WPIAL wrestling realignment takes geographical approach
Monday, February 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM
The WPIAL board approved new wrestling sections Monday based more on geography and less on competitive balance.
As a result, Class AAA will have a much different alignment next season, said Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano, chairman of the wrestling committee. Nineteen of the 45 teams are moving to a new section for the 2020-21 season, and 29 teams find themselves in a new subsection.
Class AA had fewer changes.
Vulcano said committee members agreed some of the current travel requirements didn’t make sense. For example, Canon-McMillan drove past South Hills schools this winter to share a section with New Castle.
The decision to shorten travel times matches an approach the WPIAL has taken with other sports.
The new wrestling alignment has 45 teams in Class AAA and 36 in Class AA. Waynesburg, which won the WPIAL Class AAA team title Feb. 1, is voluntarily remaining in the larger classification despite a Class AA enrollment. Waynesburg and WPIAL semifinalist Canon-McMillan were previously in the same section but now they also share a subsection.
Two teams will move up to Class AAA (Beaver, Highlands) and three teams drop to AA (Ambridge, Knoch, Montour).
Armstrong, Fox Chapel, Hampton, Highlands, Indiana, Kiski Area
Franklin Regional, Gateway, Penn Hills, Penn-Traford, Plum, Woodland Hills
Albert Gallatin, Baldwin, Belle Vernon, Connellsville, Thomas Jefferson, West Mifflin
Greensburg Salem, Hempfield, Latrobe, McKeesport, Norwin
Beaver, Butler, Moon, New Castle, Seneca Valley, West Allegheny
Mars, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Shaler
Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, South Fayette, Trinity, Waynesburg
Bethel Park, Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Ringgold, Upper St. Clair
Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, Keystone Oaks, South Park, Washington
Bentworth, Beth-Center, Frazier, Jefferson-Morgan, McGuffey, West Greene
Ambridge, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Freedom, Laurel
Avonworth, Carlynton, Hopewell, Montour, Quaker Valley, South Side
Burrell, Knoch, Riverview, South Allegheny, Summit Academy, Valley
Derry, Elizabeth Forward, Ligonier Valley, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, Yough
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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