Wrestling

Young Fox Chapel wrestling team looks to build throughout season
December 18, 2021
Fielding one of its youngest teams in memory, the challenge for Fox Chapel wrestling is to quickly get the newcomers into varsity competitiveness.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano wrestles Moon’s Tyler Diggins at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament.
Citrano, Plum wrestling team motivated to reach goals
Vinnie Citrano has great expectations for his final varsity wrestling season.

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Taylor Stover, Hannah Williams and Leyna Rumpler are among the competitors on the North Allegheny girls wrestling team this season.
Girls wrestling moving closer and closer to PIAA-sanctioned status
When coach Dan Heckert started a girls wrestling program a year ago at North Allegheny, he hoped someday the sport might become sanctioned by the PIAA and have teams at schools across the WPIAL.

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High school roundup for Dec. 15, 2021: Penn-Trafford wrestlers win thriller
December 15, 2021
Adam Hall (189), Owen Ott (215) and Joe Enick (285) recorded consecutive pins in the final three bouts of the night to lead Penn-Trafford to a thrilling 33-30 come-from-behind win over PLum in Class 3A Section 1B wrestling Wednesday night.

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Hempfield senior Briar Priest pins Kaidyn Gonder in second period at 145 pounds on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Hempfield won, 50-10.
Hempfield wrestling serves notice, outguns Greensburg Salem
Here’s a message to the wrestling teams in the WPIAL: Don’t sleep on Hempfield.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields works with Damian Barr and Cole Clark during practice Dec. 7.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 15, 2021: Wrestling teams hit the mats
Wednesday night is fight night around the WPIAL.

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Jon Kolb, background, coaches Kelin Laffey, a Pine-Richland senior wrestler, during a weight training session on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at Adventures in Training in Wexford.
Veteran core ready to lead Pine-Richland wrestlers
December 12, 2021
When mats need to be cleaned before practice, Pine-Richland wrestling coach Caleb Kolb doesn’t have to seek out a volunteer to get the mop out and start scrubbing.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary works to pin Norwin’s Conner Henning at 113 pounds last season.
Latrobe expecting to challenge Waynesburg for Class 3A wrestling supremacy
December 7, 2021
When Mark Mears took over the Latrobe wrestling program a year ago, he inherited a program that was on the rise.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church reacts after defeating Karl Shindledecker of Chambersburg in the PIAA Class 3A 120-pound final last season.
Waynesburg wrestling team eyes 3rd consecutive WPIAL Class 3A title
Waynesburg rolled to the PIAA and WPIAL Class 3A titles in the 2020-21 season, and with nine starters returning, there is no reason why it shouldn’t make another run, especially in the WPIAL.

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Kiski Area Enzo Morlacci wrestler works out during a recent practice at Kiski Area High School, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.
A-K Valley Class 3A wrestling preview: Led by Lehigh recruit, Kiski Area reloads
The Kiski Area wrestling team had some youth in its lineup last year, but it still was able to win the Section 1-3A title.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrara-Rondon holds up three fingers signaling his three PIAA championship wins after defeating Rocco Welsh of Waynesburg during PIAA wrestling championships March 13, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
George Guido: Wrestlers now limited in number of matches per day
December 4, 2021
As wrestling and other winter sports prepare to take center stage starting Friday, the only real change in wrestling rules regards matches in one day.

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Plum’s Nino Walker works against Seneca Valley’s Tyler Chappell at 106 pounds during the WPIAL tournament last season.
Expectations rising for veteran Plum wrestling team
Expectations are on the rise for the Plum wrestling team this winter. The Mustangs return several contributors from last year who had winning records and will be looking to make some noise in Class 3A.

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PIAA appeals board upholds stern punishment for Bishop McCort wrestling program
December 1, 2021
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Board of Appeals listened Wednesday to the case of Bishop McCort on penalties levied by District 6 on its athletic programs. The group decided after about a half-hour of deliberation to sustain those penalties with amendments.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon works for an escape against Waynesburg’s Cole Homet in the 138-pound final during the 2021 PIAA wrestling championships.
Franklin Regional wrestlers in position for big season
November 28, 2021
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe stopped short of predicting a WPIAL title for his team, but the veteran mentor expects his team to be one of the best in Class 3A.

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Penn Hills wrestling team, ‘self-motivated’ senior look forward to more normal season
November 14, 2021
AJ Palumbo and the Penn Hills wrestling team had the same unfortunate experience as many others did during the pandemic last season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer works to pin Knoch’s Eli Reese at 215 pounds during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships.
Pitt wrestling program adds 5 WPIAL standouts on signing day
November 10, 2021
The early signing period turned out to be a bonanza for the Pitt wrestling program.

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Waynesburg coach Joe Throckmorton shouts instructions during the state tournament in March.
Waynesburg wrestling coach Joe Throckmorton resigns after arrest
September 22, 2021
Returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA team wrestling champion Waynesburg is searching for a new coach after Joe Throckmorton’s resignation was accepted by the Central Greene School Board on Tuesday.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht had a record-setting night against Hempfield with seven catches for 198 yards.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Derry, Latrobe, Connellsville hire alumni as coaches
August 30, 2021
Three district high schools recently decided to hire graduates as their next coaches.

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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 wrestlers excel during summer tournaments
August 8, 2021
Plum’s varsity wrestling team was young in the 2020-21 season as all but one member was an underclassman.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Billy McChesney paces outside the mat before competing in the heavyweight Class 3A semifinal during the PIAA wrestling championships March 13.
Greensburg Salem heavyweight Billy McChesney makes Ivy League commitment
July 23, 2021
Greensburg Salem heavyweight Billy McChesney is headed to the Ivy League.

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