Night of Champions in 50th Annual POWERade Finals

It was a night of memories in Canon-McMillan High School for the 50th Annual POWERade Tournament as fans took a trip down memory lane with a remarkable video highlighting the Tournament’s rich history. Some of the biggest names in wrestling have competed in the POWERade including 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder, Olympians Frank Molinaro and Jake Herbert, plus NCAA stars Teague Moore and Nate Carr.

Eleven Keystone State grapplers left Cannonsburg with the ultimate prize capturing POWERade Gold in their respective weights. Even more impressive was the total number of Pennsylvania POWERade Medalists that reached 76 in the top eight. Leading the way were a pair of National stars each winning their third career POWERade Championships as senior Spencer Lee and junior Gavin Teasdale each continued their undefeated careers. Spencer Lee dominated his way to the 126 lbs. crown while Gavin Teasdale closed the night out with a decisive victory over Logan Macri at 120 lbs.

The next four timer could be North Hills wrestler Sam Hillegas who stole the show at 113 lbs. when he won the Championship title from an unseeded position knocking off the fifth seed, fourth seed, and top seed Louis Newell (Seneca Valley) to advance into the Championship finals. In the semifinals the #2 Top Incoming Freshman in the Pennsylvania faced his toughest challenge of his young career meeting the top ranked wrestler Louis Newell. Hillegas scored a takedown in the third period to go ahead and claim the win (4-2) over the 2016 PIAA State Runner-up. In the finals Sam continued his streak taking out senior Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon) scoring a takedown and reversal. The performance earned Hillegas the Tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Wyoming Seminary senior and former PIAA State Champion Jake Riegel won his second straight POWERade Championship at 132 lbs. picking up a (4-2) decision over Caleb Morris (Waynesburg Central) in the finals. The next three bouts were all tiebreaker bouts that concluded with Pennsylvania wrestlers getting their hands raised. PIAA State Champion Cole Matthews was a POWERade runner-up in 2015 but this time around he defeated 2015 POWERade Champion Josh Humphreys (St. Albans, WV) in UTB (5-4) to capture the title. Senior Jarod Verkleeren earned his first POWERade Championship fending off top seed Frankie Gissendanner of Penfield, NY in tiebreaker (2-1 TB). Senior Cameron Coy won his second straight Championship at the POWERade as he defeated a very tough Stephan Glasgow of Bound Brook, NJ in tiebreaker (2-1 TB). 

Mifflin County junior Trent Hidlay advanced into his second straight POWERade Championship earning his first title defeating Dale Tiongson of St. Pauls, MD in the finals (7-4). A pair of Pennsylvania wrestlers clashed in the 182 lbs. finals and once again a 2015 POWERade Runner-up moved up the podium as Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) outlasted foe Cody Mulligan (Saegertown) in ultimate tiebreaker (3-2). It is now the third POWERade Championship in the Bonaccorsi family as his father Mark and older brother Nick each own POWERade gold medals.

In one of the deepest weights of the Tournament the 195 lbs. crown went to North Allegheny senior Jake Woodley who avenged a pre-season defeat to State Champion Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville Area). Woodley controlled the action scoring takedowns in the first and third period to win (5-2). Hometown hero Brendan Furman of Canon-McMillan brought the crowd to it’s feet at heavyweight when he pinned the defending POWERade Champion Ronald Tucker (Lockport, IL) in the second period.

In the team standings Kiski Area finished as the Tournament’s Team Runner-up behind Wyoming Seminary while Reynolds with fifth.

You can listen to the POWERade Preview Podcast with Tournament Director Frank Vulcano Jr. here and the POWERade Finals Preview with guest Gavin Hoffman here! Full brackets can be found below.


106 LBS

1st Kurt Mchenry (St. Pauls – MD) DEC Darren Miller (Kiski Area), 9-3
3rd Matt Ramos (Lockport – IL) DEC Nick Kayal (Bergen Catholic – NJ), 4-2
5th Drew Munch (Wyoming Seminary) F Gabe Willochell (Greater Latrobe), 0:35
7th Jason Geyer (Seneca Valley) MD Nathan Lukez (Pine Richland), 12-0

113 LBS

1st Sam Hillegas (North Hills) DEC Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon), 4-2
3rd Louis Newell (Seneca Valley) DEC Mosha Schwartz (Wyoming Seminary), 7-0
5th Brandon Wittenberg (Battlefield – VA) DEF Beau Bayless (Reynolds)
7th JJ Wilson (Cedar Cliff) DEC Keelan Kunselman (Brookville), 3-1

120 LBS

1st Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson Morgan) DEC Logan Macri (Canon-McMillan), 10-4
3rd Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary) DEC James Pierandozzi (Lockport – IL), 6-0
5th Cole Rhone (Benton) DEC Colton Camacho (Franklin Regional), 3-1 SV
7th Alex Salas (Pine Richland) DEF Gavin Park (Brookville)

126 LBS

1st Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) MD Jack Davis (Wyoming Seminary), 9-0
3rd Jordan Ward (Moeller – OH) DEC Carmen Ferrante (Bergen Catholic – NJ), 6-4
5th Noah Levett (Kiski Area) DEC Daniel Percelay (DePaul Catholic – NJ), 7-2
7th Noah Myers (Mifflin County) F Nick Coy (Penn Trafford), 6:30

132 LBS

1st Jake Riegel (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Caleb Morris (Waynesburg), 4-2
3rd Quincy Monday (Carrboro – NC) DEC Luke Landefeld (North Allegheny), 3-1
5th Job Chishko (Penn Trafford) DEF Marc Garofalo (Colonial Forge – VA)
7th Hunter Baxter (Pine Richland) DEC Matt Oblock (Canon-McMillan), 3-1

138 LBS

1st Cole Matthews (Reynolds) DEC Josh Humphreys (St. Albans – WV), 5-4 UTB
3rd Carnell Andrews (Bishop McCort) DEC Luke Kemerer (Hempfield Area), 5-2 SV
5th Zach Ortman (Parkland) DEC Imram Heard (St. Pauls – MD), 5-3
7th Robert Cleary (Bound Brook – NJ) DEC Will Jeffers (Huntington – WV), 6-2

145 LBS

1st Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) DEC Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield – NY), 2-1 TB2
3rd John Pipa (Bishop McDevitt) DEC Jake Hinkson (North Allegheny), 6-3
5th Joey Blumer (Kiski Area) DEC Joe Casey (Bound Brook – NJ), 4-3
7th Justin McCoy (Chestnut Ridge) TF Michael Stuart (Benton), 19-2 4:33

152 LBS

1st Cam Coy (Penn Trafford) DEC Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook – NJ), 2-1 TB2
3rd Shane Griffith (Bergen Catholic – NJ) DEC Carter Starocci (Erie Prep), 3-0
5th Gerrit Nijenhuis (Canon-McMillan) DEC Bailey Thomas (Good Counsel – MD), 11-9 SV
7th Brock Godzin (Belle Vernon) DEC Caleb Hetrick (Brookville), 6-3

160 LBS

1st Mekhi Lewis (Bound Brook – NJ) DEC Zachary Hartman (Belle Vernon), 11-5
3rd Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic – NJ) DEC Trevell Timmons (Lockport – IL), 5-1 TB1
5th Kyle Homet (Waynesburg) DEF Jared Lough (Colonial Forge – VA)
7th Nathan Mankey (North Hills) FOR Morgan Deremer (Chestnut Ridge)

170 LBS

1st Trent Hidlay (Mifflin County) DEC Dale Tiongson (St. Pauls – MD), 7-4
3rd Jake Hendricks (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Gavin Wilkerson (Reynolds), 4-2
5th Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin) DEC Jared Mcgill (Chestnut Ridge), 3-1
7th Brad Nagy (Kiski Area) DEC Chandler Proszek (Lockport – IL), 1-0

182 LBS

1st Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) DEC Cody Mulligan (Saegertown), 3-2 UTB
3rd Jacob Hart (Independence – WV) DEC George Walton (Bound Brook – NJ), 4-3
5th Colbey Harlan (Oakdale – CA) DEC Frank Guida (Parkland), 3-1 SV
7th Jake Thompson (Moeller – OH) DEC Matt McGillick (Penn Trafford), 3-1 SV

195 LBS

1st Jake Woodley (North Allegheny) DEC Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville), 5-2
3rd Colin McCracken (Waynesburg) DEC Anthony Walters (Bishop McCort), 3-1 SV
5th Cole Nye (Bishop McDevitt) DEC Brettâ Byrant (Moeller – OH), 3-0
7th Xavier Molnar (Brookville) DEC Mike Doggett (Wyoming Seminary), 5-0

220 LBS

1st Noah Adams (Independence – WV) DEC Josiah Jones (Bishop McCort), 2-1 TB1
3rd Brady Daniel (Good Counsel – MD) DEC Joe Soreco (DePaul Catholic – NJ), 3-1
5th Billy Korber (Belle Vernon) DEF Francis Duggan (Cedar Cliff)
7th Tyler Cook (Brookville) DEC Nathan Feyrer (Parkland), 3-2 TB2

285 LBS

1st Brendan Furman (Canon-McMillan) F Ronald Tucker (Lockport – IL), 3:40
3rd Isaac Reid (Kiski Area) DEC Kawuan Deboe (Erie Prep), 2-0
5th Evan Sweesy (Freedom) DEC Jalen Lea (Good Counsel – MD), 3-1
7th Derek Devine (North Allegheny) F Nathan Hinnerman (Waynesburg), 2:03


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