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First junior high wrestling regional starts

The first PIAA District 7 Junior High Wrestling Southwest Regional tournament will be Friday and Saturday at Norwin High School.

Action begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30. a.m. on Saturday.

There are 38 teams from across Western Pennsylvania entered in this year's tournament, and organizer Ryan Shaw expects the number of teams to grow next year.

"All the coaches are excited," said Shaw, the junior high wrestling coach for Greensburg Salem. "A lot of the older coaches were tired of not having a postseason tournament for the wrestlers not eligible for the Junior Olympic tournaments. District 11 (near Allentown) already has a tournament, and we're falling behind."

There will be 18 weight classes competing on eight mats.

Shaw said Norwin officials have been great helping get the tournament ready, especially Andy Phipps, a teacher at Norwin.

"There are 482 kids entered," Shaw said. "The WPIAL has been helpful but are waiting to see how things go before it might consider sponsoring the event. I truly expect this will expand to three days. The goal is for the WPIAL to take over."

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