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IndianaMat is proud to announce the participation of an Indiana All-Star team at the 2016 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic(formerly Dapper Dan) on March 26<sup class='bbc'>th</sup>, 2016! This is the most prestigious and tradition rich wrestling All-Star event in the country. The main event pits a team of USA All-Stars against the top wrestlers from Pennsylvania. This year Indiana will be featured in the preliminary meet against a team of wrestlers from the tradition rich WPIAL.


This event is for seniors and will showcase the best that Indiana has to offer on a national stage like never before. This year’s senior class will arguably be one of the best ever in terms of accomplishments and depth. Currently there are five seniors ranked in the top 7 in their respective weight classes. Look for this year’s class to continue to make an impact on the history books throughout the year. This will mark the first time Indiana has been invited to participate in the event.


Indiana will face a tough group of wrestlers from the WPIAL, which is short for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. The WPIAL is made up of nine counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland. This area is regarded as THE hotbed for wrestling in the whole country. Wrestlers that have wrestled in this league include Cary Kolat, Coleman Scott, Jake Herbert, Nico Megaludis, amongst many others.


The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic is more than just an All-Star dual meet. The weekend will include a dinner social with guest speakers along with other activities. The wrestling portion will occur on Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh. The event will feature the top USA wrestlers against the Pennsylvania All-Stars. Along with the 13 wrestlers from 113lbs-285lbs, Indiana will also be represented by four coaches from around the state.


We will have more details as to who will be chosen for this team and the coaching staff as the season progresses.


The event website is http://wrestlingclassic.com/and it will have all the event information.


Past Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic participants and their results

2014 126 - Stevan Micic Hanover Central, Indiana MD Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic 13-4

*Micic was selected as the Outstanding Wrestler for Team USA

2012 113 Jarred Brooks Warsaw, Indiana DEC Billy Rappo, Council Rock South 8-5

145 Jason Tsirtsis Crown Point, Indiana MD Zach Beitz, Juniata 13-4

2004 140 Alex Tsirtsis Griffith, Indiana DEC Isaiah Britton, Loyalsock 6-4

171 Blake Maurer Mater Dei, Indiana DEC Kurt Brenner, Freedom 8-6

1998 130 Steven Bradley, Beech Grove, Indiana, DEC. Mark Conley, Dningtn, 5-3


Past Five Year WPIAL Results

Illinois 33 WPIAL 10

Oklahoma 37 WPIAL 10

WPIAL 28 Virginia 19

Maryland 34 WPIAL 10

WPIAL 42 Michigan 0


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Data from Tackwrestling from the State Finals



Davis, Geoffrey Fort Wayne Wayne 106

Diep, Cameron New Palestine 106

Streeter, Ben Fort Wayne North Side 106


Glogouski, Blake Fairfield 113

Hildebrandt, Drew Penn 113

Holmes, Austin Hamilton Southeastern 113


Bocock, Caleb Lebanon 120

Gomez, Isaac Plainfield 120

Hardesty, Ryan Mishawaka 120

Hudkins, Brock Danville 120

Langeloh, Hunter Columbia City 120


Doster, Owen New Haven 126

Gunsett, Daniel Bellmont 126

McGhee, Joel Warren Central 126

Molloy, Elliott Danville 126

Raypole, Kobe Carroll (Fort Wayne) 126

Red, Chad New Palestine 126

Torres, Gaige Portage 126


Coy, Sage Delta 132

Eldred, Evan Westfield 132

Ellis, Nick Roncalli 132

Laughlin, Austen South Bend Riley 132

McCoy, Cale Northview 132

Strawsma, Blake Benton Central 132

Vaughn, Jordan Franklin Central 132


Eicher, Isaac Leo 138

Moore, Connor Southmont 138

Rodriguez, Triston Culver Community 138


Covaciu, Jacob Merrillville 145

Herrin, Andrew Jennings County 145

Jourdan, Blake Evansville Mater Dei 145

Lawrence, Steven Portage 145

Levitz, Doug Prairie Heights 145

McCormick, Cael Yorktown 145

Pruitt, Trent Warren Central 145

Schurg, Daylan Crown Point 145

Schurg, Daylan Crown Point 145


Dunn, Elijah Indian Creek 152

Garman, Josh Carroll (Fort Wayne) 152

Herrick, Dominic Warren Central 152

Herrick, Dominic Warren Central 152

Michaels, Isaiah Centerville 152

Sturgill, Peyton Peru 152

Whitaker, Cayden Martinsville 152


Goddard, Dezmen Warren Central 160

Hughes, Drew Lowell 160

Davis, Zachary Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran 170

Irick, Spencer Hamilton Southeastern 170

Jones, Cameron Lawrence North 170

Mote, Hunter Delphi 170

Worm, Zachary Southmont 170


Hoots, Caleb New Castle 182

Kleimola, Jake Lake Central 182

Kohler, Andy Jay County 182


Evans, Scottie Delta 195

Friedt, Carter Bellmont 195

Fuller, Scott Zionsville 195

Hipple, Sam Carmel 195

Redmond, Christian Jennings County 195

Rypel, Blake Indianapolis Cathedral 195


Choate, Tristin Mt. Vernon 220

Davis, Blake Garrett 220

Guhl, Ryan Indianapolis Cathedral 220

Woods, Kobe Penn 220


Brogan, Jasion Warren Central 285

Streck, Shawn Merrillville 285

York, Quinn Franklin Community 285

Edited by wwatson

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Red, Woods, Streck, Rypel, and Hughes are all in the top 5 in the USA that could be considered for the main event. They will all probably get preliminary invites. It's highly unlikely that all five will be chosen, but I could see two of them representing the USA against Pennsylvania.

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