Wrestling

Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen (right) defeated Armstrong’s Ogden Atwood in the 220-pound title match.
Norwin sends program record 10 wrestlers to WPIALs; 2 capture titles
March 8, 2019
The Norwin wrestling team walked away from the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament with some serious hardware.

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas removes his gear after beating St. Mary’s Tyler Diley in the 132-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL sends 17 wrestlers to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL is proving itself a heavyweight in the state’s lighter weights.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman wrestles Greenville’s Bryce Knauf in the 126-pound quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Cymmerman won the match and advances onward to the semi-finals on Friday night.
5 Westmoreland County wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA semifinals
Ty Cymmerman found himself down three points in the second period of his quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Friday.

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Hughesville’s Ben Heinrich struggles underneath Derry Area’s Tyler Cymmerman in the 126-pound first round bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Derry’s Cymmerman overcomes slow start to reach PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
March 7, 2019
HERSHEY — Derry sophomore Ty Cymmerman started slowly in his opening-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert struggles against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestlers to watch at the PIAA championships this week
HERSHEY — The PIAA wrestling championships begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Giant Center.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer is announced winner after defeating Ellwood City’s Austin Walley in the 182-pound final on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in WPIAL class AA individual wrestling championships.
5 things to watch at the PIAA wrestling championships
March 6, 2019
HERSHEY — The PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday, with Class AA kicking things off at 9 a.m. at the Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Cam Connor pins Seneca Valley’s Nick Montalbano at 152 pounds, as the Cavaliers bench erupts during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Norwin High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell’s Oswalt, Kiski Area’s Connor have targets on their backs
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt and Kiski Area’s Cam Connor didn’t have to look far to find their names in their respective brackets for the PIAA wrestling championships: They were right there, smack-dab at the top.

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Burrell’s Austin Mele pins Derry Area’s Eric Catone in the 160lbs bout during the section 3 2AA team championship Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at Burrell High School.
Wrestlers are creatures of habit when preparing for PIAA tournament
March 5, 2019
Like many people, Austin Mele looks at his phone almost immediately upon waking up in the morning. The Burrell senior checks his texts and SnapChat account before plugging it back in, making sure it’s got a full charge. Then it’s time to brush his teeth, followed by checking his weight and drinking a glass of apple juice.

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Kiski’s Darren Miller wrestles atop Hampton’s Zach Wright in the 126-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL wrestling class 3A individual tournament on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area wrestlers to rely on experience at PIAA tournament
With top-three finishes at the PIAA Class AAA team championships each of the past three seasons, Kiski Area knows the feeling of wrestling in Hershey’s Giant Center.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles against Belle Vernon’s Logan Seliga in the 120-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin wrestler Phipps chasing PIAA gold this weekend
Kurtis Phipps and his brother Drew having something in common — both suffered heart-breaking, 1-0 losses in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling finals.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera works underneath Hempfield’s Kyle Burkholder in the 113-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
High school wrestling notebook: Hempfield sending 5 to state tournament
It was quite a weekend for the Hempfield wrestling team at the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional tournament.

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Belle Vernon’s Scott Joll wrestles against Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout in the 182-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of March 4, 2019
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: North Hills’ Sam Hillegas
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK: Sam Hillegas, jr., North Hills

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Kiski Area
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Kiski Area

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph’s Academy in the 120-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
A-K Valley wrestlers took different paths to PIAA Class AA tournament
March 4, 2019
Ian Oswalt noticed the lights of the Giant Center when he stepped in to the arena as a first-time competitor at the PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament last year.

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Seven WPIAL wrestlers win Junior High state titles
Frazier junior Thayne Lawrence is headed to Hershey on Thursday to compete in the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships. He is the returning 152-pound champion.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is the top seed in the 120-pound weight class for the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships beginning Thursday in Hershey.
Nine WPIAL wrestlers earn top seeds in state tournament
March 3, 2019
The PIAA released the pairings for the individual wrestling championships, which begins Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey, and nine WPIAL wrestlers earned No. 1 seeds.

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Kiski’s Cam Connor brings down Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Weber in the 152-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Kiski Area’s Connor, Blumer defend WPIAL wrestling titles
March 2, 2019
Cam Connor flashed what in most scenarios constitutes the peace sign to the crowd at Canon-McMillan, but the gesture held a different meaning for the Kiski Area senior.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert struggles against Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell in the 106-pound championship bout at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Franklin Regional’s Camacho finally defeats Miller, wins second WPIAL title
Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho never had beaten Kiski Area senior Darren Miller prior to Saturday’s 126-pound final at the Class AAA WPIAL/PIAA Southwest Regional championships.

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Brashear’s Mwete qualifies for PIAA wrestling tournament
Brashear senior Joe Mwete earned a trip to Hershey by finishing second at the Class AAA PIAA Northwest Regional at Altoona.

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