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Connellsville, Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant ready for WPIAL wrestling playoffs

By Jason Black
The WPIAL wrestling playoffs represent a chance to compete for a championship. But for Connellsville, Southmoreland and Mt. Pleasant, the postseason also serves as a ...

Kittanning wrestlers get ready for final WPIAL Class AA tournament
By Matt Grubba
Fresh off another Section 3-AA runner-up finish, Kittanning wrestling will try its hand one final time in the WPIAL Class AA tournament. The Wildcats begin ...
Top-seeded Burrell wrestling sets gold standard
By Doug Gulasy
As much as circumstances changed around the Burrell wrestling program over nearly the past decade — four coaches, dozens of wrestlers, a handful of ...
Belle Vernon, Burrell get top seeds for WPIAL team wrestling tournament
By Paul Schofield
Class AAA Belle Vernon (17-0) and Class AA Burrell (10-3) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming team tournament.  The tournament starts Monday for Class AAA teams with four preliminary-round matches. Returning PIAA and WPIAL champion Franklin Regional (15-1) was seeded second, North Allegheny (11-1) third, ...
Hip to flip: WPIAL wrestlers find tumbling skills translate well on mat
By Bill West
Seconds after he won a PIAA Class AAA title in 2013, then-senior Jake Hart of Hampton executed a perfect backflip on the center of the ...
Connellsville, Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant learn playoff foes
By Staff Reports
The Connellsville, Southmoreland and Mt. Pleasant wrestling teams will each compete Wednesday in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. In Class AAA, Connellsville finished as the Section 2 runner-up and will travel to Franklin Regional for a first-round match against West Allegheny, the third seed from Section 4. The winner ...
Top-seeded BVA home for WPIAL wrestling playoffs
By Jeff Oliver
On Wednesday, Belle Vernon Area hosted the Section 2-AAA wrestling tournament for the first time. Next week, BVA will be hosting playoff wrestling again when the ...
Franklin Regional wrestling states case for No. 1 seed
By Paul Schofield
The Franklin Regional and Latrobe wrestling teams turned in quite a battle in the Section 1-AAA team tournament Wednesday at Franklin Regional. Returning PIAA and WPIAL ...
Connellsville wrestling team loses Section 2-AAA final to Belle Vernon, 39-20
By Bill Hughes
By the time Austin Bell stepped onto the mat for the last match of the night at the Section 2-AAA Tournament, Belle Vernon had clinched ...
Bell gets 100th as BVA defends 2-AAA title
By Bill Hughes
By the time Austin Bell stepped onto the mat for the last match of the night at the Section 2-AAA Tournament, Belle Vernon Area had ...
Kiski Area wrestlers take third in Section 1-AAA
By Paul Schofield
Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said he’s expecting no worse than a No. 5 seed when the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team pairings are announced ...
Burrell wrestling captures 12th straight section crown
By Doug Gulasy
Faced with a game effort from Kittanning in the Section 3-AA team wrestling final, Burrell buckled down and did what it does best: won another championship. The Bucs won their 12th straight section title, pulling away late for a 43-30 victory over Kittanning on Wednesday night at South Allegheny. “The first hardware ...
Southmoreland wrestling team beats Mt. Pleasant in 3rd-place match at Section 2-AA tournament
By Jason Black
The Southmoreland wrestling team didn’t emerge as Section 2-AA champions, but the Scotties avenged an early-season loss to Mt. Pleasant in the third-place match of the Section 2-AA finals on Wednesday at McGuffey. The Scotties and the Vikings dropped matches in the section semifinals, which forced a battle for the section’s ...
Southmoreland wrestlers soaring to new heights
By Paul Paterra
Southmoreland wrestling is in the midst of one of its finest — and most memorable — seasons in recent years. The team has a 7-1 record ...
Keystone Oaks junior wrestler Kazalas hungry for success
By Nathan Smith
Keystone Oaks coach Rich Bonaccorsi described 285-pound junior Joe Kazalas as a nice, mild-mannered kid. But when he gets on the mat, it is a different ...
Top-ranked South Fayette wrestling here to stay
By Gary Horvath
The South Fayette wrestling team is hoping that the third time will be a charm when it comes to claiming a WPIAL Class AA team ...
Thomas Jefferson matmen in midst of memorable season
By Brian Knavish
There’s a sense of confidence beaming from the Thomas Jefferson varsity wrestling team these days. And for good reason. Thomas Jefferson in the midst of one of ...
Moon wrestling fighting through injury bug
By Gary Horvath
Moon wrestling coach Mitch Marcaskey has been disappointed after his team’s most recent tournament performances. That’s not to say he’s been disappointed in the members ...
Franklin Regional sophomore Solomon enjoying breakout season
By Michael Love
Gus Solomon said he learned a lot in his freshman season, despite a nagging shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery and kept him from competing ...
Daily News roundup: South Allegheny finishes 3rd at Section 3 tourney
By Staff Reports
The South Allegheny wrestling team finished third in Section 3-AA on Wednesday night after capturing a 51-21 victory over Keystone Oaks in the consolation match. The Gladiators, who hosted the Section 3 tournament, lost to Kittanning in the semifinals, 42-31, earlier in the evening. Burrell won the section title for ...
High school roundup: Canon-Mac wins 14th straight section title
By Staff Reports
Heavyweight Brendan Furman and 195-pounder James Zeremenko scored pins, and Logan Macri won in the third overtime at 113 pounds as No. 6 ranked Canon-McMillan (10-3) captured its 14th straight section title with a 31-22 win over Waynesburg (10-3) at the Section 4-AAA wrestling tournament Wednesday night. Bryan Milligan sealed the ...
Canon-Mac faces tough tests with 100-match section streak on line
By Bill West
Most of Canon-McMillan’s current wrestlers wore Onesies rather than Spandex singlets the last time the Big Macs lost a section match. They realize they’re the guardians ...
BVA looking to repeat as 2-AAA champs
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area’s undefeated wrestling team will be out to get the highest possible seed in the upcoming WPIAL Team Tournament by winning the Section ...
Freshmen wrestlers help Alle-Kiski Valley teams maintain tradition
By Doug Gulasy
Corey Christie remembers watching Burrell wrestling teams from years past win WPIAL championships, and he made it his mission to contribute as soon as he ...
Derry wrestlers celebrate anniversary
By Kevin Ritchart
The past, present and future of the Derry wrestling program were on display earlier this month when current and former grapplers, coaches, cheerleaders and fans ...
High school wrestling notebook: Section tournaments to help determine WPIAL’s top seeds in AAA, AA
By Paul Schofield
When the WPIAL wrestling committee meets Thursday to set up the team tournament brackets, there will be a lot of debate on what the seedings ...
High school wrestling notebook: Team tournaments could alter WPIAL seedings
By Doug Gulasy
The first stage of the WPIAL team wrestling playoffs is Wednesday night, when the seven sections in Class AAA and Class AA hold their tournaments. Among Alle-Kiski Valley teams, Burrell, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Kittanning will compete in the sectional tournaments. All four teams already have clinched spots in next ...
South Allegheny wrestlers chasing Section 3 team title
By Alex Oltmanns
Viewed largely as an individual sport, a large number of WPIAL wrestling coaches put greater emphasis on individual performances as opposed to team record. South ...
Ringgold grappler Gerard quietly getting it done
By Rick Bruni Jr.
When Jake Gerard won his 100th career match last month for Ringgold, no one seemed to notice. And that’s quite fitting for the unassuming senior grappler. Currently ...
Fox Chapel’s Kopco fights his way to county wrestling final
By Bill West
The crusted blood around his mouth and elsewhere on his face suggested Fox Chapel’s Andrew Kopco took a beating this weekend at the Allegheny County ...
Penn Hills senior Campbell repeats as county wrestling champion
By Bill West
Penn Hills senior Te’Shan Campbell cradled the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship’s Outstanding Wrestler trophy in his arm the way a running back might carry a ...
Butler wrestlers seek momentum in second half
By Joe Sager
With only four senior starters, Butler has a young wrestling team this season. Head coach Scott Stoner was starting to see the Golden Tornado’s relatively inexperienced ...
Thomas Jefferson hopes to see wrestler end county individual title drought
By Bill West
The breakthrough that Thomas Jefferson’s Braden Flinn barely fell short of a season ago at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships stands before the Jaguars senior ...
Burrell wrestlers control Valley for victory
By Doug Gulasy
Burrell completed the first phase of its season Wednesday night by wrapping up a perfect regular season section record. But the Bucs’ biggest challenges are ...
Connellsville wrestlers handle Albert Gallatin
By Jason Black
Although the score may have indicated otherwise, Wednesday’s Section 2-AAA (2A) match against Albert Gallatin provided a nice test for the Connellsville wrestling team. Connellsville won, ...
Kittanning wrestling team preps for playoffs by drubbing Indiana, 54-25
By Matt Grubba
Kittanning’s place in the team wrestling postseason already was clinched, and Joel Tack put an exclamation point on it. Tack took just 9 seconds to pin Indiana’s Ryan Palmer in the final contested bout of the night, and the Wildcats booked their spot in the Section 3-AA and WPIAL Class AA ...