Wrestling

Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon reacts after winning the 145-pound final during the WPIAL Class 3A championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan.
WPIAL roller-coaster ride sends 4 Franklin Regional wrestlers to states
March 12, 2022
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe said the WPIAL Class 3A championships were like a roller-coaster ride of a two-day tournament.

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Dayton Pitzer of Mt. Pleasant works at pinning Bryce Rafferty of Brookville in the 215-pound match at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer a win away from 3rd state title
March 11, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer doesn’t have a nickname.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Maddox Shaw takes on Chamberburg’s Karl Shindledecker at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared, Day 2
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships continued Friday afternoon at the Giant Center.

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Pine Richland’sAnthony Ferraro and (District 3) Hempfield’s Seamus Mack tie up at 126 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1
March 10, 2022
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships began Thursday at the Giant Center. Here’s a glance at how the WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1. The WPIAL advanced 29 of 52 wrestlers to the quarterfinals.

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Christian Hirak of Derry (top) takes on Aiden Zimmerman of Johnsonburg at 160 pounds at the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional’s Kapusta opens state tournament with big upset
HERSHEY – There were a few upsets and an almost stunner during the first day of the PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championship on Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Hughesville’s Caiden Puderbach works at pinning Burrell’s Niko Ferra at 132 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Hornack following game plan at state tournament
HERSHEY – Burrell sophomore Cooper Hornack said he would like to follow the same game plan this weekend that he used in reaching the 106-pound finals in the 2021 PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships.

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Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey, ties up Seagertown’s Owen Hershlman at 120 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships: How WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1
HERSHEY — The PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships began Thursday at the Giant Center. Here’s a glance at how the WPIAL wrestlers fared on Day 1.

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Laurel’s Grant MacKay celebrates winning against Hamburg’s Dalton Gimbor in the 152-pound final during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Breaking down the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships
March 9, 2022
PIAA Class 2A Championship

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church controls opponent Mason Leiphart of Dover in the 120-pound semifinals during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Breaking down the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships
PIAA Class 3A Championship

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon (right) wrestles West Allegheny’s Ty Watters in the 145-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestlers ready to lay it all on the line at PIAA individual tournament
March 8, 2022
Michael Buffer’s trademark catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” would be a perfect way to kick off the PIAA individual wrestling championships Thursday.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary wrestles Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman in the 120-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships Saturday at Canon-McMillan High School.
WPIAL Class 3A coaches working on proposal to save qualifiers
With the PIAA individual wrestling tournament set to begin Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey, a group of WPIAL Class 3A coaches is pushing to figure out a proposal to save the district from losing a state individual and team qualifier beginning in the next two-year cycle.

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Penn Hills wrestler hits reset button, earns spot in WPIAL tournament
March 6, 2022
Not placing at the Allegheny County Wrestling championships earlier this season didn’t sit well with Penn Hills sophomore Aidan Pham. The 189-pound Indians sophomore wrestler decided to refocus on training after bowing out quicker than he hoped.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest wrestles Waynesburg’s Colton Stoneking in the 138-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
First-timers among 6 Westmoreland County WPIAL wrestling champions
March 5, 2022
It was a day of firsts for several Westmoreland County wrestlers at the Class 3A WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional on Saturday.

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Kiski’s Enzo Morlacci pins Penn-Trafford’s Wesley Stull during the Class 3A WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional 160-pound quarterfinal on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Joseph and Morlacci, Highlands’ Burford qualify for states
For Highlands senior Jrake Burford and Kiski Area senior Stone Joseph, getting a chance to wrestle in Hershey is a dream come true.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer is shown beating Bentworth’s Vitali Daniels in the 215-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A individual championship Feb. 19, 20022, at Canon-McMillan. Pitzer won the title at the Class 2A Southwest Regional Championship on Saturday.
Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer dominates en route to title at Class 2A Southwest Regionals
Complacency never is a problem for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Dayton Pitzer.

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Kiski’s Enzo Morlacci pins Penn Trafford’s Wesley Stull during the 3AAA WPIAL-PIAA South West Regional 160-pound quarterfinal on Friday, March. 4, 2022 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Morlacci reaches WPIAL semifinals, 100-win milestone
Enzo Morlacci is giving up wrestling after the season. The Kiski Area senior recently de-committed from Lehigh to pursue a film career.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell pins North Hills Giavonie Schipani during the 3AAA WPIAL-PIAA South West Regional 106-pound quarterfinal action on Friday, March. 4, 2022 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Latrobe freshman Willochell rolls into semifinals of WPIAL/PIAA Class 3A Southwest Regional
March 4, 2022
Sometimes freshmen have trouble competing in big tournaments.

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Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal beats Fort Cherry’s Shawn Robertson at 106 pounds during the WPIAL Class 2A tournament Feb. 19.
High school roundup for March 4, 2022: Burgettstown sends 4 into regional semifinals
Burgettstown sent a WPIAL-best four wrestlers into the championship semifinals at the PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional wrestling tournament Friday night at Peters Township.

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Latrobe’s Corey Boerio pins Central Dauphins’ Carson Cassel at 215 pounds Feb. 11 at the PIAA Class 3A team championships at Giant Center in Hershey.
215-pound weight class full of heavy hitters at WPIAL Class 3A championships
March 2, 2022
If you’re looking for a weight class to watch at the WPIAL Class 3A championship, focus on 215 pounds.

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Derry’s Christian Hirak beats Burrell’s Damian Barr in the 160-pound third-place bout during the WPIAL Class 2A championships on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Canon-McMillan.
Derry Area’s Hirak comes out of nowhere to become PIAA wrestling contender
Christian Hirak hadn’t wrestled since sixth grade before this season.

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