Wrestling

Derry’s DeLuca eyes state title, not 150-win milestone
January 15, 2019
When Derry senior Dom DeLuca began his high school career, he never set out to win 150 matches. His goals were to qualify for the PIAA tournament, place in the tournament, win a state title and get 100 wins. DeLuca has already achieved three of his four goals. The only

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Valley aims to dethrone Burrell for section title
Part of Burrell's enormous WPIAL success over the past decade-plus includes a dominance of its section opponents. To wit: The Bucs have won 107 consecutive section matches since the 2002-03 season, claiming the regular-season championship every year since 2004. Although a long line of teams would enjoy the opportunity to

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Fox Chapel’s Jordana Matamoros to put her improvement on display
As much as Jordana Matamoros enjoyed wrestling in junior high, she didn't plan to continue with the sport once she came to high school. Then Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank began pestering her. andquot;I was in ceramics class and he was the jewelry teacher, so he came to my class

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High school wrestling notebook: Dolde to get 1st taste of Hempfield-Greensburg Salem rivalry
When Tommy Dolde coached wrestling at Connellsville, the Falcons really didn't have a rivalry match. Mt. Pleasant was the Falcons' rival for a few years when Rob Waller coached the Vikings in the late 1970s, and Uniontown was another rival in the early '80s. Connellsville then left Fayette County and

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Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 14, 2019
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings Class AAA WPIAL 106: 1. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley (19-3); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (20-1); 3. Dylan Coy, North Allegheny (17-0); 4. Mason Prinkey, Connellsville (16-3); 5. Jacob Haupt, Canon-McMillan (14-3). 113: 1. Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, Seneca Valley (25-1); 2. Kyle Burkholder, Hempfield (20-5); 3.

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Kiski Area, Burrell remain atop WPIAL wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 8-0, 1 2. Hempfield, 10-1, 3 3. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 2 4. Waynesburg, 11-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 4-2, 5 6. Thomas Jefferson, 12-0, 7 7. Norwin, 7-2, 8 8. Peters Township, 5-0, 9 9. Greensburg Salem, 6-1, 6

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Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 14, 2019
Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings Class AAA Team (district), record, previous 1. Bethlehem Liberty (11), 12-2, 1 2. Bethlehem Catholic (11), 6-1, 2 3. Kiski Area (7), 8-0, 3 4. Cedar Cliff (3), 8-0, 4 5. Cathedral Prep (10), 15-2, 5 6. Council Rock South (1), 3-0, 6 7. Hempfield

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK Jake Slinger, Upper St. Clair, senior, heavyweight A PIAA Class AAA medalist as a junior, Slinger is having a dominant senior campaign, and he continued that over the weekend at the Burgettstown Tournament. Slinger rolled to the heavyweight championship at Burgettstown, winning his first three matches

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Waynesburg
Team of the week: Waynesburg The Raiders chose to win again at the Winner's Choice Tournament in Fairmont, W.Va. Waynesburg went into the tournament as the defending champion and once again claimed the title, finishing with 208.5 team points, well ahead of second-place East Fairmont. Four Waynesburg wrestlers won individual

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Class AAA No. 1 Kiski Area uses five pins to take down Class AA No. 1 Burrell
January 11, 2019
Brayden Roscosky absorbed a shove from Burrell's Zach Rupert as the two tumbled out of bounds at the end of the first period in their 195-pound bout, drawing an audible buzz from the crowd inside Burrell's gym. Although Roscosky said later he didn't really feel the push, as absorbed as

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Quaker Valley’s Kazalas to continue wrestling career at Division I Binghamton
JohnRocco Kazalas enters every wrestling match with an unwavering confidence. But announcing his commitment to a Division I school He didn't want to draw attention to himself, so he would only tell family, teammates and coaches until it was made public. Binghamton announced Monday that Kazalas committed to its wrestling

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Norwin wrestlers look to build on 3rd-place finish at WCCA tournament
Norwin had its best finish at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament since 1975 on Jan. 5. The host Knights finished third with 169.5 points, behind Kiski Area 233 and Hempfield 213. Norwin had 10 placewinners, including two second-place finishers -- juniors Kurtis Phipps (120 pounds) and Ryan Weinzen

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Camacho, Dibert lead the way for Franklin Regional at WCCA tournament
Colton Camacho claimed a fourth championship at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament Jan. 5, but he wasn't the only Franklin Regional wrestler to stand atop the podium. Sophomore Carter Dibert won his first title, dominating Mt. Pleasant freshman Luke Geibig, 16-1, to win the 106-pound weight class. Dibert

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Burrell, Kiski Area wrestlers ready to ignite rivalry again
January 10, 2019
A business trip will keep Josh Shields away from his customary spot on the Burrell wrestling team's sidelines for Friday's home nonsection match against Kiski Area. But the Bucs' sixth-year coach expects to spend his Friday night in Las Vegas not in a casino but glued to his phone and

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Shaler coach D’Agostino gets chance to spread Greco-Roman message
Drew D'Agostino doesn't have a long, drawn-out explanation for why Greco-Roman is his favorite style of wrestling. It was always a perfect marriage for D'Agostino: He was good at it, and everything about it made sense. andquot;It's probably the least popular of all the styles, but I enjoy it,andquot; said

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South Fayette wrestlers adjust to move up to Class AAA
It is a year of transition for the South Fayette wrestling team. The Lions moved from Class AA to AAA in the last round of WPIAL realignment. The team also has several new faces in the lineup after graduating eight wrestlers from last season's roster. andquot;They are competing,andquot; South Fayette

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WPIAL wrestling standings through Jan. 10, 2019
Here are the latest WPIAL team wrestling standings for the 2018-19 season through Jan. 9. The top three teams from each sub-section qualify for the section tournaments. The top team in each sub-section faces the runner-up in the opposing sub-section with the two winners then doing battle for the section

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Kiski Area wrestlers roll past Plum in Section 1 match
January 9, 2019
Kiski Area has a busy week of wrestling ahead, and the Cavaliers wasted little time in starting it off the right way. Top-ranked Kiski Area used a run of pins and forfeits on its way to a 78-4 victory over host Plum in a Section 1-AAA match Wednesday night. andquot;This

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Norwin wrestlers take down rival Penn-Trafford to clinch WPIAL playoff berth
Norwin scored a rarity for its wrestling program on Wednesday night. The Knights clinched a WPIAL team playoff berth for just the third time since 1992 in Vince DeAugustine's first season as their coach. andquot;Since the beginning of the year, we wanted to do everything we could to make the

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Coach’s son sparks Greensburg Salem over Latrobe
Sage Parsley surprised everyone except himself. The Greensburg Salem senior was trailing Latrobe freshman Jack Pletcher late in the first period when he hit a lateral-drop. He stunned the Latrobe fans and Pletcher with a pin, which fired up his teammates. It helped Greensburg Salem (4-0, 4-0 Section 1-B) rally

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