Wrestling

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
March 6, 2019
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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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps takes a knee between periods with opponent Dom Giordano of Kiski Area in the 120-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL wrestling class 3A individual tournament on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas eye 3rd WPIAL titles after semifinal victories
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills junior Sam Hillegas clinched a spot in the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championship with wins in the semifinals Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Brendan Finnerty competes during a match in the 2018-19 season.
Finnerty brothers bolster Thomas Jefferson wrestling team’s success
Between them, the Finnerty brothers have almost 50 wins this season as members of the Thomas Jefferson wrestling team.

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Pine Richland’s Nate Lukez (left), shown earlier this season, took first place at the section championships.
6 Pine-Richland wrestlers punch tickets to WPIALs
The high school wrestling postseason is in full swing, and Pine-Richland is seeing positive results, starting with the WPIAL Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel.

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Kiski’s Nick Delp brings down Penn-Trafford’s John Bachar in the 170-pound quarterfinal bout at the WPIAL class 3A individual tournament on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Connor, Kiski Area roll through WPIAL wrestling Day 1
March 1, 2019
Cam Connor critiqued his minimal mat time Friday. Then again, that proved a pretty optimal outcome for the Kiski Area senior.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera wrestles atop Moon’s Khyvon Grace in the 113-pound quarterfinal bout at the WPIAL wrestling class 3A quarterfinals on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Seneca Valley, Hempfield send five wrestlers to WPIAL semifinals
Seneca Valley and Hempfield shared a high five Friday on the opening day of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc reacts after defeating No. 2-seeded Cole Homet of Waynesburg in overtime in the 120-pound quarterfinal at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament.
Hempfield’s Berginc pulls off big upset to highlight Day 1 of Southwest Regional wrestling
When Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan was forced to drop out of the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional tournament because of a broken hand, it gave an underdog wrestler an opportunity to earn a trip to the PIAA championship in the 120-pound weight class.

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