Wrestling

Ligonier Valley’s James Brown takes down Derry’s Charles Banks at 126 pounds in a dual meet last month.
Westmoreland Senior Spotlight: Ligonier Valley’s James Brown
February 21, 2022
Last season, Ligonier Valley senior James Brown broke his leg in the third practice of the season.

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Pine-Richland’s Kelin Laffey wrestles Dylan Evans of Chartiers Valley during the 152-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15, 2022 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Pine-Richland wrestling primed to peak for postseason
February 20, 2022
It’s already been a strong year for Pine-Richland wrestling, going 12-3 with a trip to the WPIAL team tournament, and with individual season approaching, a group of Rams have positioned themselves to make more noise.

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Eighth-grade wrestlers, from left, Saphia Davis, Alaina Claassen and Madison Killmeyer, hope to form the foundation of a girls wrestling team at Plum.
Plum trio blazing trail for girls wrestling in district
High school girls wrestling in Pennsylvania is gaining momentum on a weekly basis.

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Bentworth’s Chris Vargo beats Burrell’s Cooper Hornack in the 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Canon-McMillan.
Szymanski keeps Burrell’s WPIAL champion streak alive
One historic run at Burrell ended this season, but an even longer one continued.

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Brashear’s Jermaine Williams was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 2022 City League wrestling championships Feb. 19, 2022, at Carrick.
City League crowns wrestling champions
February 19, 2022
Allderdice will send 11 wrestlers to the Northwest Regional tournament next month after an impressive showing Saturday at the City League championships at Carrick.

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Hampton’s Alan Wolfe works against Highlands’ Angelo Markey at 172 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Hampton senior Wolfe enjoying best season after biding his time as junior backup
Hampton wrestler Alan Wolfe refused to get discouraged last season, stuck on the bench behind a two-time WPIAL qualifier.

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Chartiers Valley’s Josh Savasnick earned his 100th career victory during the 2021-22 season.
Chartiers Valley wrestlers find individual success
This season has been a wild ride on the mat for the Chartiers Valley wrestling team.

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Norwin’s Luke Passarelli wrestles Kiski School’s Sulayman Bah during the WCCA championships on Jan. 7 at Kiski Area High School.
Norwin notebook: Wrestling team wins late-season tournament
The WPIAL team wrestling championship had already been decided, but that didn’t stop Norwin from beating up on opponents.

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Burrell freshman Calio Zanella looks to pin Avonworth’s Mike Tabano at 113 pounds Feb. 18 at the WPIAL Class 2A Championship at Canon-McMillan.
Burrell freshmen looking to mark their mark in WPIAL Class 2A wrestling
February 18, 2022
When you wrestle for Burrell, expectations are high.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Jamison Poklembo practices Feb. 15, 2022 at Norwin.
Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo, a defending WPIAL champ, driven by No. 2 seed
February 15, 2022
When the WPIAL wrestling committee released the seeding for the Class 2A individual tournament Tuesday, Mt. Pleasant sophomore Jamison Poklembo was disappointed that he was seeded No. 2 at 138 pounds.

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Waynesburg’s Zander Phaturos gets a takedown in the 126-pound quarterfinal at the PIAA Class 3A team wrestling championship at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Team Wrestling Rankings: Week of Feb. 14, 2022
Class AAA

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Burrell’s Shawn Szymanski (left) tops the 145-pound weight class in Class 2A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL individual wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 14, 2022
TribHSSN WPIAL Wrestling Rankings as of Feb. 14

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember celebrates after pinning Burrell’s Cole Clark in the 215-pound bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championship on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Clutch performances helped carry Quaker Valley to 1st WPIAL wrestling title
February 13, 2022
Patrick Cutchember ignited the engine; Justin Richey drove the Quakers over the finish line.

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel takes Connellsville’s Dennis Nichelson to his back for nearfall points Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at the PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Team Wrestling Championship: Resilient Waynesburg bounces back to take 3rd
February 12, 2022
HERSHEY – For what the Waynesburg wrestling team has gone through this season — an unexpected coaching change and having two quality wrestlers sidelined — finishing third in the PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championship was quite an accomplishment.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church secures a takedown against Mifflin County in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championships: Defending champ Waynesburg falls in semifinals
February 11, 2022
Semifinals

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack looks for a pin at the PIAA Class 2A team championship Feb. 11 at the Giant Center, Hershey.
Burrell wrestling coach not disappointed with team’s effort at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields walked away from the PIAA Class 2A team championship with mixed emotions.

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Quaker Valley’s Mason Diemert looks to turn Forest Hills’ Kory Masalko at the PIAA Class 2A Team Wrestling Championship Feb. 11 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships: Burgettstown, Quaker Valley ousted in consolation round
Class 2A consolation round

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Connellsville’s Jared Keslar pins La Salle College’s Josh Fayette at 172 pounds in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A team tournament Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Class 3A PIAA Team Wrestling Championships: Waynesburg, Connellsville move on
February 10, 2022
First round

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Burgettstown’s Anthony Lancos stretches out Brookville’s Brecken Cieleski at 145 pounds at the PIAA Class 2A Team Championship Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Class 2A PIAA Team Wrestling Championships: WPIAL teams tripped up
First-round matches

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North Allegheny coach Sanshiro Abe celebrates with Jake Woodley at the 2016 PIAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey.
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sunny Abe resigns prior to postseason tournaments
February 9, 2022
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sanshiro “Sunny” Abe, a former NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler, resigned with one meet left in the regular season and the individual tournaments still ahead.

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