Wrestling

Burrell’s Calio Zanella pins Mt. Pleasant’s William Shipley in the 113-pound bout during the Section 3-2A team wrestling championship on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Waynesburg, Burrell receive top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 27, 2022
Defending WPIAL champions Waynesburg (Class 3A) and Burrell (2A) were seeded No. 1 by the WPIAL wrestling committee Thursday for the upcoming district team tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

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Allderdice’s Major Rainey works to score against Obama Academy during a City League game on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Squirrel Hill.
High school roundup for Jan. 27, 2022: Allderdice tops Obama in City League showdown
Major Rainey scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as Allderdice defeated Obama Academy, 64-60, in a matchup of top teams in City League boys basketball Wednesday night.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Walker, shown wrestling Plum’s Rylen Campbell at the Allegheny County tournament on Jan. 15, sparked North Allegheny to a win over Butler on Wednesday night.
High school wrestling roundup for Jan. 26, 2022: North Allegheny tops Butler for section crown
January 26, 2022
Casey Walker (106 pounds) earned a 6-0 decision at 106 pounds that sparked a run of five wins in a row that helped North Allegheny to a 33-30 victory over Butler in the WPIAL Section 3-3A wrestling finals Wednesday night.

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Burrell’s Damian Barr beats Mt. Pleasant’s Conor Johnson in the 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Section 3-2A team wrestling championship Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Burrell wrestling rolls to section title, ready to defend WPIAL championship
And the beat goes on for the Burrell wrestling team.

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Kiski Area wrestlers pose with the section championship trophy Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
Kiski Area wrestlers top Franklin Regional, repeat as section champs
For the 26th time in program history, the Kiski Area wrestling team is section champion.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy wrestles Pine-Richland’s Anthony Ferraro in the 126-pound final during the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 26, 2022: Section titles to be decided on mats
The stage will be set for the upcoming district team wrestling playoffs with WPIAL team sectionals Wednesday.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields works with Damian Barr and Cole Clark during a December practice. Burrell begins its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship Wednesday at the Section 3 tournament.
Key matches at section tournaments could decide WPIAL team bracket
January 25, 2022
WPIAL wrestling committee chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. said he has a good idea who the top teams are this season.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney paces alongside the mat before competing in the Class 3A semifinals during last year’s state tournament.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem’s McChesney wins heavyweight showdown
Greensburg Salem senior heavyweight Bill McChesney breezed to the title at the Burgettstown tournament on Saturday.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Walker takes down Plum’s Rylen Campbell in the 106-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament. North Allegheny jumped to No. 4 in the Class 3A rankings after being unranked the week before.
Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings: Jan. 25, 2022
Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings as of Jan. 25, 2021:

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas, top, wrestles Bethel Park’s Aiden Bench in the 113-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15, 2022 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Quaker Valley wrestling crowns pair of county champs
January 23, 2022
Quaker Valley wrestlers Mason Diemert and Jack Kazalas displayed their tenacity and mettle at the Allegheny County championships held Jan. 14-15 at Fox Chapel.

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Plum’s Vinny Citrano (left) wrestles Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw in the 132-pound final of the Allegheny County tournament.
After strong finish at Allegheny County tournament, Plum looks forward to postseason
Few teams at the Allegheny County tournament Jan. 14 and 15 at Fox Chapel High School had the overall performance the Plum wrestling team produced.

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Gateway junior Arontay Heningcamp battles Plum’s Sam Snyder at 120 pounds during a section match Jan. 19 
at Plum High School.
Captains McKenna, Heningcamp help spark growth for Gateway wrestling
Floyd McKenna entered his junior season hoping to make his mark on the mat for the Gateway wrestling team.

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Shaler’s Michael Ulery (front) competes against Chartiers Valley’s Christopher Beatty during the quarterfinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Jan 14, 2022.
Former Shaler Area wrestler returns as assistant coach to help bolster program
Drew D’Agostino counts himself lucky.

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Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan escapes from Pine-Richland’s Dominic Ferraro in the 120-pound final during the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
Kernan leads way for improving Bethel Park wrestling team
January 22, 2022
Bethel Park’s Mason Kernan kept his sensational sophomore season intact at the Allegheny County championships held Jan. 14-15 at Fox Chapel.

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Franklin Regional’s Gavyn Beck celebrates his pin of Penn-Trafford’s Adam Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
Franklin Regional wrestlers look forward to postseason tournament
When wrestling season began back in December, Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe wasn’t sure how things would work out for his team after two potential starters decided to pursue other avenues.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt works against Sal Barbarino at 106 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Isabella McNutt hears the cheers on Hampton wrestling team
Hampton sophomore Isabella McNutt began martial arts at age 4 and earned her Taekwondo black belt at age 7.

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Latrobe’ Jack Pletcher, left, wrestling Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur at the 2021 Powerade, won his 100th career match in Colorado last weekend.
Wrestling notebook: Latrobe finally returns home after successful Colorado trip
January 18, 2022
The Latrobe wrestling team is finally back home after a success weekend in Denver.

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Burrell’s Damien Barr hoists the WPIAL Class AA championship trophy as he is lifted by teammates after defeating Burgettstown for the school’s 15th straight title on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling teams jockey for position in WPIAL team tournament
The upcoming WPIAL Team Tournament will feature some minor changes as the section regular season ends Wednesday.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Kazalas (top) wrestles Bethel Park’s Aiden Bench in the 113-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament. The Quakers moved up a notch to No. 4 in Class 2A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings as of Jan. 17, 2022
Class 3A

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Latrobe freshman Luke Willochell (top) is ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in Class 3A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Individual Wrestling Rankings: Week of Jan. 17, 2022
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings as of Jan. 17, 2022:

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