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PIAA AA Championships!
Results & Pairings Updates-courtesy PIAA

Bulldogs Brenner & Rose win gold!
Kurt Brenner & Damian Rose brought home gold medals from the PIAA Wrestling championships, going 8-0 through the tournament. The title for Brenner is his third, making him just the 33rd wrestler in the history of the PIAAs to win three or more.

Champions Repeat!
The five returning AA champions that made the finals all won Saturday. Jake Strayer (Forest Hills), Garrett Scott (Juniata Valley), Isaiah Britton (Loyalsock), and Scott Rendos (Brockway) all won their second PIAA titles, while Kurt Brenner (Freedom) won his third. All are seniors except Scott, just a sophmore.
The other returning champion in the AA field, Matt Dunn (Reynolds) battled back from a quarterfinal loss to take third place.

WPIAL sends five to AA Finals!
Five WPIAL wrestlers are in the AA Finals Saturday, with another 13 in the consolation finals. Finalists include Damian Rose & Kurt Brenner of Freedom, Jeannette teammates Larry Hall & A.J. Graves, plus Aaron Jennings of Jefferson-Morgan.

Six WPIAL AA wrestlers are in the third-place bouts, three more will wrestle for fifth, with four in the seventh-place consolations. When all is said & done, the WPIAL will bring home 18 AA medals, up from 11 last year.

Returning AA Champs Advance to Quarters!
Kurt Brenner (Freedom) led the class of returning champions at the PIAA AA Championships. Brenner scored a second-period fall to move to Friday's quarterfinals. Matt Dunn, Reynolds, Garrett Scott, Juniata Valley, Isaiah Britton, Loyalsock, and Scott Rendos, Brockway, all moved to the second round in defense of their 2003 PIAA titles. Jake Strayer, Forest Hills, a 2002 PIAA champion, also advanced to the quarterfinals Friday morning.

Southwest AA Championships (Results)
Kolat, Makara & STRAYER!!!
Burrell's Joe Makara last year joined four-time PIAA champion Cary Kolat (Jeff-Morgan) as the only four-time champions in the 17-year history of the Southwest AA Regional. Now, just a year later, Forest Hills' Jake Strayer joins the group with the 9-0 major decision over Jake Snyder of Hyndman. Strayer won the 103 pound title twice, plus last year's 119 pound championship and is also a 2002 PIAA champion.

Freedom's Kurt Brenner won his third Southwest Regional crown and is a two-time PIAA champion. Shane Datz (Southmoreland), A.J. Graves (Jeannette), and Adam Whetstone (Claysburg-Kimmel) all won their second Southwest AA crowns. Each was also a PIAA medalist last season.

First-time Regional champions include Devon Maloney (Burrell-103), Shane Valko (Forest Hills-119), Garrett Scott (Juniata Valley-130), Thadd Westley (Tyrone-135), Donnie Ament (Mt. Pleasant-140), Aaron Jennings (Jeff-Morgan-145), Art Moss (Forest Hills-152), Wade Grimes (Everett-215), and Terry Tate (Tyrone-275).

Of the fourteen champions, eight are underclassmen, including freshman Devon Maloney, sophmores Garrett Scott and Donnie Ament, and juniors Adam Whetstone, Shane Valko, Art Moss, A.J. Graves and Terry Tate. Todd Cessna, a 2003 champion, is also just a junior.

Todd Cessna (Elderton) and Brock Scott (Juniata Valley) failed in their efforts to defend titles, Cessna losing in the finals, Scott winning the third-place consolation.

Other returning PIAA medalists heading back to Hershey from this year's Southwest AA Regional include Larry Hall (Jeannette), Sal Lascari (North Star-2x), Tony Lascari (North Star), Mike Morgan (Beth-Center), Art Moss (Forest Hills-2002), Jon Neese (Marion Center), Josh Snyder (Hyndman), Shane Valko (Forest Hills), and Chuck Wiltrout (North Star-2002). Zach Holt (Mt. Pleasant),and John Maraldo (Charleroi) were returning medalists but failed to get to the consolation finals.

The Goal=Advancement!
The WPIAL AA schools have clinched 31 berths in the PIAA Wrestling Championships next weekend. District 6 has 29, District 5 claimed 10 berths. District 6 won seven individual championships, the WPIAL picked up six.

Burrell led all schools in the tournament, moving six wrestlers on to Hershey. Burgettstown, Mt. Pleasant and South Side Beaver each advanced three, with two apiece moving to the PIAA championships from Beth-Center, Freedom, Jeannette, Southmoreland and West Greene. WPIAL schools with one wrestler each still alive in the PIAA Gold hunt: Avella, Chartiers-Houston, Derry, Elderton, Jefferson-Morgan, and Mars.

Forest Hills won the Regional points championship, 103-99, over Burrell, and advanced five wrestlers to Hershey, three as regional champions.Tyrone picked up four Hershey tickets, Blairsville three. District 6 schools with two berths include Central Cambria, Claysburg-Kimmel, Juniata Valley, and Penns Valley. One qualifier each from District 6 schools Central, Marion Center, Mt. Union, Penn Cambria, Portage, Southern Huntingdon, and Westmont-Hilltop.

District 5 wrestlers won just one title and advanced 10 wrestlers to the PIAA championships. Berlin Brothersvalley and North Star each picked up three qualifiers, Hyndman two, Everett and Meyersdale one each.

WPIAL AA Championships Completed! (Medal Bouts)
Larry Hall
(Jeannette) wrote his name in the record books with his fourth WPIAL AA championship, an impressive 11-2 win over Josh Bable (South Side Beaver). Kurt Brenner (Freedom) and Shane Datz (Southmoreland) each won their third WPIAL titles, while Jason Makara (Burrell) and Justin Poole (Southmoreland) were scoring their second championships.

Adam Smetana (Mars) won the 103 pound title, remaining undefeated, now at 30-0 heading to the Southwest AA Regionals in Johnstown. Derry freshman Troy Dolan needed overtime to beat defending WPIAL champion Zach Holt (Mt. Pleasant) for the 112 pound championship. Holt teammate Lee Vanella moved up from fourth a year ago to the 119 pound championship.

Mt. Pleasant's Joe Geary won his first title, improving from third to first. Freedom's Damian Rose,a junior, has his first title, stepping up from third to second, now to first. Donnie Ament (Mt. Pleasant) and Todd Cessna, both two-time finalists, won their first championships, taking the 140 pound and 152 pound titles. A.J. Graves (Jeannette) finished third twice, but won the 160 pound championship.

Charleroi senior John Maraldo is thought to be the first AA wrestler to battle from the "pigtail" bouts all the way to a championship. Maraldo, a sixth-place PIAA medalist, and Jeff-Morgan's Rob Haines (3rd place-140) are the tournament's only four-bout winners.

WPIAL AA Section Tournaments Completed
Out with the old, In with the new. 2004 will likely be remembered as the year Section champions DID NOT repeat, as least for a good number of them. As many as 12 returning champions could not add additional gold medals to their trophy cases this weekend.

Section 1-AA Medal Bout Results (at Yough)
Larry Hall of Jeannette has won his fourth Section title. Hall's teammate, A.J. Graves is now a two-time champion. Shane Datz & Justin Poole (Southmoreland) now have three titles each. Elderton's Todd Cessna and Burrell's Jason Makara, each picked up their second Section 1 titles. Mt. Pleasant's Zach Holt and Lee Vanella, Burrell's Zak Jenniches and Gino Lanzino all lost in the finals, looking for second championships.

Section 2-AA Medal Bout Results (at Burgettstown)
Two-time PIAA titlist Kurt Brenner is now a three-time Section 2-AA champion, along with teammate Damian Rose. Avella's Jeff Kusich and Greg Warnock picked up their second titles each. South Park's Brandon Coury, South Side's Mike Nale and Josh Bable, Carlynton's Nick Schepis and Steve Perri of Mars all failed in efforts to return to the top of the medals platform.

Section 3-AA Medal Bout Results (at West Greene)
Beth-Center's Jordan Sweany and Mike Morgan scored Section 3-AA titles, Sweany's third, Morgan his second. Chartiers-Houston's Lee Beatty and Ray Culp picked up their second titles as well. West Greene's Stew Guthris, Charleroi's John Maraldo and Chartiers-Houston's Brandon Henderson all failed in repeat efforts.

WPIAL AA Wrestlers Seek Additional Hardware
Returning 2003 WPIAL Champions:
Zach Holt, Mt. Pleasant
Nick Schepis, Carlynton
Larry Hall, Jeannette (three-time)
Jason Makara, Burrell
Kurt Brenner, Freedom (two-time)
Shane Datz, Southmoreland (two-time)
Justin Poole, Southmoreland

Returning 2003 SW AA Regional Champions:
Kurt Brenner, Freedom (two-time)
Todd Cessna, Elderton
Shane Datz, Southmoreland (2002)
A.J. Graves, Jeannette
Brock Scott, Juniata Valley
Jake Strayer, Forest Hills (three-time)
Jordan Sweany, Beth-Center
Adam Whetstone, Claysburg-Kimmel

Returning 2003 AA PIAA Medalists:
Kurt Brenner, Freedom, two-time champion
A.J. Graves, Jeannette, 5th place
Zach Holt, Mt. Pleasant, 6th place
John Maraldo, Charleroi, 6th place
Larry Hall, Jeannette, 7th place
Mike Morgan, Beth-Center, 7th place
Todd Cessna, Elderton, 8th place

Shane Datz, Southmoreland, 3rd place (2002), 7th place (2001)

AA Listen Links Archives via NSN Sports

PIAA AA Championships
Thursday, March 4
9:00 am--
Preliminaries--Listen Here!
12:30 pm--
1st Round Consolations--Listen Here!

Friday, March 5
9:00 am--
Quarterfinals--Listen Here!
10:30 am--
2nd Round Consolations--Listen Here!
7:00 pm--
Semifinals. 3rd/4th Round Consolations--Listen Here!

Saturday, March 6
12:30 pm--
Consolation Finals--Listen Here!
2:30 pm--
Championship Finals--Listen Here!

Southwest AA Regional, Feb. 26
3:00 pm--
Preliminaries--Listen Here!
5:30 pm--
Quarterfinals/1st Round Consolations--Listen Here!
8:00 pm--
2nd Round Consolations--Listen Here!

Southwest AA Regional, Feb. 27
12:00 noon--
Semifinals, 3rd/4th Round Consolations--Listen Here!
6:00 pm--Consolation Finals (3rd/5th place)--Listen Here!
7:30 pm--Championships Finals--Listen Here!

WPIAL AA Championships, Feb. 20-21
Friday, 6:00 pm--Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Consolations--Listen Here!
Saturday, 11:00 am--Semifinals, Consolations--Listen Here!

Saturday, 5:30 pm--Consolation Finals (3rd-place/5th-place)--Listen Here!
Saturday, 7:00 pm--Championship Finals--Listen Here!

Section 2-AA, Burgettstown, Feb. 14
11:30 am--Preliminaries, Quarterfinals--Listen Here!
2:15 pm--Semifinals, Consolations--Listen Here!
7:00 pm--Consolation, Championship Finals--Listen Here!

Section 3-AA, at West Greene, Feb. 14
11:30 am
--Quarterfinals/Semifinals, Consolations--Listen Here!
7:00 pm--Consolation, Championship Finals--Listen Here!

PIAA AAA Championships!
Results & Pairings Updates-courtesy PIAA
Saturday, March 6
:15 pm--Consolation Finals--Listen Here!
8:15 pm--Championship Finals--Listen Here!

WPIAL sends six to AAA Finals!
In what has to be described as a disappointing performance, the WPIAL AAA wrestlers claimed only six spots in Saturday's Championship Finals, including both berths at 160 pounds. Returning PIAA champion Jarrod King of Connellsville will face Mickey Moran of Shaler in that bout. Coleman Scott, Waynesburg, will seek his third title, facing returning champion Charles Griffin of Reading at 125 pounds. Donnie Jones of Greensburg Salem is in the 140 pound final, looking for his second title. He'll face Jay Morrison, Whitehall. Andrew Sherry, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, takes on returning champion Joey Ecklof, Northampton, in the 145 pound final. And Scott McKillop, Kiski, sees Ecklof teammate, returning champion Jon Oplinger in the 215 pound final.

Eight WPIAL wrestlers are in the third-place bouts, five in the fifth-place consolations and nine will wrestle for seventh. When all are tallied, the WPIAL will bring home 28 AAA medals from Hershey!

Returning AAA Champs All Advance
Coleman Scott (Waynesburg) seeks his third PIAA AAA Championship. But also in the 125-pound bracket, Scott has returning PIAA titlist Charles Griffin, Reading. Other returning 2003 PIAA champions include Donnie Jones, Greensburg Salem, arrod King, Connellsville, and Northampton teammates Joey Ecklof, Josh Haines, and Jon Oberlin. 2002 champion Mike Rogers of Easton is in the 152-pound bracket.
All returning champions won their opening bouts and are in the quarterfinals.
WPIAL AAA Championships
Coleman Scott wins fourth title
We should have known Coleman Scott of Waynesburg was something special. As a freshman, Scott beat PIAA champion Jeff Breese in the finals for his first WPlAL title. Now, three years later, Scott has finished this part of his high school career, never having lost a match in the WPIAL Championships. With Saturday's win over Matt Nelson (Shaler), Scott becomes just the 13th member of the WPIAL Four-Timers Club. Scott joins Larry Hall (Jeannette) as four-time WPIAL Champions.

Scott led Waynesburg's trio of champions, being joined by Chris Neidermeier and Mark Throckmorton on the top of the awards platform. Greensburg Salem's Donnie Jones and Andrew Haile were the only other teammates to win titles. In fact, of the 21 AAA schools with wrestlers advancing to the PIAA championships, 11 had WPIAL titlists.

WPIAL dual meet champion Connellsville advanced five wrestlers to Hershey, Waynesburg and Trinity each had four. Canon-McMillan, Greensburg Salem, Kiski Area, and Shaler moved three wrestlers ahead.

Top Seeds Hold Service!
To be seeded first or second in the WPIAL AAA Championships is recognition of outstanding performance during the year. Ten of the 14 championships were won by the number one seeds, three more by the number two seeds, and the final title went to the 275 pound third seed. Of the 28 berths in the AAA finals, 23 were held by wrestlers seeded either first (11) or second (12). Nine of the 14 finals Saturday night put number one against number two. Only two wrestlers not seeded in the top four places were in the finals, Jason Weslager, Belle Vernon at 112, and Jim Prentice, Penn Hills at 171.

The 171 pound bracket was most affected by the early round action. It is the only bracket where two of the original top four seeds didn't make the semifinals. Rick Haarbauer (Baldwin) was second seed, but beaten by Jim Prentice (Penn Hills) 2-1 in Friday's quarterfinals. The number three seed, Jason Doppelheuer (Connellsville), was dropped into the consolations by Trinity's Joe West, 7-3, then lost his first consolation bout and was eliminated.

WPIAL AAA Championships Returning Champs!
Seven WPIAL AAA champions return: Coleman Scott, Waynesburg (three-time), Sean Clair, Plum, Donnie Jones, Greensburg Salem, Jared Mowl, Moon, Jarrod King, Connellsville (two-time), Mickey Moran, Shaler, and Scott McKillop, Kiski. All but one of them, Moran, is seeded first in his weightclass entering the tournament. Moran is seeded second at 160 pounds, behind King.

The other top seeds went to Chris Neidermeier (Waynesburg-103), Spencer Kahrig (Trinity-112), Ashtin Primus (Connellsville-130), Tom Picarsic (Penn-Trafford-135), Mike Catalano (Canon-McMillan-145), Kyle Deliere (Canon-McMillan-171), Andrew Haile (Greensburg Salem-189), and Zach Herbert (North Allegheny-275).

Overall, Connellsville & Trinity each had four wrestlers seeded either first or second. Canon-McMillan, Greensburg Salem, Kiski Area, Penn-Trafford, Shaler and Waynesburg each had two.

Hall, Scott join the Four-Timers!
Jeannette senior Larry Hall joined one of the most exclusive clubs with his WPIAL AA Finals win over Josh Bable (South Side Beaver). He became just the 12th wrestler ever to win four WPIAL Individual titles. Then, a week later, Waynesburg's Coleman Scott won his fourth title, beating Matt Nelson (Shaler). Prior to this year, two wrestlers had never joined this faternity in the same year.

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, Penn Hills '88, joined the club. Since then John Richey (Connellsville '91), Cary Kolat (Jefferson-Morgan '92), Mark Angle (Canon-McMillan '95), Shawn Whyte (West Greene '98), Troy Letters (Shaler '01), and Joe Makara (Burrell '03) have won four individual WPIAL championships.
WPIAL AAA Section Tournaments Completed!
Section 1-AAA Medal Bout Results at Hempfield

Returning PIAA champion Donnie Jones (Greensburg Salem) and PIAA runnerup Tom Picarsic (Penn-Trafford) each won their third 1-AAA titles. Jacob Zeoli and Andrew Haile (Greensburg Salem), and Scott Morgan (Norwin) all picked up their second gold medals. Penn-Trafford's Nick Padezan is a four-time section finalist, but won the title only in his freshman year. Latrobe advanced 10 wrestlers, Penn-Trafford nine, and Greensburg Salem eight.

Section 2-AAA Medal Bout Results at Connellsville
The hosts advance the most! Connellsville moved 12 wresters to the WPIAL Championships, including seven as 2-AAA champions. Jarrod King, a two-time WPIAL champion and a returning PIAA champion, won his fourth section crown. Josh Martin and Kyle Martin are now three-time 2-AAA winners for the Falcons. Steve Bell, Ashtin Primus, and Jason Doppelheuer all defended their 2003 titles. Mitch Pankiewicz (Ringgold) won his third title and Albert Gallatin's Jon Bittinger successfully defended his gold medal. Albert Gallatin moved eight wrestlers to the WPIALs, Belle Vernon had seven.

Section 3-AAA Medal Bout Results at Shaler
Mickey Moran (Shaler), a returning WPIAL champion/two-time WPIAL medallist, scored his fourth 3-AAA title, keeping Seneca Valley's Blake Rice from getting his third. Rice teammate Dustin Layton did win a third 3-AAA title. Toby Seger (Shaler) is a four-time finalist, winning his second title. Hampton, with seven finalists, advanced nine wrestlers. North Allegheny had eight while Shaler moved seven ahead..

Section 4-AAA Medal Bout Results at Gateway
Logan Downes (Valley) beat Jim Prentice (Penn Hills), winning his third gold medal, and keeping Prentice from getting his.Plum's Sean Clair also won his third 4-AAA title and is a returning WPIAL champion. Kiski Area teammates Zach McKendree, A.J. Milanak and Scott McKillop all successfully defended their titles. McKillop is also a WPIAL titlist and a two-time WPIAL finalist. Kiski had 11 wrestlers move on to the WPIALs, followed by Gateway with seven and Fox Chapel with six.

Section 5-AAA Medal Bout Results at McGuffey
Section champion & WPIAL dual meet finalist Waynesburg won five championships and advanced nine wrestlers to the WPIAL Tournament. Two-time PIAA champion Coleman Scott led the way, winning his third 5-AAA crown. Scott has a shot at becoming just the 13th wrestler ever to win four WPIAL crowns. Chris Neidermeier, Corbin Semple and Bart Wylie picked up their second gold medals, as did Keystone Oaks' Josh Byerly. McGuffey has eight wrestlers heading to the WPIALs, Upper St. Clair advanced seven.

Section 6-AAA Medal Bout Results at Mt. Lebanon
Jared Mowl of Moon, a returning WPIAL titlist, picked up his third 6-AAA championship. Trinity won five titles, including the trio of Spencer Kahrig, Dan Burkholder and Mark Powell each winning their second titles. Canon-McMillan's Kyle Deliere and Chartiers Valley's Nick Hursky each successfully defended their 2003 titles. Trinity and Canon-McMillan each advanced nine wrestlers. Chartiers Valley had seven.

WPIAL AAA Wrestlers Seek Additional Hardware
Returning 2003 WPIAL Champions:
Coleman Scott, Waynesburg (three-time)
Sean Clair, Plum
Donnie Jones, Greensburg Salem
Jared Mowl, Moon
Jarrod King, Connellsville (two-time)
Mickey Moran, Shaler
Scott McKillop, Kiski

Returning 2003 AAA PIAA Medalists:
Coleman Scott, Waynesburg, two-time champion, 6th-2001
Sean Clair, Plum, 5th place (2003), 7th place (2002)
Jarrod King, Connellsville, champion (2003), 2nd place (2002)
Donnie Jones, Greensburg Salem, champion
Tom Picarsic, Penn-Trafford, 2nd place

Mickey Moran, Shaler, 3rd place
Scott McKillop, Kiski Area, 3rd place
Ashtin Primus, Connellsville, 4th place
Mark Throckmorton, Waynesburg, 4th place
Dan Burkholder, Trinity, 7th place
Jared Mowl, Moon, 7th place
Andrew Sherry, Central Catholic, 8th place

AAA Listen Links Archives via NSN Sports

PIAA AAA Championships
Thursday, March 4
4:00 pm--
Preliminaries--Listen Here!
7:15 pm--
1st Round Consolations--Listen Here!

Saturday, Mar. 6
9:00 am--
Semifinals, 3rd/4th Round Consolations--Listen Here!

Friday, March 5
1:30 pm--
Quarterfinals--Listen Here!
3:00 pm--
2nd Round Consolations--Listen Here!

WPIAL AAA Championships, Feb. 26
5:30 pm--
Pigtails & First Round--Listen Here!
WPIAL AAA Championships, Feb. 27
6:00 pm--
Quarterfinals, 1st Round Consolations--Listen Here!
WPIAL AAA Championships, Feb. 28
10:30 am--
2nd Round Consolations--Listen Here!
12:00 noon--Semifinals, Consolations--Listen Here!
5:30 pm--Consolation Finals (3rd place)--Listen Here!
7:00 pm--
Championship Finals--Listen Here!

Section 6-AAA, Mt. Lebanon, Feb. 21
11:00 am--
Quarterfinals/Semifinals, Consolations--Listen Here!
7:00 pm--
Consolation, Championship Finals--Listen Here!

Other Info Links

2004 PIAA AA Team Tournament Final Bracket (.pdf)

2004 PIAA AAA Team Tournament Final Bracket (.pdf)

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