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Notebook: All-star meet Thursday at Neshaminy

by Tom Waring, Bucks County Courier Times

Posted on March 15, 2017

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The 28th annual Delaware Valley Wrestling Officials All-Star Challenge will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at Neshaminy.

Senior wrestlers from southeastern Pennsylvania take on 12th-graders from South and Central Jersey.

A year ago, the Pennsylvania team rolled to a 52-6 victory.

Referee Bob McCarney is organizing the Pennsylvania team, while former Pennsbury standout Brian West is putting together the team from New Jersey, where he coaches.

Here is the Pennsylvania lineup: 106 pounds: Max Lupisella (New Hope-Solebury); 113: Chris Eck (Central Bucks East); 120: To be determined; 126: Alex Shaffer (Archbishop Wood); 132: Brandon Bach (Souderton); 138: Cary Palmer (Council Rock South); 145: Riley Palmer (CR South); 152: Trevor Elfvin (Father Judge); 160: Colin Shannon (North Penn); 170: David McCoy (William Tennent); 182: Tyler Gettmann (CR South); 195: Jack Morgan (Souderton); 220: Joe Doyle (CR South); 285: Kyle Osterhoudt (Neshaminy).

The Jersey lineup has not been finalized.

The Jack Donohue Memorial Sportsmanship Award will be presented to Tennent's David McCoy.

The Most Improved Team award will go to Souderton.

The officials will hand out plaques to the three PIAA Class 3A champions from District One: Council Rock South's Zack Trampe, Downingtown West's Doug Zapf and Upper Darby's Brian Kennerly.

Scholarships will also be given to deserving student-athletes.

Nice season for Robinson

Council Rock North freshman Cam Robinson went 1-2 at 132 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A championships to finish 35-11.

"He got to Hershey and won a match in a tough weight class," said coach Tom Vivacqua. "He has a super-bright future."

Robinson was part of a strong North freshman class that included Luke Lucerne, sixth at states at 106.

"For freshmen, they had such outstanding years," Vivacqua said.

Vivacqua also praised his only senior, Aidan Burke, who went 1-2 at 120 to finish the season 16-9 and his career 107-42. He overcame a concussion and an ankle injury this season. He'll wrestle at Mercyhurst.

"He got himself back to states. He was a match away from medaling. He had a great career. What a fantastic kid. He'll be missed," Vivacqua said.

Palmers will be missed

Council Rock South twin seniors Riley and Cary Palmer both ended their careers at the state tournament.

"The Palmer boys were the bedrock of our program the last four years," said coach Brad Silimperi. "They had a lot of wins and a lot of tournament titles. It was a pleasure to coach them."

Silimperi is looking forward to having sophomore Max Mendez, a state qualifier, for two more years.

"Max made incredible improvements. He almost doubled his win total. I'm really excited about his future," the coach said.

Silimperi to be honored

CR South coach Brad Silimperi will be inducted into the District 11 Wrestling Hall of Fame at the District 11 Wrestling Hall of Fame/Scholar-Athlete banquet April 30 at the Best Western hotel in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

Silimperi, who wrestled at Nazareth (class of 1990), went 35-0 in 1987-88 and won a PIAA Class 3A title. He has 131 career wins and a school-record 493 takedowns.

At South, he has coached nine state champions in 15 years.

Egan's Salmon to be honored

Former Bishop Egan wrestling and football star John Salmon will be inducted into the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame on April 27 at Brookside Manor in Trevose.

In wrestling, he was a three-time All-Catholic and a runner-up at the 1982 National Prep Championships. He had a career record of 112-11-1, with 79 pins. He went on to wrestle at Rider and was a four-time place-winner at the East Coast Conference championships.

He qualified for the NCAA championships in 1985. He's a member of the Bishop Egan Hall of Fame.

Cimato, Rappo in NCAAs

Drexel senior Matt Cimato, a Yardley resident who wrestled at La Salle High, will compete at 149 pounds at the NCAA Division I Championships, Thursday through Saturday in St. Louis.

Cimato (26-9) finished fourth at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championships, but earned an at-large bid. The unseeded Cimato will face seventh-seeded Max Thomsen (27-5) of Northern Iowa in the first round.

Cimato, ranked 15th, is in his third year at nationals.

Joining him is Maryland senior Billy Rappo, a graduate of Council Rock South.

Rappo (16-13) qualified by finishing ninth at 133 pounds at the Big Ten tournament. He's unseeded, and will face second-seeded Seth Gross (30-1) of South Dakota State.

Velez remembers Pinelli

Former Bristol wrestling coach Enrique Velez has fond memories of Greg Pinelli, the school's athletic director, who died suddenly last Friday night.

Velez graduated from Bristol in 1974, a year behind Pinelli. The two went on to teach and coach at the school.

"We were the first two in the building every day as teachers," Velez said. "Greg was a great AD. He was supportive of all sports. He was a great guy. It's sad what happened. It's a shock. We'll miss him."

100-match winners

166: Zack Trampe (CRS); 156: Oliver Hertzel (CRN), Jamie Callender (CRN); 154: Austin Carter (CRS), John Dutrow (CRN); 152: Mark Rappo (CRS); 151: Matt Rappo (CRS); 149: Mike Rappo (CRS), Josh DiSanto (P); 145: Matt Martoccio (CRS); 144: Rocky Mantella (CR), Dex Lederer (N); 143: P.J. Steinmetz (CRS); 142: Bill Trimble (P); 141: Michael Pirozzola (N), Joe Weygand (AW); 140: Tommy Stokes (Be); 139: Dylan Nuttall (HST); 137: Dave Zeek (CRN), Chris Chambers (CRS), Billy Rappo (CRS), Riley Palmer (137); 136: Dillon Evans (CRS); 134: Scott Stay (CR); 132: Jim Vollrath (CRS), Matt Cutchineal (P), Brian Sellers (P), Matt Johnson (P), Sean Edmondson (HST); 131: Dustin Stone (HST); 130: Chuckie Connor (P), Kip Kiefer (P), Chad Haegele (AW); 129: Dustin Tancredi (CRS), Ryan O'Connor (N), Dylan Schwartz (CRS); 128: Dave Schreiner (WT), Bill Farrell (P), Shane Longstreth (CRN), Bruce Graeber (N), Joe Doyle (CRS); 125: Lucas Martoccio (CRS); 124: Joe Bowman (P), Jeff Warusz (N), Josh Dziewa (CRS), Dan Martoccio (CRS); 123: Chad Bailey (HST); 121: Rick Rappo (CRS), Joe Bergen (P); 120: Mike Fitzpatrick (AW), Ed Curran (N); 119: Matt D'Emidio (C-E), Josh Shalinsky (CRN); 118: Chris Meister (AW), Tim Ortman (CR), James Bak (HST), Nick Russell (N), Mike Pritchard (Be); 117: Brian Rowan (N), Pat Henry (C-E); 116: Chris DiGuiseppe (CR), Jack Fitzpatrick (AW), Curtis Beardsell (WT), Earl Longstreth (CRN), Bryan Knoblauch (CRS), Ed Shupe (CRS), Alex Shaffer (AW); 114: John Spinosa (AW), Jack Callender (CRN); 113: Jack Brady (BE), Paul Sujdak (P), Bill Tuttle (AW); 112: John Salmon (BE), Bobby Gulla (N), Jason Hirsh (CRS); 110: Shaun Kean (C-E); 109: Mike Esham (AW), Zac Haynes (CRN), Zac Bush (WT), Pat Hecker (C-E); 108: Pat Frain (P), Eric Smith (C-E), Jason Bing (P), Dom Stabilito (N); 107: Dennis Maguire (AW), Jorge Galindo (GS), Bobby Lavelle (CRS), Aidan Burke (CRN); 106: Mike Baxter (AW), Lee Milas (P), Brian Kealey (AW), Andrew Van Buskirk (WT); 105: Kirk Holt (WT), Greg Lanctot (CRN); 104: Jon Denny (N), John Fasti (AW), Scott Miller (P), Matt Sbarro (P), Ben Rees (P), Anthony Uhrik (Be), Connor Joyce (P); 103: Mike Siravo (BE), Pat Sabatini (Br); 101: Jerry Balasco (CRS); 100: Carl Mancini (BE), Nick Martin (CRN), Jon Schimpf (P).

AW-Archbishop Wood; Be-Bensalem; BE-Bishop Egan; Br-Bristol; C-E-Conwell Egan; CR-Council Rock; CRN-Council Rock North; CRS-Council Rock South; GS-George School; HST-Truman; N-Neshaminy; P-Pennsbury; WT-William Tennent.

PIAA Class 3A team champs

1976 Saucon Valley; 1977 Council Rock; 1978 Wilkes-Barre Myers; 1979 Bethlehem Catholic; 1980 Jersey Shore; 1981 Easton; 1982 Chartiers-Houston; 1983 Easton; 1984 Shikellamy; 1985 Shikellamy; 1986 Clearfield; 1987 North Allegheny, North Penn; 1988 North Allegheny; 1989 North Allegheny; 1990 North Allegheny; 1991 Shikellamy; 1992 Canon-McMillan; 1993 Northampton; 1994 Northampton; 1995 Northampton; 1996 Easton; 1997 Easton; 1998 Northampton; 1999 Bald Eagle Area; 2000 Northampton; 2001 Easton; 2002 Easton; 2003 Northampton; 2004 Northampton; 2005 Council Rock South, Connellsville; 2006 Nazareth; 2007 Central Dauphin; 2008 Central Dauphin; 2009 Central Dauphin; 2010 Central Mountain; 2011 Canon-McMillan; 2012 Canon-McMillan; 2013 Canon-McMillan; 2014 Franklin Regional; 2015 Franklin Regional; 2016 Bethlehem Catholic; 2017 Nazareth.

Meet to watch

The All-Star Challenge is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Neshaminy.

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