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Football: Mt. Lebanon's Coco commits to Colgate

Written by Brad Everett on .

One of Mt. Lebanon's best football players decided on a college Saturday.

Coleman Coco committed to Colgate.

That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Coco, a senior defensive end and Mt. Lebanon's top returning tackler, picked the Patriot League school located in Central New York. Coco announced his decision on Twitter.

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Wrestling: Mt. Lebanon's Stout to wrestle at Pitt after transferring from Penn State

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley reports that Mt. Lebanon graduate Kellan Stout will wrestle at Pitt after transferring from Penn State. Read his story below.

Kellan Stout, right, won the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound title at Mt. Lebanon in 2015.(Photo: Kellan Stout, right, won the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound title at Mt. Lebanon in 2015. Marc Billett/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

 

Kellan Stout celebrated two NCAA Division I team wrestling titles in his two years at Penn State University. And he could have been a part of another title team or two, as the Nittany Lions have all but one starter returning.

But Stout, a 2015 Mt. Lebanon graduate, wanted more.

“I had the choice of being a part of something, or becoming something,” said Stout, who redshirted his first year at Penn State and served as a backup last season. “I wanted a chance to become something. I had a better chance of doing that at Pitt.”

Stout posted an 11-3 record in his redshirt season, while competing in the 184-pound weight class. He moved up to the 197-pound weight class last season and posted a 6-5 record in a back-up role.

“There was a cluster of talent at 184 and 197 at Penn State,” said Stout, who served as backup to three-year starter and Kiski Area grad Matt McCutcheon last season. “And Matt McCutcheon still has another year of eligibility.”

Stout could have stayed at Penn State and collected another championship ring, or two, as the Nittany Lions, who have won six NCAA titles in seven years, have all but one starter returning.

“I didn’t want to sit another year,” Stout said. “I still have things to accomplish and felt Pitt was the best fit for me.”

After a talk with Penn State coach Cael Sanderson, Stout was given his release from Penn State.

“I considered the four schools I originally looked at before choosing Penn State,” said Stout, referring to Pitt, Virginia, North Carolina, and Lehigh. “I met with [Pitt’s new coach Keith Gavin] coach Gavin and his staff in May and decided that Pitt was the best fit for me to continue my academic and athletic career.”

Stout is eligible to wrestle this season since he transferred to a school that is not competing in the Big 10.

“I’m not bitter. There’s no hard feelings,” Stout said. “I grew as a wrestler and a person at State College. I have some great memories from my time at Penn State, but it’s time to move on.”

Pitt has a vacancy at 197, so Stout could move right into the starting lineup.

“It’s much different wrestling at 197,” Stout said. “197-pounders wrestle more like a heavyweight, so there’s more strategy involved. 184-pounders are more mobile and rely more on technique.”

Stout is actually quite familiar with Pitt wrestling and the Fitzgerald Field House.

“I used to work out with the Pitt Wrestling Club, even before I was in high school,” Stout said. “My dad [Bryan] was a volunteer assistant at Pitt and coach Gavin was wrestling at Pitt at the time. I remember watching him on TV in the NCAA finals. He lost to [Missouri’s] Ben Askren in the 2007 finals, then came back and beat a wrestler from Michigan [Steve Luke] in the 2008 finals.

“It’s great that he’s come back to Pitt as head coach. He’s come full circle.”

Pitt senior Dom Forys is glad to have Stout as a teammate.

“Kellen is a great asset to our program,” said Forys, a three-year starter and North Allegheny graduate. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do for us.”

 

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Girls Soccer: Mt. Lebanon's Wilhelm decides on a college

Written by Brad Everett on .

Jess Wilhelm is one of the top girls soccer players in Western Pennsylvania.

When she graduates from Mt. Lebanon next spring, Wilhelm will take her talents to North Carolina.

No, Wilhelm won't be a Tar Heel, but she will be playing Division I women's soccer in the Tar Heel State. Wilhelm, a rising senior, recently committed to Elon University.

Wilhelm is coming off an excellent junior season that saw her earn all-WPIAL honors. Wilhelm, a midfielder, will become a four-year starter this fall. She finished with team highs of 10 goals and nine assists last season for Mt. Lebanon, which reached the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.

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Lacrosse: Mixed season yields solid results for Mt. Lebanon boys

Written by Joe Koch on .

Just after his Mt. Lebanon boys lacrosse team fell to traditional rival Peters Township in the WPIAL 3A championship game at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium, coach Mike Ermer allowed that the season had plenty of mixed results.

While the 12-11 double-overtime loss to Peters Township did sting, it marked the start of another journey that would take the Blue Devils -- the No. 8 seed in the WPIAL tournament -- to the Final Four of the sport's 3A grouping in the PIAA tournament.

That first step would entail a trip to Harrisburg where the Blue Devils would meet District 3 champion West Lawn Wilson in a first-round game at Central Dauphin High School, which is less than an hour from Wilson's campus.

If the Blue Devils were fatigued from their trip from the South Hills, they certainly hid it well as they handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season and snapped a 19-game winning streak with an 8-7 victory. The 22-2 Bulldogs prior setback came on April 1 when they lost to Parkland, 7-2.

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon knocks off regional champion, faces another in quarterfinals

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon's boys lacrosse team has had a number of zeniths and nadirs -- that's high and low points -- that led the Blue Devils to a heart-stopping 12-11 double-overtime loss to Peters Township in an exciting WPIAL Class 3A championship at Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium.

That loss earned the Blue Devils a trip to Harrisburg's Central Dauphin High School this past Tuesday and a game with an extremely solid team from West Lawn Wilson, the District 3 champion that entered the game with a 22-1 record and hadn't lost a game since a 7-2 loss to Parkland on April 1.

The Bulldogs learned that some things -- like winning streaks -- do end as the 12-9 Blue Devils earned an 8-7 victory to earn a berth in Saturday's quarterfinals where they will meet District 6 champion State College. That game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hempfield Area High School. The trip to Westmoreland County is considerably more favorable than the Blue Devils' most recent trip to Pennsylvania's Capital region. The Little Lions advanced with a 7-6 victory over Shady Side Academy -- the third-place team from the WPIAL -- in a game played at Cumberland Valley High School.

State College appears to be a lot like Mt. Lebanon in that the Little Lions have an overall record of 12-8 and are no strangers to close games in the latter stages of the regular season and in the postseason. Of the 12 games they have won, the Little Lions have had victory margins of two or fewer goals in six of them. Their three most recent games all have been victories by slim margins. They ended the regular season with a 6-5 victory over Lewisburg on May 16. Then, State College advanced to the PIAA Class 3A tournament with a 7-5 victory over District 10 champion Erie McDowell before their one-goal triumph over Shady Side.