Fehlman takes the mat; PIAA championships Thursday

Warren’s D.J. Fehlman is two wins away from 100 for his high school wrestling career, and he’s still just a junior.

Recent graduate Amani Bosko holds the school record with 122, but Fehlman isn’t looking for win number 100 or win number 124 right now.

He’s looking for win number 99 – that would be Fehlman’s first win in PIAA Class AAA Championship competition, and would come on Thursday when the tournament opens at the Giant Center in Hershey.

“It means a lot,” said Fehlman, after a 3-1 weekend at the Northwest Region Tournament in Altoona. “I’ve worked so hard this year that I’m glad I’ve been rewarded with a trip to states. I still have one more week to give everything I have but getting to states is definitely something special… if I can get two more wins that’s great and 100 wins would be cool. But I really don’t think the pressure is going to be an issue. I’ve put in the time this year and I just need to let the pieces fall into place, hopefully in my favor.”

Fehlman (32-2) is the Northwest Region’s second seed at 126 pounds, and he’ll open against Easton sophomore Evan Fidelibus (27-11), the Northeast Region’s second seed.

Brackets are at www.piaa.org.

Fehlman is the only Warren County wrestler to advance to states. He is a three-time District 10 champion and returning state qualifier (he was 0-2 last year at 120 pounds).

Eisenhower High School’s Mitch Straight and David Osborne are the last Warren County wrestlers to earn a medal at states when they finished third and eighth, respectively, in 2008. The last Warren Area High School wrestler to place in the top eight at states was Ryan Uber, who finished sixth in 2005.

Seven Warren Area High School wrestlers have 100 career wins, including Bosko, Dan Pascuzzi (121), Joe Farr (106) – a two-time state medalist, Ryan Ross (104), Greg Clopp (104), Alex Lauffenburger (102), and Aaron Kitchel (100). But Warren does not have a state champion wrestler.