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Franklin Regional wrestlers in demand

By Tribune-Review
When Franklin Regional held its first wrestling workout this school year, coach Eric Mausser was a little surprised by who came. Two coaches from Iowa …

Southmoreland wrestler Griffiths’ case appeal moves on to PIAA
By Chris Harlan
Southmoreland School District will appeal the WPIAL’s ruling against wrestler Austin Griffiths to the PIAA. The WPIAL board ruled against Griffiths on Sept. 2, the …
WPIAL again rules Southmoreland wrestler ineligible
By Chris Harlan
For the second time in about two weeks, the WPIAL board ruled against Southmoreland wrestler Austin Griffiths, leaving the three-time state qualifier ineligible for this season. Griffiths, who repeated a grade, was seeking an additional year of eligibility, WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley said. The WPIAL ruled him ineligible Aug. …
Belle Vernon sophomore grappler Verkleeren atones for Slovakia loss
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area wrestling standout Jarod Verkleeren suffered an opening round loss in July’s FILA Cadet Freestyle World Championships in Snina, Slovakia. To make up …
Doppelheuer chosen to lead Belle Vernon wrestling
By Jeremy Sellew
Mike Doppelheuer comes from a long wrestling tradition. He was a Pennsylvania Jr. state champion, a three-time WPIAL qualifier and a PIAA qualifier as a …
World title provides ‘best feeling’ for Franklin Regional grappler Lee
By Doug Gulasy
Shortly after becoming one of the top wrestlers in the world, Spencer Lee experienced “the best feeling in the world.” Lee, a rising sophomore at …
Burrell wrestler Kelly ponders chasing Olympic dream
By Bill West
With The Kiski School in his life’s rearview mirror, Lower Burrell native Zach Kelly has come to a fork in the road to further wrestling …
Franklin Regional boys athlete of the year: Spencer Lee
By Doug Gulasy
High expectations surrounded freshman Spencer Lee when he joined the Franklin Regional wrestling team in 2013. Numerous wrestling websites listed Lee, a transfer from Saegertown, …
Penn-Trafford boys athlete of the year: Cameron Coy
By Doug Gulasy
Cameron Coy wrote the perfect ending to his freshman wrestling season. After losing early-season battles with defending state champions Sam Krivus (Hempfield) and Tyler Smith …
Verklereen grappling with success
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area freshman Jarod Verkleeren will look to make a name for himself on the international wrestling stage this summer. Verkleeren qualified for the …
Nauman out at BV Area
By Jeff Oliver
For the second time in less than a year, Belle Vernon Area is looking for a new head wrestling coach. Tyler Nauman, who was hired …
Hempfield’s Krivus again a national champion
By Paul Schofield
Sam Krivus left Hershey last month with a bad taste in his mouth. And no the Hempfield junior eat some bad chocolate. He was disappointed how he wrestled at the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Krivus won the 2013 title and was hoping for a repeat performance. But that dream was …
Ding-A-Lings Sports Club honors state champ Nolf with commemorative sign
By Matt Grubba
Drivers cruising down Pa. Route 85 near Rural Valley might have noticed a bright new piece of signage along their route. Along a fence at …
Southmoreland’s Beistel keeps momentum from high school season going into spring
By Paul Paterra
Jake Beistel continues to pile up the accolades on the wrestling mat. He finished fifth in the PIAA wrestling tournament at the heavyweight classification. Just …
BVA’s Bell grappling with success
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area sophomore wrestler Austin Bell is quickly making a name for himself nationally. Barely a month after he became BVA’s second WPIAL champ …
Top high school wrestlers set for Flonationals at IUP
By Paul Schofield
One of the biggest postseason high school wrestling tournaments, the Flonationals, will begin Friday at IUP’s Kovalchick Athletic and Convention Center. Some of the top wrestlers from across the country will converge on Indiana County, including Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher, Hempfield’s Sam Krivus, Derry’s George Phillippi, Waynesburg’s A.C.  Headlee, North Hills’ …
Kittanning’s Jason Nolf named Trib Total Media wrestler of the year
By Bill West
When he had a few free minutes before or after his high school wrestling practices, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf sometimes wandered across the hallway outside …
Valley News Dispatch wrestling all-stars
By Bill West
When he had a few free minutes before or after his high school wrestling practices, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf sometimes wandered across the hallway outside …
Canon-McMillan’s Chishko, Macri brothers all win state wrestling titles
By Kevin Lohman
Ask anybody who has an affiliation with Canon-McMillan’s wrestling program about the Chishko and Macri families and they will all echo the same sentiment: those …
High school wrestling notebook: WPIAL wrestlers set records
By Paul Schofield
The high school wrestling season came to an end Saturday in Hershey, and it turned out to be another fantastic year for WPIAL wrestlers. There …
Penn-Trafford freshman Coy savors first state title
By Doug Gulasy
By Sunday morning, Penn-Trafford freshman Cam Coy had taken off the gold medal symbolizing his first-place finish at the PIAA individual championships. It still had …
BVA’s Hasson named to Dapper Dan team
By Donnie Tasser
Belle Vernon Area senior Brendan Hasson became the fourth wrestler in school history to make the Dapper Dan Classic WPIAL team wrestling roster, but not …
Jeannette freshman performs well at state tournament
By Dave Moio
Gio Vonne Sanders was in some very select company last Thursday and Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey. Sanders was one of …
Plum heavyweight closes out career in good company at PIAA tourney
By Michael Love
It is every high school wrestlers’ goal in the state of Pennsylvania to get a chance to compete at the PIAA championships at Hershey’s Giant …
Underclassmen play key role in helping Greensburg Salem to WPIAL tournament
By Kevin Lohman
On paper, a 10-3 record would seem to indicate a measure of dominance. However, in the exceptionally tough Section 1-AAA, the Greensburg Salem wrestling team’s …
Franklin Regional finishes season with strong performance at PIAA tournament
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Eric Mausser admitted it’s easy at times to “get greedy” in his position. The Panthers took six wrestlers up to the …
Ligonier Valley wrestlers learn at regional tournament
By Andrew John 5:24 p.m.
After advancing to the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament, the experience level of four Ligonier Valley wrestlers caught up to them as they faced …
Nolf’s lone career loss serves as catalyst for continued excellence
By Bill West
HERSHEY — No participant in this past weekend’s PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships performed better than Kittanning senior 145-pounder Jason Nolf, who received the …
Norwin’s Phipps places 4th at PIAA Class AAA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Norwin sophomore 195-pounder Drew Phipps took his weight class’ eventual title winner, Governor Mifflin junior Jan Johnson, to overtime in the semifinals of …
Franklin Regional wrestler backs up his words with 1st state title
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee made a bold declaration in early December while competing in the Ironman  Tournament. He wanted to be a …
Led by Kittanning’s Nolf, 3 locals win Class AA state wrestling titles
By Bill West
HERSHEY — A force on the mat like few to ever come through the WPIAL, Kittanning senior Jason Nolf showcased one of his other great …
Valley wrestlers take unprecedented step at PIAA tournament
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Though none of the three stood as high as they’d hoped on the PIAA Class AA medal stand, Valley seniors Marcus Davenport, Patrick Dewitt and Terrell Fields collectively pushed the Vikings wrestling program to an unprecedented height at the individual championships Saturday at Giant Center. For the first …
Valley’s Fields penalized for prematch handslap, leading to loss
By Bill West
HERSHEY — Well aware of the strong competition in his weight class at the PIAA Class AA Championships, Valley senior 182-pounder Terrell Fields expected to surrender points here and there Friday at Giant Center. But not for slapping an assistant coach’s hand before a match. Fields followed a pre-match routine …
Derry’s Phillippi upset in PIAA quarterfinals
By Paul Schofield
HERSHEY — Micky Phillippi’s dream of winning a second PIAA wrestling title ended Friday morning in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at Giant Center. Phillippi, …
Burrell’s Edwards 1 of 4 WPIAL wrestlers to reach PIAA Class AA finals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — In a dream he had one night early this season, Burrell senior 152-pounder Steve Edwards watched himself win a state wrestling championship and …
Kiski Area’s Kuhn draws unbeaten 3-time champ in PIAA Class AAA semifinals
By Bill West
HERSHEY — The name “Thomas Haines” has been in the back of Kiski Area senior heavyweight Shane Kuhn’s mind all wrestling season. On Saturday morning, …