WPIAL wrestling notebook: Waynesburg stars win Ironman titles
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 6:10 PM
Waynesburg seniors Mac Church and Rocco Welsh captured titles at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman on Saturday.
Church won the 144-pound weight class by defeating Western Reserve Academy’s Sam Cartella, 2-1, in overtime. Church was 5-0.
Welsh posted a 13-4 decision in the 175-pound finals against St. Edward’s Jarrel Miller. He, too, went 5-0.
Frazier junior Rune Lawrence (6-2) placed third at 190 after reaching the semifinals. He dropped a 6-4 decision to Teays Valley’s Camden Daniels, 6-4, in the semifinals before defeating Sanford School’s Justin Griffith, 6-0. Lawrence pinned Stillwater’s A.J. Heeg in 32 seconds.
Trinity opens eyes
Trinity made a big jump in the TribHSSN Live wrestling rankings after going 3-0 and winning the Hiller Duals.
The Wildcats were missing two-time PIAA champion Vinny Kilkeary and PIAA qualifier Nathan Roth, both nursing injuries.
“They’re pretty good,” Latrobe coach Mark Mears said. “They’ll be in the mix at the end of the season.”
Trinity’s Ty Banco, Blake Reihner, Bodie Morgan, Thomas Allison and Robert Allison went 3-0.
Corey Boerio, Wyatt Schmucker, Luke Willochell and Leo Joseph were 3-0 for the Wildcats, and Dylan Barrett, Hayden Coy and Owen Ott were 4-0 for the Warriors.
Trinity also collected the program’s 800th win.
Franklin Regional wins CV
Dom Colaizzi, Tyler Kapusta, Juliano Marion, Gavyn Beck and Nate Stone went 3-0 for the Panthers.
Highlands edged Frazier, 42-33, for third place. The Commodores were missing two-time PIAA Class 2A champion Rune Lawrence, who was competing at the Ironman Classic. Jackson Angelo, Tyler Clark and Lincoln Dye were 3-0 for the Commodores.
Tyler Bender, Jason Chambers, Noah Leslie and Aiden Burford were 3-0 for the Golden Rams.
Shawn Taylor, Ty Watters, Nico Taddy, Nick Jones and Cade Stern went 5-0.
Seneca Valley goes 4-0
Match of the Week
The big tournaments this weekend will be in District 6.
Burrell, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, Franklin Regional, Latrobe, Seneca Valley and Thomas Jefferson will be competing in the King of the Mountain tournament at Central Mountain High School near Lock Haven.
Norwin will be in Sharpsville competing in the David Walley Duals, South Fayette is at Erie Prep in the Rambler Duals and the Kiski Area Duals will feature Butler, Fort LeBoeuf, Hempfield, North Allegheny, Penn-Trafford, Peters Township, Quaker Valley, Waynesburg and Yough.
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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