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2005 PIAA AA Championships! (Update Link)
Finals (WPIAL wrestlers)
(Derry) dec. Blumer (West Greene), 7-4
(Clay-Kim) dec. Weslager (BVA), 5-4
(Mt. Pl.) dec. Nuding (Schuyl. Vall.), 2-1
(Jean.) dec. Downes (Valley), 8-1
(Tyr.) dec. Bates (Char-Hous.), 3-1
Seven to the AA Finals!
Five different weightclasses have WPIAL AA wrestlers in the championship pairings, including two weights where District VII wrestlers will face each other. Troy Dolan (Derry) meets former Oklahoma champion Justin Blumer (West Greene) for the 112 pound title. Dolan beat Blumer, 4-1, last week in the Regional finals.
At 171 pounds, A.J. Graves (Jeannette) returns to the PIAA finals where he'll face Logan Downes (Valley) for the fourth time this year. The Jeannette senior won all three previous bouts, including in the WPIAL Finals two weeks ago. Graves lost in the 160-pound final last year after a fifth-place finish in 2003. Downes finished third in AAA last year, winning five straight consolation bouts after losing his preliminary.
Jason Weslager (Belle Vernon--119), Donnie Ament (Mt. Pleasant--145) and Elliott Bates (Chartiers-Houston--275) are the other finalists for the WPIAL. Weslager was a seventh-place AAA medalist last year. Ament was a fourth-place finisher a year ago.
Corey Checkan (South Side Beaver--160) will wrestle for third place after losing in the semifinals. Checkan was the fourth place finisher a year ago at 160 pounds. Rich Froats (Burgettstown--189) goes for third place, battling back from a quarterfinal round loss. Froats finished sixth a year ago.
Zach Holt (Mt. Pleasant--112), Jeff Kusich (Avella--119), Lee Vanella (Mt. Pleasant--125), Damian Rose (Freedom--140) and Todd Cessna (Elderton--160) will all wrestle for fifth place. Kusich was an 8th-place finisher last year. Rose was a returning PIAA champion. Cessna already has third-place and 8th-place medals to his credit.
Nathan Tomporoski (Highlands--215) wrestles for seventh place.
Some on the highway, Some off the exit!
Mt. Pleasant won the WPIAL dual meet championship and leads the way for AA wrestlers from the southwest as the Vikings have three wrestlers in the PIAA semifinals. Zach Holt (112), Lee Vanella (125) and Donnie Ament (145) are three of the 12 WPIAL winners in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Holt faces Justin Blumer (West Greene) in the only semifinal featuring two WPIAL wrestlers. Holt beat Blumer in overtime in the WPIAL semifinals two weeks ago, 2-0. Troy Dolan, Derry is in the other 112-pound semifinal. Jeff Kusich (Avella) and Jason Weslager (Belle Vernon) are in separate semifinals at 119 pounds.
Returning PIAA champion Damian Rose (Freedom) advanced to the 140-pound semifinals, while Corey Checkan (South Side Beaver) is in the final four at 160 pounds. Undefeated A.J. Graves (Jeannette) is in one semifinal at 171 pounds, while Logan Downes (Valley) is in the other. Elliott Bates (Chartiers-Houston) advanced to the 275-pound semifinals with a decision in the quarterfinals.
Following the quarterfinals, 11 WPIAL wrestlers faced 2nd-round consolation bouts. Only three were able to clinch medals with victories, Todd Cessna (Elderton), Rich Froats (Burgettstown) and Nathan Tomporoski (Highlands). All three winners re-grouped after losing quarterfinal bouts.
On to the Quarterfinals!
Dual meet finalists Mt. Pleasant and Burrell led the charge as 19 WPIAL AA wrestlers have advanced to the PIAA Individual quarterfinals. Viking teammates Zach Holt, Lee Vanella and Donnie Ament all won first-round matches Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shane Welsh, Josh Shields and Jason Makara were winners for Burrell.
South Side Beaver teammates Corey Checkan and Tyler Patterson also moved to the second round. Other first-round winners for the WPIAL AA include 112-pounders Troy Dolan (Derry) and Justin Blumer (West Greene), 119-pound Jason Weslager (Belle Vernon) and Jeff Kusich (Avella), returning PIAA champion Damian Rose (Freedom, 140 pounds), two-time PIAA medallist Todd Cessna (Elderton, 160 pounds), 171-pounders A.J. Graves (Jeannette) and Logan Downes (Valley), undefeated Rich Froats (Burgettstown, 189 pounds), 215-pounder Nathan Tomporoski (Highlands) and Chartiers-Houstonís 275-pound Elliott Bates.
Six champions repeat at Johnstown!
PIAA Southwest Regional Championships (Brackets)
Fourteen combined regional championships--that's what the six repeat winners have accomplished at the PIAA Southwest AA Regional Wrestling Championships. Undefeated A.J. Graves (Jeannette) won his third-straight title, as did Adam Whetstone (Claysburg-Kimmel). Both are two-time PIAA medalists. Garrett Scott (Juniata Valley), a two-time PIAA champion, leads the group winning a second regional championship. Shane Valko (Forest Hills), a two-time PIAA medalist won his second regional crown. Donnie Ament (Mt. Pleasant) and Terry Tate (Tyrone) both won their second regional titles after picking up their first PIAA medals a year ago.
Damian Rose (Freedom), a returning PIAA champion, improved from runnerup to regional champion, knocking off previously unbeaten Matt Moore (Blairsville). Troy Dolan (Derry) also went from 2004 runnerup to 2005 champion. Jason Makara (Burrell) won his first regional title and second berth in the PIAA championships. Corey Checkan (South Side Beaver) is the Rams' first-ever Regional champion, and now a three-time PIAA qualifier. Rich Froats (Burgettstown) continued his undefeated season, winning the 189-pound title. Highland's Nathan Tomporoski won the 215-pound crown, his first regional crown. Freshman Tom McVicker (Forest Hills) and Claysburg-Kimmel senior Ryan McIntyre each won their first titles. McIntyre is now a three-time PIAA qualifier.
WPIAL Champions Repeat Performance (Brackets)
One of the largest groups in recent memory, there were NINE WPIAL AA champions from 2004 returning to the tournament this year, plus two 2003 champions who didn't repeat last year. Jason Makara, Burrell, lead the class, winning his third straight WPIAL AA crown. Makara placed 7th at the PIAA AA Championships last year.
Damian Rose, Feedom, a defending PIAA champion, picked up his second straight WPIAL title. Donnie Ament, Mt. Pleasant, and A.J. Graves, Jeannette, returning PIAA medalists, also repeated as WPIAL champions. Troy Dolan, Derry, as a sophomore the youngest of the returnees, won his second WPIAL crown. Mt. Pleasant teammates Joe Geary and Lee Vanella both won titles last year as sophomores.
Winning their first WPIAL crowns: Jordan Shields, a Burrell freshman, West Greene sophomore Kory Bissett, Highlands junior Nathan Tomporoski, and seniors Bryan Pleskovich (Fort Cherry), Corey Checkan (South Side Beaver), Rich Froats (Burgettstown) and Elliott Bates (Chartiers-Houston). Checkan's title is the first-ever for South Side Beaver.
Adam Smetana, Mars, Todd Cessna, Elderton, along with 2003 WPIAL champions Zach Holt, Mt. Pleasant, and Nick Schepis, Carlyton failed in their attempts to win another WPIAL title. Smetana finished fifth at 119 pounds after winning the 2004 103-pound title. Cessna won last year at 152 pounds, but lost in the 160 pound final. Holt & Schepis both won as sophmores, but couldn't get back to the top of the awards platform. Holt lost in the finals to Dolan for the second straight year. Schepis settled for fifth place at 135 pounds.
WPIAL AA Section Tournament Notes
The top three wrestlers in each weightclass advanced from the Sections to the WPIAL AA Individual Championships, Feb. 25-26, at Charleroi. Here are some notes from each Section (click on Section for completed brackets):
Section 1-AA (Highlands) The Burrell Bucs won nine individual titles, including the third championship for Jason Makara. Burrell teammates Devon Maloney, Gino Lanzino and Josh Shields each picked up their second titles. Logan Downes (Valley) won his fourth section title, the first in AA. Todd Cessna (Eldertona) scored his third gold medal while David Cunningham of Shady Side Academy picked up his second.
Burrell advanced 12 wrestlers to the WPIAL Championships, 11 of them through the winners' brackets Saturday. Valley won two titles and has seven wrestlers advancing to Charleroi. Highlands and Elderton each won one championship and also advance seven. Shady Side Academy won the other crown, advancing three. Riverview (3), Summit Academy (2) and Union (1) each saw their wrestling seasons extended by one week.
Section 2-AA (Yough) A.J. Graves (Jeannette) led the Section 2-AA parade of repeating champions, winning his third section title. Mt. Pleasant teammates Lee Vanella, Joe Geary and Donnie Ament each won their second titles, as did Troy Dolan (Derry) and Stephen Zubach (Southmoreland).
Dual meet champion
Mount Pleasant advanced all 14 of their entries to the WPIAL
Individual Championships, 12 of them were in Saturday night's finals.
Section 3-AA (Burgettstown) Damian Rose (Freedom) had a memorable day. The returning PIAA champion moved into second place all-time on the Beaver County wins list, passing former Bulldog Matt Hill. Then, for an encore, the senior 140-pounder won his fourth section title. Five other wrestlers picked up their second gold medals, while two more, both four-time section finalists, were denied repeat performances on the top of the awards platform. Winning second titles were Adam Smetana (Mars), Fort Cherry teammates Bryan Pleskovich and Ryan Cook, Burgettstown's Rich Froats and South Side Beaver's Corey Checkan. Pleskovich's win kept Nick Schepis (Carlynton) from a second title. Checkan's win prevented Jeff Havelka (Burgettstown) from winning his second crown in front of the home crowd.
Fort Cherry advanced ten wrestlers to the WPIAL Championships,
winning five titles. South Side Beaver also won five championships,
the Rams qualifying nine wrestlers for the second step toward a
PIAA championship. Freedom and Mars each won one title
and picked up five other qualifiers. Carlynton has five wrestlers
Section 4-AA (Chartiers-Houston) Avella teammates Jeff Kusich and Greg Warnock had each won two in the old Section 2-AA tournament. Now, they've both added a third gold medal with wins in the Section 4-AA championships. Stew Guthrie (West Greene), Charlie Wonsettler (Bentworth) and Chartiers-Houston mates Phil Henderson and Elliott Bates all claimed their second section crowns Saturday night.
West Greene led the way with nine qualifiers, three of them as section champions. Washington won four individual titles and picked up four other WPIAL qualifiers. The hosts from Chartiers-Houston also won four individual crowns.
Bentworth and South Park have five wrestlers advancing. Jefferson-Morgan and Beth-Center have four qualifiers, while Avella won two titles and grabbed three total spots in the WPIAL Championships next weekend at Charleroi.
Northern Lehigh wins PIAA AA Team Finals!
Team Championships brackets (with links for box scores)
Just moments after Connellsville took the AAA Team title out of District 11, Northern Lehigh returned the AA title to the Northeast corner of the state with a 35-22 win over District 10 champion Reynolds.
Burrell avenged a WPIAL finals loss to Mt. Pleasant with a decisive 35-18 win in the AA third-place bout. The Bucs lost to Northern Lehigh Friday morning, then reeled off consecutive wins over Northwestern Lehigh, West Scranton, Brandywine Heighs and the Vikings to claim third place.
Mt. Pleasant--WPIAL AA Dual Meet Champions!
For the second time in three seasons, Mt. Pleasant rules the roost among WPIAL AA wrestling teams. The Vikings scored a 33-25 win over the Burrell Bucs to win the crown.
33, Burrell 25
2005 PIAA AAA Championships! (Update Link)
Finals (WPIAL wrestlers)
(Conn) dec. Clair (Plum) 7-5, OT
(Conn) fall Barrick (Big Spr.), 3:15
(Trin.) maj. dec. Collins (Up. Mer.), 10-2
(NoHampton) dec. Jones (Gr.Salem), 10-3
(Coun.RockSo) fall Waltko (N.All), 5:02
(Waynes.) dec. Guida (Park.), 6-3
Seven to the AAA Finals!
Seven wrestlers from the southwest kept AAA gold medal hopes alive, led by two-time champion Donnie Jones, Greensburg Salem. Jones will face another two-time champion, Joey Ecklof of Northampton. But four straight losses to close the semifinals kept the WPIAL AAA wrestlers from improving on a strong performance.
Connellsville teammates Steve Bell (125) & Ashtin Primus (135) advanced to the finals, along with Sean Clair (Plum--125), Dan Burkholder (Trinity--140), Rob Waltko (North Allegheny--160) and Corbin Semple (Waynesburg--171). Bell was a fourth-place finisher last year, while Primus has two fourth-place finishes. Clair is now a four-time PIAA medalist (6th, 5th & 7th). Burkholder placed fourth last year after a seventh-place finish in 2003. Semple has a sixth-place finish to his credit already.
Clair and Bell met in each of the last two WPIAL championships, Clair winning both including last weekend's 5-4 victory. Now, in their final official high school match, they'll meet for the 125-pound state championship.
Kalvin Schultz (Trinity--119), Tyler Oravec (Kiski Area--130), Nick Nelson (Shaler--135), Joe West (Trinity--189) and Andrew Haile (Greensburg Salem--189) all re-grouped from semifinal losses to move into their third-place bouts. Nelson improves on an eighth-place finish last season. Haile won a fifth-place medal a year ago, but lost to West, 3-1, in last week's WPIAL finals.
Also heading to third-place bouts are Zach Snyder (Connellsville--140) and Travis Uncapher (Greensburg Central Catholic--152). Each won three straight consolation bouts after quarterfinal losses.
Jay Ivanco (Gateway--112), Josh Serene (Kittanning--171) and Nick Hursky (Chartiers Valley--275) each lost semifinal and consolation bouts and will wrestle for fifth place. Ivanco and Hursky each scored fourth-place finishes a year ago.
Nico Cortese (Greensburg Central Catholic--103), Brian Pogel (Hampton--130), Mike Catalano (Canon-McMillan--145) and Rick Haarbauer (Baldwin--160) each went 1-1 in Saturday morning's consolations and will each wrestle for fifth place. Catalano finished 8th in last year's championships. Haarbauer defaulted out of his 4th-round consolation and his status for the 5th-place bout is uncertain.
Three WPIAL wrestlers lost 3rd-round consolation bouts Saturday morning, dropping into the seventh-place matches: Rudy Chelednik (Greensburg Central Catholic--112), Nino San Doval (Pittsburgh Central Catholic--215) and Ryan Tomei (Penn-Trafford--275).
Schultz, Burkholder & West!
Trinity lost to Connellsville in the WPIAL dual meet tournament quarterfinals. Friday afternoon, in the PIAA Individual quarterfinals, the Hillers move passed the Falcons, advancing three wrestlers to the semifinals. Kalvin Schultz, Dan Burkholder and Joe West are now each two wins from PIAA gold. Connellsville's Steve Bell and Ashtin Primus won their quarterfinals to move to Saturday's semifinals. Greensburg Salem's two-time PIAA champion Donnie Jones is back in the semifinals, along with teammate Andrew Haile.
Jay Ivanco (Gateway), Sean Clair (Plum), Tyler Oravec (Kiski Area), Nick Nelson (Shaler), Rob Waltko (North Allegheny), Josh Serene (Kittanning), Corbin Semple (Waynesburg) and Nick Hursky (Chartiers Valley) also moved to the semifinals. The WPIAL AAA wrestlers won 15 of their 31 quarterfinal bouts.
Following quarterfinal losses, seven WPIAL AAA wrestlers picked up consolation victories, clinching at least a Top-8 finish. Greensburg Central Catholic teammates Nico Cortese and Travis Uncapher, Zach Snyder of Connellsville, Hampton's Brian Pogel, Mike Catalano of Canon-McMillan, Rick Haarbauer of Baldwin and Ryan Tomei, Penn-Trafford all rebounded from losses earlier in the afternoon to advance to the 3rd round consolations. Rudy Chelednik, Greensburg Central Catholic, and Nino San Doval, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, lost their opening bouts Thursday, but have now won two straight in the consolation brackets heading into Saturday morning.
Moving on up!
PIAA dual meet champion Connellsville advanced all five of their qualifiers to the quarterfinals at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships. Trinity and Waynesburg have three wrestlers each in Fridayís quarterfinal round. Steve Bell, Ashtin Primus, Zach Snyder, Josh Martin and Buddy Sines all won their opening round bouts for the Falcons. Waynesburg teammates Chris Neidermeier, Nick Garber and Corbin Semple joined Trintyís Kalvin Schultz, Dan Burkholder and Joe West in the quarterfinals.
Greensburg Salem (Donnie Jones & Andrew Haile), Greensburg Central Catholic (Nico Cortese & Travis Uncapher), Hampton (Brian Pogel & Mike Thompson), Kiski Area (Tyler Oravec & Quentin Taraszewski), North Allegheny (Rob Waltko & R.J. Parks) and Shaler (Matt Nelson & Nick Nelson) each advanced two wrestlers in the winnersí bracket. Rick Haarbauer (Baldwin), Mike Catalano (Canon-McMillan), Nick Hursky (Chartiers Valley), Brandon Skonieczny (Fox Chapel), Jay Ivanco (Gateway), Josh Serene (Kittanning), Ryan Tomei (Penn-Trafford) and Sean Clair (Plum) are all still in the hunt for PIAA AAA gold.
Overall, WPIAL AAA wrestlers won 31 of their 42 preliminary bouts.
in the hunt!
Once, Twice, Three Times a Champion!
WPIAL AAA Championships (Brackets)
Two-time defending PIAA champion Donnie Jones (Greensburg Salem) scored a third-straight WPIAL championship, beating Travis Uncapher (Greensburg Central Catholic) in the 152-pound final.
Sean Clair (Plum) won his third WPIAL crown with a 5-4 victory over Connellsville's Steve Bell. Clair is now a four-time PIAA qualifier.
Dan Burkholder (Trinity) and Chris Neidermeier (Waynesburg) each won their second WPIAL titles.
Burkholder was joined by Kalvin Schultz and Joe West as the Hillers captured three individual titles. Neidermeier's teammate Corbin Semple gave the Raiders a second championship.
Canon-McMillan's Colin Johnston and Mike Catalano won championships, as did North Allegheny's Rob Waltko and R.J. Parks.
Dual meet finalists Connellsville (Ashtin Primus) and Kiski Area (Quentin Taraszewski) each won one championship, as did Hampton (Brian Pogel).
WPIAL AAA Section Tournaments!
This is the first step on the Road to the PIAA Championships. At six sites, AAA wrestlers from all across the WPIAL will look first to advance, then to win Section titles. Here are some notes from each Section (click on Section for completed brackets):
3-AAA (North Allegheny)
4-AAA (Fox Chapel)
6-AAA (Mt. Lebanon)
Falcons Soar to PIAA AAA Team Title!
Team Championships bracket (with links for box scores)
Just a week after winning a WPIAL-record sixth dual meet title, the Connellsville Falcons became the first WPIAL AAA team to win the PIAA Dual Meet championship, knocking off four-time-defending champion Easton, 34-25. The Red Rovers scored three falls and a major decision in building a 25-16 lead, but the Falcons roared back to win the final five matches, starting with Steve Bell's pin at 130 pounds.
Kiski Area had to settle for a fourth-place finish, losing twice to Upper Perkiomen over the two-day tournament.
Connellsville--WPIAL AAA Dual Meet Champions!
Falcons win sixth dual meet title
The Connellsville Falcons became the first WPIAL AAA team to win six dual meet championships, scoring a 33-22 win over top-seeded Kiski Area. All the Connellsville team titles have come since 1992.
Connellsville 33, Kiski Area 22
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