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   Tom Elling's 2017 PA Wrestling Handbook (available to be shipped by Oct 1)

...... This is THE book everyone talks about.. from PCN to most of the top coaches in the state to media outlets: all use this book.
It includes
Most returnees from every high school in PA
     their records, place finishes, wt class from last season)
EVERY PIAA placewinner since 1938.
     listed both by last name alphabetically and by school
Results from top wrestling tournaments in PA
PJW placers (all divisions)
Top 100 Individual Rankings
Team Rankings: Statewide and by District. AAA * AA * Ind.
College results.
All the information you need for reference.
Coaches have told us they have won dual meets by using the information from this book.






   PWCA Convention Oct 13-14 2017
Schedule    Register HERE  (including pricing and details)




$10,080.18 raised last year!!!
4 year total = $41,810.47
(This is not the National “Wounded Warriors Project” but a local group - $.95 of every dollar raised goes to our PA veterans) LIMITED TO THE FIRST 300 ENTRIES
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2017 SITE: Susquenita High School (on Route 11-15)
Doors Open at 7:00 AM 1725 Schoolhouse Road, Duncannon, PA 17020


  New head coaches: 
 Mike Ottimger was named head coach at Parkland; Ryan Nunamaker has resigned.
 John Walizer has been named the HWC at Hempfield (Dist 3)
Tim Andrekovich  takes over at Bellwood-Antis
  Corey Fetterolf is new HC @ North Schuylkill.
  Jeff Havelka - Canon McMillan
  Chucky Connor - Conwell Egan.
Nick LaFevre  - Emmaus
  Jeff 'Peanut' Bowyer -  Coatesville
  Christian Harr - Hollidaysburg

  Jason Gibble at Wilson West Lawn

   Tim Simon -  McDowell

  Matt Musselman - Claysburg-Kimmel 
  Chris Voshell -
Cedar Crest
   Sal Lascari - Berlin BrothersValley

          (Please let Tom know of other changes. THANK YOU!)

                PIAA Wrestling Dates for 2017-2018


.............. First Practice November 17
First Regular Season Contest December 8
Maximum Length of Regular Season 11 weeks
Maximum Number of Regular Season Contests 22
District Deadline Team Wrestling February 3
Team Wrestling Preliminary Round February 5
PIAA AA & AAA Team Wrestling Championships
February 8, 9 & 10 GIANT Center, Hershey
Last Regular Season Contest Date and District Deadline February 24
Region Deadline March 3
PIAA AA & AAA Wrestling Championships
March 8, 9 & 10 GIANT Center, Hershey

   Counting your 22 Contests

A PIAA member school is permitted to participate in a maximum of twenty-two (22) Regular Season wrestling Contests based on the following method of counting Regular Season wrestling Contests:

a. One (1) Contest for each dual meet.

b. Two (2) Contests for each triangular meet or each individually or Team bracketed Tournament involving no more than 8 Teams, pursuant to NFHS Wrestling Rule 10, Conduct of Tournaments, Section 3, Tournament Brackets.

c. Three (3) Contests for each quadrangular meet, each individually or Team bracketed Tournament involving at least 9 Teams, pursuant to NFHS Wrestling Rule 10, Conduct of Tournaments, Section 3, Tournament Brackets, and each one-day Multiple School (Dual) Event or Individual Pool Event. A PIAA member school may participate in no more than two (2) Multiple School (Dual) or Individual Pool Events, excluding triangular or quadrangular meets, during the Regular Season.

d. Multiple day Combination Tournament competition points and/or multiple day Multiple School (Dual) Event competition points are the aggregate of b and/or c herein.

e. All of the foregoing must be compliant with NFHS Wrestling Rule 1, Competition, Section 4, Representation, Article 3, which provides for no wrestler to represent that wrestler’s school in more than one weight class in any meet or wrestle in more than five matches (championship or consolation), excluding forfeits in any one day.




   PIAA Brackets 2017




   Outstanding Wrestler - 2A - Max Murin, Central Cambria

 Outstanding Wrestler - 3A - Austin DeSanto, Exeter Twp
  Mark Dugan - makes presentations for Keystone Wrestling Round-Up



            Most Falls - 2A - Devin Fontanez,  Saucon Valley         Most Falls - 3A - Erech Noecker, Blue Mountain


    We'll have direct link to all the results of every match HERE.
          PIAA State Wrestling Gallery - All Photos have been added.   

        Presented by Rich Vetock

     We need young wrestling officials as our older ones retire.
      Check the PIAA website for details to register & take test (online is possible).

       On PCN Facebook last Thursday morning at 11, Jim Davis and I discussed  
       the PIAAs and what we viewed as top matches. You can view that in the archives.

Don Lehman's West York Website will also have plenty of Wrestling information.






********************  PIAA 2A Individual Champions 2017 ***************************

********************  PIAA 3A Individual Champions 2017 ***************************


Cathedral Prep - 2017 NW AAA Regional Team champions


  Northwest AAA Brackets

  District 6 Class AA Brackets    -    Live updates at Flo


 PIAA TEAM Championships Brackets
         AA   AAA    We will be updating them from the arena.
    Follow the PIAA TEAM Championships
  as each dual meet is being
        wrestled - Rich Vetock and Gimp productions.
          I will post photos from the duals as often as I can upload. (Check back often
          to see if your favorite wrestler is in the gallery


Amateur Wrestling News' Jim Kalin has written a book about wrestling icon Mike Milkovich.

    This a book all wrestling fans will want to read.  Check out the press release here.

    Info for purchasing...



....... Order your copy of District IV wrestling booklet. All proceeds benefits the District IV Max Schnyder Memorial Scholarship fund. $5.00 for the booklet and $2.00 for shipping and handling.


Contact Rich King.

My father coached wrestling at Dieruff H.S. in the 1960's and early 1970's.  For the past year, I've been working on a project to research how high school wrestling began in grew in the Lehigh Valley.  I learned about the great coaches, wrestlers and teams of the 1950's and 1960's and the stories of the early pioneers who helped set the foundation for the strong wrestling legacy in the Lehigh Valley.  My efforts have culminated in launching a website to tell their story - Lehigh Valley Wrestling History.   

I wanted to contact you as you are very active in the wrestling community and I've been a long-time reader of your PIAA Wrestling History Book.  I wanted to see if you would be kind enough to share this with others who follow high school wrestling.  My hope is to reach others who follow the sport and who coached or wrestled during those early times or whose family members told them stories of their wrestling days.  My goal is to have a dynamic, collaborative website where I could add to the content and give credit to those who have provided it.


..... New Coaches      (Thanks Sean McMahon)

Anthony Mercadante has taken over at Wilkes-Barre Meyers for Ron Swingle.

Rich Gavlick will be replacing Anthony at Hanover Area.

Jason Procopchak is replacing Steve Mytych at Wyoming Area
Tim Esposito is taking over at Blue Ridge.
Tad Harbert has been named head coach at Kennard-Dale.

Darren Testa has returned as HWC at Crestwood


   King of the Mountain - Tournament Field 2016

   Class of 2017 PA Chapter - National Wrestling Hall of Fame  April 30, 2017

  PWCA Hall of Fame Class of 2017 - April 9, 2017

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    Tom Elling's PA Wrestling Handbook 2016-2017  (Sold Out!)


           PWCA Wrestling Convention Photos (Oct 14-15  2016)


           Photos from Oct 12, 2016  Wrestling Breakfast


           2015-2016 All-Academic Teams   (  )


       Photo Album from the 40th Anniversary of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (June 1-4)

          27th NHSCA Nationals - RESULTS   Seniors/Juniors    Soph/Frosh/MS

          Flo Nationals Results

       PIAA Photos - What Tom was able to take -  nearly 1000 photos

          Completed Brackets  (full information - thanks to Spike Temple & Todd Stine)
              AA          AAA

...... PIAA Wrestling Calendar 2016-2017



      2016 Girls'  States' Wrestling Schedule  (Joe Stabilito)

      2016 PIAA Team Championships Brackets    Class AA      Class AAA

         (Note: The summaries can be accessed via these brackets.)

      Photos from the Giant Center - wrestling action         


..... .......... ............ .... ..............   ..............
  LHU Fall Classic Tournament Results


Mark Dugan's AA OTM Rankings
March 3, 2016      


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Elling wins 2015 Dellinger Award by Amateur Wrestling News; joins two-timer Doug McDonald

   and Norm Palovcsik/Jim Butler and E. Ross Nevel.

Takedown Wrestling Radio... hear exclusive interviews with wrestling personalities


  PWCA Hall of Fame Class of 2016 to Induct Nine.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame (PA Chapter) Class of 2016



Your hall of fame and museum works diligently to fulfill the mission of the organization to preserve, recognize and inspire. Recently the NWHOF partnered with Mat Talk to capture the oral stories of the legends of our sport. The first         history is complete and you can see the full release


The show can be heard for free at


Check out WRESTLING USA- Pennsylvania page


Penn State Wrestling Database (from 1928-present)




PWCA official website

PWCA Scholarship winners are posted on the PWCA site, along with the two top essays.


All-Academic Teams 2015




Looking for a video copy of the 1997 Dapper Dan - PA vs. US.  Contact            


Jason Bryant of the Mat Talk Podcast Network created the Legends interview concept, and also serves as the host and producer of the interviews. Bryant is president of the National Wrestling Media Association, and has been honored for His work as both a broadcaster and writer, including the Bob Dellinger Wrestling Writer of the Year award.




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Youth, Boys & Girls Wrestling Camps | Ken Chertow Wrestling


         Youth, Boys & Girls Wrestling Camps | Ken Chertow Wrestling


........................ Booster Clubs and Coaches: Check your lockers and closets.
You have to have old video just sitting there and decomposing. Save your history!

  Preserve Tradition.. Contact me about getting them digitally improved and
preserved. (Click on the photo)

I finally found a company that can transfer my old videos to a digitally reproduced 
format onto a DVD AND in the cloud.        

I am sure many of you have old film, videos, slides and photo albums you'd like to
preserve. Check your attic and get back to me as I am now a rep for Legacy

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