Wrestling

South Park’s Joey Fischer gets his hand raised after earning his 100th career win on Saturday at the Allegheny Coutny Wrestling tournament.
Allegheny County championship matches are set
January 18, 2020
The semifinals have concluded at the 2020 Allegheny County wrestling tournament held at Fox Chapel and the championship field is set.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon wrestles Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps in the 126 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Franklin Regional wrestling again features strong lineup of lightweights
When the Franklin Regional wrestling team was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles earlier this decade, the Panthers featured a nearly unbeatable lineup from 106 to 160 pounds.

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Holiday weekend of great basketball at Woodland Hills makes for busy Saturday
January 17, 2020
It is a tradition that is growing into a feast for local high school basketball fans.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc wrestles an upside down Carter Dibert of Franklin Regional in the 113-pound weight class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL team wrestling sectional matches set
January 16, 2020
The WPIAL team wrestling regular season is complete.

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Kiski Area’s Jared Curcio works to pin Plum’s Browndon Wafo at 182 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Starting lineups starting to round out as postseason approaches
January 14, 2020
As the postseason approaches, teams are mixing and matching weight classes in order to have their optimal starting lineups come section tournament time.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano works to defeat Kiski Area’s Conner Murray at 113 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
Seven returning champs looking for more Allegheny County mat gold
On Friday morning, teams from around Allegheny County will travel to Fox Chapel for the annual Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance squares off in neutral against Cole Deery of Malvern Prep in the 285-pound final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Hempfield heavyweight Isaiah Vance making quick work of foes
Hempfield Area junior heavyweight Isaiah Vance didn’t break a record, at least nationally, when he recorded a five-second pin against Woodland Hills heavyweight Michael Ewart last week.

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Kiski’s Jared Curcio battles in neutral against Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen in the 182 class final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
With emergence of Ryan Weinzen, John Altieri, Norwin wrestling wins triple crown
Norwin did something at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association wrestling tournament that it hadn’t done since 1975. The Knights crowned three champions in the same season.

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Trib HSSN state team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Hempfield’s Justin Cramer works to defeat Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi at 195 pounds during the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Burgettstown’s Riley Kemper (right) is the top-ranked heavyweight in Class AA.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for Jan. 14, 2020
Class AAA

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Trent Schultheis, Freedom
Junior Trent Schultheis went on a run last weekend at the 2020 Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament at IUP. In the 170-pound weight class, Schultheis won all five of his matches, four of them via pin.

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Kiski Area’s Grant Smith works against Plum’s Andrew Claassen at 145 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
Wrestling teams qualified for WPIAL sectionals through Jan. 12, 2020
January 12, 2020
The WPIAL team wrestling regular season is down to the final week.

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Penn Hills wrestlers Hunter Shields (left) and Steven Tucibat prepare for the 2019-2020 season in December.
Penn Hills wrestlers find success at holiday tournament
January 10, 2020
A high school wrestling season is a long journey where wrestlers hope to peak toward the end of the season.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer looks to finish Caden Stout from St. Clairsville (Ohio) during the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
WPIAL Clinched: Wrestling teams through Jan. 8, 2020
January 9, 2020
The WPIAL team wrestling regular season is down to the final week.

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Ron Frank had more than 400 victories with the Fox Chapel wrestling team.
Marty Stewart: Let me be Frank about a special coach
To find a high school coach who is totally committed to every kid on his team, who shuns the limelight and gives all credit to the kids and his coaching staff is rare.

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High school roundup for Jan. 8, 2020: North Hills’ Sam Hillegas provides another highlight
Two-time state champ Sam Hillegas was presented with a bobblehead featuring his own likeness during Senior Night ceremonies on Wednesday at North Hills.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Angelicchio wrestles Greensburg Salem’s Nico Williams in the 126 pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe tops Greensburg Salem, closes in on spot in WPIAL team tournament
January 8, 2020
Latrobe will be headed back to the WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament as long as it takes care of business.

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Latrobe’s Nate Roth is the winner over Kiski Area’s Dom Giordano in the 120-pound final Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Kiski Area High School.
Latrobe gets lift from freshmen wrestlers
January 7, 2020
Latrobe wrestling coach Mike Ciotti wasn’t surprised his team was leading the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament after first day of action.

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Kiski Area’s Samm Starr celebrates a win over Chase Kranitz of Norwin in the 152-pound final at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
With newfound confidence, Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr is seeing success
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr came away from the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament with an individual title in hand.

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