Wrestling

PIAA approves weight class reduction in wrestling
May 23, 2019
The PIAA Board of Control passed the wrestling committee’s proposal to reduce the weight classes from 14 to 12 for the 2020-21 season.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is embraced emotionally by coach Vince DeAugustine after losing to Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the 120-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Norwin wrestling coach on ballot to become Hempfield School Board member
It was a big week for Norwin wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine.

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Burrell’s Noah Linderman takes on Bethlehem Center’s Tyler Fisher in the 145 pound bout during the WPIAL class AA team wrestling semifinal match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Chartiers-Houston High School.
PIAA board to consider reducing number of weight classes for wrestling
May 21, 2019
Could the PIAA be reducing the number of weight classes in wrestling?

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell wrestles Penn Hills’ Justin Perkins in the 132-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class 3A individual tournament Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe junior wrestler Willochell commits to Edinboro
May 13, 2019
Latrobe junior Gabe Willochell announced on Twitter on Monday that he committed to wrestle at Edinboro.

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Penn Hills Perkins ready to wrestle at next level
May 2, 2019
Wrestling has been part of Justin Perkins’ life since he was a toddler. He dreamed about being a national champion at the collegiate level.

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Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon named to USA Today all-star team
April 18, 2019
Seneca Valley sophomore Alejandro Herrera-Rondon was the only WPIAL wrestlers named to the USA Today’s boys wrestling all-Sstar first team.

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Belle Vernon wrestlers and head coach Mike Doppelheuer celebrate as Billy Korber secures them a 30-28 victory over Nazareth to earn them a third place finish at the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Hershey.
Belle Vernon wrestling coach Doppelheuer resigns
April 15, 2019
Belle Vernon is in the market for a new wrestling coach after the school board Monday accepted the resignation of Mike Doppelheuer.

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Wandrisco, Primus, Housner, Maggi inducted into SW Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
April 7, 2019
Mike Wandrisco was a highly respected and well-liked official. He also was an outstanding wrestler who attended Bishop Canevin.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps attempts to avoid a reversal by opponent Sean Pierson of Nazareth in the PIAA Class AAA 120-pound title match.
3-time WPIAL champion Norwin wrestler Phipps has foot surgery
April 1, 2019
Norwin three-time WPIAL champion wrestler Kurtis Phipps, who suffered a foot injury at last month’s PIAA Class AAA championship, underwent surgery March 22, his father, Andy Phipps, said.

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Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci works to pin Plum’s Evan Stinson at 145 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Plum High School.
Kiski Area wrestler Morlacci captures title at National High School Coaches Association tournament
Enzo Morlacci experienced wrestling at the national level during his youth days, and he spent plenty of time on the mat against high-level high school competition during his freshman season at Kiski Area.

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Kiski’s Darren Miller howls in victory after defeating Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho in the 126-pound Class AAA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Darren Miller named Valley News Dispatch Wrestler of the Year
March 30, 2019
Darren Miller grew up admiring Matt McCutcheon’s wrestling accomplishments at Kiski Area. He’ll graduate after matching and breaking some of those achievements.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Max Shaw beats Hampton’s Justin Hart 3-2 in the 195lbs bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Injuries slow Hart’s bid for state championship
March 21, 2019
Hampton wrestling coach Chris Hart preaches it: You always can take more from a loss from a win.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Max Shaw wins in the 195-pound championship bout against Bethel Park’s Luke Montgomery at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Shaw, Weber cap special careers with Thomas Jefferson wrestling
March 16, 2019
It sounds like a distinguished law firm: Shaw, Weber & Co.

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Derry’s Dominic DeLuca walks off the mat after losing to Jacob McMaster of Greenville in the 220-pound class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s DeLuca dealing with knee injury
Derry senior Dom DeLuca wrestled with an injured left knee in the PIAA Class AA semifinals and finals in Hershey on March 8-9 according to wrestling coach Mike Weinell.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy top battles Tioga N.Y. wretler John Worthing during the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on March 15, 2019, at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.
United States team rolls past Team Pa.; WPIAL team falls to New York in Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 15, 2019
A strong United States team had too much firepower for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in the annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.

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Quaker Valley wrestlers Geoff Magin, left, and John Rocco Kazalas competed at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7-9, 2019, in Hershey.
Magin, Kazalas cap Quaker Valley careers on PIAA podium
At the beginning of the season, seniors Geoff Magin and John Rocco Kazalas weren’t ready to say Quaker Valley’s 3-year-old wrestling program had a tradition of excellence.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 12, 2019
Wrestler of the week: Gerrit Nijenhuis, jr., Canon-McMillan

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Franklin Regional
Team of the week: Franklin Regional

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Hopewell’s Jacob Ealy reacts after defeating Saegertown’s Kenny Kiser in the 138-pound Class AA championship final during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hopewell’s Ealy, Kiski Area’s Miller picked for PA All-Stars at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 11, 2019
Fresh off winning their first PIAA championships over the weekend, Hopewell’s Jacob Ealy and Kiski Area’s Darren Miller were picked to represent the PA All-Star team at the upcoming Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

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Burrell, Valley wrestlers end season on high note
March 9, 2019
HERSHEY — When their Friday night didn’t go as planned, Burrell sophomores A.J. Corrado and Ian Oswalt and Valley senior Noah Hutcherson awoke Saturday with one goal: win their final wrestling match of the season.

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