The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 24, 2014

UPJ wrestling announces new class

JOHNSTOWN — The Pitt-Johnstown wrestling program has added 11 new athletes for the 2014-15 season as announced by the school on Tuesday.

Three of Pecora’s recruits are former Pennsylvania placewinners, including 2014 PIAA AA champion Steve Edwards from Burrell High School.

In addition, two others are Pennsylvania state qualifiers and two more are ranked among the Top-25 in their weight classes in this year’s final Pennsylvania State rankings.

“Each year, we look to add immediate impact recruits and potential impact recruits,” Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora said. “This year’s class fits that bill.”

Edwards, who posted a 46-4 overall record in 2013-14 on his way to winning the PIAA title at 152 pounds, was a two-time PIAA placewinner who finished sixth in 2013 and finished his high school career at 130-33. He is projected to wrestle at 157 in college.

Placewinner Aaron Gill, a Cambria Heights graduate, was 35-5 as a senior and finished fourth at heavyweight at the 2014 PIAA Championships. The other placewinner was Corey Falleroni of Lower Burrell, who had a record of 41-15 as a senior and was fifth at 145.

Joe Davis, a 126-pounder from Cambria Heights and Nick Naglic, a 145-pounder from Richland were also state qualifiers who have signed with the Mountain Cats.

Davis was 28-7 as a senior and 105-30 in his high school career and closed out the 2013-14 season ranked 12th in the state while Naglic, a two-time PIAA qualifier, was ranked 14th after posting a 31-9 record in 2013-14.  He finished his career with a 112-42 overall record.

The other recruits to Pitt-Johnstown are: Malachi Krenzelak of Canon McMillan; Dakota Laughman of Spring Grove; Jake Ardellitz of Kiski Area; Forest Tuttle of Coudersport; John Lobeck of Lancaster Catholic; and Brandon Naveiro of Conrad Weiser.

The Mountain Cats are coming off of a 13-2 overall dual meet season, and a 5-2 mark in the program’s first season competing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

 Pitt-Johnstown will kick-off the 2014-15 season at the Clarion University Open on Nov. 2.


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