Wrestling

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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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon hugs coach Matt Lebe after defeating Cole Homet of Waynesburg, foreground, in the 138-pound final in Class AAA during the PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Solomon wins gold, Dibert takes silver at PIAA wrestling tournament
Sometimes it’s better not to poke the bear.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado (right) was one of six WPIAL wrestlers named to the state team for the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.
6 WPIAL wrestlers headline state team for Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 17, 2021
The Pennsylvania and WPIAL teams were announced for the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic and six WPIAL wrestlers were named to the state team.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest wrestles against Nathan Lucier of Coatesville in the Class AAA 132-pound semifinals during the PIAA wrestling championships Saturday.
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for March 16, 2021: Briar Priest, Hempfield
March 16, 2021
After not placing at WPIALs a year ago, Hempfield 132-pounder Briar Priest made a run he never will forget as he won the first PIAA Class AAA title of his career over the weekend.

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Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine reacts after defeating Mifflin County’s Trey Kibe in the 172-pound Class AAA final during the PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon becomes 3-time PIAA champion; Waynesburg crowns 3
March 13, 2021
HERSHEY – Waynesburg proved why it is ranked No. 1 in the state at the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound class AAA semifinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
5 WPIAL wrestlers advance to the PIAA Class AAA finals in upper weights
HERSHEY — The finals are set in the upper weights at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center, and the WPIAL will be represented in four of the seven weight classes.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence defeats Ben Haubert of Palisades in the 172-pound Class 2A semifinal in the PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quartet of WPIAL wrestlers reach PIAA Class AA finals in upper weight classes
March 12, 2021
HERSHEY — Burrell senior A.J. Corrado became the third wrestler from his school to reach the finals at the 2021 PIAA Class AA wrestling championship Friday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Faith Christian’s Eric Alderfer in the 138-pound bout during Class 2A semifinals in the PIAA wrestling championships Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Hornack, Oswalt reach PIAA Class AA wrestling finals
HERSHEY — Burrell’s Cooper Hornack achieved something he’s never accomplished on Friday. The freshman wrestler reached the finals in a state event.

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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 Jan. 28.
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr is feeling confident heading into state tournament
March 11, 2021
One year ago, Kiski Area wrestler Sammy Starr found himself at the state tournament for the first time.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado works to defeat Carlynton’s Oleg Melnyk at 160 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Feb. 20.
Burrell duo heads to Hershey with one job left to do
March 10, 2021
Three Burrell wrestlers and Knoch’s Eli Reese are heading to Hershey on Friday for the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling tournament, and they’re all hoping to come home with a gold medal around their neck.

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