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Franklin Regional’s Lee named Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year

By Paul Schofield
Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee did something this year that many in his shoes might not have — wrestled at a higher weight so his ...

Burrell’s Beattie named Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year
By Doug Gulasy
Al Beattie hates gym class, and he isn’t fond of Monopoly, either. He doesn’t have anything against dodgeball or the Boardwalk, necessarily, but playing games ...
Gorman: Undefeated wrestlers share common goal
By Kevin Gorman
Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale are best friends who share not only undefeated records but also a common goal for their high school wrestling careers. ...
HS wrestling notebook: Penn Hills senior wrestler overcomes sprained knee ligament at state tourney
By Bill West
Already the victim of stomach ulcers as a junior, Penn Hills senior 170-pounder Te’Shan Campbell refused to let his body betray him again in his ...
WPIAL wrestlers seize destiny in PIAA title bouts
By Barry Reeger
It comes down to 360 seconds. Years of hard work and discipline, and months of sacrifices to make weight, end in three 2-minute periods for the ...
Penn Hills’ Campbell joins elite group of state champion wrestlers for Indians
By Ed Phillipps
They are separated by nearly 2,400 miles and 26 years, but Te’Shan Campbell and Mike Kraft are next to each other in the Penn Hills ...
Success continues for Southmoreland wrestling
By Jordan Pawlikowsky
In the 51-year history of Southmoreland High School, there has never been a state champion in wrestling. Yet with Coach Ryan Shaw at the helm ...
Ligonier wrestlers compete in state tournament
By Peter Turcik
Ligonier Valley High School had three varsity wrestlers compete in the PIAA AA state championships. Freshman Robby Patrick was a state qualifier at 145 pounds ...
Butler wrestlers lay groundwork for future success
By Joe Sager
Butler’s wrestling team wrapped up another successful campaign. Even though the Golden Tornado did not have any PIAA Class AAA championship qualifiers, the team made ...
Penn-Trafford wrestling wraps season up at state tournament
By Nathan Smith
There was just one mountain Penn-Traffor’s Cameron Coy couldn’t scale this season. After winning the 132-pound state title last season, the sophomore moved up to 138 ...
Norwin wrestling wraps up successful season
By Nathan Smith
Two Norwin wrestlers brought home hardware from the PIAA Class AAA tournament to finish the season. Junior Drew Phipps claimed third place at 195 pounds while ...
Southmoreland junior vows to ‘push harder’ after runner-up PIAA finish
By Paul Schofield
Sometimes, there is an opponent who just can’t be beaten. No matter how much effort is expended, the result is defeat. Burrell senior Al Beattie is that ...
Ligonier wrestlers compete at state meet
By Peter Turcik
For the first time since the 2010-11 season, Ligonier Valley High School wrestlers advanced through the PIAA SW Region Tournament and on to the PIAA ...
Franklin Regional wrestling remains best in state
By Michael Love
Michael Kemerer knew what it was like to hold an individual silver medal at states. He had done it three times before, taking second at 106 ...
Flinn, Devine ‘wins’ leaders for Thomas Jefferson wrestling team
By Ray Fisher
It was a banner 2014-15 season for the Thomas Jefferson wrestling program. It also had historic implications for the Jaguars. “We broke the school record with 18 wins, but came two matches short of my goal of (winning) 20 matches,” Rudy Nesbitt, Thomas Jefferson’s veteran head coach, said. “We also made the WPIAL ...
Baldwin wrestling team displays progress during rebuilding year
By Brian Knavish
Entering the season, those around the Baldwin wrestling program knew success would not be measured in dual-meet victories. Instead, it would be measured by the number of athletes in the program, the progress they made on the mat and the overall enthusiasm surrounding the team. Given those measures, the 2014-15 season indeed ...
Elizabeth Forward’s Fournier gets most falls in PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Two wrestlers left the PIAA Class AA individual championships with not only medals but bulky statuettes: the recipient of the Outstanding Wrestler award, ...
Kittanning’s Robb will use PIAA runner-up finish as motivation for next season
By Bill West
HERSHEY — West Branch senior 220-pounder Reynold “Buzzy” Maines recognized the look on Jacob Robb’s face after the Kittanning junior lost in their final-round match ...
Southmoreland heavyweight Beistel to use PIAA loss to Beattie as motivation for future
By Paul Schofield
Sometimes, there is an opponent who just can’t be beaten. No matter how much effort is expended, the result is defeat. Burrell senior Al Beattie is ...
BVA to become the hunted in Class AAA
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Claiming three state medalists at the PIAA wrestling tournament for the first time in school history might be considered a success for most programs. For ...
Franklin Regional crowns 4 PIAA wrestling champions
By Paul Schofield  and Bill West
HERSHEY — Of his appearances in the finals at the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships, Franklin Regional 145-pound senior Michael Kemerer found the fourth most ...
South Fayette’s Carr one of 6 PIAA Class AA champions hailing from WPIAL
By Bill West
HERSHEY — He remembered how his older brother, Nick, reacted after winning a PIAA wrestling title in 2010 and what Mark McKnight did after placing ...
Burrell’s Beattie savors PIAA title
By Bill West
HERSHEY — A referee raised Burrell senior Al Beattie’s hand for the 157th time in the heavyweight’s high school wrestling career Saturday at Giant Center. Yet ...
Derry junior Phillippi wins 132-pound PIAA wrestling crown
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — In the end, the old way worked best for Derry junior Micky Phillippi. After becoming more aggressive offensively this season, Phillippi reverted to his ...
South Park junior wants to win gold to honor friend’s memory
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Arguably the only piece of his wardrobe South Park junior 152-pounder Jake Wentzel will value as much as the PIAA medal that will ...
Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns spot in PIAA Class AA finals
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Ligonier Valley freshman Robby Patrick already has achieved something his talented older brothers hadn’t by reaching the PIAA Class AA wrestling championship finals. Patrick ...
Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Franklin Regional’s Brown escape with close wins
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — When Penn-Trafford sophomore Cam Coy looked at the brackets for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, he was shocked at the possible quarterfinal-round ...
PSU recruit Joseph to meet club pal, an Iowa recruit, in PIAA Class AAA semis
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Young Guns Wrestling Club practices forged a bond between Central Catholic senior Vincenzo Joseph and Punxsutawney junior Kaleb Young over the past several ...
Burrell’s Beattie, Southmoreland’s Beistel to wrestle again in PIAA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Burrell senior Al Beattie slapped hands with Southmoreland junior Jacob Beistel as the two passed each other in a hallway Friday night at ...
Heavyweights Beistel, Beattie to meet for PIAA title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — It had been 15 years since Southmoreland had a shot at winning a PIAA wrestling championship. That streak ended Friday as junior heavyweight Jacob ...
Norwin’s Phipps returns to PIAA Class AAA wrestling semifinals
By Bill West
Norwin junior 195-pounder Drew Phipps (39-1) continued to showcase his evolution on the mat as he secured a return trip the PIAA Class AAA semifinals ...
Kittanning’s Robb gets wish to wrestle West Branch senior for PIAA Class AA title
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Kittanning junior 220-pounder Jacob Robb gets one more shot at West Branch senior Buzzy Maines. The stakes of their fourth postseason meeting in two ...
Belle Vernon wrestlers lose in PIAA quarterfinals
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY – Day 2 of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships proved to be a tough day for Belle Vernon Area. All three Leopards wrestlers who ...
North Hills’ Curry ends curse at PIAA Class AAA tournament
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Early in the third period of a PIAA Class AAA first-round bout Thursday at Giant Center, doubt began to creep into the mind ...
Mauro, Beistel, Kenney get through tough 1st round in Hershey
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Connellsville junior heavyweight Louis Mauro and Southmoreland junior heavyweight Jacob Beistel grabbed their stomachs during their respective first-round matches at the PIAA ...
Elizabeth Forward senior Fournier uses pins to reach PIAA quarterfinals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Even with an unfavorable position in the PIAA  Class AA’s 195-pound weight class bracket and no previous state-level experience, Elizabeth Forward senior Luke ...