Wrestling

Burrell’s Ian Oswalt eyes opponent Anthony Glasl of Brockway in the 132-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Valley News Dispatch wrestlers of the year: Burrell’s Ian Oswalt and AJ Corrado
March 25, 2020
Ian Oswalt

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the 182-pound final in Class AAA at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN wrestler of the year: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
Gerrit Nijenhuis is a dynamic performer and two-time state champion who added another sparkling chapter to Canon-McMillan’s storied wrestling history this season, so it probably is not fair to boil down his high school career to just one number.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps loosens up on the mat before taking on Council Rock South’s Kyle Waterman in the 126 pound weight class in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Tribune-Review Westmoreland County wrestler of the year: Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps
Kurtis Phipps, like everyone in the world, is bored sitting at home watching TV.

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Some of Hampton’s top wrestlers in 2019-20 included, from left, Dawson Dietz, Zach Wright, Justin Hart and Ty Kocak.
Underclassmen lead Hampton wrestlers to record season
March 19, 2020
Last year, a rash of injuries ran Hampton wrestling off track. It was only a matter of time, however, before this group made history.

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Shaler junior high wrestlers make states, provide glimpse into program’s future
March 14, 2020
Zach Hartung isn’t what you would call an experienced wrestler.

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Coaches Joe Bursick, Nick Endres, Chris Hart and Kevin Synan pose with placewinner Tyler Kocak (center) at the PIAA wrestling championships at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kocak, Wright end Hampton wrestling careers in memorable fashion
March 13, 2020
Tyler Kocak and Zach Wright faced their share of adversity in their high school wrestling careers. So it was fitting to see both make a run at the podium at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Hershey’s Giant Center.

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Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state tournament postponed
March 12, 2020
The Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship, which was to be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center this weekend, has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Canon McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 9, 2020
On the way to becoming the WPIALs all-time wins leader this weekend in Hershey and capturing his second straight state title, Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis was dominant.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is declared the winner against Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg Central in the 126-pound final at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
4 WPIAL wrestlers to represent Pennsylvania all-star team at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
Kurtis Phipps’ high school wrestling career isn’t over just yet.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates with coaches after a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL dominates PIAA finals in Class AAA
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — It was another dominating year for the WPIAL at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado removes his headgear after being defeated by Caleb Dowling of St. Joseph’s in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt come up short in quest for PIAA wrestling gold
HERSHEY — Burrell came home from the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday with two silver medals.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the 106-weight class semifinal in AAA on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the PIAA individual state wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary wins another stunner at PIAA tournament, advances to finals
HERSHEY — Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary continued his stunning run through the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer wrestles Brookville’s Owen Reinsel in the 113-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Frazier’s Lawrence looking to become 3-time PIAA winner
HERSHEY — Frazier senior Thayne Lawrence’s high school wrestling career will come to an end Saturday at Giant Center.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps defeats Kyle Waterman of Council Rock South in a PIAA Class AAA 126-pound quarterfinal Friday, March 6, 2020 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary making big noise at PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — The smallest guys in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships are making some big noise.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer listens to coach instruction while wrestling against Colby Romjue of Susquehannock in the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer dominant in PIAA wrestling quarterfinals victory
HERSHEY — Jack Blumer of Kiski Area is making his last wrestling trip to Hershey a memorable one.

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Nine Penn-Trafford junior high wrestlers qualified for states. Pictured, from left, are coach Chris Hartman, Dominic Hartman, Adam Hall, Hayden Coy, Brett Hampton, Logan Ventura, Jimmy Oslosky, Joe Enick, Gavin Ellwood, Paul Darragh and coach Mike Enick.
Penn-Trafford junior wrestling has banner year, sends 9 to state tournament
Gavin Ellwood ran to his coaches, Chris Hartman and Mike Enick, beaming with excitement at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Area III tournament.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr wrestles Pine Richland’s Cole Spencer in the 152 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Pine-Richland’s Spencer brothers each win wrestling championships
Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer snared his first WPIAL wrestling title Feb. 29 at Canon-McMillan High School, earning his status as a champion after edging Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr, 2-1.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles against Gavin Garcia of Southern Columbia in the 160 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
HERSHEY — Friday has gone a lot better for WPIAL Class AA wrestlers at the PIAA individual championships at the Giant Center.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles J.P McCaskey’s Andrew Vogelbacher in the 170 weight class in the PIAA state wrestling tournament in class AAA on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers shine, Class AA struggles on Day 1 of PIAA tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — You couldn’t ask for a crazier day for WPIAL wrestlers than Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer works against Lower Merion’s James Lledo in the 160-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer stays alive at PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — Six Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers entered the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament Thursday, and all six still were in the mix for medals at deadline. However, only one still is contending for a gold medal.

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