Wrestling overview

Welcome to the official home of La Salle Explorer Wrestling!

La Salle Wrestling has a winning tradition with multiple state and national placers. The coaching staff looks to continue this tradition, while preparing our young men at La Salle for a rigorous college schedule. Wrestling is a great sport teaching many values of discipline, commitment, and determination. We are looking for student-athletes to continue the great tradition of La Salle Wrestling.

La Salle wrestling has produced over 90 PCL champions in the last 30 yeas, and 45 individual PCL Champions since 2009. La Salle has won 6 of the last 7 PCL and District 12 Titles.

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Sophomores and Seniors, Mandated health screenings will continue for your grades on Thursday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 27th for the Gold Cohort. Thursday, January 28th will be the second and final day for the Blue Cohort. Screenings will happen in the Isolation Nurses Office (old World Language Office) across from the Dean of Student Life Office. Please complete the signup found in the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAAA723ABFBC61-sophomores
Your cooperation is expected and appreciated in completing this required task.

Read more about Sophomore and Senior Health Screening Requirements

Tryouts for the Spring Rowing Team will begin shortly. Anyone interested in rowing for La Salle in the Spring is encouraged to begin joining Winter workouts, after school Monday-Thursday in the tent on Meehan Field. If you are participating in a Winter sport but interested in rowing in the Spring, please let Mr. Schugsta know. Please contact Mr. Schugsta with any questions at schugstao@lschs.org

Read more about Spring Rowing Team Tryouts

When reviewing Semester 1 grades, please be aware of the following:
• Be sure to review the report card document, as all grades listed on it are the official grades for each course for the semester.
• Report cards will only contain final grades for the 1st semester; they do not include semester averages nor exam grades. For more information regarding grades for individual assignments and/or exam grades, students and parents should refer to the grade postings in Open LMS.
o Additionally, since the 2nd semester is already underway, new grades for the new semester may already have been entered into gradebooks in Open LMS. Consequently, please be aware that the "Class Total" in Open LMS – the current grade that is being displayed in Open LMS - may be different from the 1st semester final grade on the report card.
• If a parent or student has any questions about grades or related assignments, please contact the respective teacher directly as soon as possible, ideally no later than one week after report cards have been posted.

Read more about Semester 1 Report Cards Now Published In LSCHS Portal

La Salle will offer current juniors the opportunity to take the SAT here at La Salle on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.
Registration for the March 24th SAT School Day Test is through La Salle, not the College Board. Students have the option to take the SAT test with or without the essay. Please note that most colleges do not require nor recommend taking the essay section. Subject Tests will not be offered at La Salle.
Unfortunately, late registrations or payments cannot be accommodated or accepted after Thursday, January 28th. The registration form, in its entirety, needs to be submitted and payment made via credit card to secure your spot for the March 24th testing day. Only juniors who register and pay for the test will be able to take the SAT School Day Test at La Salle.

Read more about SAT School Day Test at La Salle March 24th - Register by January 28th

The Pheed Philly Casserole making will resume on Wednesday, January 20th from 2:45pm - 3:45pm in the auditorium. Pheed Philly prepares family sized nutritious meals for distribution to those in need in partnership with Mother Mercy House in Kensington. The program will run every other week throughout the second semester. Space is limited to 10 students, and sign-ups are required. The sign-up sheet is located on the Mission & Ministry bulletin board adjacent to the Student Activities office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dominick in Campus Ministry or Mrs. Giuliani in the school store.

Read more about Pheed Philly Casserole Making

Please do NOT enter or exit the driveway next to the Allinson House. That is for faculty/staff ONLY. Also, there is NO parking allowed in the faculty/staff parking lot at any time. Thank you for your cooperation!

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Communication is More Important Than Ever

The Spring 2020 issue of the Explorer (titled Agents Of Change), will only be available online. No issues will be printed or mailed to homes.

A monthly Alumni eNewsletter along with a number of other alumni communications will only be available in a digital format and will be sent via email. It is critical for the Office of Institutional
Advancement to have and maintain your current email address, so please make certain that your
information is current and encourage your fellow alums to do the same. Please send any changes to
Mrs. Cathy Winning at winning@lschs.org so your alumni record can be updated accordingly.

Read more about Communication is More Important Than Ever
A Message from Brother James Butler, FSC

As most of you will have seen, Governor Wolf has issued orders extending the closing of schools. The tentative earliest date schools may reopen is now set for Monday, April 6, 2020. As all of us have come to appreciate, this date is a guarantee written in water. Depending on the progress of the disease and the success of containment and suppression activities, this date will be subject to further extension if need be.

Read more about A Message from Brother James Butler, FSC

Dining Services: Due to recent public health concerns, some of the self-serve foods will be either moved behind the service counter or into grad and go containers. Thank you for your understanding.

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Takedown Club

Who We Are

La Salle Wrestling consistently gives La Salle College High School a winning season. If you've ever been to a match, you know it's one of the most exciting and inspiring activities at La Salle. The Takedown Club works very hard behind the scenes to provide the encouragement and financial support to insure the continued success of this program. The camaraderie of the team members, parents, coaches, and faculty is perhaps greater than any other sport.

Every year the Takedown Club raises money to support and reward our kids for their hard work. We are a non-profit organization and spend all money raised on our wrestlers. Travel expenses, tournament fees, trophies, and jackets are only a few of the items we support. We need your help to continue our team's tradition of excellence.

Current Board


Kevin Lotsis

Vice President

Dave Gutekunst


Tim O'Toole

TreasurerColleen McLaren

2017-18 Committees

Volunteers are needed and always welcome. Listed below are committees that help raise money and perform necessary functions to make wrestling at La Salle a unique experience. Please contact any member of the Takedown Club to volunteer to help our wrestling program by serving on one of the following committees:

Travis Manion Tournament
JV Tournament
PJW Tournament
Snack Stand
Senior Night
Annual Picnic
Clothing Sales
Family Liturgy
Senior Night
Video Taping

La Salle tournaments

1st Lt. Travis Manion '99 Memorial Wrestling Tournament - Saturday, December 9, 2017

This tournament was named in honor of 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion '99, an outstanding La Salle and US Naval Academy wrestler, who was killed in combat in Iraq on April 29, 2007. For more information about Travis’s life, influence, and legacy, please visit http://www.travismanion.org/about-travis/.

For further information, please contact:

Coach Thaddeus Kavanagh (kavanaght@lschs.org)

Wrestling alumni

Travis Manion 1999 United States Naval Academy

Brandon Black 2002 Shippensburg University

Brendan Whitaker 2002 James Madison University

Max Courtney 2003 Washington and Lee University

Trevor Needham 2003 Scranton University

Andrew Cotlov 2005 New York University

Ed Valentino 2005 Lehigh University

Rob Stott 2006 Duquesne University

John Whitham 2007 Ursinus College

Andrew Furlong 2007 Kutztown University

Jack Carmody 2010 Kings College

Joey Mazzi 2011 Iowa Central College

Bryan Pflanz 2012 Elizabethtown College

Matt Cimato 2012 Drexel University

Casey Kent 2012 University of Pennsylvania

Antonio Pelusi 2014 Franklin & Marshall

Vincenzo Pelusi 2017 Drexel University

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