The 45th annual Pittsburgh. Wrestling Classic is set to go down this evening on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Detroit Catholic Central seniors Kevon Davenport and Cameron Amine have been chosen to represent Team USA as they take on the best wrestlers Pennsylvania has to offer.
The Shamrock state champs are the 26th and 27th representatives from the state of Michigan, dating back to Mark Churella, who was the first in 1975. Three times Michigan wrestlers have won the OW for Michigan, including Churella, Andre Metzger (1978), and Nick Simmons (2001).
Davenport, who is currently ranked fourth in the US, will take on number-one ranked Ryan Anderson of Bethlehem Catholic. Anderson, an Iowa State commit, won two Pennsylvania state titles during his 117-12 career for BECA. This year he won both the Beast of the East and the Walsh Ironman as well.
Second-ranked Amine's opponent is No. 3 Ryan Vulakh of Pope John Paul II, a state champ with a 107-12 career record. Vulakh was also a Beast of the East champ this season, and a former Flonats runner-up. He'll continue his career at George Mason.
Action kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm on Flowrestling with the first dual being between the WPIAL and Team New York. The main event, Team USA vs. Pennsylvania begins at 8:00 pm.
1975 155 lbs - Mark Churella (Farmington) beat Bill Amelio, 14-7 (Named OW)
1975 185 lbs - Shawn Whitcomb (Grandville) lost to Bill Bertrand, 14-1
1976 105 lbs - Kurt Beinlich (Ishpeming) lost to Jim Zenz, 8-0
1976 185 lbs - Dave Severn (Montrose) beat Norman Walker, 4:44
1977 HWT - Dave Steffen (Flat Rock) lost to George Atiyeh, 3:09
1978 105 lbs - Hugh Bates (DeWitt) lost to Mike Litzelman, 1:16
1978 138 lbs - Andre Metzger (Cedar Springs) beat Frank Castrignano, 12-5 (Named OW)
1981 119 lbs - Gary Silva (Montrose) lost to Randy Ascani, 16-7
1983 126 lbs - Tim Balzeski (Comstock Park) lost to Mark Noll, 11-9
1983 HWT - Rod Severn (Montrose) lost to Mike Kirkling, 9-5
1986 145 lbs - Mike Murdoch (Montrose) lost to Bill Kuhn, 8-5
1989 135 lbs - Chris Henderson (Lansing Sexton) lost to Steve Budman, 6-3
1990 HWT - Jason Bingaman (Mendon) lost to Matt Neenan, 5-2
1992 119 lbs - Derek Moscovic (Brother Rice) lost to Kip Kiefer, 16-4
2001 119 lbs - Nick Simmons (Williamston) beat Adam Smith, 4:31
2002 140 lbs - Andy Simmons (Williamston) beat Christian Franco, 3-2
2003 189 lbs - Roger Kish (Lapeer West) beat Jake Herbert, 5:47
2005 145 lbs - Brent Metcalf (Davison) beat Matt Dragon, 8-7
2008 135 lbs - Mark Weber (Goodrich) beat Colin Johnston, 5-3
2010 135 lbs - Ryen Nieman (Bullock Creek) lost to Josh Dziewa, 14-5
2010 152 lbs - Jackson Morse (Lowell) beat Dylan Alton, 7-6
2011 125 lbs - Conor Youtsey (Mason) lost to Nico Megaludis, 9-3
2013 145 lbs - Ben Whitford (St. Johns) beat Mikey Racciato, 7-3
2017 285 lbs - Trent Hillger (Lake Fenton) beat Brendan Furman, 3-0
2018 195 lbs - Brandon Whitman (Dundee) lost to Gavin Hoffman, 3-1