Wrestling

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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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack works against Quaker Valley’s Isaac Maccaglia at 113 pounds during their WPIAL Class AA semifinal on Wedesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Burgettstown, Seneca Valley look to challenge favorites Burrell, Waynesburg for WPIAL wrestling titles
February 12, 2021
The Burrell and Waynesburg wrestling teams will aim to defend their WPIAL titles Saturday afternoon at Canon-McMillan.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Kale Buckiso looks to escape from Connellsville’s Chad Jesko in the WPIAL Class AAA Section 2 wrestling finals Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 10, 2021: Wrestling playoffs continue
February 9, 2021
The brackets are set for the 2021 WPIAL team wrestling playoffs. Due to the pandemic, the postseason field is smaller than usual with seven Class AAA teams and six AA teams set to fight for gold.

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Burrell’s Cooper Hornack and Franklin Regional’s Ty Kapusta compete in the 106-pound finals during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament Feb. 6.
Veteran title contender, freshman phenom add to Burrell wrestling’s trophy case
The Burrell Bucs have a long history of great wrestling, and even in a season with multiple stops and starts, this year is no different.

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Norwin’s John Altieri reverses Northern York’s Cole Bartram in a 145-pound bout during the Powerade wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Westmoreland wrestling notebook: Norwin raises funds through workouts
Waynesburg (Class AAA) and Burrell (Class AA) were seeded No. 1 in their classifications for the WPIAL wrestling team tournaments which are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon and Hempfield’s Lucas Kapusta compete in the 138-pound bout during the Westmoreland County wrestling tournament finals Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 9, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church (leftt) works against Canon-McMillan’s Jacob Houpt at 120 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Central High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for Feb. 9, 2021
Here’s a look at the latest Trib HSSN wrestling team rankings through Feb. 8, 2021:

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: AJ Corrado, Burrell
Because the No. 1 Burrell Bucs had to pull out of the annual Powerade wrestling tournament a couple of weeks ago, 160-pounder AJ Corrado missed out on an opportunity to take on Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci, who is ranked 16th nationally by TheOpenMat.com.

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Waynesburg’s Joseph Simon works against Canon-McMillan’s Brandon Dami at 113 pounds on Jan. 27.
High school wrestling roundup for Feb. 8, 2021: Waynesburg rolls to section title
No. 1 Waynesburg was practically unbeatable Monday night, winning all 21 contested bouts over two matches to claim a WPIAL Class AAA Section 4 championship.

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Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson (top) works against Canon-McMillan’s Tyler Soule at 145 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Centra High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Canon-McMillan, Butler latest to opt out of wrestling team postseason
February 8, 2021
Two more Class AAA wrestling teams pulled out of the WPIAL team postseason, which begins Monday with the section tournaments.

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Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (right) wrestles Waynesburg’s Rocco Welsh in the 152-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30.
Road to WPIAL team wrestling championship begins Monday
February 7, 2021
The WPIAL will host its first winter sports championship this week, the team wrestling championships.

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Kiski Area’s Brayden Roscosky and Belle 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.
Burrell’s Corrado wins showdown; Kiski Area’s Roscosky wins 3rd Westmoreland wrestling title
February 6, 2021
When Kiski Area junior Enzo Morlacci won the Powerade Tournament on Jan. 30, he was disappointed Burrell senior A.J. Corrado couldn’t wrestle because the coronavirus had shut down the Buccaneers’ program for 10 days.

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Waynesburg’s Eli Makel (top) works against Canon-McMillan’s Nikko Martini at 189 pounds on Jan. 27.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 3, 2021: Wrestling regular season wrapping up
February 3, 2021
Sectional duals are winding down in WPIAL team wrestling. This is the final week of the regular season before the team sectionals and the district playoffs next week.

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Hempfield heavyweight Isaiah Vance (left) is one of five wrestlers in the field who have won a pair of Westmoreland County titles.
Westmoreland County wrestling tournament will have different look
February 2, 2021
There will be a Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz (right) wrestles Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci (left) in the 160-pound final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021.
Enzo Morlacci 1st in Kiski Area history to win Powerade
The Kiski Area wrestling program has a storied history of success, but Enzo Morlacci accomplished something for the first time in program history this weekend.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Connellsville’s Mason Prinkey last year at states.
WPIAL wrestling notebook: Franklin Regional stays hot
Franklin Regional maintained its hold on the No. 4 position in the Class AAA Trib HSSN team wrestling rankings by winning the North Allegheny Duals on Jan. 30.

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New Knoch wrestling coach Bob Waldron watches as wrestlers Aaron Butler and Gavin McGowan train during a practice on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Knoch forced to quarantine, won’t practice until Feb. 11
The Knoch wrestling team won’t be participating in team sectional playoffs this season. The Knights entered quarantine at the end of the week last week, and coach Bob Waldron said the team won’t be competing until individual sections.

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Waynesburg’s Mac Church (right) works against Canon-McMillan’s Jacob Houpt at 120 pounds during their match on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Waynesburg Central High School. Waynesburg won, 48-13.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 2, 2021
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings:

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Sheaer wrestles Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson in the 145-pound weight class final of the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 30, 2021, at Monroeville Convention Center.
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling team rankings for Feb. 2, 2021
Here’s a look at the latest Trib HSSN wrestling team rankings through Feb. 1, 2021:

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Franklin Regional
The No. 4 Franklin Regional wrestling team took on five teams at the North Allegheny Duals on Saturday and came away with an undefeated record while allowing just 49 points and giving up five pins.

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