Wrestling

Freedom wrestling bows out of state tournament
February 8, 2019
HERSHEY -- Freedom is still searching for its first win in the PIAA Class AA team wrestling tournament after going 0-2 this week at the Giant Center. The Bulldogs, who are 0-5 in school history in the state tournament, were eliminated after a 39-24 loss to Greenville on Friday. Freedom

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Kiski Area cruises past Owen J. Roberts in PIAA Class AAA 1st-round match
February 7, 2019
HERSHEY -- A couple Kiski Area wrestlers who usually win didn't Thursday during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament at the Giant Center. Even after those defeats, though, the Cavaliers showed all the other challengers that it will take a great team effort to defeat them.

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Burrell wrestling rolls into PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY -- Jason Templer isn't the most decorated of the Burrell wrestlers. But the senior sure had a big smile on his face after his pin clinched a 42-15 win against Newport in the first round the PIAA Class AA team tournament Thursday. Templer stunned those in attendance at the

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Canon-McMillan wrestlers drop PIAA 1st-round match to Cedar Cliff
HERSHEY -- When Canon-McMillan's Jimmy Baxter (120 pounds) and Kenny Hayman (126) lost early in the Big Macs' match against District 3 champion Cedar Cliff, Canon-McMillan coach Jason Havelka knew it would be tough to win. Cedar Cliff, after losing the first match at 113 pounds, won eight consecutive bouts

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Fast start helps Seneca Valley defeat Mifflin County in PIAA 1st round
HERSHEY -- Seneca Valley shrugged off its disappointing performance in the WPIAL Class AAA championship with a solid win Thursday in the first round of the PIAA team tournament at the Giant Center. Seneca Valley (14-3) won six of the first seven bouts and defeated District 6 champion Mifflin County,

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Hempfield wrestler Isaiah Vance ruled eligible by WPIAL
The Hempfield wrestling program and specifically sophomore heavyweight Isaiah Vance received some good news Thursday. After viewing the details of Vance's eligibility case Wednesday, WPIAL officials determined his absences from school were legal and excused and ruled him eligible to compete in the upcoming individual tournaments. Vance is ranked No.

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Freedom wrestling falls to Chestnut Ridge at PIAA tournament
HERSHEY -- Freedom coach Jim Covert knew his team faced a tough challenge in the first round of the PIAA Class AA team wrestling tournament Thursday at Giant Center. He just wished his wrestlers would have put forth a better effort. District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge (13-0), ranked No. 3

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Kiski Area wrestlers have ‘unfinished business’ in PIAA Class AAA tournament
February 6, 2019
Kiski Area departed Hershey last February unhappy, or at least as unhappy as anyone can feel in the chocolate capital of the world. As much success as the Cavaliers experienced throughout the team wrestling season, they ended on a sour -- not sweet -- note: a loss to Bethlehem Catholic

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Wrestling notebook: Twist added to WPIAL Class AA individual tournament
February 5, 2019
The WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling tournament gets underway Feb. 15 at Canon-McMillan, and there will be a different twist to this year's tournament. In previous years, the section tournament was held the first day and the WPIAL tournament the next day. This year, the section tournament will begin at

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‘Mr. Murphy’ teaches Burrell wrestlers about facing adversity
Burrell calls its wrestling nemesis andquot;Mister,andquot; but it's not a person. Meet andquot;Mr. Murphy,andquot; a variation of the more well-known Murphy's Law -- the adage that states that anything can go wrong, will go wrong. andquot;It's like a bad energy that comes when you least expect it,andquot; senior Austin Mele

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Kiski Area, Burrell eye state titles with their version of ‘Murderers’ Row’
The New York Yankees teams of the late 1920s were considered some of the best in the history of baseball. The first six hitters in the 1927 Yankees' lineup -- Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri -- were labeled as andquot;Murderers' Row.andquot; They

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Roscosky provides boost for Kiski Area
Kiski Area's bench was jumping up and down after the first match of the team's WPIAL Class AAA wrestling semifinal against Canon-McMillan. The reaction didn't come after the Cavaliers got a pin. Instead, one of their youngest starters kept one of Canon-McMillan's best wrestlers from getting a pin of his

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Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 4, 2019
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley (30-3); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (30-1); 3. Vince Citrano, Plum (23-2); 4. Mason Prinkey, Connellsville (24-5); 5. Dylan Coy, North Allegheny (26-3). 113: 1. Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, Seneca Valley (36-1); 2. Kyle Burkholder, Hempfield (24-5); 3. Finn

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Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 4, 2019
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 15-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 13-3, 2 3. Canon-McMillan, 10-3, 4 4. Waynesburg, 15-3, 6 5. Hempfield, 13-3, 3 6. Thomas Jefferson, 16-2, 5 7. Norwin, 15-4, 7 8. Connellsville, 11-5, NR 9. Mt. Lebanon, 10-4, 8 10.

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Trib HSSN state wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 4, 2019
TribHSSN state team rankings Class AAA Team (district), record, previous 1. Bethlehem Catholic (11), 12-1, 2 2. Kiski Area (7), 15-0, 3 3. Northampton (11), 17-3, 8 4. Bethlehem Liberty (11), 19-4, 1 5. Cedar Cliff (3), 16-0, 4 6. Council Rock South (1), 12-0, 5 7. Seneca Valley (7),

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Burrell Buccaneers
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Burrell Burrell winning a WPIAL Class AA championship is a tradition unlike any other -- each February, the Bucs end up on top. The longest WPIAL wrestling championship streak in WPIAL history reached 13 years Saturday as Burrell beat Freedom, 54-21, at Chartiers-Houston. Seven different wrestlers

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK: Jack Blumer, Kiski Area, jr. Blumer wrestled four matches over the course of the week. All four ended the same way. The junior 160-pounder typified Kiski Area's team dominance in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, getting four pins to help the Cavaliers win their third consecutive

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WPIAL wrestling teams find out opponents for PIAA team tournament
February 3, 2019
Now that the Burrell and Kiski Area wrestling teams have successfully defended their WPIAL titles, they can focus on winning PIAA championships. The PIAA team tournament begins Monday in both Class AAA and Class AA. Canon-McMillan, which defeated Waynesburg for third place in Class AAA, will travel to Pittsburgh to

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Burrell wrestling rolls to 13th straight WPIAL team title
February 2, 2019
There wasn't a huge celebration from the Burrell wrestling team after winning its 13th consecutive WPIAL Class AA on Saturday. Don't get them wrong, they were pleased to take home another gold trophy, their 15th in school history. But the Bucs have larger goals, and there was no need to

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Kiski Area wins third straight WPIAL Class AAA wrestling crown
Kiski Area is beginning to collect WPIAL championships the way it gets pins: in bunches. Control of Class AAA wrestling remained firmly with the Cavaliers, who rolled to their third consecutive title with a convincing 49-17 victory over Seneca Valley on Saturday at Norwin. One of the WPIAL's most consistent

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