Wrestling

Burrell’s Cooper Hornack celebrates with coach Josh Shields after Hornack won the 127-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AA individual championship March 11, 2023, at Giant Center in Hersey.
Josh Shields hopes to stay close to Burrell wrestling program despite departure as coach
June 20, 2024
When Josh Shields stepped down as Burrell head wrestling coach a couple of weeks ago, he wanted to convey to the returning underclassmen that while he won’t have the same title, he wants to be present to help them reach their goals.

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Spencer Lee celebrates with family after defeating Thomas Gilman to win the men’s freestyle 57 kg division during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Penn State on April 20.
Franklin Regional grad Spencer Lee ready to ‘put on show’ for U.S. wrestling at Paris Olympics
June 16, 2024
There is one thing that has never changed about Spencer Lee since he began wrestling when he was 8.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields talks with his team during a 2022 practice.
3 prominent WPIAL wrestling schools looking for new coaches
June 7, 2024
Three prominent wrestling schools are looking for new coaches.

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Imani Christian’s RJ Sledge carries the state championship trophy from the court with teammates after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley, 79-52, in the the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA sets 2025-28 state championship sites for basketball, wrestling, swimming
May 15, 2024
Giant Center in Hershey will continue to host the state basketball and individual wrestling championships for the next four years, and swimming and diving is staying at Bucknell.

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Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion takes down Reagan McCullough of Central Bucks East at the state tournament March 7.
3-point takedown, rule changes to promote offense coming to high school wrestling
May 1, 2024
When the National Federation of State High School Associations announced rule changes in wrestling last week, official Tom Manns was thrilled.

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                                Norwin’s Chase Kranitz controls Gettysburg’s Jacob Cherry at the 2022 PIAA tournament.
Norwin notebook: Former Knights standout picks Pitt wrestling
April 13, 2024
Pitt it it for Chase Kranitz.

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Pennsylvania’s Rune Lawrence beats USA’s Max Shulaw in the 215-pound bout during the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday.
Wrestling All-Stars from across the state, country put on thrilling show
March 30, 2024
At the 50th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Saturday at Peters Township, the crowd patiently waited for the long-awaited rematch between Frazier’s Rune Lawrence and Max Shulaw, a two-time Ohio state champion from St. Francis DeSales.

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TribLive’s Paul Schofield to take place in Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
March 29, 2024
Before he started as a full-time sports writer out of college in 1980, Paul Schofield’s exposure to high school wrestling was minimal.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence pins West Greene’s Colin Whyte in the 215-pound finals of the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Feb. 24.
Frazier’s Rune Lawrence set for anticipated rematch at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
Rune Lawrence’s senior season almost ended in the semifinals of the Ironman Tournament in December.

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Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio (top) wrestles Neshaminy’s Grace Nesbitt in the 100-pound finals of the PIAA Girls Wrestling Championship on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN 2024 girls wrestling all-stars: Canon-McMillan’s Valarie Solorio makes history
March 24, 2024
Girls Wrestler of the Year

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                                Maddox Shaw of Thomas Jefferson wrestles Dalton Perry for the 139-pound title at the PIAA wrestling championships March 9 at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Maddox Shaw’s PIAA title highlights decorated season for Jaguars
A two-time WPIAL champion, Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw advanced to the PIAA Class 3A tournament in Hershey again this year where he took first place in the 139-pound weight division.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence takes a moment to himself before competing in the 215-pound finals of the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib HSSN 2024 wrestling all-stars: Frazier’s Rune Lawrence joins state’s most exclusive club
March 23, 2024
Wrestler of the Year

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan beats Connellsville’s Kai Vielma in the 133-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships March 2.
Mason Kernan caps Bethel Park career as WPIAL champion, PIAA bronze-medalist
Mason Kernan ended his four-year reign on the mats at Bethel Park with a 124-18 record.

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Norwin’s Landon Sidon celebrates after defeating Curtis Nelson of Ridley in the 114-pound final at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships March 9.
Trib Westmoreland 2024 wrestling all-stars: Norwin freshman Landon Sidun as good as advertised
Wrestler of the Year

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack pins Kiski Area’s Travis Shearer on Dec. 13, 2023.
Valley News Dispatch 2024 wrestling all-stars: Burrell’s Cooper Hornack fights through injury to win WPIAL gold
Wrestler of the Year

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Plum’s Alaina Claassen (right) wrestles Wallenpaupack’s Zoey Lake in a 235-pound first round match during the PIAA Girls Wrestling Championship on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
State medals cap off successful season for Plum girls wrestlers
The Plum girls wrestling team met a lot of the expectations coach Dave Miller had for the 2024 season.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas takes down Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal at 133 pounds during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Feb. 24, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
Pair of Quaker Valley wrestlers hit 40-win mark, make states
March 17, 2024
One is a senior and the all-time leader in wins at Quaker Valley; the other is a sophomore star who displayed his mettle all season.

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Pine-Richland’s Vaughn Spencer wrestles Bodie Morgan of Trinity in the 172-pound finals at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championship March 9 at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Pine-Richland’s Vaughn Spencer finally slays injury bug to win state wrestling title
March 16, 2024
The morning of his state championship wrestling match, Vaughn Spencer was sitting in his hotel room, rubbing Icy Hot on his knee.

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Plum’s Antonino Walker ties up Parrish McFarland during their 152-pound match March 7 at the the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament at Hershey’ Giant Center.
Plum seniors cap careers at PIAA wrestling tournament
Mike Tongel wrestled at the PIAA Class AAA tournament as a senior in 1984.

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Penn Hills wrestling program’s rebuilding project taking root
March 10, 2024
Jeremy Packer believes his two-year project has yielded strong results for the Penn Hills wrestling program.

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