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North Allegheny wrestlers, Dom Forys and Alex DeCiantis, have had their run at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Tournament come to an end.  After a preliminary round victory on Thursday night at 103 pounds, Forys fell to Ethan Lizak of Parkland in the quarterfinals by an 8-6 decision.  In the consolation bracket, Forys took a 10-7 loss to Jake Gromacki of Erie Cathedral Prep.  At 160 pounds, sophomore Alex DeCiantis dropped a 13-2 major decision to Zach Thomson of Mechanicsburg in the second round of the consolations.  The losses do nothing to spoil a great season for Forys and DeCiantis.  With more years to come in the North Allegheny wrestling program, the Tigers’ duo will look for another trip to Hershey next season.    

AAA Championship Finals

103 - Billy Rappo, Council Rock South dec. Ethan Lizak, Parkland, 3-2 TB.
112 - Jordan Conaway, New Oxford dec. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan, 10-4.
119 - Corey Keener, Blue Mountain dec. Mackenzie McGuire, Upper St. Clair, 3-2.
125 - Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional major dec. Jeremy Minich, Boyertown, 16-4.
130 - Zach Horan, Nazareth dec. Tanner Hough, Westmont Hilltop, 5-1.
135 - Dan Neff, Solanco major dec. Garett Hammond, Chambersburg, 11-3.
140 - Mitchell Minotti, Easton dec. Kevin Gooding, Central Dauphin, 12-6.
145 - Brian Brill, Central Mountain dec. Nick Catalano, Canon-McMillan, 6-2.
152 - Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale dec. Mark Havers, Bradford, 9-4.
160 - Michael Ottinger, Parkland dec. Jason Luster, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 3-2 OT.
171 - J.M. Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh major dec. Neal Grudi, Spring Grove, 15-2.
189 - Kenny Courts, Central Dauphin pinned Josh Popple, Coughlin, 0:38.
215 - Thomas Haines, Solanco pinned Brandan Clark, Methacton, 4:23.
285 - Averee Robinson, Susquehana Township dec. Dawson Peck, Chambersburg, 10-7.

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The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL in Class AAA along with 47 other teams.  Section competition begins on December 15, 2010, and must be completed by January 19, 2011.  The section schedule consists of one section match on each of the five Wednesday dates. 


If ties occur in a dual meet, the 2010-2011 NFHS Rules book criteria will be used to break the tie.  Each WPIAL section of 12 teams has been divided into two subsections of 6 teams each.  The League schedule of five matches includes only matches versus other schools in the same subsection..  The PIAA reduction in competitions from 24 to 22 and the shortened season by one week requires that section schedules are minimized to permit the PIAA individual and team tournament component of the season to be met.  The reduction in section matches will also allow schools greater flexibility in scheduling individual tournaments, dual meet tournaments, and exhibition dual meets.  The last play date for team competitions in Class AAA is Saturday, February 19, 2011.

A random draw of weight classes will be used in all dual meet and team tournaments.


The top five place finishers in each section will advance to the WPIAL Team Championship Tournament.  On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, a one-day section championship tournament doubleheader will be held prior to the WPIAL team championship tournament.  At the section championship tournament, the first place finisher from each subsection will wrestle the second place team from the opposite subsection in the same section.  The two winners will then wrestle for the section championship.  The winner will be declared the section champion and will be presented the section plaque.  The defeated team will be the 2nd place finisher in the section.  The two defeated teams in the preliminary match will wrestle for 3rd and 4th place in the section.  The fifth qualifier will be the winner of a single match held on the same night (January 26, 2011) as the section championship tournament between the third place team from each subsection.

In the event of a two-way tie for first or second, head to head competition will prevail.  A tie of three or more teams will be broken by comparing the head-to-head competition between the tied teams that may result in one or more of the teams demonstrating a higher cumulative total of victories.  If the three or more tied teams have identical records against each other, the NFHS tie breaking system (Rule 9-2-2) will be used to break the tie.  The same procedure will be used to break a tie for the third place finisher from each subsection.

In the 2010-11, the section championship tournament will be held at the site of the first place team in the "A" subsections.  The fifth place-qualifying match will be held at the site of the third place team in the "A" subsections.  If the designated site for matches in the tournament is not available, the WPIAL will assign the site based on the League "Home Site Policy". 


The top five place finishers from each section championship tournament will advance to the WPIAL Team Championship tournament.  The team tournament will begin with necessary preliminary matches on Monday, January 31, 2011.  In Class AAA, the WPIAL will advance two teams to the PIAA team tournament.


The WPIAL individual championships will begin with a sectional tournament.  Sectionals will be held in a one-day format.  The top five place winners from each sectional tournament will advance to the WPIAL/Southwest Regional tournament from which three wrestlers will advance to the state tournament.*  Wrestle-back competition will be included from the first round of Sectionals, WPIAL and Regional Championships.  Additional information on team and individual championships will be available on the WPIAL website.  Dates for the WPIAL/PIAA individual tournament series are on the wrestling calendar.  The last play date for team competition in Class AAA is Saturday, February19, 2011.

* - Pending PIAA approval


The PIAA will again use the NFHS Weight Management Program (Rule 1-3-1) for the 2010-11 wrestling season.  The Weight Certification Program has four major points of emphasis:  (1) a wrestler may not go below 7% body fat for males and 12% body fat for females; (2) a wrestler must have a urine specific gravity of 1.025 or lower before they have a body fat assessment; (3) a wrestler may not lose more than 1.5%of his/her body weight per week; (4) the weight certification program will have a built in nutritional component.

Another important component for the Weight Certification Program will be the certification of Weight Certification Assessors.  Every school will need to have a certified assessor to perform the urinalysis and body fat measurements for the Optimal Performance Calculator.  All wrestlers must have their certified minimum wrestling weight class certified by an authorized medical examiner on the PIAA "Section 7: CIPPE Minimum Wrestling Weight Classification form.  The certification must be established NO EARLIER THAN six weeks prior to the first regular season contest day of the winter sports season.

Senior high school wrestlers must be certified at only one of the following fourteen weight classifications:

     103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285 pounds.

A two-pound growth allowance is authorized on or after January 15 for both junior high/middle school and senior high wrestlers.


1A 1B 2A 2B
Central Catholic Greater Latrobe Albert Callatin Baldwin
Franklin Regional Greensburg Salem Belle Vernon Elizabeth Forward
Gateway Indiana (C) Connellsville McKeesport
Kiski Area Penn Trafford Hempfield (C) Ringgold
Penn Hills Plum Laurel Highlands Thomas Jefferson
Woodland Hills Norwin Uniontown West Mifflin
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3A 3B 4A 4B
Butler NORTH ALLEGHENY Canon McMillan Bethel Park
Fox Chapel Ambridge Chartiers Valley McGuffey *
Hampton Hopewell (C) Montour Mt. Lebanon
Knoch North Hills Moon Peters Twp.
Mars Pine-Richland Upper St. Clair Trinity
Shaler Area Seneca Valley West Allegheny Waynesburg*

* - voluntary PLAYING UP
c- Cooperative sponsorship



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