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Medal Bout Results
WPIAL Sections AA -- AAA
WPIAL Championships AA -- AAA
PIAA Southwest AA Regional
PIAA Championships AA -- AAA

PIAA AA Individual Championships
Giant Center, Hershey -- WJPA-AM (1450)
Final AA Brackets (pdf)
-- -- Escape Sports Brackets

Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Quarterfinals, 2nd Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Semifinals, 3rd/4th Round Consolations --
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Consolation Finals -- Listen Here!
Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

Thursday, March 5
Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations
WPIAL AA wrestlers won 16 of 30 preliminary bouts in the opening-round of the PIAA Championships. Shady Side Academy advanced all five of its state qualifiers to the quarterfinals. The prelimary winners are off until Friday morning's quarterfinals. Six of the 14 consolation wrestlers won to stay alive in the tournament.

Mitch Spencer & Kyle Appleby of Avella, Ryan Watson of Burgettstown and Chartiers-Houston's Marty Kisla scored preliminary wins for Washington County schools. Cody Catalina (Beth-Center) and Alex Temple (Avella) won consolation bouts, giving the county six of 11 qualifiers still in the tournament.

Friday, March 6
Quarterfinals--Friday morning
Eight WPIAL winners Friday morning have clinched medals and kept alive hopes of PIAA gold. Eight others dropped into the consolations with losses in the quarterfinals. All four Washington County wrestlers in the championship half of the bracket lost their quarterfinals. Mitch Spencer (Avella), Kyle Appleby (Avella), Ryan Watson (Burgettstown) and Marty Kisla (Chartiers-Houston) will now join Avella's Alex Frey and Cody Catalina of Beth-Center in the consolations.

There are now 14 WPIAL AA wrestlers in the upcoming elimination bouts. The winners are guaranteed at least a top eight finish.

2nd Round Consolations--Friday morning
WPIAL AA wrestlers won nine of 14 consolation bouts, clinching a total of 17 medals coming home to the WPIAL. Mitch Spencer and Alex Temple of Avella joined Cody Catalina of Beth-Center winning consolation bouts and advancing to the next round.

Avella's Kyle Appleby, Ryan Watson of Burgettstown and Chartiers-Houston's Marty Kisla were eliminated one win short of the medals.

PIAA Southwest AA Regional
Friday-Saturday, February 27-28--FINAL Brackets (.pdf)
War Memorial, Johnstown

The top five placewinners in each weight class advance to the PIAA Individual Championships at the Giant Center, Hershey, March 5-7.
Medal Bout Pairings & Results--Click Here

2009 WPIAL AA Championships
The top six placewinners advance to the PIAA Southwest AA Regional in Johnstown, Feb. 27-28

FINAL Brackets -- -- Medal Bout Results
Dane Johnson
won his fourth WPIAL Individual championship, one of five for Shady Side Academy Saturday evening. Avella won two titles, while seven other schools picked up on each--Beth-Center, Burgettstown, Burrell, Carlynton, Fort Cherry, Keystone Oaks and South Fayette.

Matthew Cunningham (Shady Side Academy) won his third WPIAL crown, while teammates Geoff Alexander, Frank Martelotti and Roman San Doval each added a second gold medal. Anthony Zanetta (Keystone Oaks) won his second title as did Mitch Spencer (Avella). Two defending champions failed to repeat--Travis McKillop (Burrell) lost to Spencer in the 135 pounds finals while Sam Guidi (Fort Cherry) lost in the semifinals at 171 pounds.

Regional Qualifiers by school:
10 - Shady Side Academy
8 - Burrell
6 - Ft Cherry
5 - Avella, Charleroi, Keystone Oaks & Mt. Pleasant
4 - Bentworth, Chartiers-Houston, Jefferson-Morgan &
3 - Carlynton, South Side Beaver & West Greene
2 - Beth-Center, Burgettstown, Highlands & Southmoreland
1 - Center, Freedom, Jeannette, Kittanning, South Fayette, Steel Valley & Yough

2009 WPIAL AA Section Tournaments
The top four placewinners in each section advance to the WPIAL AA Individual Championships, Friday/Saturday, Feb. 20-21, at Chartiers Valley.

Section 1-AA (at South Side Area) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Anthony Zanetta (Keystone Oaks) won his fourth WPIAL Section championship, scoring a 13-6 decision against Victor LiPari (Char-Houston). Meanwhile, Mitch Spencer (Avella) was stopped short of his fourth title, losing to South Side's David Demor, 15-8. Eight different schools put wrestlers on the top spot of the awards platform. Fort Cherry won five individual titles, Burgettstown and South Side won two each. Dual meet section champion Chartiers-Houston advanced nine wrestlers to the WPIAL Championships, Fort Cherry and Keystone Oaks each have eight moving on, Burgettstown seven. Click for Final Brackets

Section 2-AA (at Charleroi) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Zach Sheridan (Mt. Pleasant) earned his fourth WPIAL Section title with a 19-4 technical fall over Eric Myers (Southmoreland). Eight of the nine schools with wrestlers advancing to next week's WPIAL Championships won at least one championship. Jeannette and Mt. Pleasant each won three. Jeff-Morgan and dual meet section champion Bentworth won two. Mt. Pleasant advanced 10 wrestlers to the WPIAL Individual Championships. Bentworth has eight, Southmoreland seven, Jeff-Morgan, Yough and West Greene advanced six each. Final Brackets coming soon.

Section 3-AA (at Shady Side Academy) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Dane Johnson (Shady Side) used a 22-6 technical fall over Rich Bass (Highlands) to earn his fourth WPIAL Section crown. PIAA Dual Meet runnerup Shady Side academy had five other champions. WPIAL dual meet champion Burrell won four titles while Valley picked up two. Burrell and Shady Side Academy each are sending 11 wrestlers to the WPIAL Championships. Vally has eight, Highlands and Kittanning seven each. Final Brackets coming soon.

2009 PIAA AA Team Tournament -- AA Bracket
First Round
Pen Argyl 35, Montoursville 33
Bermudian Springs 53, Octorara 15
Shady Side Academy 39, Ft. Leboeuf 30
Bedford 49, Forest Hills 10
Second Round
Westmont-Hilltop 49, Pen Argyl 13
Bermudian Springs 54, Elk Lake 12
Shady Side Academy 39, Ridgway 26
Bedford 44, Wilson Area 20
Westmont-Hilltop 40, Burrell 25
Reynolds 43, Bermudian Springs 9
Shady Side Academy 40, Troy 26
Schuylkill Valley 28, Bedford 25
First-Round Consolations
Bedford 39, Pen Argyl 28
Troy 44, Elk Lake 12
Bermudian Springs 28, Ridgway 24
Burrell 34, Wilson Area 20
Second-Round Consolations
Bedford 36, Troy 25
Bermudian Springs 29, Burrell 25
Reynolds 45, Westmont-Hilltop 9
Shady Side Academy 30, Schuylkill Valley 27
Third-Round Consolations
Bedford 30, Westmont-Hilltop 29
Schuylkill Valley 30, Bermudian Springs 27
Championship Finals
Reynolds 42, Shady Side Academy 18
Consolation Finals
Schuylkill Valley 31, Bedford 24

2009 WPIAL AA Team Tournament -- Bracket
Jefferson-Morgan 48,
Burgettstown 27
Fort Cherry 58, Kittanning 15
Valley 38, Mt. Pleasant 33
Keystone Oaks 44, Yough 21
Burrell 59, Jefferson-Morgan 16
Fort Cherry 42, Bentworth 29
Valley 36, Chartiers-Houston 35 (Criteria)
Shady Side Academy 56, Keystone Oaks 16
Burrell 50, Fort Cherry 21

Shady Side Academy 53, Valley 20
Burrell 31, Shady Side Academy 28

2009 WPIAL AA Section Team Duals
Wednesday, January 21

Section 1-AA, Semifinals
Fort Cherry 36, Keystone Oaks 35 (criteria)
Chartiers-Houston 39, Burgettstown 22
1st--Chartiers-Houston 42, Fort Cherry 33
3rd--Keystone Oaks 36, Burgettstown 25

Section 2-AA, Semifinals
Bentworth 50, Yough 28
Mt. Pleasant 40, Jefferson-Morgan 33
1st--Bentworth 42, Mt. Pleasant 29
3rd--Jefferson-Morgan 37, Yough 33

Section 3-AA, Semifinals
Shady Side Academy 49, Valley 24
Burrell 65, Kittanning 8
1st--Burrell 42, Shady Side Academy 30
3rd--Valley 42, Kittanning 30

WJPA Listen Here Archives via MSA
Individual Tournaments

PIAA AA Individual Championships (Giant Center, Hershey)
AA Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AA Quarterfinals, 2nd Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AA Semifinals, 3rd & 4th Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AA Consolation Finals -- Listen Here!
AA Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

AAA Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AAA Quarterfinals, 2nd Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AAA Semifinals, 3rd & 4th Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
AAA Consolation Finals -- Listen Here!
AAA Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

PIAA Southwest AA Regional (Johnstown)
Preliminaries -- Listen Here!
Quarterfinals, 1st & 2nd Round Consolations
-- Listen Here!

Semifinals, 3rd & 4th Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals (3rd & 5th place)
-- Listen Here!
Championship Finals
-- Listen Here!

WPIAL AAA Individual Championships (Canon-McMillan)
Pigtails, Preliminary Round -- Listen Here!
Quarterfinals, 1st-round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Semifinals, 2nd, 3rd & 4th-round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals (3rd place) --
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Championship Finals --
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WPIAL AA Championships (Chartiers Valley)
Preliminary Round, Quarterfinals -- Listen Here!
Semifinals, 1st, 2nd & 3rd-round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals -- Listen Here!
Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

WPIAL Section 5-AAA (Mt. Lebanon)
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals, Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

WPIAL Section 1-AA ( South Side Area)
Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals, Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

WPIAL Triple-A Team Tournament
1st Round
Canon-McMillan 42, Elizabeth-Forward 15--Listen Here!
Canon-McMillan 30, Fox Chapel 20--Listen Here!
Connellsville 34, Canon-McMillan 25--Listen Here!
Third-place Match (winner advances to PIAA Tournament)
Hempfield 39, Canon-McMillan 31--Listen Here!

Dual Meet Tournaments
WPIAL Double-A Team Tournament

Fort Cherry 42, Bentworth 29--Listen Here!
Burrell 50, Ft. Cherry 21--Listen Here!

WPIAL Section Dual Meet Championships
Section 1-AA
Semifinals--Listen Here!
Fort Cherry 36, Keystone Oaks 35 (Criteria)
Chartiers-Houston 39, Burgettstown 22
--Listen Here!
1st--Chartiers-Houston 42, Fort Cherry 33
3rd--Keystone Oaks 36, Burgettstown 25

Section 5-AAA
Hopewell 44, Mt. Lebanon 25
Canon-McMillan 43, West Allegheny 18--Listen Here!
1st--Canon-McMillan 31, Hopewell 28--Listen Here!
3rd--West Allegheny 37, Mt. Lebanon 28

PIAA AAA Individual Championships
Giant Center, Hershey -- WJPA-AM (1450)
Final AAA Brackets (pdf)
-- -- Escape Sports Brackets

Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Quarterfinals, 2nd Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Semifinals, 3rd/4th Round Consolations -- Listen Here!
Consolation Finals -- Listen Here!
Championship Finals -- Listen Here!

Thursday, March 5
Preliminaries, 1st Round Consolations
Triple-A wrestlers from the WPIAL won 27 of 42 preliminary bouts, none of them bigger than Canon-McMillan's Nick Catalano knocking off defending PIAA champion Cortland Choate of Blue Mountain, 4-2 in two overtimes. The Big Mac sophmore's reversal in the first tie-breaker period was the difference. WPIAL wrestlers won seven of their 15 consolation bouts to stay in the tournament.

Alex Dunaway of McGuffey also won his preliminary bout and is in the quarterfinals on Friday. McGuffey teammate Nick Whipkey lost in the first round and then won a consolation match. Todd Miller, Ringgold, and Derrick Nelson, Waynesburg, also won consolation bouts to stay alive while Sam Brownlee, Canon-McMillan, lost two straight matches and has been eliminated.

Friday, March 6
Quarterfinals--Friday afternoon
It was a power surge for the WPIAL AAA wrestlers Friday afternoon, winning 19 of 27 quarterfinal bouts, including all three matches at 103 pounds. The WPIAL had two winners in five other weights--125, 130, 135, 152 & 160.

Washington County's Alex Dunaway, McGuffey, and Nick Catalano, Canon-McMillan, advanced to Saturday morning's semifinals win close victories. Todd Miller of Ringgold won his second-round consolation bout and will bring home a medal. Miller eliminated WPIAL champion Jake Leninsky, West Allegheny.

2nd Round Consolations--Friday afternoon
That second consolation round was not as fruitful as the quarterfinals, with nine WPIAL wrestlers eliminated, including Nick Whipkey, McGuffey and Derrick Nelson, Waynesburg. WPIAL champion Troy Reaghard of West Allegheny was also eliminated Friday afternoon.

WPIAL Four-Timers Club
Dane Johnson Enters Fraternity; Fleming stopped short
Seventy years ago, Andy Puchany (Canonsburg) won his fourth WPIAL individual wrestling title.
At Saturday's AAA Finals, West Mifflin's James Fleming lost to Jake Kemerer (Hempfield) in the 160 pound finals, ending his bid to win a fourth WPIAL crown.

Saturday, Feb. 21st, Dane Johnson ( Shady Side Academy) won the 140-pound WPIAL AA title, his fourth championship. Johnson won by default over Michael Innes, Chartiers-Houston, was unable to wrestle in the final due to a muscle injury. Johnson won the PIAA titles the last two years after finishing fifth as a freshman.

Puchany 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. Conklin and The Canonsburg Trio waited another 36 years before John Dasta, Penn Hills, joined the club.

John Richey (Connellsville) and Cary Kolat (Jefferson-Morgan) entered in back to back seasons. Mark Angle (Canon-McMillan) and Justin Tracanna (Jefferson-Morgan) went back to back. Then, Shawn Whyte (West Greene) and Troy Letters (Shaler) followed in three-year intervals. Two years later, it was Joe Makara (Burrell). Larry Hall (Jeannette) and Coleman Scott (Waynesburg) became the first duo to enter the same year, 2004. Troy Dolan (Derry) joined one year ahead of Colin Johnston (Canon-McMillan) and Jordan Shields (Burrell), the only pair to win their fourth titles on the same night.

1. Andy Puchany, Canonsburg (1936-1939)
2. James Conklin, Waynesburg (1940-1943)
3. Donald Haney, Canonsburg (1947-1950)
4. Manuel Pihakis, Canonsburg (1949-1952)
5. John Dasta, Penn Hills (1985-1988)
6. John Richey, Connellsville (1988-1991)
7. Cary Kolat, Jefferson-Morgan (1989-1992)
8. Mark Angle, Canon-McMillan (1992-1995)
9. Justin Tracanna, Jefferson-Morgan (1993-1996)
10. Shawn Whyte, West Greene (1995-1998)
11. Troy Letters, Shaler (1998-2001)
12. Joe Makara, Burrell (2000-2003)
13. Larry Hall, Jeannette (2001-2004)
14. Coleman Scott, Waynesburg (2001-2004)
15. Troy Dolan, Derry (2004-2007)
16. Colin Johnston, Canon-McMillan (2005-2008)
17. Jordan Shields, Burrell (2005-2008)
18. Dane Johnson, Shady Side Academy (2006-2009)

WPIAL AAA Individual Championships
Thursday-Saturday, February 26-28--FINAL Brackets (.pdf)
Canon-McMillan High School
The top three placewinners in each weight class advance to the PIAA Individual Championships at the Giant Center, Hershey, March 5-7.
Medal Bout Pairings & Results--Click Here
2009 WPIAL AAA Section Tournaments
Saturday, February 21
The top four placewinners in each section advance to the WPIAL AAA Individual Championships, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28, at Canon-McMillan.

Medal Bout Results--All AAA Sections

Section 1-AAA (at Indiana) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Derry, Greater Latrobe and Penn-Trafford each won three individual titles. Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Plum picked up one each. Joey Walters (Latrobe) & Shane Young (Penn-Trafford) won the third Section titles. Walters is a four-time finalist. Young is seeking his third straight WPIAL and PIAA titles.

Section 2-AAA (at Hempfield) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Connellsville landed five title, Hempfield three, Elizabeth-Forward and Norwin picked up two each. Albert Gallatin and Belle Vernon split the other two championships. Jake Kemerer (Hempfield) won his third Section title in his fourth trip to the finals. The senior now goes after his second WPIAL and PIAA titles. Jake Swink (Connellsville) also won his third Section title.

Section 3-AAA (at Fox Chapel) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Fox Chapel and North Allegheny both won four titles, Hampton and North Hills won two each while Butler and Shaler each won one championship. Joe Waltko (North Allegheny) won his fourth Section crown. Tiger teammates Dave Cawley, a four-time finalist, and Andy Candiello each won their third titles.

Section 4-AAA (at Waynesburg) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Eight different schools claimed Section 4-AAA individual crowns, led by Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Ringgold with three apiece. WPIAL Team Champion Bethel Park and West Mifflin each picked up two, while McGuffey, South Allegheny, Upper St. Clair and Waynesburg had one each. James Fleming (West Mifflin) began his final post-season campaign by winning his fourth Section crown. The three-time WPIAL champion is also a three-time PIAA medalist. Ken Downing (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) and Vincent Camps (Waynesburg) were both stopped short of their third titles, Downing in the finals by Mike Ganley (Bethel Park) and Camps in the semifinals by eventual champion Robert Blotzer (South Allegheny).

Section 5-AAA (at Mt. Lebanon) -- Medal Bouts -- Brackets
Canon-McMillan won six individual titles, the most of any school in any section. West Allegheny picked up four, Hopewell three and Montour one. Ron Schram and Sam Brownlee, Canon-McMillan teammates, each won their third Section titles, while Troy Reaghard (West Allegheny) lost out on his bid for a three-peat, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Derhon Towler (Hopewell). Brownlee's titles came in his freshmen, junior and senior years, having to sit out his sophmore season due to his move from Mt. Lebanon to Canon-McMillan. Schram is a four-time Section finalist.

2009 PIAA AAA Team Tournament -- AAA Bracket
First Round
Connellsville 75, Brashear 4
Council Rock North 40, Hazleton 24
Boyertown 38, LaSalle College 21
Blue Mountain 38, Lower Dauphin 30
Clearfield 34, Hempfield Area 33
Cumberland Valley 35, Shikellamy 28
Second Round
Connellsville 34, Council Rock North 24
Central Mountain 42, Boyertown 22
Blue Mountain 47, Clearfield 24
Cumberland Valley 44, Cathedral Prep 18
Central Dauphin 53, Connellsville 13
Northampton 31, Central Mountain 27
Blue Mountain 38, Quakertown 25
Cumberland Valley 36, Bethel Park 27
First-Round Consolations
Bethel Park 38, Council Rock North 22
Boyertown 32, Quakertown 20
Central Mountain 42, Clearfield 16
Cathedral Prep 36, Connellsville 21
Second-Round Consolations
Boyertown 36, Bethel Park 28
Central Mountain 42, Cathedral Prep 16
Central Dauphin 31, Northampton 22
Cumberland Valley 35, Blue Mountain 30
Third-Round Consolations
Northampton 44, Boyertown 18
Central Mountain 39, Blue Mountain 28
Championship Finals
Central Dauphin 34, Cumberland Valley 30
Consolation Finals
Northampton 36, Central Mountain 16

2009 WPIAL AAA Team Tournament -- Bracket
North Hills 43, West Allegheny 28
Franklin Regional 40, Mt. Lebanon 24
Butler 69, South Allegheny 4
Elizabeth-Forward 42, Ringgold 25
1st Round
Bethel Park 51, North Hills 9
North Allegheny 40, Albert Gallatin 25
Derry 56, Waynesburg 15
Hempfield 43, Franklin Regional 16
Penn-Trafford 51, Butler 15
Connellsville 42, Hopewell 25
Fox Chapel 32, Kiski Area 28
Canon-McMillan 42, Elizabeth-Forward 15

Bethel Park 37, North Allegheny 19
Hempfield 28, Derry 26
Connellsville 33, Penn-Trafford 28
Canon-McMillan 30, Fox Chapel 20

Bethel Park 31, Hempfield 25
Connellsville 34, Canon-McMillan 25
Championship Finals
Bethel Park 42, Connellsville 21
Third-place Match
Hempfield 39, Canon-McMillan 31

WJPA Wrestling Radio--60 years and counting!
It was the late 1940's. Radio in Washington County was less than 10 years old. It was in this infancy of the medium that our coverage of the ultimate man-vs.-man sport began. Behind the microphone, describing the action was future Hall of Fame announcer Pete Stanton. His gift for gab and his willingness to travel hour upon hour were almost legendary. The sport drew hundreds, even thousands to high school gymnasiums and other facilities in the dead of winter.

Then, in the late winter of 1950, the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships were conducted at Washington High School. WJPA Radio and Pete Stanton were there, covering every bout from start to finish.

Now, as the PIAA Individual Championship Series is just weeks away, our crew is preparing to cover our 60th PIAA Finals. Gone are the days of "dry pair" phone lines and advancement for only the champion at each level. Today, obviously, with the internet, and its webcasts, audiocasts, message boards, blogs and dedicated sites, our coverage of the state's most-popular event has changed. But, still today, after 60 years, you'll still get every score of every bout of the PIAA Wrestling Championships, whether you're listening in the Washington, PA area on 1450-AM, or around the world via the MSA Sports Network. Enjoy the action!

2009 WPIAL AAA Section Team Duals
Wednesday, January 21

Section 1-AAA, Semifinals
Penn-Trafford 41, Franklin Regional 19
Derry Area 37, Kiski Area 28
1st--Penn-Trafford 36, Derry Area 21
3rd--Kiski Area 36, Franklin Regional 25

Section 2-AAA. Semifinals
Connellsville 48, Elizabeth-Forward 24
Hempfield 39, Albert Gallatin 26
1st--Hempfield 32, Connellsville 29
3rd--Albert Gallatin 42, Elizabeth-Forward 30

Section 3-AAA, Semifinals
Fox Chapel 39, North Hills 21
North Allegheny 36, Butler 28
1st--North Allegheny 35, Fox Chapel 26
3rd--Butler 40, North Hills 24

Section 4-AAA, Semifinals
Bethel Park 54, Ringgold 13
Waynesburg 50, South Allegheny 22
1st--Bethel Park 51, Waynesburg 15
3rd--Ringgold 56, South Allegheny 22

Section 5-AAA, Semifinals
Hopewell 44, Mt. Lebanon 25
Canon-McMillan 43, West Allegheny 18
1st--Canon-McMillan 31, Hopewell 28
3rd--West Allegheny 37, Mt. Lebanon 28

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