NA Grapplers Upended In WPIAL Semifinals

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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 Regional

WPIAL Semifinals
106Devin Brown (FR) pinned Zack Stedeford (NA) 5:24
113Spencer Lee (FR) tech fall Luke Landefeld (NA)17-1
120Scotty Stossel (NA) dec. Kyle Berk (FR)17-11
126Dom Forys (NA) maj. dec. Dom Giannangeli (FR)15-6
132Tyler Smith (FR) tech fall Jake Hinkson (NA)22-5
138Michael Kemerer (FR) pinned A.J. Boeh (NA) 5:39
145Josh Maruca (FR) pinned Richie Boeh (NA)0:48
152Josh Shields (FR) tech fall Blynn Shideler (NA)19-2
160Brandon Yant (FR) dec. Jake Woodley (NA) 9-1
170Nate Painter (FR) pinned David Tallman (NA)3:44
182Colton Byerly (NA) pinned Jeremy Nestor (FR)0:47
195Clay Byerly (NA) tech fall Zach Reckein (FR)17-1
220Zach Smith (NA) pinned Brett Zanotto (FR)3:18
285Charlie Mazon (FR) pinned David Probert (NA)0:53