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    Posted: Mar 23 2013 at 5:14pm
I always get real fired up about wrestling this time of year, and while going through a history of state champs I noticed how younger guys are winning titles much more than ever.  So I went through and compiled some stats on the last 25 years of state champs (AAA only) and found some interesting results.  I generally broke the results into 3 groups- The first 10 years (1989-1998), the next 10 years (1999-2008), and the last 5 years (2009-2013).  Here is what I found.

Seniors winning titles
(1989-1998) Seniors won 95 of a possible 130 titles, or 73.1% of titles
(1999-2008) Seniors won 79 of a possible 136 titles, or 58.1% of titles
(2009-2013) Seniors won 35 of a possible 70 titles, or 50.0% of titles

Juniors winning titles
(1989-1998) Juniors won 27 of a possible 130 titles, or 20.8% of titles
(1999-2008) Juniors won 40 of a possible 136 titles, or 29.4% of titles
(2009-2013) Juniors won 22 of a possible 70 titles, or 31.4% of titles

So you can already begin to see a correlation, how Seniors winning titles is consistently going down, while Juniors are winning more titles, but it becomes even more interesting with the underclassmen

Sophomores winning titles
(1989-1998) Sophomores won 7 of a possible 130 titles, or 5.4% of titles
(1999-2008) Sophomores won 16 of a possible 136 titles, or 11.8% of titles
(2009-2013) Sophomores won 8 of a possible 70 titles, or 11.4% of titles

Freshman winning titles
(1989-1998) 1 Freshman won a title (Jeremy Hunter, McGuffey)
(1999-2008) 1 Freshman won a title (Jeff Breese, McGuffey
(2009-2013) 5 Freshman won titles (Jimmy Gulibon, Derry; Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan; Chance Marstellar, Kennard Dale; Thomas Haines, Solanco; Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe)

Some interesting notes-
In 1990 12 of 13 champs were seniors
Wrestlers who went into their senior years as 2x champs and lost- Dave Foley of Freedom, Anthony Rivera of Shikellamy, Donnie Jones of Greensburg-Salem, and Jermaine Jones of WC Henderson

A few wrestlers won in 10th grade and never won again- Brian Merrifield of Lock Haven, Dave Thomas of Waynesburg, Chamie Hooks of Kittatiny, Chris Scheetz from Upper Perkiomen, Austin Carter of CR South, and Colin Johnston of Canon Macmillan.

Connor Schram was the only wrestler to go more than one season between titles, winning as a freshman and not again until a senior

4x champs- Ty Moore, North Alleghany; Jeremy Hunter, McGuffey (Jimmy Gulibon won 4 titles but 2 were in AA.  Marstellar and Haines go for their 4th next year.)

3x champs- Chris Kwortnik, North Penn; Joey Wildasin, Southwestern; Ray Brinzer, North Alleghany; Bob Crawford, Milton; Matt Ciasulli, Easton; Nathan Galloway, State College; Coleman Scott, Waynesburg; Joe Eckloff, Northampton, Tim Darling, Nazareth; Jordan Oliver, Easton; Shane Young, Penn Trafford; Dylan Alton, Central Mountain; Marshall Peppelman, Central Dauphin; Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional. (Marstellar and Haines also, but they can go for their 4th next year.  Ethan Lizak of Parkland will go for his 3rd.  Cody Weircioch won 3, but 1 was in AA).


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Just a minor correction:

Bob Crawford was a 4xer -- 1 at AA, 3 at AAA, I guess.  One of the strangest wrestlers in PIAA history.
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Tom Tomeo of Grove City won an AA state championship as a junior in 1992 and won at the AAA level in 1993 at 130 lbs., defeating Wissahickon's Steve Pyle in the finals.
Those who forget the past need to read some history books!
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Tomeo's sister Erin is the first girl to win a district match in PA

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Do you think  there is a correlation of  kids being held back ? Currently  freshman are sometimes as  old as a Junior of yesteryear.  Interesting  when you look at the same statistic by age not grade.
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Same measurement should come into play when judging best high school wrestler of all time for example Dave Schultz was 17 until June of his senior year and Kolat turned 19 in May of his senior year.
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Originally posted by Berwyn Berwyn wrote:

Same measurement should come into play when judging best high school wrestler of all time for example Dave Schultz was 17 until June of his senior year and Kolat turned 19 in May of his senior year.
Hmmm good point.
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