Wrestling

Penn Hills wrestling team, ‘self-motivated’ senior look forward to more normal season
November 14, 2021
AJ Palumbo and the Penn Hills wrestling team had the same unfortunate experience as many others did during the pandemic last season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer works to pin Knoch’s Eli Reese at 215 pounds during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships.
Pitt wrestling program adds 5 WPIAL standouts on signing day
November 10, 2021
The early signing period turned out to be a bonanza for the Pitt wrestling program.

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Waynesburg coach Joe Throckmorton shouts instructions during the state tournament in March.
Waynesburg wrestling coach Joe Throckmorton resigns after arrest
September 22, 2021
Returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA team wrestling champion Waynesburg is searching for a new coach after Joe Throckmorton’s resignation was accepted by the Central Greene School Board on Tuesday.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht had a record-setting night against Hempfield with seven catches for 198 yards.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Derry, Latrobe, Connellsville hire alumni as coaches
August 30, 2021
Three district high schools recently decided to hire graduates as their next coaches.

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Plum’s Nino Walker works against Seneca Valley’s Tyler Chappell at 106 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Plum wrestlers excel during summer tournaments
August 8, 2021
Plum’s varsity wrestling team was young in the 2020-21 season as all but one member was an underclassman.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Billy McChesney paces outside the mat before competing in the heavyweight Class 3A semifinal during the PIAA wrestling championships March 13.
Greensburg Salem heavyweight Billy McChesney makes Ivy League commitment
July 23, 2021
Greensburg Salem heavyweight Billy McChesney is headed to the Ivy League.

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Coaches Jody Stritmater and John Stritmater, Vinny Kilkeary and coach Brian Kapusta pose after Kilkeary earned All-American honors at the Fargo Freestyle National Cadet Wrestling tournament.
Latrobe wrestler Kilkeary earns All-American honor at national tournament
July 22, 2021
Vinny Kilkeary made the most of his first trip to Fargo, N.D.

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From left, outgoing head coach Chris Hart poses with former Hampton wrestlers Justin Hart and Dawson Dietz and incoming head coach Nick Endres.
Hampton wrestling shakes up coaching staff
July 11, 2021
When Chris Hart told his Hampton wrestlers at their season-ending banquet last month that he was stepping down as head coach, their next coach was standing only a couple of feet away.

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Chuck Tursky coached wrestling at Burrell and Kiski Area for 41 years and coached football for 23 years.
Former Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky to get Ferrante award
May 22, 2021
Chuck Tursky dedicated his life to helping high school students and athletes.

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Kiski Area senior Sammy Starr looks to finish off a pin during Kiski Area’s sub-section meet with Armstrong on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.
Kiski Area wrestler Sammy Starr commits to Navy
April 28, 2021
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr can finally take a deep breath.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack wrestles against Hickory’s Louie Gill in the 106-pound championship final during the PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Cooper Hornack earns All-American status
April 27, 2021
In his first season of high school wrestling, Burrell freshman Cooper Hornack made a name for himself by winning a WPIAL Class AA 106-pound title and making a run to the PIAA finals.

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Greg Macafee | Tribune-Review Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson wrestles Team USA’s Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny, Iowa) at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday.
WPIAL wrestlers shine at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic as Team PA knocks off Team USA
April 2, 2021
Western Pennsylvania is known for its wrestling, and Friday night at the 47th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, WPIAL wrestlers showed they can stack up against some of the best in the country.

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The Waynesburg Raiders celebrate their first state title in school history. They defeated Central Dauphin, 42-3, in the state finals on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Cumberland Valley.
Waynesburg routs Central Dauphin to capture 1st PIAA wrestling title
March 27, 2021
MECHANICSBURG — A year ago, Waynesburg made a run to the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling championships and came up just short of capturing the first PIAA title in any sport in Waynesburg history.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (left) works to defeat Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc at 126 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship Feb. 27.
2021 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County wrestling all-stars
Vinny Kilkeary

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Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson pins Seneca Valley’s Teagan Leighty at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match on Feb. 13.
2021 Trib HSSN wrestling all-stars
Mac Church

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrara-Rondon holds up three fingers signaling his three PIAA championship wins after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg during the PIAA wrestling championships March 13.
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year: Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon dominates like no other
Early on in Alejandro Herrera-Rondon’s wrestling career at Seneca Valley, he was content to win low-scoring matches.

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Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine celebrates after defeating Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship on Feb. 27.
Waynesburg wrestling routs Cathedral Prep in PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals
March 24, 2021
After a dominant showing in the PIAA quarterfinals, Waynesburg looks like it’ll be the team to beat as the Raiders seek the school’s first PIAA Class AAA team championship this weekend at Cumberland Valley.

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Burrell junior Cole Clark is lifted by his teammates after the Bucs defeated Chestnut Ridge, 32-31, in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Burrell wrestling tops Chestnut Ridge in thriller to advance to PIAA semifinals
The Burrell wrestling team has been looking to get the better of Chestnut Ridge since 2014. On Wednesday night, with a trip to the PIAA Class AA semifinals on the line, the Bucs got the job done in a way that no one would’ve guessed.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman listens to coaches during a stoppage against Delaware Valley’s Zachary Jacaruso in the 113-pound Class AAA quarterfinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Penn-Trafford’s Hohman continues to show improvement after reaching PIAA podium
March 21, 2021
Penn-Trafford junior Troy Hohman finished the 2021 season with a PIAA medal.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound Class AAA semifinal March 13 during PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hampton wrestler Hart rebounds from cracked ribs to earn PIAA silver
March 20, 2021
In mid-January, Hampton senior Justin Hart couldn’t laugh without it hurting.

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