Wrestling

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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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler finished second in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Rumpler 2nd-place finish at states a boon for North Allegheny girls wrestling team
March 19, 2022
North Allegheny didn’t have a girls wresting team two years ago, yet the Tigers saw a girl finish second in the state this winter.

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2 from WPIAL earn silver medals at state girls wrestling championships
March 14, 2022
The 2022 MyHouse Pennsylvania Girls High School State Championship was held Sunday at Cumberland Valley High School. The tournament drew nearly 300 wrestlers from 115 schools.

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Gateway junior Arontay Heningcamp battles Plum’s Sam Snyder at 120 pounds during a section match Jan. 19, 2022, at Plum High School.
Gateway wrestlers cap season at WPIAL championships
March 13, 2022
Arontay Heningcamp’s debut match at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class 3A wrestling tournament didn’t exactly go the way he had hoped.

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Waynesburg junior Rocco Welsh takes down Owen J Roberts’ Dillon Bechtold in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
12 from WPIAL to wrestle for state titles in Class 3A finals
March 12, 2022
HERSHEY – The WPIAL is guaranteed at least two PIAA champions, but they’re hoping for more.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon reacts after winning the 145-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
WPIAL roller-coaster ride sends 4 Franklin Regional wrestlers to states
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said the WPIAL Class 3A championships were like a roller-coaster ride of a two-day tournament.

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Dayton Pitzer of Mt. Pleasant works at pinning Bryce Rafferty of Brookville in the 215-pound match at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer a win away from 3rd state title
March 11, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer doesn’t have a nickname.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw takes on Chamberburg’s Karl Shindledecker at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared, Day 2
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships continued Friday afternoon at the Giant Center.

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