2003 PIAA AA Final Results Links
(courtesy Pennsylvania Wrestling)
103 pounds 130 pounds 152 pounds 215 pounds
112 pounds 135 pounds 160 pounds 275 pounds
119 pounds 140 pounds 171 pounds
125 pounds 145 pounds 189 pounds

Class AA Listen Here Archives
(courtesy NSN Sports)
Thursday, March 6th
AA Preliminaries--Listen Here!
AA 1st-round Consolations--Listen Here!
Friday, March 7th
AA Quarterfinals--Listen Here!
AA 2nd-round Consolations--Listen Here!
AA Semifinals/3rd-round Consos--Listen Here!
AA 4th-round Consolations--Listen Here!
Saturday, March 8th
AA Consolation Finals (3rd, 5th, 7th)--Listen Here!

AA Championship Finals--Listen Here!

In Defense Of PIAA AA Gold
Of the four returning AA state champions who qualified for this year's PIAA Championships, only Joe Makara (Burrell--125) and Kurt Brenner (Freedom--171) made it back to the AA Finals. Both won their second PIAA titles. Jake Strayer (Forest Hills--119) lost in the preliminaries and came all the way through the consolation brackets to finish third. Matt Wilcox (Maplewood--215) was beaten in the semifinals and finished fourth.

Fresh(men) Champs!
Matt Dunn, Reynolds, became just the third freshman in the past 10 years to win a PIAA AA championship. Shortly thereafter, Garrett Scott, Juniata Valley, joined him as a freshman champion. The other two freshmen--Justin Nestor of Reynolds in 1998, the first of his three gold medals, and Josh Miller of Tri-Valley in 1994, his only trip to the top of the awards platform.

PIAA Southwest AA Regional--Johnstown
Results Link (courtesy Tom Elling's Pa Wrestling)

Makara & Kolat--the company you keep!
Burrell's Joe Makara, one week after winning his fourth WPIAL championship, landed a fourth PIAA Southwest Region crown. Only Cary Kolat (J-M) had ever accomplished that fete in the 17 year history of the SW AA Regional.

Jake Strayer
(Forest Hills) won his third title and is just a junior. Kurt Brenner (Freedom), Brandon Reasy (Northern Bedford) and Jared Ricotta (West Branch) made it back-to-back titles.
Strayer, Makara and Brenner are also returning PIAA titlists.
Returning medalists highlight SW AA brackets
The 125-pound bracket not only featured returning regional champions Makara and Brambley, but four other previous placewinners as
well. Sal Lascari (North Star) now has regional silver and two bronze medals. Thad Whestley (Tyrone) took fifth this year after missing last year's trip to Hershey by one bout. Ryan McIntyre (Claysburg-Kimmel) and Lee Manning (United) have Hershey trips to their credit but failed in their repeat efforts.

Three other brackets had as many as five returning placewinners. Brandon Reasy (Northern Bedford) took the 130-pound title after winning the 112-pound championship a year ago. Mike Krisfalusi (Ligonier Valley) scored a third place finish after missing the PIAAs last year by one bout. Marcus Phennicie (Hyndman) defaulted out of the quarterfinals and was unable to continue. Chuck Wiltrout (North Star), who owns a third-place medal, was stopped one bout short of the medal round. Brett Harris (Tyrone) tied for fifth in 2001 but lost both bouts in this year's tournament.

Four-time regional qualifier Jared Ricotta (West Branch) won the 160-pound title last year and stayed at that weight and defended his championship. Ricotta finished third as a sophmore, tied for fifth as a freshman. George Childers (Berlin-Brothersvalley) had to settle for fourth this year after finishing second to Ricotta last year, tied for fifth as a sophmore. Rob Sakmar (Richland) was the third-place finisher for the scond year in a row. Damian Johnson (Shady Side Academy) suffered his first loss this season in the finals. Johnson was fifth as a junior, missing the Hershey trip after two straight fourths. Bryon Berdine (Avella) gave up four points late in his opening bout and now hasn't medalled at Pitt-Johnstown since a fifth-place tie as a freshman in 2000.

The 171-pound bracket has Kurt Brenner (Freedom) at the head of the class, winning his second regional championship. Brandon Weyandt (Bedford), the runnerup to Brenner, now has two silvers and a fourth-place finish. Brian Angelotti (Forest Hills) tied for fifth in 2001 and missed the medal bouts by one win again. Sam Gallaher (United) and Zac Jenniches (Burrell), two guys that missed qualifying for Hershey last season by one bout, were both eliminated by Shayne Noe (Chartiers-Houston).
WPIAL AA Individual Championships
Complete Brackets & Medal Bout Results

Makara, Makara, Shields--not the Three Musketeers, but the three Buc Champs. Joe Makara, Jason Makara & Jared Shields won WPIAL AA Individual titles Saturday night.

Jeannette's Larry Hall won his third individual title. Returning PIAA champion Kurt Brenner of Freedom picked up his second championship as did Southmoreland's Shane Datz.

Damian Johnson (Shady Side Academy--160) went to the finals for the third time in his career, winning his first title. Stush Demaske (Jeff-Morgan--145) had three straight fifth-place medals before winning his first WPIAL title Saturday. Scott Falcione (Chartiers-Houston--140) finished 4th-6th-4th in the past three WPIAL AA Individual Championships before his runnerup finish to Jared Shields (Burr).
Makara joins Four Title Club
Burrell's Joe Makara, a two-time PIAA Finalist and returning PIAA champion, won his fourth WPIAL Individual Wrestling championship, beating Lee Beatty of Chartiers-Houston. Makara is just the 11th WPIAL wrestler to accomplish the feat.

Andy Puchany, Canonsburg won four consecutive WPIAL individual wrestling championships from 1936-1939. Waynesburg's James Conklin started his four-year run the next season. Canonsburg's Donald Haney (1947-1950) and Manuel Pihakis (1949-1952) soon followed.

It was another 36 years before John Dasta of Penn Hills joined the club. Since then John Richey (Connellsville '91), Cary Kolat (Jefferson-Morgan '92), Mark Angle (Canon-McMillan '95), Shawn Whyte (West Greene '98) and Troy Letters (Shaler '01) have won four individual WPIAL championships.
WPIAL AA Section Tournaments
Championship & Consolation Results (courtesy WPIAL) are available at links below.

Section 1-AA (at Yough)
Burrell claimed five individual titles, including Joe Makara (125), his fourth Section 1-AA championship. Burrell's Phil Rowe, Jeannette's Larry Hall and Shady Side Academy's Damian Johnson each claimed their third section crowns.

Section 2-AA (at Burgettstown)
Chas Rush (189) heads the class for Avella as the Eagles take four individual titles. The title for Rush is his third straight.

Section 3-AA (at West Greene)
Beth-Center and Chartiers-Houston each claimed four championships Saturday. Charleroi's Bill Marks won his third Section 3-AA title.

2003 PIAA AAA Final Results Links
(courtesy Pennsylvania Wrestling)
103 pounds 130 pounds 152 pounds 215 pounds
112 pounds 135 pounds 160 pounds 275 pounds
119 pounds 140 pounds 171 pounds
125 pounds 145 pounds 189 pounds

Class AAA Listen Here Archives
(courtesy NSN Sports)
Thursday, March 6th
AAA Preliminaries--Listen Here!
AAA 1st-round Consolations--Listen Here!
Friday, March 7th
AAA Quarterfinals--Listen Here!
AAA 2nd-round Consolations--Listen Here!
Saturday, March 8th
AAA Semifinals/3rd-round Consos--Listen Here!
AAA 4th-round Consolations--Listen Here!
AAA Consolation Finals (3rd, 5th, 7th)--Listen Here!
AAA Championship Finals--Listen Here!

More PIAA AAA Gold for Three Champs
Four of the five previous AAA state champions in Hershey for the PIAA Individual Championships have qualified for the finals. Coleman Scott (Waynesburg--112) and Zac Fryling (North Penn--160) each won PIAA gold last year. Jeff Ecklof (Northampton--145) won the 2001 PIAA title. All three now have two PIAA gold medals.
Tim Haas (Cedar Cliff--125) won last year but lost in the finals. Mike Rogers (Easton--140) lost in the semifinals and finished fourth.
Experience IS what counts!
This is the tenth anniversary of the first of four PIAA championships for Jeremy Hunter (McGuffey). Hunter is the last of nine members of one of the most-exclusive clubs in sports, those wrestlers winning four PIAA gold medals. Only one other freshman since Hunter has won PIAA AAA gold, McGuffey's Jeff Breese in 1999, the first of his two championships.

WPIAL AAA Championships--Norwin
Results Link; Brackets Link (WrestlingReport.com)

WPIAL AAA Title Defenders
Coleman Scott (Waynesburg) and Jake Herbert (North Allegheny) each won their third WPIAL Championship. Scott, a returning PIAA champion and two-time medalist, is just a junior. Will he become the 12th member of the four-time WPIAL Champion club? Only time will tell.

Jarrod King
(Connellsville), Kirk Main (McGuffey)
and Taylor Letters (Shaler) each won their second WPIAL titles.
Herbert is a returning PIAA runnerup and three-time PIAA medalist, took second at WPIALs as a sophmore. King and Letters both have PIAA silver medals, Letters also has a 7th-place finish. Main is a two-time PIAA medalist.

Adding on to the Trophy Cases
Scott McKillop (Kiski Area) now has a gold medal to go with a silver. Donnie Jones (Greensburg Salem), Eric Cassidy (North Allegheny), and Mickey Moran (Shaler) added gold to their bronze medals. Sean Clair (Plum) put the gold next to his fourth-place medal, as did Jared Mowl (Moon) and Bill Spencer (Highlands). Dan Enciso (Valley) and Tim Frank (Fox Chapel) each won their first WPIAL AAA medals, both gold. Enciso also has a WPIAL AA bronze medal from his freshman year.

Mark McKnight (Chartiers Valley) now had two bronze medals alongside his 2001 gold. Albert Gallatin's John Ptak now has two silver medals, plus a fourth-place finish. Canon-McMillan's Albert Miles has two thirds and a fourth-place finish.

Two runnerup medals now belong to Mike Goslicky (Thomas Jefferson). Mark Powell (Trinity) added a silver to his fourth-place medal. Mark Throckmorton (Waynesburg) added a bronze medal to his silver. Two WPIAL bronze medals are held by Logan Downes (Valley) and Tom Picarsic (Penn-Trafford). Mike Corcetti (Kiski Area) added a bronze to his fourth-place medal.

Three-time WPIAL bronze medalist and returning PIAA champion Drew Headlee (Waynesburg) dropped semifinal and consolation final bouts and was eliminated. Stephen Breese (McGuffey), Brendon Steele (Canon-McMillan) and Bart Wylie (Seneca Valley) all failed in attempts to return to the medal bouts after 3rd-place or 4th-place WPIAL finishes a year ago. Breese finished 8th at the PIAA tournament last season.

Four for Four!
Drew Headlee (Waynesburg--119), Kirk Main (McGuffey--145), Taylor Letters (Shaler--152) and Jake Herbert (North Allegheny--171) all won their fourth WPIAL AAA Section championships February 22nd. All four are also returning PIAA medalists, Headlee a returning PIAA champion.

WPIAL AAA Section Tournaments
omplete Brackets & Medal Bout Results
Section 1
Latrobe's Sam Ansel (215) won his third Section title, one of the three championships for the Wildcats. Kevin Visnick (Franklin Regional--119) won his third Section title.

Section 2
Only three schools, Connellsville (7), Ringgold (2) and Albert Gallatin (5) won championships. Connellsville's Jarrod King (152) and Albert Gallatin's John Ptak (160) each won their third Section crowns.

Section 3
Taylor Letters (Shaler--152) and Jake Herbert (North Allegheny--171) each won their fourth Section championship. Letters' teammate Mickey Moran (160) won his third as did Kerry Regner of Blackhawk (119).

Section 4
WPIAL AAA Dual Meet champion Kiski Area scored seven individual titles and advanced five other wrestlers to the WPIAL AAA Individual Championships. Angelo Manifest, Kurt Lorenz and Mike Corcetti all won a second Section championship for Kiski. Valley's Logan Downes and Danny Enciso also won their second titles.

Section 5
Returning PIAA champion Drew Headlee (Waynesburg--119) and Kirk Main (McGuffey--145) each won their fourth Section championships. McGuffey's Nathan Kennedy picked up his third. Waynesburg scored five individual titles. Central Catholic picked up three championships, including the third individual title won by Nic San Doval. His first was a Section 1-AA title for Shady Side Academy, then the past two years in Section 5-AAA.

Section 6
Canon-McMillan lands five individual championships including Albert Miles' third Section title. Chartiers Valley won four titles, Mark McKnight picking up his third Section championship.