Wrestling

PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships – Day One
March 9, 2012
A remarkable forty of the WPIAL’s forty-two Class AAA wrestlers survived the first day of wrestling and will again be in action Friday afternoon at the 2012 PIAA Wrestling Championships at the GIANT Center in Hershey. With three WPIAL wrestlers entered in each of the fourteen weight classes in the Class AAA brackets, twenty-seven won first round bouts Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals. Thirteen of the fifteen wrestlers losing in the first round turned around and won their first round consolation matches to remain alive in the tournament. The WPIAL was perfect in five weight classes, advancing all three of its AAA wrestlers at 106, 126, 160, 182 and 285 pounds. Only the 220-pound bracket saw all three wrestlers drop their first round match. But Pine-Richland’s Ben Balish, Canon-McMillan’s Alex Campbell, and Greensburg Salem’s Tanner Hahn all bounced back to win their first round consolation bouts.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/05/2012
March 5, 2012
The first full week of March concludes one winter scholastic sport with the state championships while another winter high school sports tips off its state playoff this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have end to end action of both the Class AAA and Class AA PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships from the GIANT Center in Hershey along with the start of the PIAA Boys and Girls state basketball playoffs, the PIHL Chiefs Cup, Nailers Cup and Open Cup Championships and the start of spring sports with college baseball, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, and the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show here at MSAsports.netMonday, March 5th:TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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2012 WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Results
March 4, 2012
The WPIAL Individual Championships finished the same way the Team Championships did, with the Canon-McMillan Big Macs on top. Canon-McMillan finished first in the team standings with 216.5 points, over 100 more than the 2nd place team Central Catholic (112 points). Franklin Regional (111 points), Hampton (107.5 points), and Greensburg Salem (99 points) wrapped up the top five.Helping Canon-McMillan win the team race were 8 wrestlers making it to the finals. Conner Schram (120), Solomon Chishko (138), outstanding wrestler Cody Wiercioch (182), and Cody Klempay (285) were all champions for the Big Macs, as they will take 8 wrestlers to Hershey next week. Franklin Regional will have 4 wrestlers advance to the PIAA tournament while Central Catholic, Kiski, North Allegheny, and Upper St. Clair will all have 3 wrestlers advancing.

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PIAA Southwest Regional Class AA Individual Wrestling Results
March 3, 2012
The two day PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Wrestling Championships are in the books in the final step to Hershey. Here are the results from the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown as the top five from each weight class advance to next weeks state finals.

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WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Finals – Day Two Highlights
The Class AAA WPIAL Championships had a similar feel Friday as it did on Thursday, as the top wrestlers at each weight class continued to march toward the finals. The Quarterfinals and 1st round of consolations were wrestled on Friday, with four wrestlers being eliminated in each weight class.Only 8 of the 56 top 4 seeds from the 14 weight classes did not advance into the semi-finals that will be wrestled on Saturday. Some of the big upsets on Friday were at 138 pounds, where Hampton’s Kevin Synan beat 2nd seed Cole Landowski of Kiski by fall in 5:09, and at 160 pounds, where Kellan Stout of Mount Lebanon beat 2nd seed Marco Crivelli of Hopewell 4-0. Also pulling upsets were Zack DeLuca of Central Catholic at 220 pounds, beating 3rd seed John Phillips of Albert Gallatin by fall in 4:31, and Damon Sims Jr. of Hopewell beating Luke Fleck of Franklin Regional at 285 pounds 2-1 in double overtime.

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WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Finals – Day One Highlights
March 2, 2012
The AAA WPIAL Championships kicked off from Norwin High School Thursday night. Four wrestlers were eliminated from the 20 man bracket to leave 8 wrestlers remaining in the quarterfinals and 8 wrestlers in the consolations.Overall there weren’t many surprises on the first night of action at Norwin. From the top 6 seeds in each weight class, only 3 lost on Thursday. At 132 pounds, 6th seed Josh Gudenburr of Ringgold lost to Chris Olszewski of Hampton 12-3. At 138 pounds, 5th seed Erik Rayman of Norwin lost to Italo Merante of Peters Township 4-3. The biggest upset of all however came at 152 pounds, when 3rd seed John Kyriacopoulos of Upper St. Clair lost 8-3 to Joe Fiasco of Penn Trafford.AAA WPIAL Champion Canon-McMillan leads the way with 10 wrestlers in the quarterfinals. Central Catholic and Hampton both have 8 wrestlers still alive in the winners bracket.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/27/2012
February 27, 2012
Championship Week for the district winter sports is here as February turns to March and the golden madness begins this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EVERY WPIAL Semifinals and Championship boys and girls basketball playoff game along with District 6 postseason boys and girls hoops and men's and women's college basketball postseason action, PIHL high school hockey, plus the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, the PIAA Class AA and Class AAA Individual Wrestling Regionals, the WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships along with Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, and the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show on a special day ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, February 27th:TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Derry’s Gulibon Highlights 2012 WPIAL AA Individual Wrestling Championships
February 25, 2012
Saturday was an historic night at Chartiers Valley High School at the AA WPIAL Championships. That was because Derry senior Jimmy Gulibon joined an elite club, becoming the 22nd wrestler in WPIAL history to win 4 WPIAL Championships. He did it by packaging several takedowns together to knock off Keystone Oaks junior Nick Zanetta 11-4 at 126 pounds. “I felt I could of done a lot more on my feet, scored a little bit more, but Zanetta wrestled a great match”, said Gulibon. “I ended up doing what I needed to do and winning.” Gulibon becomes the second Derry wrestler to join the club, as Troy Dolan won his 4th WPIAL Championship in 2007.

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New Addition to the WPIAL Four-Time Wrestling Champions Club
The 2012 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships are in the books at Chartiers Valley High School, with the story of the night being the Fourth WPIAL Championship captured by Derry's Jimmy Gulibon, who became the 22nd wrestler in WPIAL history to win gold in all four years of his high school career.Here is the impressive list the Gulibon has joined:

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WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Finals – Day One Highlights
It was a quick first day of wrestling in the AA WPIAL Championships on Friday evening at Chartiers Valley High School, but it wasn’t without some sizzle. The top headline was at 145 pounds, where top seed Corey Faleroni of Burrell fell short of advancing into the semi-finals after losing to Taylor Wentzel of South Park 13-6. In addition number two seed at 152 pounds Cody Weinell of Derry lost to Troy Braddock of Blackhawk by fall in 1:57 as well as the number two seed at 195 pounds Allan Cratsenburg of Highlands losing to Jacob Temple of Avella by fall in 5:49.Overall we seen 35 falls or technical falls in the 56 quarterfinal matches wrestled on Friday. The four returning WPIAL Champions from a year ago, Jason Nolf of Kittanning (113), Jimmy Gulibon of Derry (126), Dakota DesLauriers of Burrell (182), and Jordan Kitta of Southmoreland (195), all were victorious by fall and are looking to repeat.

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WPIAL Wrestling Realignment for 2013 and 2014
February 22, 2012
The WPIAL Board of Control Tuesday approved the new alignment for WPIAL wrestling sections for the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 seasons. The League has retained the "sub-section" format for the regular season. In Class AAA there are four sections while in Class AA there are still three sections.Some of the changes include Blackhawk and Central Valley moving up from Class AA to Class AAA. Steel Valley dropping out, but both North Catholic and Mapletown adding teams.Bold schools are teams that moved and are in a new sub-section compared to the current cycle.WPIAL CLASS AAA:Section 1-A: Franklin Regional Panthers Gateway Gators Kiski Area Cavaliers McKeesport Tigers Penn Hills Indians Woodland Hills Wolverines

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/20/2012
February 20, 2012
We have high school and college winter sports postseason action gone wild all this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EVERY WPIAL First Round and Quarterfinals boys and girls basketball playoff game along with District 6 postseason boys and girls hoops and men's and women's college basketball regular season and postseason hardwood action and three PIHL high school hockey showdowns, plus the 2012 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships, the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class AAA-3 and Class AAA-4 Sectionals, the District 6 Class AAA Wrestling Championships, the WPIAL Boys and Girls Diving Championships along with Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, and the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show on a special day ALL here at MSAsports.net

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WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class AA Sectional Results 2012
February 18, 2012
The WPIAL held its individual wrestling sectionals in Class AA Saturday at three different sites to set the field for the classification championships next weekend. The top five wrestlers in each weight class in each of the three AA sections qualify for the 2012 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th right here on the MSA Sports Network.Section 1-AA at Burgettstown High School:

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Scholastic Notebook – 02/17/2012
February 17, 2012
The coaching wheels are turning – not only in football, but already in basketball. There were some noteworthy coaching changes in both sports this week. 

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/13/2012
February 13, 2012
Because we think YOU are special, our Valentines Day gift to you is plenty of regular season and postseason high school and college basketball, wrestling and hockey action all week long here on the MSA Sports Network.

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Canon-McMillan Golden in Claiming PIAA Team Wrestling AAA Title
February 11, 2012
It wasn’t easy, but Canon-McMillan (24-0) won the 2012 PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship with a 35-20 victory over McDowell (18-2) this afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In a dual meet that featured four lead changes, the Trojans made things very interesting. After winning six of the first nine bouts contested, McDowell built a slim four point lead.

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PIAA Team Wrestling Championships – Day Three Highlights
Mechanicsburg’s talented big men proved to be too much for North Allegheny (20-6) to overcome, as the District 3 runner-up Wildcats tamed the Tigers, 43-22, in a fourth round consolation match today at the PIAA Team Championships at the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. North Allegheny led early, 6-0, on the strength of decisions by sophomores Domenic Forys (113 pounds) and Blynn Shideler (120 pounds). The Wildcats’ Tristan Skelly then knotted the match at 6-6 with a fall at 126 pounds. The Tigers regained the lead briefly at 10-6 as sophomore Jesse Rodgers tallied a convincing 14-1 major decision over Kyle Shuler at 138 pounds. But it would prove to be the final lead of the match for North Allegheny.

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PIAA Team Wrestling Championships – Day Two Highlights
February 10, 2012
With one huge victory, Canon-McMillan (22-0) ended Central Dauphin’s four year stranglehold on the PIAA Class AAA title; ended the Rams’ state-record of 95 straight dual meet wins; and earned the opportunity to win its first-ever state team championship.

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PIAA Team Wrestling Championships – Day One Highlights
February 9, 2012
The WPIAL saved its strongest team for last, the Class AAA District 7 champion Canon-McMillan Big Macs (20-0).

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PIAA Team Wrestling Playoff Results: Canon-Mac Wins AAA State Gold
February 6, 2012
In the 14-year history of the PIAA Team Wrestling Playoffs, only two WPIAL teams had won state gold.

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