Wrestling

Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley at last year’s state tournament.
Kiski Duals to feature WPIAL wrestling’s heavy hitters
January 21, 2021
About the only thing Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman hasn’t changed this past month is his last name, and that may change.

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High school roundup for Jan. 20, 2021: North Allegheny wrestlers sweep 3 duals
Nicholas Gorman, Adam Rohan, Aidan Buggey and Brady Leczo won by fall to lead North Allegheny to a 63-11 Section 3B-AAA wrestling victory over North Hills. North Allegheny also defeated Shaler and Mars on Wednesday night.

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Burrell’s Nico Ferra (top) works against Valley’s Ryan Long at 126 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Burrell dominates WPIAL Class AA subsection meet in typical fashion
January 20, 2021
In typical Burrell fashion, the Bucs went out and made a statement Wednesday during its WPIAL Class AA section 3A match, defeating South Allegheny, Riverview, Knoch, and Valley in convincing fashion.

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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.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell bounces back to beat Butler in dual meet thriller
January 19, 2021
The Burrell Bucs found themselves with their backs against the wall this weekend in their first dual meet of the season. But, like they always seem to do, the Bucs bounced back.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Noah Gnibus struggles over Norwin’s John Altieri in the 138-pound weight class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Westmoreland wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Altieri reaches 100-win milestone
Norwin senior wrestler John Altieri reached the 100-win mark in his career by winning his weight class at the Mid-Winter Mayhem.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: North Allegheny Tigers
The Tigers dominated the North Allegheny Duals this weekend as they hosted Central Catholic, Southmoreland and Chartiers Valley on Saturday.

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Trib HSSN Wrester of the Week: Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance
Hempfield’s senior heavyweight Isaiah Vance has started off his final year of high school wrestling like he has most years, by remaining undefeated.

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Gateway’s David Clark, the team’s only senior, won nine matches last season.
Gateway wrestlers making up for lost time
January 17, 2021
Gateway wrestlers and their coaches were looking forward to the start of official practices Nov. 20 when the school district closed its buildings and moved to online learning for a couple of weeks to handle covid concerns and issues.

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Riverivew sophomore Logan Bechtold stretches before a wrestling practice Jan. 12, 2021, at Riverview High School.
Despite shorthanded roster, Riverview wrestlers getting up to speed
January 16, 2021
Riverview has fewer wrestlers on its roster than normal, but coach Joe Murphy said excitement is high for those ready to test their mettle on the mat.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy wrestles South Park’s Joey Fischer at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
North Journal notebook: North Allegheny wrestlers start strong at host invitational
North Allegheny welcomed eight wrestling teams to the Wright Automotive Invitational on Jan. 9.

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Hampton’s Jayden Resch was a WPIAL qualifier last season.
Hampton wrestler steps up to help teammate who lost home in fire
On a school night in early November, Hampton’s Jayden Resch disappeared into a spare bedroom for a few hours.

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Plum’s Connor Moss drives to the basket past Elizabeth Forward’s Matthew Daniels during their game on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at Plum High School. Moss scored 30 points in Plum’s 50-44 victory.
High school roundup for Jan. 13, 2021: Brayden Reynolds stars for Chartiers Valley
January 13, 2021
Brayden Reynolds had a big night, leading Chartiers Valley to a 64-62 overtime victory over Lincoln Park in a battle of Trib HSSN ranked boys basketball teams Wednesday night.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc is congratulated after winning a Class AA PIAA wrestling championship last season.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Covid protocols shut down Waynesburg
January 12, 2021
No. 1 Waynesburg got off to a fast start to the season by defeating Chartiers Valley, 65-3, in a Section 4-A match.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer wrestles Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA final during the 2019 PIAA wrestling tournament.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 13, 2021: Wrestling rivals collide
Last year, they met in the regular season and again in the team sectionals.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest watches coaches demonstrate technique at practice Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.
Now wrestling at a more appropriate weight, Hempfield’s Priest eyes states
Hempfield junior Briar Priest easily could have been a two-time PIAA qualifier and possible placewinner.

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New Knoch wrestling coach Bob Waldron watches as wrestlers Aaron Butler and Gavin McGowan train during a practice on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
With new coach, Knoch wrestling looks to surprise in WPIAL Class AA
With a new coach and a rejuvenated attitude, the Knoch wrestling team is ready to surprise teams this year as the Knights drop down to WPIAL Class AA and gain a few new wrestlers.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout, left, and Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer prepare for their bouts at last year’s PIAA wrestling tournament.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for Jan. 12, 2021
Team rankings

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Burrell’s A.J. Corrado shakes hands with opponent Malachi Duvall of Penns Valley after winning the 152-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell wrestlers get season started off on right foot
The Burrell wrestling team got its season started off on the right foot this weekend when it traveled to the North Allegheny Wright Automotive Invitational. Out of 13 weight classes, the Bucs had two first-place finishers, one second, two thirds and three fourths.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Burrell’s Cooper Hornack
During the North Allegheny Wright Automotive Invitational this weekend, the No. 1 or No. 2 seeded wrestler won 11 of the 13 weight classes. That allowed Burrell freshman Cooper Hornack to stand out in his first varsity competition.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Seneca Valley
Seneca Valley wrestlers started their season with two impressive wins at the Reynolds Duals this past weekend, securing victories over powerhouse Reynolds and Saegertown.

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