Wrestling

Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates with coaches after a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL dominates PIAA finals in Class AAA
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — It was another dominating year for the WPIAL at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado removes his headgear after being defeated by Caleb Dowling of St. Joseph’s in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt come up short in quest for PIAA wrestling gold
HERSHEY — Burrell came home from the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday with two silver medals.

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Latrobe’s Vincent Kilkeary reacts to defeating Tyler Kasak of Beth Catholic in the 106-weight class semifinal in AAA on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the PIAA individual state wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary wins another stunner at PIAA tournament, advances to finals
HERSHEY — Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary continued his stunning run through the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer wrestles Brookville’s Owen Reinsel in the 113-pound bout semifinal in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Frazier’s Lawrence looking to become 3-time PIAA winner
HERSHEY — Frazier senior Thayne Lawrence’s high school wrestling career will come to an end Saturday at Giant Center.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps defeats Kyle Waterman of Council Rock South in a PIAA Class AAA 126-pound quarterfinal Friday, March 6, 2020 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Kilkeary making big noise at PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — The smallest guys in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships are making some big noise.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer listens to coach instruction while wrestling against Colby Romjue of Susquehannock in the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer dominant in PIAA wrestling quarterfinals victory
HERSHEY — Jack Blumer of Kiski Area is making his last wrestling trip to Hershey a memorable one.

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Nine Penn-Trafford junior high wrestlers qualified for states. Pictured, from left, are coach Chris Hartman, Dominic Hartman, Adam Hall, Hayden Coy, Brett Hampton, Logan Ventura, Jimmy Oslosky, Joe Enick, Gavin Ellwood, Paul Darragh and coach Mike Enick.
Penn-Trafford junior wrestling has banner year, sends 9 to state tournament
Gavin Ellwood ran to his coaches, Chris Hartman and Mike Enick, beaming with excitement at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Area III tournament.

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Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr wrestles Pine Richland’s Cole Spencer in the 152 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Pine-Richland’s Spencer brothers each win wrestling championships
Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer snared his first WPIAL wrestling title Feb. 29 at Canon-McMillan High School, earning his status as a champion after edging Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr, 2-1.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence wrestles against Gavin Garcia of Southern Columbia in the 160 pound quarterfinal bout in class AA in the PIAA state wrestling championship on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
7 WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
HERSHEY — Friday has gone a lot better for WPIAL Class AA wrestlers at the PIAA individual championships at the Giant Center.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles J.P McCaskey’s Andrew Vogelbacher in the 170 weight class in the PIAA state wrestling tournament in class AAA on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers shine, Class AA struggles on Day 1 of PIAA tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — You couldn’t ask for a crazier day for WPIAL wrestlers than Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer works against Lower Merion’s James Lledo in the 160-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer stays alive at PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — Six Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers entered the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament Thursday, and all six still were in the mix for medals at deadline. However, only one still is contending for a gold medal.

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Burrell senior Ricky Feroce talks with coach Josh Shields as Kane senior Cameron Whisner gets checked for injury during their bout at 182 pounds at the PIAA tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trio of Burrell wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Burrell had a strong start at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Thursday afternoon, advancing three wrestlers to Friday’s quarterfinals.

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Knoch’s Guy Deleonardis works with a training partnet during practice at OMP Wrestling in preparation for the PIAA tournament this weekend. Deleonardis is the first wrestler in Knoch history to qualify for the tournament.
Guy Deleonardis, Knoch’s 1st wrestler to make states, prepares for big stage
March 4, 2020
In its 14 years of existence, the Knoch wrestling program never sent a wrestler to the PIAA tournament.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Tyler Kocak of Hampton in the 170 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020
Class AAA

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps raises four fingers for four WPIAL titles after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg in the 126 weight class final on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Westmoreland high school wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps ready for final run
Kurtis Phipps has checked off everything on his bucket list for wrestling except for one thing: being a Pennsylvania state champion.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman wrestles Greensburg Salem’s John Meyers in the 220 weight class on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in WPIAL class AAA wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Belle Vernon wrestler Weightman making name for himself
His name is Cole Weightman.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt gets a takedown against Hamburg’s Kyle Vernon at 132 pounds in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt more motivated than ever heading into PIAA tournament
Ian Oswalt already has placed himself among some of the best wrestlers who have been part of the prestigious Burrell program.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps
Controversy arose last week on Twitter when the WPIAL Class AAA brackets were released for the 126-pound weight class.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton (25) celebrates after beating Mt. Lebanon in their WPIAL Class 6A championship game at Petersen Events Center on Feb. 29, 2020.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for Week of March 2-8
March 1, 2020
For 70 district basketball teams, it’s time to hop on the Road to Hershey as the PIAA playoffs begin this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Kiski’s Jack Blumer reacts as Waynesburg’s Luca Augustine celebrates victory in the 160-pound final during the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Canon-McMillan.
Kiski Area wrestlers experience highs and lows in WPIAL Class AAA championships
February 29, 2020
It was a day of highs and lows for the Kiski Area wrestling team Saturday at the WPIALClass AAA wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan.

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