Joe Tuscano

Column Joe Tuscano

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

Apr 2017


Trust me: Pirates should win . . . .

I’m told there are some out there who doubt my prognosticative ability.

Well, put the coffee cup down, take a break from reading the morning newspaper and let me ask you this.

Who was the man who predicted South Carolina would be a Final Four team in the NCAA tournament, and who said former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon would win an NIT title, or that Duquesne, the worst program in major college basketball history of late, would hire a capable head coach in Keith Dambrot of Akron?


Mar 2017


Lee’s loss greatest bout in PIAA history

Lee’s loss greatest in PIAA history

Gavin Teasdale, the junior from Jefferson-Morgan, won his third PIAA wrestling title and remained undefeated in his career.

Brendan Furman finally put it all together and snapped a two-year drought of state champions from Canon-McMillan.

Max Murin of Central Cambria won his second Double-A title by knocking off a defending state champion to do so.


Feb 2017


Teachable moment for C-M wrestlers

Teachable moment for C-M wrestlers

Some final thoughts on the PIAA Wrestling Team Tournament.

Save for the first-round loss to Council Rock South, Canon-McMillan’s wrestling team went as far as their talent allowed.

The Big Macs one-point loss ended any chance of winning the Class AAA portion of the PIAA Team Tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey over the weekend, but it did seem too light a fire under the Big Macs. Well, that loss and a team meeting that followed it seemed to do it.