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(3/10/12) After reaching the quarterfinals in his maiden voyage through the PIAA Tournament last season, North Allegheny sophomore Dom Forys took third place in this year's trek through states which concluded on Saturday night.  Despite dropping an 11-1 major decision to Ethan Lizak of Parkland in the semifinals, Forys rebounded with a victory in the consolation semifinals.  For the second time in the tournament Forys defeated Jake Gromacki of Erie Cathedral Prep, this time by a 3-1 decision to vault him into the consolation finals against Pennbridge's Scott Parker.  To win the bronze, Forys toppled Parker by a 4-2 decision to round out an impressive run through the PIAA Tournament.


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(3/9/12) North Allegheny sophomore Dom Forys continued to grapple his way towards a state championship on Friday, winning 6-3 over Zach Fuentes of Norristown High School.  Forys will face Ethan Lizak of Parkland High School in a semifinal match on Saturday.  However, Friday was not as joyous for teammates Jarred Lux and Alex DiCiantis.   Lux dropped his quarterfinal match, 6-1, sending him into the second round of the consolation bracket at the 182 pound level.  He subsequently fell in his consolation match by a 5-4 margin.  Competition also ended for DiCiantis, wrestling at the 170 pound classification, as he also lost in the second round of his consolation bracket.  The state competition will continue on Saturday from the Giant Center in Hershey.

at Giant Center; Hershey, PA

106 (QTR)Dom Foyrs (NA) dec Zach Fuentes (Norristown) 6-3
170 (C2)Jacob Taylor (Bald Eagle) dec Alex DiCiantis (NA) 5-1
182 (QTR)Khilique Harris (McDowell) dec Jarred Lux (NA) 6-1
CONSO2Ryan Burnheimer (Westmont Hilltop) dec Jarred Lux (NA) 5-4

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The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL in Class AAA along with 46 other teams.  Section competition begins on December 14, 2011, and must be completed by January 18, 2012.  The section schedule consists of one section match on each of the five Wednesday dates. 


If ties occur in a dual meet, the 2011-2012 NFHS Rules book criteria will be used to break the tie. Each WPIAL section has been divided into two (2) subsections. The League schedule 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 AA is Saturday, February 11, 2012 and in Class AAA, Saturday, February 18, 2012. A random draw of weight classes will be used in all dual meet and team tournaments.


The top five (5) place finishers in each section will advance to the WPIAL Team Championship Tournament. On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 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 25, 2012) 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 2011-12, the section championship tournament will be held at the site of the first place team in the "B" subsections. The fifth place-qualifying match will be held at a site in the "B" subsections as determined by the wrestling committee. 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 WPIAL wrestling Committee will organize and manage all section championship tournament matches.

Teams involved in the section championship tournament, including the two teams involved in the match for the fifth qualifier, are not required to count the two (2) competition points for the matches in the tournament. It is suggested, but not required, that other section teams wrestle each other in an exhibition match on January 25, 2012. However, these schools will have to count the match as a competition point.


The top five (5) 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 30, 2012. The WPIAL will advance two (2) Class AA teams and three (3) Class AAA teams to the PIAA team tournament.


The WPIAL individual championships will begin with a sectional tournament. In class AA and AAA, sectionals will be held in a one-day format. In Class AAA, the top five (5) place winners from each sectional tournament will advance to the WPIAL/Southwest Regional tournament from which three (3) wrestlers will advance to the state tournament. In Class AA, the top five (5) place winners from each sectional tournament will advance to the WPIAL Championships from which seven (7) wrestlers will advance to the PIAA Southwest Regional Tournament. Five (5) Class AA wrestlers will advance to the state tournament from the PIAA Southwest Regional 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 competitions in Class AA is Saturday, February 11, 2012 and in Class AAA, Saturday, February 18, 2012.


The PIAA will again use the NFHS Weight Management Program (Rule 1-3-1) for the 2011-12 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.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association web-based program known as the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator will be used. The program calculates the lowest body fat for each wrestler along with providing a weekly weight loss descent program and a nutritional program where wrestlers can create a diet plan based on their caloric needs. All athletic directors and coaches are encouraged to visit the NWCA website www.nwcaonline.com and become familiar with the Optimal Performance Calculator.

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. This 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 NEW fourteen weight classifications:

106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

It is required that each head wrestling coach initial the minimum weight classification of each of his wrestlers before the schools Principal certifies the eligibility of the schools wrestlers, in order to reduce or eliminate "clerical errors".

Schools shall be prohibited from changing the minimum weight classification on the Junior High/Middle School Certificate of Eligibility and on the Senior High School Certificate of Eligibility after February 17, 2012.

A two (2)-pound growth allowance is authorized on or after January 15 for both junior high/middle school and senior high wrestlers.


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