Wrestling

Fox Chapel wrestlers look to compete in challenging Section 3B in Class AAA
December 8, 2018
Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank is optimistic his youthful squad will be in the mix for a playoff spot in Class AAA, Section 3B. andquot;There are many tough teams in our section,andquot; he said. andquot;North Hills and Shaler have returning state champions and then we'll be going up against

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Penn Hills’ Perkins sets sights on PIAA tournament berth
December 6, 2018
After qualifying for the WPIAL wrestling tournament the first three years of his high school career, senior Justin Perkins will look to make his final season at Penn Hills count as he has his sights on a trip to Hershey for the state tournament. Last season, Perkins (14-8) lost both

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Hampton wrestling out to build upon last season’s success
The Hampton wrestling team is ready for its second act, and nearly all the main characters are returning. The Talbots were a surprise last season, posting a 20-3 record and sending eight wrestlers -- all underclassmen -- to WPIAL qualifiers. andquot;We're still really young,andquot; second-year coach Chris Hart said. andquot;We're

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Frazier’s Lawrence among top wrestlers returning in WPIAL Class AA
December 5, 2018
Returning PIAA Class AA champion Thayne Lawrence, Frazier (30-2 last season) andamp;#8226; The junior is a two-time WPIAL champion and won the 152-pound title. His career record is 67-8. Returning PIAA Class AA placewinners Christian Clutter, McGuffey (47-6) andamp;#8226; The senior has a 119-23 career record, was the WPIAL 170-pound

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Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN preseason state wrestling rankings Class AAA Rank, team (district), last year's record 1. Bethlehem Catholic (District 11), 17-1 2. Cathedral Prep (10), 17-3 3. Kiski Area (7), 23-2 4. Nazareth (11), 19-5 5. Cedar Cliff (3), 21-3 6. Canon-McMillan (7), 17-3 7. Bethlehem Liberty (11), 22-2 8. Council

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WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Burrell, 13-7 andamp;#8226; The Bucs return 11 starters and have won 12 consecutive WPIAL titles. They are the team to beat until someone defeats them. 2. Freedom, 11-6 andamp;#8226; The Bulldogs reached the semifinals and finished fourth in

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Derry wrestling has unexpected holes to fill in quest for success in Class AA
If there was one team primed to end the Burrell's 12-year run as WPIAL Class AA champions this season, it was Derry. The Trojans were the WPIAL runners-up in 2018, wrestled in the PIAA team tournament in Hershey and were expected to return 11 starters, including a pair of PIAA

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After winning past 12 WPIAL Class AA titles, Burrell wrestling not resting on laurels
As the Burrell girls soccer team prepared for a game this fall, members of the school's wrestling team ran laps around the track at Buccaneer Stadium. The wrestlers moved eventually to Puckety Church Road, running up the hill that divides the high school campus from Huston Middle School. Every practice

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WPIAL wrestling champion Kiski Area motivated to add PIAA title
December 4, 2018
Kiski Area held an optional wrestling workout on the final Monday of November, with some of its athletes and coaches taking part in the first day of hunting season. The Cavaliers are hunting more than deer, though: The back-to-back WPIAL Class AAA champions have bigger game in mind once the

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AAA preseason team rankings Rank, team, last season's record 1. Kiski Area, 21-2 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL AAA champion and PIAA runner-up returns nine starters, including three PIAA qualifiers. 2. Canon-McMillan, 15-3 andamp;#8226; The WPIAL runner-up, which finished fourth in the state, returns nine starters. 3. Hempfield, 19-2 andamp;#8226;

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New coach, same goals for Hempfield wrestling team
There is a new man running the Hempfield wrestling program after Vince DeAugustine left to take over coaching duties at Norwin. Veteran coach Tommy Dolde, who led Connellsville to a state title in 2005 and WPIAL titles in '04, '05 and '08, has taken the reins for the Spartans. Dolde

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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WPIAL wrestling dates to remember
WPIAL wrestling Dates to remember Dec. 7-8 Chartiers-Houston tournament Cumberland Valley tournament at Mechanicsburg Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway Walsh Ironman tournament in Akron, Ohio Dec. 14-15 King of the Mountain at Central Mountain Jan. 22-23 Beast of the East at Delaware Dec. 28-29 Powerade tournament at Canon-McMillan Southmoreland tournament

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Franklin Regional wrestling returns talented, deeper roster
November 30, 2018
The Franklin Regional wrestling team is back and on the prowl. After a year where the Panthers welcomed some young talent and struggled to fill every weight class, third-year coach Matt Lebe has an eclectic mix of wrestlers that will be hard to ignore. andquot;We got guys that think they

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Shaler’s Sullivan chasing more titles during senior wrestling season
November 29, 2018
Entering his final year of high school wrestling, Ryan Sullivan is expected to set a collision course to adding more WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles to his resume. The senior wrestler, who is a expected to compete at 120 and 126 pounds for Shaler this season, knows this will

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Gateway wrestling team has PIAA expectations
November 23, 2018
Gateway isn't known for its wrestling program, but Evan Whiteside and Nevin Matthews want to make a lasting mark this season by qualifying for states. A.J. Wilkins is the lone Gators wrestler to compete in states in more than a decade. He wrestled in 2013 at 113 pounds. The leaders

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Replenished Penn-Trafford wrestling team expects to fill entire lineup this season
Penn-Trafford wrestling coach Rich Ginther knew the storm was coming last year. All he could do was hang on, and good times would come. A combination of a high turnover of wrestlers, untimely injuries and a lack of sheer numbers put the Warriors in an unfamiliar position. Penn-Trafford only managed

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Norwin’s DeAugustine eager to take wrestling program for spin
November 22, 2018
For 14 years, former Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine sat in his folding chair during matches against Norwin. Now, he's changed chairs. When DeAugustine took over as the Norwin coach last May, he took the reins of a stocked program. He is eager to build a winner. andquot;I've always been

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Belle Vernon’s Joll commits to WVU
November 11, 2018
Belle Vernon senior Scott Joll was the 170-pound WPIAL Class AAA champion and placed fifth in the PIAA tournament last season. As Joll prepares for his final season in high school, he decided on his future. He's going to be a Mountaineer. Joll said Sunday on Twitter he will attend West

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Franklin Regional’s McCann commits to wrestle at American
October 24, 2018
Franklin Regional senior wrestler Zach McCann made a verbal commitment to American University on Wednesday. andquot;It's a good choice, a good school for Zach and I'm sure he'll do well,andquot; FR coach Matt Lebe said. McCann was 32-12 at 132 pounds last season and finished second in the Section 1-AAA

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