Wrestling

2011-2012 WPIAL and PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS on PARADE
July 6, 2012
What better way to celebrate America's Birthday and the end of another school year than with a parade. It has been another great high school sports year. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during the 2011-2012 school year. As we get ready for another great scholastic campaign in 2012-2013, we look back at all the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League team champions on parade from this past school year.Football:Class AAAA - North Allegheny TigersClass AAA - Montour SpartansClass AA - Aliquippa QuipsClass A - Clairton BearsCity League - University Prep PanthersPIAA Class A - Clairton Bears

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/25/2012
May 25, 2012
Seven of the eight teams in the WPIAL baseball finals are quite familiar with this championship stuff. They all have won at least one title in the past nine seasons. As championship traditions go, the eighth team in the finals is like the odd man out. Belle Vernon has never won a WPIAL championship, and  the WPIAL has been staging championships since 1914. Belle Vernon will try to win its first title when it plays Blackhawk in the Class AAA championship Tuesday night at Consol Energy Field in Washington.

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2011-2012 MSA SPORTS ALL MAT WRESTLING TEAM
March 16, 2012
The WPIAL team championships may have had the same results for the 3rd year in a row, with Burrell winning the AA and Canon McMillan winning the AAA WPIAL title (in addition to the Big Macs winning the PIAA Championship). The individuals certainly did not disappoint, with the WPIAL bringing home 6 individuals state championships plus the City League claiming its first ever gold medal. Overall the WPIAL had 47 state medallists, including 30 from AAA and 17 from AA. 2011-2012 MSA Sports Outstanding Wrestler 126 – Jimmy Gulibon, Derry, Senior, 25-1, 136-4

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/12/2012
March 12, 2012
We say so long to the high school wrestling postseason and hello to the Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Second Round and Quarterfinals action in the PIAA boys and girls state basketball playoffs along with the drop of the puck on the PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs with First Round and Quarterfinals play, plus its the season ending edition of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, along with the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, March 12th:TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.netPIHL High School Hockey Playoffs: Penguins Cup Class AAA First Round - Shaler vs Peters Township at 7:30pm on MSAsports.net

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Derry’s Gulibon Joins Elite Group, Wins Fourth State Wrestling Title
March 11, 2012
In his usual dominating fashion, Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon joined a very elite club by becoming the tenth wrestler in PIAA history to win four individual state titles at the 75th annual PIAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey. On the strength of four takedowns, the Trojans’ senior cruised to a 9-3 decision over Keystone Oaks’ Nick Zanetta in the Class AA 126-pound final. Gulibon also defeated Zanetta, a junior, at the WPIAL Class AA Championships two weeks ago, 11-4, and at the PIAA Southwest Regional tournament last Saturday, 11-3. The Penn State recruit, named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, finishes his high school career with a 136-4 record. Gulibon won Class AAA titles as a freshman and sophomore and AA championships the past two seasons.

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Four WPIAL & One City League Class AAA Wrestlers Win State Championships
Led by Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan won its second straight PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championship Saturday evening at the GIANT Center in Hershey. The Big Macs, with 102 team points, easily outdistanced second place Central Dauphin (67 points). Chambersburg finished in third place with 52 points. Weircioch won his second state title with a 7-4 decision in the 170-pound final over Norristown’s Shane Springer. The Big Macs’ junior completed a perfect 46-0 season by scoring three takedowns on his way to the gold medal. Wiercioch, who won his first state title at the Class AA level two years ago as a freshman at Charleroi, advanced to the finals with an 11-4 semifinal victory Saturday morning over Solanco’s Connor Moran.

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PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships – Day Two
March 10, 2012
Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon is on the brink of becoming only the tenth athlete in 75 years of Pennsylvania wrestling history to win four individual state titles. The Trojans’ senior advanced to Saturday afternoon’s 126-pound final with quarterfinal and semifinal victories over Hanover’s Ian Brown, 8-1, and Ridgway’s Corey Bush, 14-4, on Friday at the GIANT Center in Hershey. It has been sixteen years since another WPIAL wrestler, McGuffey’s Jeremy Hunter, last won his fourth state crown in 1996. The eight other wrestlers to accomplish this feat are Jim Conklin, Waynesburg (1943); Jerry Maurey, Clearfield (1950); Mike Johnson, Lock Haven (1961); Matt Gerhard, Catasauqua (1984); Ty Moore, North Allegheny (1990); John Hughes, Benton (1991); Cary Kolat, Jefferson Morgan (1992); and Bob Crawford, Milton (1993). The PIAA individual wrestling championships were first contested in 1938.

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Scholastic Notebook – 03/09/2012
March 9, 2012
Derry Area wrestler Jimmy Gulibon is in Hershey this weekend, trying to make history. The Derry senior is trying to become only the 10th wrestler in Pennsylvania to win four state titles. If Gulibon wins, this one would probably mean the most, simply because of what he overcame this season. Flash back to late December, when Gulibon was wrestling in the finals of the Powerade Tournament. He won, but sustained a left knee injury. Gulibon, and some others, thought the injury might be serious. They thought it might be an ACL tear. “He was very scared because he never even really had an injury before,” said Derry coach Mike Weinell. “We didn’t know at the time how serious it was. Jimmy just knew he couldn’t do what he does. He couldn’t push off his foot or his leg.”

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PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships – Day One
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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