Wrestling

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
March 2, 2021
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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Thomas Jefferson’s Michael Zacur looks to escape from Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher in a 152-pound bout at the Powerade wrestling tournament on Jan. 29.
Senior duo builds impressive resumes for Thomas Jefferson wrestling
February 21, 2021
Thomas Jefferson wrestlers Kale Buckiso and Michael Zacur burst onto the scene as freshmen in 2017-18.

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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer won a WPIAL title last season.
Spencer leads way for Pine-Richland wrestling team
February 20, 2021
Pine-Richland wrestling made some big strides during the team portion of the season, and now the hope is it has set it up for success in an expanded individual season.

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Hampton wrestler overcomes size disadvantage to have big senior season
Nearly every time Conrad Harold stepped on the wrestling mat this season, he was facing someone bigger than him.

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Kiski’s Brayden Roscosky and Bell Vernon’s Logan Hoffman compete in the 189 pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Brayden Roscosky and Sammy Starr get 100th wins
February 19, 2021
After this week’s WPIAL Class AAA Section 1A individual subsection meet, Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr and Brayden Roscosky joined a long line of Kiski Area wrestlers to win 100 career matches.

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Derry senior Ty Cymmerman holds down Mt. Pleasant’s Conor Johnson in winning 16-0 at the WPIAL Class AA Section 3B tournament Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Derry’s Cymmerman begins his long journey, hopes to join elite club
February 16, 2021
The coronavirus has made it tough on high school athletics, especially wrestling.

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Burrell’s Colby Christie works to pin Burgettstown’s Nate Neal at 172 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Final Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for 2021 season
Class AAA

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works against Burgettstown’s Anthony Lancos at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AA team championship match on Feb. 13, 2021, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt hoping to join elite group of 4-time WPIAL champions
On the way to his first three individual WPIAL titles, Burrell’s Ian Oswalt might have been one of the most motivated wrestlers in the WPIAL. It showed, as the Bucs’ 138-pounder won at least 45 matches in each of his first three seasons and was on the brink of capturing his first PIAA title as a junior last winter.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson
On the way to Waynesburg’s second straight WPIAL Class AAA championship, the school’s seventh overall, 145-pounder Wyatt Henson put on a show. He picked up three pins and also defeated North Allegheny’s Max Stedeford, who is No. 4 in Trib HSSN’s Class AAA 145-pound rankings, by a 9-3 decision in Waynesburg’s semifinal match on Wednesday.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Feb. 16, 2021: Burrell Bucs
The No. 1 Burrell Bucs have won 45 consecutive matches in the WPIAL playoffs, and for the 15th year in a row, they were crowned WPIAL Class AA champions this past Saturday with a 38-18 victory over the Burgettstown Blue Devils. They did so in convincing fashion.

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Lucas Paszek is one of three graduating seniors on the Penn-Trafford wrestling team.
Penn-Trafford wrestling team makes progress, looks forward to next season
February 14, 2021
It didn’t end the way Penn-Trafford wrestling coach A.J. Brentzel had hoped, a loss in the Section 1 championship match and a loss in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA WPIAL Team Tournament, but the second-year coach is proud of the progress the team has made in two seasons.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember celebrates after pinning Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Stasko at 189 pounds during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Quaker Valley wrestling continues upward trend after WPIAL team tournament run
When the Quaker Valley wrestling team faced off with Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 23 at the Hampton Dawg Duals, they came away with a 42-21 loss after only winning four contested matches.

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Members of the 2020-21 North Allegheny girls wrestling team are, from left, assistant coach Amanda Walker, Taylor Stover, Hannah Williams, Leyna Rumpler and head coach Dan Heckert.
Trio of female wrestlers make history at North Allegheny
February 13, 2021
High school students certainly spend a lot of time learning about history. Not many of those students get to make history.

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