Gilroy’s Saldate picked for Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Gilroy High senior Chase Saldate will wrestle in Saturday’s 45th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

The annual all-star event, formerly known as the Dapper Dan Classic, pits a squad of Pennsylvania all-stars against a team of elite wrestlers from across the country.

The meet will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. eastern time at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Field House. It will be preceded by a match between a WPIAL All-Star squad and a team of top Maryland wrestlers.

Saldate was triumphant this past month in capturing a CIF state championship at 152-pounds. As a two-time state medalist with a career record of 149-14, Saldate will meet up with Ed Scott from Dubois Area High School in, DuBois, Pennsylvania., was a two-time state champion with a career record of 151-6. Saldate, a Michigan State recruit, is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 152 by Intermat; Scott, a North Carolina State signee, is ranked No. 3.

United States All-Star Team

120—Ryan Miller, Blair Academy, N.J. (113-13)

126—Eddie Ventresca, Pope Paul XXIII, NJ (156-17)

132—Dominick Serrano, Windsor, CO (168-0)

138—Cael Happel, Lisbon, IA (217-5)

138—Frankie Tal-Shahar, American Heritage, FL (175-13)

145—Austin Boone, Lowell, MI (159-8)

152—Chase Saldate, Gilroy, CA (149-14)

160—Keegan O’Toole, Arrowhead, WI (157-5)

170—Gavin Kane, Cambridge, GA (167-2)

182—John Poznanski, Colonia, NJ (155-12)

195—Gabe Christenson, Southeast Polk, IA (156-23)

195—Silas Allred, Shenandoah, IN (144-2)

220—Braxton Amos, Parkersburg South, WV (142-0)

Pennsylvania All-Star Team

120—Sheldon Seymour, Troy (141-13)

126—Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (153-10)

132—Kenny Herrmann, Bethlehem Catholic (152-35)

138—Sam Hillegas, North Hills (157-5)

138—Beau Bartlett, Wyoming Seminary (177-9)

145—Lachlan McNeil, Wyoming Seminary (59-8)

152—Ed Scott, DuBois (151-6)

160—Andrew Cerniglia, Notre Dame Green Pond (121-17)

170—Tyler Stoltzfus, Saint Joseph’s Catholic (165-26)

182—Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon-McMillan (181-16)

195—Luke Stout, Mt. Lebanon (153-16)

195—Gage Garcia, Southern Columbia (163-6)

220—Hunter Catka, Sun Valley (134-9)

Former California wrestler participating in this event

2017 – Justin Mejia (Clovis)

2017 – Quentin Hovis (Poway)

2014 – Nick Nevills (Clovis)

2013 – Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore)

2011 – Bryce Hammond (Bakersfield)

2011 – Morgan McIntosh (Calvary Chapel/SA)

2008 – Thomas Williams (South Hills)

2008 – Jason Welch (Las Lomas)

2004 - Nathan Morgan (Bakersfield)

2002 – Darrell Vasquez (Bakersfield)

2001 – Alex Tirapelle (Clovis)

1997 – Ty Wilcox (Calvary Chapel/SA)

1994 – Casey Strand (College Park)

1986 – Trent Barnes (Clovis West)

1979 – Joe Guinn (Rancho Cotate)

1977 – Dave Schultz (Palo Alto)


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