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Makara to coach Plum wrestling

By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Joe Makara left Penn State New Kensington’s wrestling program after one season, he did not rule out a return to coaching. Almost a year to the day he resigned, he’s set for a return to the sidelines. Makara, a former two-time state champion at Burrell, was named coach at Plum. He ...

Armstrong’s Robb improving on the summer wrestling circuit
By Doug Gulasy
Jacob Robb came away from his second trip to the Disney Duals satisfied, but not completely. For the second consecutive summer, Robb helped the Young Guns ...
BVA’s Verkleeren heads overseas again
By Jeff Oliver
Jarod Verkleeren is used to being on some big stages as a wrestler. Last year as a sophomore at Belle Vernon Area, he finished second in ...
Kiski Area wrestling coach steps down with record 504 wins
By Doug Gulasy
For Chuck Tursky and Chris Heater, the move doesn’t qualify as a big shift. But for the WPIAL wrestling landscape, it seems seismic in nature. Tursky, ...
Former Jeannette wrestling coach charged with having sexual relationship with female student
By Kristie Linden  and Joe Napsha
A former Jeannette High School head wrestling coach accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old female student was arrested Monday on indecent sexual assault ...
A-K Valley high school notebook: Plum wrestling coach steps down
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Mike Supak never was big on stat-keeping for his Plum wrestling teams. Sure, he knew where his wrestlers placed and what they had to do ...
Franklin Regional wrestler Kemerer honored for athletic, academic success
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional senior Michael Kemerer is the 2015 Pennsylvania winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, presented by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, based in Stillwater, Okla. Originally created in honor of Schultz, an Olympic and world champion, the High School Excellence Award is based on ...
High school notebook: Franklin Regional coach, wrestlers honored nationally
By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Eric Mausser on Tuesday was named the All-USA Wrestling Coach of the Year by USA Today. The eighth-year coach led the Panthers to a second straight PIAA title. He also coached five state finalists, including All-USA first-team selections Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer and ...
Southmoreland wrestling PIAA qualifiers honored
By Paul Paterra
Southmoreland’s wrestling team had three wrestlers qualify for the PIAA tournament this season and that accomplishment will be commemorated forever with a individual framed picture ...
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 ...