Wrestling

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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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer works against Norwin’s Chase Kranitz at 160 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA tournament Saturday.
Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer
In one of the toughest brackets of this weekend’s WPIAL Class AAA tournament at Canon-McMillan, Pine-Richland senior Cole Spencer came away with his second straight WPIAL title. He earned a pin and two decisions to capture the 160-pound weight class.

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Knee injury dashes postseason hopes for Penn Hills senior
February 28, 2021
Heading into the season, Penn Hills wrestling coach Jeremy Packer was hoping for senior Hunter Shields to be right in the mix for another WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament appearance.

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Chartiers Valley wrestlers come together during unsual season
Last year, the Chartiers Valley wrestling team won the fifth-place match in team sectionals and qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember works against Burgettstown’s Shane Kemper at 189 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championship on Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Patrick Cutchember becomes 4th Quaker Valley wrestler to win WPIAL title
In the short history of Quaker Valley’s wrestling program, only three wrestlers had the opportunity to have a WPIAL gold medal placed around their neck before this season. On Feb. 20, after trips to the finals the past two years, 189-pound junior Patrick Cutchember joined the ranks as he captured his first WPIAL championship.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc and Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert compete at 126 pounds during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Feb. 6.
Format change ramps up intensity for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
February 26, 2021
High school wrestling coaches always talk about the “blood round” in the sport.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz (left) wrestles Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci (right) in the 160-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Three Kiski Area wrestlers nab No. 2 seeds for WPIALs
February 24, 2021
No wrestler from the Alle-Kiski Valley will enter the WPIAL Class AAA tournament as the No. 1 seed, but three Kiski Area Cavaliers will have the next-best thing at Canon-McMillan on Saturday.

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Frazier’s Rune Lawrence works to pin McGuffey’s Ethan Barr at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 24, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Feb. 23, 2021: Laurel Spartans
February 23, 2021
Sophomore Grant Mackay and senior Mitch Miles carried the Spartans this past weekend as they both brought home individual WPIAL and section titles.

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