Wrestling

Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr works against Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
One-point losses stop Kiski Area trio from claiming WPIAL wrestling titles
February 27, 2021
CANONSBURG — The best way for Kiski Area seniors Sammy Starr and Brayden Roscosky to look at what happened at the Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional on Saturday at Canon-McMillan? There’s always next week.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc and Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert compete at 126 pounds during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Feb. 6.
Format change ramps up intensity for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
February 26, 2021
High school wrestling coaches always talk about the “blood round” in the sport.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz (left) wrestles Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci (right) in the 160-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Three Kiski Area wrestlers nab No. 2 seeds for WPIALs
February 24, 2021
No wrestler from the Alle-Kiski Valley will enter the WPIAL Class AAA tournament as the No. 1 seed, but three Kiski Area Cavaliers will have the next-best thing at Canon-McMillan on Saturday.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence works to pin McGuffey’s Ethan Barr at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 24, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Feb. 23, 2021: Laurel Spartans
February 23, 2021
Sophomore Grant Mackay and senior Mitch Miles carried the Spartans this past weekend as they both brought home individual WPIAL and section titles.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur looks to escape from Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher in a 152-pound bout at the Powerade wrestling tournament on Jan. 29.
Senior duo builds impressive resumes for Thomas Jefferson wrestling
February 21, 2021
Thomas Jefferson wrestlers Kale Buckiso and Michael Zacur burst onto the scene as freshmen in 2017-18.

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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer won a WPIAL title last season.
Spencer leads way for Pine-Richland wrestling team
February 20, 2021
Pine-Richland wrestling made some big strides during the team portion of the season, and now the hope is it has set it up for success in an expanded individual season.

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Hampton wrestler overcomes size disadvantage to have big senior season
Nearly every time Conrad Harold stepped on the wrestling mat this season, he was facing someone bigger than him.

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Kiski’s Brayden Roscosky and Bell Vernon’s Logan Hoffman compete in the 189 pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Brayden Roscosky and Sammy Starr get 100th wins
February 19, 2021
After this week’s WPIAL Class AAA Section 1A individual subsection meet, Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr and Brayden Roscosky joined a long line of Kiski Area wrestlers to win 100 career matches.

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Derry senior Ty Cymmerman holds down Mt. Pleasant’s Conor Johnson in winning 16-0 at the WPIAL Class AA Section 3B tournament Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Derry’s Cymmerman begins his long journey, hopes to join elite club
February 16, 2021
The coronavirus has made it tough on high school athletics, especially wrestling.

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Burrell’s Colby Christie works to pin Burgettstown’s Nate Neal at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Final Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for 2021 season
Class AAA

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works against Burgettstown’s Anthony Lancos at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA team championship match on Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt hoping to join elite group of 4-time WPIAL champions
On the way to his first three individual WPIAL titles, Burrell’s Ian Oswalt might have been one of the most motivated wrestlers in the WPIAL. It showed, as the Bucs’ 138-pounder won at least 45 matches in each of his first three seasons and was on the brink of capturing his first PIAA title as a junior last winter.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson
On the way to Waynesburg’s second straight WPIAL Class AAA championship, the school’s seventh overall, 145-pounder Wyatt Henson put on a show. He picked up three pins and also defeated North Allegheny’s Max Stedeford, who is No. 4 in Trib HSSN’s Class AAA 145-pound rankings, by a 9-3 decision in Waynesburg’s semifinal match on Wednesday.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Feb. 16, 2021: Burrell Bucs
The No. 1 Burrell Bucs have won 45 consecutive matches in the WPIAL playoffs, and for the 15th year in a row, they were crowned WPIAL Class AA champions this past Saturday with a 38-18 victory over the Burgettstown Blue Devils. They did so in convincing fashion.

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Lucas Paszek is one of three graduating seniors on the Penn-Trafford wrestling team.
Penn-Trafford wrestling team makes progress, looks forward to next season
February 14, 2021
It didn’t end the way Penn-Trafford wrestling coach A.J. Brentzel had hoped, a loss in the Section 1 championship match and a loss in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA WPIAL Team Tournament, but the second-year coach is proud of the progress the team has made in two seasons.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember celebrates after pinning Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Stasko at 189 pounds during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Quaker Valley wrestling continues upward trend after WPIAL team tournament run
When the Quaker Valley wrestling team faced off with Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 23 at the Hampton Dawg Duals, they came away with a 42-21 loss after only winning four contested matches.

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Members of the 2020-21 North Allegheny girls wrestling team are, from left, assistant coach Amanda Walker, Taylor Stover, Hannah Williams, Leyna Rumpler and head coach Dan Heckert.
Trio of female wrestlers make history at North Allegheny
February 13, 2021
High school students certainly spend a lot of time learning about history. Not many of those students get to make history.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack works against Quaker Valley’s Isaac Maccaglia at 113 pounds during their WPIAL Class AA semifinal on Wedesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Burgettstown, Seneca Valley look to challenge favorites Burrell, Waynesburg for WPIAL wrestling titles
February 12, 2021
The Burrell and Waynesburg wrestling teams will aim to defend their WPIAL titles Saturday afternoon at Canon-McMillan.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Kale Buckiso looks to escape from Connellsville’s Chad Jesko in the WPIAL Class AAA Section 2 wrestling finals Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 10, 2021: Wrestling playoffs continue
February 9, 2021
The brackets are set for the 2021 WPIAL team wrestling playoffs. Due to the pandemic, the postseason field is smaller than usual with seven Class AAA teams and six AA teams set to fight for gold.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack and Franklin Regional’s Ty Kapusta compete in the 106-pound finals during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament Feb. 6.
Veteran title contender, freshman phenom add to Burrell wrestling’s trophy case
The Burrell Bucs have a long history of great wrestling, and even in a season with multiple stops and starts, this year is no different.

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