Wrestling

Mt.Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo controls Chestnut Ridge’s Mason Weyant at 138 pounds during last year’s state tournament.
Mt. Pleasant wrestlers plan to reload, compete for section title
November 30, 2022
Mt. Pleasant wrestling team missed its goal last season of winning a WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence takes down Jake Jones of Saucon Valley at 172 pounds during last year’s PIAA tournament.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers to watch in 2022-23
WPIAL Class 2A wrestlers to watch:

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Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal looks to escape from Aaron Seidel of North Lebanon at 106 pounds at the PIAA tournament last season.
WPIAL Class 2A wrestling preview: Burgettstown takes preseason favorite role
For the first time in 15 years, Burrell isn’t necessarily the wrestling team to beat in WPIAL Class 2A.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary controls Freedom’s Christian Horvvath in the 120-pound finals at the PIAA championships last year in Hershey.
Latrobe looking to take next step in quest for WPIAL Class 3A wrestling title
November 29, 2022
Latrobe wrestling coach Mark Mears had high hopes for his Wildcats in 2021.

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Hampton coach Nick Endres
Roster depth, move to Class 2A boost Hampton wrestling team
November 26, 2022
For the first time in program history, the Hampton wrestling team can try to pick on someone its own size.

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Plum freshman Saphia Davis locks on fellow freshman Maddie Killmeyer as new Plum girls wrestling head coach Dave Miller instructs during a workout session Sept. 19, 2022, at Plum High School.
Excitement building for 1st Plum girls wrestling season
September 25, 2022
No workouts are yet official, but a number of girls at Plum are meeting in the high school wrestling room twice a week for sessions as excitement continues to build for the first Mustangs girls wrestling season in November.

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Penn Hills grad Te’Shan Campbell wrestles for Ohio State against Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller at the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Penn Hills notebook: Te’Shan Campbell joins coaching staff at Michigan State
September 4, 2022
Former Penn Hills wrestler Te’Shan Campbell will once again be involved with collegiate wrestling. Campbell, a 2015 PIAA champion at 170 pounds with the Indians, will join Michigan State’s coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

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Kyle Martin
Norwin’s Kyle Martin leads national team to duals title in Fargo
July 23, 2022
Called the “toughest wrestling tournament in the country,” the USA Wrestling National Championships represent a true test of talent for coaches and competitors.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney wrestles Waynesburg’s Noah Tustin in the 285-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Breaking down changes to the 2022-23 WPIAL wrestling alignment
July 18, 2022
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Plum rising freshman Saphia Davis competes at the Break the Chains tournament June 12 in Cheswick.
Excitement builds as Plum joins growing girls wrestling movement
July 17, 2022
When it became official last month that Plum will sanction a girls wrestling program, Saphia Davis was excited, but she was not 100% sure of the validity of the news.

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Greater Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary wrestles Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman in the 120-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
PIAA votes to keep individual qualifiers in wrestling status quo
May 30, 2022
After months of debate, the PIAA Board of Directors decided to keep the number of qualifiers per region the same as the previous two-year cycle.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler
North Allegheny notebook: Rumpler wins pair of matches at nationals
May 14, 2022
North Allegheny girls wrestler Leyna Rumpler made an impact on the national scene, winning a pair of matches and advancing to the quarterfinals of the U17 USMC Women’s National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence breaks free from Canton’s Riley Parker in the 172-pound match at the PIAA championships Friday, March 11, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Major change to PIAA wrestling tournament qualification process put on hold
May 4, 2022
A major change to the way the PIAA determines qualifiers for the state wrestling tournament has been put on hold.

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Penn-Trafford wrestling coach A.J. Brentzel steps down
May 1, 2022
A.J. Brentzel’s stint as Penn-Trafford wrestling coach has ended after three seasons.

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Plum’s Rylen Campbell pins Fox Chapel’s Landon Funk during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships. Campbell led the Mustangs with 30 wins.
After strong season, future bright for Plum wrestling program
April 2, 2022
Seven Plum wrestlers took part in the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class 3A tournament March 4 and 5 at Canon-McMillan High School.

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Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman works to control Dover’s Mason Leiphart in a 120-pound match at Giant Center in Hershey for the PIAA championship Friday, March 11, 2022.
Penn-Trafford wrestler Hohman goes out on a high note
March 27, 2022
Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman didn’t reach his goal of being a PIAA Class 3A champion, but the senior did end his high school career on a high note.

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Brian Finnerty of Thomas Jefferson holds down Cole Weightman of Belle Vernon to win the 215-pound PIAA championship Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Hersey’s Giant Center.
With PIAA title, Thomas Jefferson’s Finnerty finishes 44-1
Thomas Jefferson’s wrestling team didn’t have a great season, but it was a good year for the Jaguars.

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Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer went 45-0 this season to finish 130-3 for his career.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer named Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Wrestler of Year for 3rd time
March 26, 2022
Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer finished off quite a wrestling career by becoming a three-time WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A champion.

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Mt.Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer, a three-time PIAA Class 2A champion, will wrestle for Team Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at Peters Township.
Pitt recruits dominate state team for Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 23, 2022
Three future Pitt wrestlers were among the 13 selected for Team Pennsylvania at the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic slated for Friday at Peters Township.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember defends against a takedown attempt of Hadyn Packer of Jersey Shore at 189 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships March 12 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley wrestling enjoys sweet finish to season with 4 medals in Hershey
March 20, 2022
Quaker Valley wrapped up the best wrestling season in school history with four individual medalists at the PIAA Class 2A championships March 12 at Giant Center in Hershey.

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