012 Pennsylvania State Qualifiers Jacob Krupa (220 lbs.) (Bedford, Pa./Bedford Area H.S.), Sam Molina (145 lbs.) (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel H.S.), and Cody Penzera (126 lbs.) (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield Area H.S.),will also continue their wrestling career at Pitt-Johnstown. Krupa is the brother of current Mountain Cat heavyweight Josh Krupa.
In addition, several others will join the team in 2012-13, including 2011 Southwest Regional Runner-up Cody Mutkus (140 lbs.) (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell H.S.), who will transfer from Community College of Beaver County, and sectional place-winners William Leeth (Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown H.S.), Lucas Palamides (McCurry, Pa./Peters Township H.S.), Jeremy Rivera (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area H.S.), and Cody Weinell (New Derry, Pa./Derry Area H.S.).
NAME HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL H.S.WT. SENIOR RECORD. H.S. HONORS
Cory Berchick Hollsopple, Pa. / Conemaugh Township 152 lbs. 44-3 2012 PA AA State Place 6th
John Blankenship New Florence, Pa. / United 170 lbs. 35-2 PA AA State Place 6th
Ty Dively Sproul, Pa. / Claysburg-Kimmel 138 lbs. 40-2 2-time PA AA State Place (4th, 5th)Dario Dobbin Canonsburg, Pa. / Canon-McMillan 145 lbs. 39-11 2-time PA AAA State Place (7th) Josh Duplin Johnstown, Pa. / Westmont Hilltop HWT. 37-2 3-time PA AAA State Place (2nd, 5th, 5th)
Jordan Kitta Hunker, Pa. / Southmoreland 195 lbs. 34-4 2-time PA AA State Place (6th, 8th)Jacob Krupa Bedford, Pa. / Bedford Area 220 lbs. 35-12 2012 PA AA State Qualifier
William Leeth Johnstown, Pa. / Greater Johnstown 145 lbs. Sectional Place-winner
Sam Molina Pittsburgh, Pa. / Fox Chapel 145 lbs. 29-8 2012 PA AAA State Qualifier
Cody Mutkus Hopewell, Pa. / Hopewell 140 lbs. 30-8 2011 AAA Southwest Reg. Runner-up
Lucas Palamides McCurry, Pa. / Peters Township 125 lbs. Sectional Place-winner
Cody Penzera Greensburg, Pa. / Hempfield Area 126 lbs. 30-16 2012 PA AAA State Qualifier
Ben Rager Ebensburg, Pa. / Central Cambria 126 lbs. 35-4 2011 PA AA 5th, 2012 State Qualifier
Jeremy Rivera Elizabethtown, Pa. / Elizabethtown Area 138 lbs. 4-time Sectional Place-winner
Phillip Steinberg Colver, Pa. / Central Cambria 135 lbs. 2010 PA AA State Runner-up
Cody Weinell New Derry, Pa. / Derry Area 165 lbs. WPIAL Section Champion
The Mountain Cats are coming off of a 12-3 dual meet season, a second-place finish at the NCAA Division II Super Region I Tournament and a 12th-place finish at the National Tournament. Seven wrestlers advanced to the 2011 Division II National Tournament. Four became All-Americans, including Dave Fogle (125 lbs.) (Summerhill, Pa.), Nathan Link (149 lbs.) (Cresson, Pa.), Zach Lundgren (157 lbs.) (DuBois, Pa.), and Travis McKillop (174 lbs.) (Lower Burrell, Pa.). In the classroom, Lundgren earned First-Team NWCA All-Academic Team honors for the second consecutive year, while Justin Harold (165 lbs.) (Leechburg, Pa.), Josh Krupa (HWT.) (Bedford, Pa.), Myers Miller (165 lbs.) (Bolivar, Pa.), and Keith Ryan (157 lbs.) (Shirleysburg, Pa.) were honorable mention choices.
Pitt-Johnstown will kick-off the 2012-13 season at the Washington & Jefferson Collegiate Open on November 10, before opening the dual meet season at West Liberty (WV) University on November 16. Pitt-Johnstown will host its first home match on December 5 when East Stroudsburg University visits the Sports Center.l