Stout angles up record
For Mt. Lebanon, the Section 2-AAA wrestling tournament was a record-breaking event with Kellan Stout leading the way.
In winning the 182-pound weight class, Stout shattered the all-time mark for victories as a Lebo grappler. With his major decision, 13-5, against Tommy Provance from Connellsville in the championship final, Stout recorded his 94th career victory. The junior broke the Blue Devil record held by Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle in the opening round of the tournament, when he registered a pin. Angle had 91 career victories as a 189-pound wrestler for the Blue Devils.
Noting that Mt. Lebanon has a strong history in wrestling, dating back to the 1930s and a rich tradition as a perennial power from the 1950s through the 1980s, head coach Bill Lewis said that Stout is deserving of all the honors and accolades he is accruing.
“Kellan is a special wrestler,” Lewis said. “He has high expectations for himself. He is very focused and very goal oriented. Kellan is constantly working on getting better and improving as a wrestler and an athlete. He puts a ton of extra time into improving himself in and outside of our wrestling room.
“It has been a pleasure to watch him break all our records along the way. We are so very proud of him.”
In addition to his wins record, Stout has a long list of accomplishments heading into this week’s WPIAL Class AAA tournament, which runs Feb. 27-March 1 at Canon-McMillan.
Stout was the first freshmen ever in Mt. Lebanon’s storied program to place at the WPIAL Championships when he finished fourth. As a sophomore, he became the first wrestler to qualify for the PIAA Championships since Angelo Palmieri did it with a sixth place back in 1998. Currently, Stout is on track to break many Lebo single season and career records, including being the first Blue Devil wrestler to join the century club (100+ wins).
At the sectional, Stout was not the only Lebo success story.
Zeynul Zaynullayev broke the single season record for falls. Mike Lioon held the mark in 2004 with 20 pins.
En route to winning the heavyweight title, Zaynullayev recorded three falls, including a pin against Shawn Devey of West Mifflin in the finals. Zaynullayev has 22 pins heading into the WPIAL championships.
Five other Lebo grapplers join Stout and Zaynullayev for the District VII and Southwest Regional Tournament. In fact, for the first time in 25 years, the Blue Devils crowned three or more section champions. Joining Stout and Zaynullayev on the top of the podium was Kevin Kinyua. He won the 120-pound weight class with a 6-4 decision against Brendan Hasson of Belle Vernon.
Lebo’s other WPIAL qualifiers and their places are: Bakhtiyar Zaynullaev, second at 195; Sam White, third at 126; Sean Perri, third at 132; Brian Perri, fourth at 113. John Marshall (145) and Jack Rendulic (152) both placed sixth in the section.
“Our team wrestled well at the section championships,” Lewis said. “Everyone gave 100% out on the mat. We are also proud of our place winners and WPIAL qualifiers.
“Our qualifiers have been our core point scorers all year and worked extremely hard to put themselves in the position that they are now ... to continue their journey to Hershey and the state championships.
PT crowns 3
Peters Township crowned three Section 2 champions: Phil Mary at 126; Tyler Buckiso at 132; and Italo Merante at 138. In addition: Sammy Florentino, third at 145; Michael McAleavey, fourth at 160; Mac Oberschelp, third at 182; Lucas Cervenak, third at 285; and Alex Belack, fifth at 220 earned berths in the WPIAL championships.
Qualifiers from Upper St. Clair included: Vinny Palm (126), Garrett Walnoha (138), Andrew Troy (152); Eli Grape (170), Jarrod Browne (220) as well as runners-up Corey Wilding (145) and Brooks Wilding (160).
Qualifiers from Bethel Park included: Adam Montgomery (195), Sam Gercak (220), Chris Pauley (285) as well as runners-up Nino Bonaccorsi (132) and Paul Dunn (152).
CM advances 12
In the Section 4 tournament held at Moon, Canon-McMillan crowned six champions and advanced 12 total wrestlers to the WPIAL finals.
Defending state champion, Solomon Chishko won his fourth section title with a technical fall in the 145-pound final. Other Big Macs to claim championships included: Brendan Price at 113; Dalton Macri at 126; Josiah Hritsko at 132; Malachi Krenzelak at 138 and Brendan Furman at 285.
CM’s other qualifiers included runners-up: Matt Oblock (126), Micah Kusturiss (152) and Jessie Lesko (182) as well as Blaze Kansco (160), Nick Konyk (170) and James Zeremenko (195).
Chartiers Valley claimed three champions with Noah Wilps at 170, Jaco Paris at 182 and Mike Roper at 220. Other CV grapplers to advance to the WPIAL finals were: Same Geffrey (138), Michael Resignalo (152), Phillip Pesano (160) and Collin Eger (145).