Wrestling

Kiski wrestling head coach Chris Heater talks with Stone Joseph (left) and Carter Dilts during practice on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
A-K Valley wrestling teams overcoming obstacles as they return to mat
January 7, 2021
For the past 30 years, Kiski Area wrestling coach Chris Heater has spent most of his winter vacation in the wrestling room, putting his athletes through practices and preparing them for tournaments and future matches.

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Plum junior Vinny Citrano is motivated to make states after narrowly missing out on trips to Hershey the past two seasons.
Plum wrestler Vinny Citrano eager to take first steps on road to Hershey
January 6, 2021
For Vinny Citrano, the return to the Plum wrestling room this week was a welcome change.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee acknowledges the crowd after winning against Kiski Area’s Noah Levett in the 126-pound finals of the 2017 WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships.
Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s filled with multiple-time state champs in Class AAA
January 5, 2021
Over the past week, Trib HSSN has polled fans to pick the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s. Today, staff writer Paul Schofield makes his selections for Class AAA.

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Jeannette’s A.J. Graves (top) battles Valley’s Logan Downes during the 171-pound championship match at the 2005 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Balloting results
January 3, 2021
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Monday, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer reacts after defeating Freedom’s Bryson Miller for the 182-pound Class AA championship during the 2019 PIAA wrestling tournament.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA upper weights
January 2, 2021
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Shady Side Academy’s Dane Johnson controls Benton’s Eric Hess in a 112-pound match at the 2007 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA middle weights
December 31, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Shaler’s Troy Letters scores back points on Jason Woodall of Pittston Area during the 152-pound finals at the 2000 PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships at Hersheypark Arena.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AAA middle weights
December 30, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon (right) works to turn Blair Academy’s Maxwell Hvolbek during the 126-pound championship bout at the 2011 Powerade tournament.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AA lower weights
December 29, 2020
Since all high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps paces the sidelines before competing in the 132-pound weight class final at the Powerade Wrestling tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Wrestling notebook: Alternative tournament announced after cancellations
December 28, 2020
Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling recently announced the 2021 junior high and elementary state tournaments, along with Area tournaments, have been canceled because of the ongoing pandemic.

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Franklin Regional’s Nico Megaludis looks to score on Monsignor Bonner’s Nick Bongard during the 2010 PIAA Class AAA tournament at 119 pounds.
Picking the Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the 2000s: Class AAA lower weights
Since high school sports have been put on hold until Jan. 4, and with the postponements of three big holiday wrestling tournaments, now is a good time to take a look back and pick the top wrestlers from the WPIAL since the start of the century.

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Burrell celebrates with the WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championship trophy, their 14th consecutive win, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, after defeating Burgettstown in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Trib HSSN Top 20 Stories of 2020: Burrell’s streak continues
December 20, 2020
The most unique year in our lifetime is coming to an end. With so many mass starts and stops, highs and lows, just about all walks of life were affected by the coronavirus in 2020.

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Kiski’s Enzo Morlacci works against Ethan Connor during practice on Dec. 9, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
After wild offseason, Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci ready to prove himself
Kiski Area wrestler Enzo Morlacci has had quite the year, but he’s made the most of the past seven months.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc celebrates his victory over Aiden Lewis of Cedar Cliff in the finals of the state tournament last season. Hempfield was entered in the Powerade tournament before it was rescheduled.
New dates set for Powerade, Southmoreland wrestling tournaments
December 17, 2020
The Powerade Holiday Tournament has a new date.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley in the 113-pound consolation final at the state tournament last season.
Franklin Regional wrestlers have firepower to contend
December 13, 2020
Franklin Regional won consecutive WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA team wrestling titles in 2014 and 2015, and it reached the semifinals in 2017.

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Fox Chapel wrestling looks to lean on work ethic in 2020
After losing four seniors to graduation, the Fox Chapel wrestling team is going to go through a transition process in 2020.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cody Kaufman fights off a takedown attempt by Southmoreland’s Andrew Johnson at 138 pounds on Friday, Dec. 11.
Greensburg Salem wrestling downs Southmoreland in match before hiatus
December 11, 2020
When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf decided to put high school and recreational youth athletics on a three-week hiatus and the Monroeville Mat Madness wrestling tournament was canceled, Southmoreland athletic director and wrestling coach Dan Boring went to work.

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Hempfield Area’s Christian Zilli practices last month.
Some teams getting one last game in before sports shutdown begins
December 10, 2020
Basketball teams across the state found themselves with a dilemma Thursday after Gov. Tom Wolf announced the feared shutdown of high school sports, among a throng of other statewide restrictions due to the accelerated spread of covid-19.

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Burrell’s Olivia Watts goes through drills during practice last month.
A-K Valley teams disappointed, not shocked by high school sports shutdown
Over the past few weeks, coaches, athletes and administrators from around the Alle-Kiski Valley have been battling the unknown.

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Kiski Area’s Carter Dilts (top) works against Stone Joseph during practice Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Kiski Area High School.
After a down year, Kiski Area wrestling looking to prove it belongs among Class AAA elite
December 9, 2020
The Kiski Area wrestling team might have fallen short in many areas last season, and the Cavaliers might have lost a ton of talent, but don’t expect them to be anything short of motivated entering a season like no other.

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Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine instructs wrestlers during practice on Dec. 7, 2020, at Hempfield.
Hempfield could emerge as top contender to Waynesburg’s throne on WPIAL Class AAA mats
Is there any team in the WPIAL that can defeat No. 1-ranked Waynesburg?

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