BOARDMAN -- On the strength of his performance at last week's Top Gun tournament, senior Tony Stellato of Boardman High School has been named Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week.
Stellato, a 119-pounder, posted a 5-2 record at the meet and placed fifth in his weight class.
He reached the quarterfinals with a pair of pins, then lost a 5-0 decision to Jared Selover of Wapakoneta.
He worked his way through the consolation rounds, winning two matches by decision, before losing 7-0 to Matt Frank of Central Mountain, Pa.
Then Stellato won 8-2 over Jarius Murton of West Geauga to place fifth.
A four-year varsity performer and a two-time EOWL champion, Stellato (20-5) advanced to the Division I district tournament three times, and was a match away the past two years from going to state.
He lost by a point last year to prevent him from qualifying for the state, and was outlasted in a double overtime in 2000 to also stop his advancement to Columbus.
His coach, Dom Mancini, says Stellato is one of the hardest workers he's seen, and that he's a very strong athlete.
Last year, Stellato (21-10) was a EOWL all-star second-team selection.
About his Top Gun Performance, Stellato said, "I thought I performed really well. The two matches I lost, I made mistakes and I'll have to correct them before the postseason.
"The Top Gun is the tournament we start to gauge ourselves on to push toward state."
Stellato said his weight class has many experienced seniors and juniors with different styles which he must prepare for.
"Wrestling teaches me how to handle life in tough situations, and prepares me for anything that comes my way," he said.
"Coach Mancini is real intense. He looks out for and takes care of us. He loves the sport and knows what he's talking about. He's very experienced and a good guy to get along with."
-- Vindicator staff report