Wrestling

Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine reacts after defeating Mifflin County’s Trey Kibe in the 172-pound Class AAA final during the PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon becomes 3-time PIAA champion; Waynesburg crowns 3
March 13, 2021
HERSHEY – Waynesburg proved why it is ranked No. 1 in the state at the PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships Saturday at the Giant Center.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound class AAA semifinal during PIAA wrestling championships on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
5 WPIAL wrestlers advance to the PIAA Class AAA finals in upper weights
HERSHEY — The finals are set in the upper weights at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday at the Giant Center, and the WPIAL will be represented in four of the seven weight classes.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence defeats Ben Haubert of Palisades in the 172-pound Class 2A semifinal in the PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Quartet of WPIAL wrestlers reach PIAA Class AA finals in upper weight classes
March 12, 2021
HERSHEY — Burrell senior A.J. Corrado became the third wrestler from his school to reach the finals at the 2021 PIAA Class AA wrestling championship Friday at the Giant Center.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Faith Christian’s Eric Alderfer in the 138-pound bout during Class 2A semifinals in the PIAA wrestling championships Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Hornack, Oswalt reach PIAA Class AA wrestling finals
HERSHEY — Burrell’s Cooper Hornack achieved something he’s never accomplished on Friday. The freshman wrestler reached the finals in a state event.

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Kiski Area senior Sammy Starr looks to finish off a pin during Kiski Area’s sub-section meet with Armstrong on Jan. 28.
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr is feeling confident heading into state tournament
March 11, 2021
One year ago, Kiski Area wrestler Sammy Starr found himself at the state tournament for the first time.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado works to defeat Carlynton’s Oleg Melnyk at 160 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Feb. 20.
Burrell duo heads to Hershey with one job left to do
March 10, 2021
Three Burrell wrestlers and Knoch’s Eli Reese are heading to Hershey on Friday for the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling tournament, and they’re all hoping to come home with a gold medal around their neck.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (right) wrestles Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh (left) in the 152-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30.
Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for March 9, 2021: Seneca Valley
March 9, 2021
This past weekend, the Seneca Valley wrestling team left Altoona High School with three super regional champions, the most of any team in attendance.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer to lock up Carlynton’s Collin Milko during their regional championship match Feb. 27.
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for March 9, 2021: Dayton Pitzer, Mt. Pleasant
Not many wrestlers have had the type of season that Dayton Pitzer has had this year. The 215-pounder from Mt. Pleasant dominated the PIAA Class AA West Super Regional this past weekend with three pins, extending his pin streak to 13 in contested matches.

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Norwin’s John Altieri beats Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher, 8-1, in the 152-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin wrestler John Altieri feeling better, cleared to compete in Hershey
March 7, 2021
Norwin senior John Altieri won the PIAA West Super Region 145-pound title Saturday at Altoona Area High School Field House, but it wasn’t the way he preferred.

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Quaker Valley’s Jake Kazalas works against Burrell’s Cooper Hornack at 106 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Freshman Jack Kazalas carving his own path within Quaker Valley wrestling program
From 2016-19, John Rocco Kazalas put his stamp on the Quaker Valley wrestling program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman scores past Norwin’s Danielle Rosso on Feb. 11.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors fall in girls basketball playoffs
Offensive woes late in the season ended the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team’s promising season.

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The 2020-21 South Fayette wrestling team.
South Fayette wrestling program takes lessons from difficult season
The South Fayette wrestling program recently completed the 2020-2021 season without a berth in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament and with only one wrestler advancing to the individual sectionals.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy celebrates after defeating Waynesburg’s Mac Church at 120 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
North Journal notebook: North Allegheny’s Coy wins WPIAL wrestling title
March 6, 2021
Dylan Coy can now call himself a WPIAL champion.

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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer works against Norwin’s Chase Kranitz at 160 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship.
Second WPIAL wrestling title gives Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer reason to smile
In the middle of the second period of the WPIAL Class AAA 160-pound wrestling final, Cole Spencer took an accidental shot from Norwin’s Chase Kranitz and realized one of his teeth was broken.

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Derry’s Tyler Cymmerman goes after Blackhawk’s Kenny Duschek during their regional championship match on Feb. 27, 2021. Both wrestlers are competing in this weekend’s West Super Regionals.
Wrestlers have one last hurdle en route to PIAA championships
March 5, 2021
To become a PIAA wrestling champion in 2021, wrestlers had to face new challenges, or in this case, another qualifying tournament.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works to defeat Ligonier Valley’s Ryan Harbert at 138 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling finals on Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
A-K Valley wrestlers prepare to punch ticket to Hershey
Normally at this time of the year, wrestlers from around the WPIAL have already punched their ticket to Hershey to compete for a state championship, but this year is like no other.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (left) works to defeat Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc at 126 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Super Region presents new challenge to WPIAL wrestlers on road to Hershey
March 4, 2021
Wrestlers from around the state face a new challenge Saturday: the PIAA Super Region.

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Plum’s Nino Walker works against Seneca Valley’s Tyler Chappell at 106 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Plum’s Antonino Walker keeps moving forward after runner-up WPIAL finish
Plum freshman Antonino Walker has made a name for himself this season.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy celebrates after defeating Waynesburg’s Mac Church at 120 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 27, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for March 2, 2021
March 2, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Waynesburg takes home the WPIAL Class AAA team championship trophy after defeating Seneca Valley on Feb. 13 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Waynesburg
The Raiders finished this weekend’s WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament with three wrestlers atop the podium, two finishing as runners-up, and two as third-place finishers just one week after having 12 section champions.

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