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.

Recent results & updates

Wrestling news & events

From October 19th through October 30th working in partnership with Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Mount St. Joe's, and St. Joe's Prep, La Salle will be conducting a joint collection in support of Project H.O.M.E. Each school will focus on different areas of need ranging from personal hygiene to clothing. La Salle will take the lead on collecting socks, T-shirts, underwear, hats, gloves, and pants. We are requesting that all items donated be new. Specific bins for each item will be located outside the main office.

Project H.O.M.E. is a Philadelphia non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing, employment, health care, and education. Please join La Salle, Gwynedd, The Mount, and The Prep help those in need and make a difference in our community!

Read more about All "Four" One – Collection Drive Supporting Project H.O.M.E.

Any student interested in trying out for basketball this winter should attend a brief tryout meeting on either of the following days/times:

Monday, October 26th (Gold) During Community time at 1:35pm

Freshmen: Room 304
Soph/Jr/Sr: Room 302

Thursday, October 29th (Blue) During Community Time at 1:35pm

Freshmen: Room 304
Soph/Jr/Sr: Room 302

If you cannot make the meeting or are not in school on either of those days, please see Coach Zanneo in room 302 or the math office to sign up for tryouts.

Any further questions, please see Coach Zanneo or Coach McKee.

Read more about Basketball Tryouts Meeting


Resumes this month. This in an opportunity for young men to make dinners for families needing a warm meal. The program starts directly after school in the auditorium, and lasts for about 90 minutes. This year we can take 10 boys for each session. Please sign up on the sign up sheet on the service bulletin within 48 hours of the event. This month's cooking events will occur on Thursday, October 15th and 29th.

Read more about Homeless Outreach Cooking for Freshman and Sophomores

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.

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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.

Read more about Dining Services
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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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