This one’s for the girls.
After almost 43 years with the Observer-Reporter, assistant sports editor Joe Tuscano is calling it a day.
HERSHEY – It was all set and ready to go.
HERSHEY – What took five minutes to build in this wrestling bout, came crashing down in the final minute. What was left was a 2-1 loss by Chris Vargo in the fifth meeting between the Bentworth junior and Burrell’s Cooper Hornack.
HERSHEY – Ask Blake Reihner and he’ll tell you the last wrestler from Trinity High School to win a state title.
HERSHEY – If there is a Sheetz convenience store nearby, then Chris Vargo’s opponent has a problem.
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HERSHEY – When Eli Makel won the WPIAL title last week at Canon-McMillan, he knew there was more meaning to it.
Mac Church has found it a struggle to get up for some matches during his final wrestling season at Waynesburg Central High School.
Preliminary and first round pairings for the PIAA Class AA
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Anyone paying attention two weeks ago would wonder how Joe Baronick got this far.
The magic number has been reached and then some.
Mac Church and Rocco Welsh joined an exclusive group of Waynesburg High School wrestlers Saturday at the WPIAL Class 3A Tournament, held at Canon-McMillan High School.
ALTOONA – If you were looking for what motivated Chris Vargo this weekend, look no farther than last week’s WPIAL Class 2A Championship at Chartiers Valley High School.
ALTOONA – Jorden Williams is learning to wrestle Western Pennsylvania style and he is a fast learner.
PITTSBURGH – Fifteen wrestlers from Washington and Greene County high schools entered the WPIAL Class 3A Tournament that began Friday at Canon-McMillan High School, seeded among the top four in their weight class.
Burgettstown’s Parker Sentipal and Bentworth’s Chris Vargo each were Class 2A Southwest Region Tournament champions last year, but neither is seeded among the top three in their weight class at this year’s tournament, which begins today at Altoona High School.
HEIDELBERG – Washington and Greene counties were well represented in the finals of the WPIAL Class 2A Tournament, which concluded Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.
McDONALD – It might have been one of the oddest matches in the sterling high school career of Waynesburg’s Mac Church.
Patrick Jennings admits he wasn’t too sure it was the best idea for the Chartiers-Houston wrestling program.
Jefferson-Morgan wrestler is the Observer-Reporter Athlete of the Week.
BURGETTSTOWN – When your last name is Barr and you attend McGuffey High School, great things are expected.
HERSHEY – Most wrestlers can’t stand it but the forfeit is a sign of respect in the sport of high school wrestling.
Wash High WPIAL Wrestling Threepeat 1981-1983
HERSHEY – The crowd on the Burgettstown side of the Giant Center in Hershey was breaking into a chant of “Home grown,” poking fun at the desire for Notre Dame-Green Pond to gather talent through a peculiar way.
HERSHEY – From that chilly Wednesday night in mid-December, when Canon-McMillan had a disappointing loss to rival Waynesburg in their home gymnasium, until Saturday inside the Giant Center, when they came away with a PIAA medal in the state team tournament, the goal has always been to improve.
For the second time in less than a week, Rudy Brown gave Burgettstown the key win to capture a dual meet.
McMURRAY – Manuel Pihakis might not have been in attendance at Saturday’s WPIAL Class 3A team tournament finals, but the Canonsburg icon was there in spirit. His famous blue and gold suit was there too.
Trinity wasn’t outscored but the Hillers’ run in the WPIAL Class 3A Team Tournament ended in the first round Wednesday night at Butler High School.
CARNEGIE — Jefferson-Morgan used five pins and three forfeits to come away with a 55-15 thumping of Valley in the preliminary round of the WPIAL Class 2A Team Tournament Monday at Carlynton High School.
After chalking up its fourth consecutive section title Wednesday with a 12-point win over Trinity, the Waynesburg Central High School wrestling team got its reward Thursday afternoon: top seed in the Class 3A portion of the WPIAL Team Tournament.
Jefferson-Morgan punched its ticket to the WPIAL Class 2A Team Tournament with a 39-30 victory over Beth-Center on Wednesday night to finish in third place in Section 1.
First place up for grabs in final night of section wrestling dual meets.
West Allegheny won the final three bouts of the match and came away with a 35-31 victory over top-ranked Trinity in a Class 3A Section 5 dual meet Wednesday night.
Trinity remained unbeaten with a 52-13 victory over South Fayette in Class 3A Section 5 on Wednesday at Hiller Hall.
Former Waynesburg state runner-up takes another step in recovery.
The many hats Terry Havelka has worn at Burgettstown High School always looked just right on his head.
CANONSBURG – In the 17-year history of the Tri-CADA Wrestling tournament, there have been only two wrestlers who have won four titles: AC Headlee of Waynesburg (2012-15) and Tim Wallace of Albert Gallatin (2015-18).
Female makes mark at Tri-CADA wrestling tournament.
Waynesburg wrestler, Powerade champion is the Observer-Reporter's Athlete of the Week.
A string of wins in the middlweights proved to be the difference as Beth-Center pulled out a 36-33 win over Bentworth in a Class 2A Section 1 match Wednesday night.
CANONSBURG – Rocco Welsh has won his weight class in a lot of tournaments.
The seeds for the Powerade Wrestling Tournament have been released and Waynesburg leads the local teams with five wrestlers drawing one of the eight seeds in each weight class.
The female wrestlers compete Wednesday, the day before the boys varsity session begins (8 a.m. start). Finals time for the boys varsity is 4 p.m. Friday.
The Connellsville wrestling team put together a run of five pins and a forfeit, and then held off any late charge for a 36-33 non-section win at Waynesburg Central on Thursday night.
Bentworth used four pins and five forfeits to defeat Washington 57-18 in a Class 2A Section 1 wrestling match Wednesday night at Wash High gymnasium.
Two more members of the wrestling community have died over the weekend.
Burgettstown, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, looked very bit the part Wednesday night as the Blue Devils rolled to a 60-14 victory over visiting Jefferson-Morgan in Section 1.
CANONSBURG – Prior to the start of the season, Waynesburg head wrestling coach Kyle Szewczyk felt his team’s dual meets were going to be won or lost from the 145-pound weight class and up.
Michael Shallcross had his mind made up.
It has been a while since the Trinity Hillers wrestling team has stood atop the WPIAL.
Fort Cherry erased an early 18-point deficit by winning four consecutive weight classes and then dominating the lightweights, rallying for a 41-28 victory over West Greene in the Class 2A Section 1 opener Wednesday night.
South Fayette wrestler Observer-Reporter Athlete of the Week