NA Grapplers Upended In WPIAL Semifinals
Against the top-seeded Franklin Panthers on Friday night, North Allegheny fell by a 49-24 final in the WPIAL Semifinals. It was the third semifinal appearance for the Tigers in as many seasons, but the powerful Panthers were a bit too much to handle. Franklin Regional will face Latrobe today at 6:30 pm in the WPIAL Championship. North Allegheny still has hope for reaching states as the Tigers will battle Canon-McMillan in the Third Place Consolations at 2:00 pm. Both matches will be hosted by Chartiers Valley High School.
Despite the loss to the Panthers, the Tigers scratched and clawed with their top-ranked opponent. Colton Byerly (182) and Zach Smith (220) earned pin falls for NA. Clay Byerly picked up a tech fall at 195 pounds and Dom Forys earned a 15-6 major decision at 126 pounds. Scotty Stossel collected a 17-11 decision over Kyle Berk at 120 pounds.
North Allegheny falls to 12-1 overall but will battle Canon-McMillan this afternoon with a trip to the PIAA Team Tournament on the line. The match can be heard live courtesy of WJPA Radio by clicking here.
Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Franklin RegionalWPIAL Semifinals
|106||Devin Brown (FR) pinned Zack Stedeford (NA)||5:24|
|113||Spencer Lee (FR) tech fall Luke Landefeld (NA)||17-1|
|120||Scotty Stossel (NA) dec. Kyle Berk (FR)||17-11|
|126||Dom Forys (NA) maj. dec. Dom Giannangeli (FR)||15-6|
|132||Tyler Smith (FR) tech fall Jake Hinkson (NA)||22-5|
|138||Michael Kemerer (FR) pinned A.J. Boeh (NA)||5:39|
|145||Josh Maruca (FR) pinned Richie Boeh (NA)||0:48|
|152||Josh Shields (FR) tech fall Blynn Shideler (NA)||19-2|
|160||Brandon Yant (FR) dec. Jake Woodley (NA)||9-1|
|170||Nate Painter (FR) pinned David Tallman (NA)||3:44|
|182||Colton Byerly (NA) pinned Jeremy Nestor (FR)||0:47|
|195||Clay Byerly (NA) tech fall Zach Reckein (FR)||17-1|
|220||Zach Smith (NA) pinned Brett Zanotto (FR)||3:18|
|285||Charlie Mazon (FR) pinned David Probert (NA)||0:53|