WPIAL wrestling notebook: Norwin hires coach with college, national team experience
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 4:44 PM
Norwin has a new wrestling coach.
It’s Connellsville grad Kyle Martin, an up-and-coming coach who has been an assistant at a couple of colleges and coached USA Wrestling’s national and Pennsylvania teams.
Martin was a finalist for the Connellsville job that went to former Greensburg Central Catholic coach and Mt. Pleasant grad Mike Yancosky.
He replaces Vince DeAugustine, who returned to coach Hempfield after spending two years with the Knights and helping Kurtis Phipps become the school’s first state wrestling champion.
“I’m excited to get started,” Martin said. “I was disappointed that I didn’t get the Connellsville job, but Norwin is giving me a great opportunity, and I’m grateful for that. I see a lot of potential there, and the wrestlers are hard workers.”
Signed and sealed
The NCAA letter of intent day was last week, and numerous area wrestlers made their intentions known.
Several wrestlers are headed out of state to national powers: Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert (Arizona State), Seneca Valley’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (Oklahoma) and Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson (Iowa).
Others are staying in Pennsylvania, like Hempfield’s Ty Linsenbigler (Lock Haven) and Norwin’s John Altieri (Clarion).
A handful of others signed with Ivy League schools: Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer (Penn), Burrell’s A.J. Corrado (Brown), Franklin Regional’s Mason Spears (Brown) and Freedom’s Kenny Duschek (Columbia).
Also, Hempfield’s (Jeannette senior) Ethan Berginc will join the United States Military Academy.
Franklin Regional junior Finn Solomon committed to North Carolina State and Kiski Prep junior (former Kiski Area) Enzo Morlacci to Lehigh.
Change of venues
Because of the coronavirus, two prominent holiday tournaments — Powerade and Southmoreland — are changing sites.
Powerade will move from Canon-McMillan High School to the Monroeville Convention Center on Dec. 28-29. Southmoreland is moving its tournament from the high school to the Murrysville SportsZone on Dec. 28-29.
Gateway athletic director Don Holl said the annual Eastern Invitational at Gateway has not been moved and will be Dec. 11-12 at the high school.
The Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association still is considering holding its tournament in early January.
This and that
Latrobe sophomore Vinny Kilkeary, the returning PIAA Class AAA 106-pound champion, won a Super 32 title earlier this month. … Waynesburg (Class AAA) and Burrell (Class AA) are the early favorites to win WPIAL team titles. Waynesburg is ranked No. 1 in the state. … The PA Wrestling Handbook is now available. The book is full of high school wrestling information. The book was compiled by historian Tom Elling. Check the pawrsl.com website for more information.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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