - Eric Green, Plum dec. Wes Bartholemew, Avonworth, 7-1.
145 - George Rogers, Washington dec. Brooks Wilding, Upper St. Clair, 2-1.
152 - Josh Godzin, Belle Vernon pinned Zach Martin, Plum, 3:47.
160 - Austin Bell, Belle Vernon dec. Te'Shan Campbell, Penn Hills, 4-2 2OT.
170 - Nico Pecora, Richland pinned Andrew McRandal, Plum, 5:25 OT.
182 - Rich Giovanetti, Fox Chapel pinned Brad Haney, South Fayette, 0:44.
195 - Jamir Guinn, Brashear dec. Ryan East, Cambridge Springs, 3-2.
220 - Jim Keys, West Mifflin dec. Tom Sever, Yough, 4-1.
285 - Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel pinned Zeynul Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon, 0:59.
106 - Jaz Wolfe, South Fayette dec. Dom Devine, Thomas Jefferson, 4-1.
113 - Justo Hernandez, South Allegheny dec. Tyler Bodenshatz, Richland, 4-2.
120 - Austin Bonacci, West Mifflin dec. Malachi Owens (KO), 6-0.
126 - Jordan McGonigle, Shaler dec. Mike Carr, South Fayette, 4-1 2OT.
132 - Jake Hartman, Shaler pinned Shane Ging, South Fayette, 3:31.
138 - Dennis Dzurkanian, West Mifflin by injury default over Taylor Wentzel, South Park.
145 - Dennis Sanders, McKeesport by injury default over Drew Trybus, Keystone Oaks.
152 - Danny Santia, Hopewell pinned Cody Ryan, Cambridge Springs, 2:06.
160 - John Semmer, Brashear dec. Mike Anderson, Yough, 6-3.
170 - Milton Kobaly, Belle Vernon dec. Byron Minous, Thomas Jefferson, 1:51.
182 - Nate Turchick, Plum dec. Zach Stafford, Cambridge Springs, 7-2.
195 - Seth Hitchens, South Allegheny by injury default over Elliott Baran, Ambridge.
220 - Moe Slinger, Upper St. Clair major dec. Blake Stewart, Mt. Lebanon, 14-2.
285 - Stephen Turchick, Plum dec. Sebastian Perez, Ambridge, 9-3.