Wrestling

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
March 2, 2019
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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Shaler’s Ryan Sullivan works to defeat Moon’s Frankie Bonura during the 113-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Shaler’s Sullivan perseveres for final victory
Ryan Sullivan’s final performance as a Shaler wrestler was heart-wrenching and dramatic.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger beats Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Hoaglund 8-0 in the 285lbs bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
5 things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships
February 28, 2019
If you follow WPIAL high school wrestling, there is a good chance you’ve heard about North Hills junior Sam Hillegas, Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps, Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho, Seneca Valley sophomore Alejandro Herrera-Rondon and Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan.

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A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Harmon finds home with Armstrong
Logan Harmon had no wrestling home last season, but he is finding a comfortable spot this season and is seeking a vacation in Hershey.

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Kiski Area’s Darren Miller works to a 14-4 major decision over Hempfield’s Jared Brean at 132 pounds during their Class AAA Section 1 championship match Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Kiski Area High School.
Miller’s time: Kiski Area senior aims for WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title
February 27, 2019
Darren Miller knows the challenges that await him at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships. Little can surprise him after three prior trips to the tournament.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Coy beats Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci in the 145 bout lb Wednesday, at Kiski Area High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy looking to continue season of firsts at WPIAL wrestling tournament
It’s been a year of firsts for Penn-Trafford senior wrestler Nick Coy.

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Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence grapples atop St. Joseph’s Academy’s Tyler Stoltzfus in the 160-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.
Trib HSSN individual wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 25, 2019
Tribune-Review individual wrestling rankings

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North Hill’s Sam Hillegas takes down Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger before pinning him in the 132 pounds bout during the ACWT recently at Fox Chapel Area High School.
North Hills wrestlers turn in strong performances at sections
The North Hills wrestling team put together a strong showing at the Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel, showcasing plenty of improvement across the board.

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Shaler’s Ryan Sullivan pins Allderdice’s Troy Jacobson in the 120-pound bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Broken hand will force Shaler’s Sullivan to miss WPIAL, PIAA wrestling tournaments
February 26, 2019
A broken right hand will keep Shaler senior Ryan Sullivan, the returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA 113-pound champion, from defending his titles.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Freedom
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Freedom

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK: Dayton Pitzer, Mt. Pleasant, fr.

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps is announced the winner of the 120-pound bout against Stroudsburg’s Cameron Enriquez during the Powerade wrestling tournament finals on Saturday, Dec., 29, 2018 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Former champions on collision course at WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships
February 25, 2019
One returning champion definitely won’t be adding another WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title to his resume this weekend.

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High school wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas chasing 3rd WPIAL titles
Norwin junior Kurtis Phipps and North Hills junior Sam Hillegas could reach a WPIAL milestone at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

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Derry’s Dom DeLuca gets control of Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely in the 220-pound final in the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament.
Mt. Pleasant’s Pitzer, Derry’s DeLuca claim regional wrestling titles
February 23, 2019
Wrestlers who give up a five-point move early in a championship match usually don’t recover.

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Kiski Area’s Miller wins showdown for 3rd section title
When Kiski Area’s Darren Miller and Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho met in the 126-pound final at Saturday’s Section 1-AAA tournament at Kiski Area, a three-time section champion was guaranteed to be crowned.

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