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Class AAA Kiski Area wrestling team uses five pins to knock off Class AA power Burrell

By Doug Gulasy 12:50 a.m.
Kiski Area’s wrestling schedule is filled with WPIAL contenders. On Thursday night, the Cavaliers showed the tenacity necessary to beat that type of competition. On the ...

Hustle from young team could pay off for Elizabeth Forward wrestling
By Kevin Lohman 1:41 a.m.
When talking about the inexperience of his team and how that informs his expectations for this season, Elizabeth Forward wrestling coach Richard Scheuermann doesn’t sugarcoat his evaluation. “Hopefully, we could crack in to the playoffs by the end of the year,” Scheuermann said. “But we got a smorgasbord of freshmen ...
Connellsville wrestlers motivated in Section 2 victory
By Jason Black
Losing to Belle Vernon last week was not the way the Connellsville wrestling team wanted to start the 2014-15 season, but the Falcons seem intent ...
WM wrestling rebuilding after losses to graduation
By Brian Graham
The West Mifflin wrestling program has had 22 seniors graduate over the last three seasons. Coach Tony Salopek has grown accustomed to the revolving door, but this year it might have caught up with the Titans. “We’re kind of in a rebuilding year here,” Salopek said. “Over the past three years, we’ve ...
Bove not happy with effort in Ringgold loss
By Jeff Oliver
Ringgold wrestling coach Bob Bove knew his team would be in for a tussle in Section 2-AAA against visiting Albert Gallatin before the match even ...
5 Franklin Regional wrestlers place at Ironman Tournament
By Kevin Ritchart
Things are coming together for the Franklin Regional wrestling team, according to coach Eric Mausser. A mix of youth and experience is helping the defending ...
Chartiers Valley wrestling focused on development
By Nathan Smith
While some might call it a rebuilding year, Chartiers Valley wrestling coach Billy Evans prefers the term “development year.” The Colts have suffered several setbacks ...
Penn Hills wrestler Campbell dominates in new weight class
By Ed Phillipps
It’s about time to quit defining Te’Shan Campbell’s wins as upsets. The Penn Hills wrestler quickly is making a name for himself as perhaps the best in the WPIAL at 170 pounds. Campbell recently completed a 4-0 start to the season that culminated in the 170-pound title of the Eastern ...
With numbers up, Baldwin wrestling program looking to build for the future
By Brian Knavish
Baldwin is sending a young wrestling team onto the mat this season, which means the team’s record might reflect that inexperience. However, for the Baldwin wrestling ...
Thomas Jefferson wrestling squad looking strong in early going
By Brian Knavish
As the high school wrestling season gets under way, Thomas Jefferson head coach Rudy Nesbitt is not shy about the lofty goals he has for his Jaguars. After all, the veteran coach sees, first-hand, the type of talent he has on the 2014-15 varsity team roster. “We’ve got a pretty good crew ...
High school roundup: Norwin wrestling edges rival Penn-Trafford
By Staff Reports
Bucknell recruit Drew Phipps scored a 3-1 decision over Matt McGillick at 195 pounds in the final match of the night as Norwin defeated Penn-Trafford, ...
Fox Chapel wrestler Dietz pinning the competition
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel junior wrestler Derrin Dietz has been a starter for three years now. He wrestles at 170 pounds and last week posted a win ...
Burrell, Kiski Area wrestling teams set to battle for bragging rights
By Doug Gulasy
Joey Blumer feels his nerves bubble up before big wrestling matches like the WPIAL or PIAA championships. Thursday night’s nonsection match at Burrell may bring ...
Wrestling notebook: Top-ranked Franklin Regional hosts elite duals
By Paul Schofield
It is only three weeks into the season, but a preview of the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals could take place Saturday at Franklin Regional. The ...
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Teams try to fill out their lineups
By Doug Gulasy
Less than two weeks into the 2014-15 season, some Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling teams are looking to fill out their lineups. In its section opener last week against Avonworth, Riverview filled just five of 14 weight classes. The Raiders forfeited three matches, and five bouts weren’t held because neither Avonworth nor ...
Robb leads strong showing by Kittanning wrestlers at King of the Mountain
By Matt Grubba
In the preseason, Kittanning wrestling coach Brandon Newill said he wanted to see star junior Jacob Robb in the top three of every tournament. By that measure, Robb is 2 for 2. Robb reached the 220-pound final before suffering his first loss of the season in a difficult field at the ...
Southmoreland to honor 50 years of wrestling
By Paul Paterra
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Southmoreland wrestling program, and some of those involved in this history want it to be recognized with ...
Young Burrell wrestling team starts with big win
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell’s latest title defense started just the way the Bucs’ coach hoped. Despite breaking in some new starters, the eight-time defending WPIAL Class AA champions began ...
BVA overpowers Connellsville Area, 46-18
By Jeff Oliver
A year ago, Belle Vernon Area made history when it defeated Connellsville Area in wrestling for the first time in school history on the Falcons’ ...
Mt. Pleasant wrestlers win tie with Scotties
By Jason Black
The Mt. Pleasant and Southmoreland wrestling match Wednesday was so close that even when it was over, neither team knew who won. The two Section ...
High school roundup: Belle Vernon wrestling tops Connellsville in section opener
By Staff Reports
In a matchup of top-10 teams, Belle Vernon defeated Connellsville in wrestling for just the second time in program history with a 46-18 win in ...
Franklin Regional set for loaded Ironman Tournament
By Michael Love
Spencer Lee won the 113-pound title at last year’s Ironman Tournament at Walsh-Jesuit High School in Akron, Ohio. He also earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award, ...
Daily News roundup: Norwin buzzer-beater downs FR
By Staff Reports
Anthony DelleFemine hit a running jumper as time expired to lead Norwin (4-0) to a 48-57 victory over host Franklin Regional in the championship of Mike Rettger Memorial tournament Wednesday night. Curtis Perz had 24 points and DelleFemine had 11 for the Knights. Jake Roberge scored 17 for the ...
North Allegheny 4-time PIAA wrestling champion Ty Moore dies
By Bill West
Ty Moore, a former North Allegheny phenom who championed the sport of wrestling even years after he claimed four state titles, died unexpectedly Tuesday. Moore, 43, a 1990 North Allegheny graduate, became the first wrestler in state history to win the first 100 matches of his career and finished as ...
Norwin’s ‘unflappable’ Phipps starts year strong
By Nathan Smith
When looking for a way to describe junior Drew Phipps, Norwin wrestling coach Bill Closson used the term “the stoic warrior” for the 195-pounder. “He is ...
Three Plum grapplers medal at Eastern Area Invitational
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity wrestling team — with a mix of veterans and others in the varsity lineup for the first time — tested its mettle ...
Penn-Trafford’s Coy, a Virginia commit, starts season with tourney win
By Nathan Smith
For most high school athletes, the college recruiting process is just starting when they are underclassmen. For Penn-Trafford sophomore wrestler Cameron Coy, it is already done. ...
Young Gateway wrestlers mix it up at Eastern Area Invitational
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity wrestling team hosted the 37th Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Gateway’s Furrie Sports Complex, and the young Gators squad was not able to post any top-six finishes. “We’re definitely an inexperienced team, but we saw some promising things,” Gateway head coach R.J. Santilli ...
Ligonier Valley wrestling team begins season
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School wrestling team began the 2014-15 season with a Dec. 6 tournament at Hampton High School. Last season four wrestlers qualified ...
Clash of the 2-AAA titans
By Jeff Oliver
During his high school wrestling career in the 1990s, Mike Doppelheuer did pretty well for himself at Connellsville. Three times he qualified for the WPIAL tournament ...
High school wrestling preview: Defending PIAA champ Pletcher hopes to carry Latrobe
By Paul Schofield
Luke Pletcher, an avid hunter, recently bagged an 8-point buck while hunting in Ohio. But the diminutive Pletcher is going after a different prize this season: ...
Kiski Area wrestling looking up in section, Class AAA
By Doug Gulasy
Unlike other wrestling teams, Kiski Area doesn’t have to travel several hours to find quality competition. There’s plenty of it in the Cavaliers’ section. Section ...
Penn-Trafford wrestlers ready to get started
By Nathan Smith
After losing just one senior to graduation, Penn-Trafford wrestling coach Rich Ginther is expecting some big things this season. “We have a strong core of guys,” ...
With 3-time state champ Nolf gone, Kittanning needs leaders to emerge
By Matt Grubba
With the most decorated wrestler in the history of Armstrong County graduated, the opportunity is there for new stars to emerge. The Kittanning wrestling team ...
New coach ready to lead Norwin wrestling
By Nathan Smith
If experience counts for anything, first-year Norwin wrestling coach Bill Closson has a wealth of it. A former WPIAL and PIAA champion during his high school ...
Eastern Area Invitational a big early-season test for grapplers
By Michael Love
Gateway and Plum wrestlers have sparred with teammates for weeks, and now they are one day away from going live for the first time this season. The Gators and Mustangs will join 20 other schools at the annual Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Gateway High School. “This is going to be ...