OJR's Mancini, PJP's Vulakh compete in prestigious Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Owen J. Roberts state champion Dan Mancini, left, with OJR coaches Mike Brilla and Steve DeRafelo

Owen J. Roberts state champion and Virginia Tech commit Dan Mancini continued his torrid postseason run with a pin at 160 in the 45th Annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic at the University of Pittsburgh Friday night.

Competing for Team PA, which dropped a 29-18 decision to Team USA in the prestigious event, Mancini turned Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, Ohio) in just 53 seconds.

The PAC’s other state champion, Ryan Vulakh of Pope John Paul II, also competed at Pitt and suffered his first loss of the season – 6-1 in overtime to Cameron Amine (Detroit Catholic, Mich.) at 152. Amine is a three-time Michigan state champion and University of Michigan recruit.

The victory was the eighth straight in the series for Team USA, which holds a 27-18 all-time record in the event.


195: Devin Winston (Park Hill, Mo.) maj. dec. Donovon Ball (Cedar Cliff), 10-1. 220: Owen Trephan (Blair Academy, N.J.) dec. Jacob McMaster (Greenville). 285: John Birchmeier (Broad Run, Va.) dec. Kawaun DeBoe (Erie Cathedral Prep), 8-4. 113: Kurt McHenry (St. Paul’s, Md.) maj. dec. Beau Bayless (Reynolds), 15-5. 120: Eric Barnett (Hortonville, Wisc.) dec. Sean Pierson (Nazareth), 7-5. 126: Mike Colaiocco (Blair Academy, N.J.) dec. Darren Miller (Kiski Area), 7-5. 132: Julian Chlebove (Northampton) pins Luke Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio). 138: JoJo Aragona (Pope John Paul XXIII, N.J.) dec. Jacob Ealy (Hopewell), 5-1. 145: Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic) dec. Kevon Davenport (Detroit Catholic, Mich.), 3-2. 152: Cameron Amine (Detroit Catholic, Mich.) dec. Ryan Vulakh, Pope John Paul II, 6-1 (OT). 160: Daniel Mancini, Owen J. Roberts pins Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, Ohio). 170: Julian Ramirez (Blair Academy, N.J.) dec. Edmond Ruth (Susquehanna Twp.), 8-3. 182: Carter Starocci (Erie Cathedral Prep) dec. Abe Assad (Glenbard North, Ill.), 3-1.