2019-2020 Game Summaries
North Allegheny sent four wrestlers to the PIAA Class AAA individual tournament in Hershey, and despite a valiant effort, all four were eliminated in day two of action at the Giant Center.
With the very best in state in action, senior Ben Grafton reached the quarterfinals at 285 pounds before dropping a narrow 3-1 decision to Robbie Unrah of Exeter Township. In the consolation bracket, Grafton was edged in a 2-1 decision to South Fayette’s Quentin Frankin. Grafton ends the season with a 39-7 record.
Sophomore Dylan Coy started the day at 120 pounds with an 8-3 decision over Carter Weaver of Williamsport in the second-round consolations. However, Jack McGill of Spring Ford nipped Coy in the third round by a 3-1 decision. Coy concluded the year with a 34-10 record.
Freshman Grant MacKay and senior Nick Marcenelle both fell in the second round of the consolation bracket. MacKay wraps up the season with a 39-12 record and Marcenelle finishes with a 38-13 mark.
Congratulations to the North Allegheny wrestling team and coaching staff for another memorable season.
PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships - Day TwoFriday, March 6 at Giant Center (Hershey, PA)
|120 - 2nd RD Consolation||Dylan Coy (NA) dec. Carter Weaver (Williamsport)||8-3|
|3rd RD Consolation||Lance Aikey (Bellefonte Area) dec. Dylan Coy (NA)||3-1|
|152 - 2nd RD Consolation||Jack McGill (Spring Ford) dec. Grant MacKay (NA)||3-2|
|182 - 2nd RD Consolation||Giani Gilch (Council Rock South) dec. Nick Marcenelle (NA)||2-1|
|285 - Quarterfinals||Robbie Unrah (Exeter Township) dec. Ben Grafton (NA)||3-1|
|3rd RD Consolation||Quentin Franklin (South Fayette) dec. Ben Grafton (NA)||2-1|
North Allegheny senior Ben Grafton has advanced to the quarterfinals at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament. Grafton opened the tournament in the 285-pound bracket with a 3-2 decision over Karam Chakif of Dieruff to improve to 39-5 on the season. Grafton will take on Robbie Unrah of Exeter Township in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Along with Grafton, fellow Tigers Dylan Coy (120), Grant MacKay (152) and Nick Marcenelle (182) will also compete in Day Two of the tournament. Coy, MacKay and Marcenelle all began action with a win in the Round of 32 but fell in the next round, sending them to the consolation bracket.
Coy picked a 6-4 decision over Cadden Kucek of Wyoming Valley in the Round of 32 before dropping a 7-0 decision to Will Betancourt of Manheim Central.
MacKay earned a 9-3 decision over Liam O’Toole of Archbishop Ryan in his first bout but fell by pinfall to Ed Scott of DuBois in the next round.
Marcenelle opened with a 3-2 decision over Grant Starr of DuBois but lost by fall to Nick Baker of Penn Manor in his follow-up bout.
For a look at the Class AAA brackets, click here.
Action continues at the Giant Center in Hershey with the quarterfinals and second round consolations on Friday at 2:05 p.m.
PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championships - Day OneThursday, March 5 at Giant Center (Hershey, PA)
|120 - Round of 32||Dylan Coy (NA) dec. Cadden Kucek (Wyoming Valley West )||6-4|
|Round of 16||Will Betancourt (Manheim Central) dec. Dylan Coy (NA)||7-0|
|152 - Round of 32||Grant MacKay (NA) dec. Liam O'Toole (Archbishop Ryan)||9-3|
|Round of 16||Ed Scott (DuBois) pinned Grant MacKay (NA)||0:57|
|182 - Round of 32||Nick Marcenelle (NA) dec. Grant Starr (DuBois)||3-2|
|Round of 16||Nick Baker (Penn Manor) pinned Nick Marcenelle (NA)||1:01|
|285 - Round of 32||Ben Grafton (NA) bye|
|Round of 16||Ben Grafton (NA) dec. Karam Chakif (Dieruff)||3-2|
The North Allegheny wrestling team will send four Tigers to the PIAA individual wrestling tournament next week in Hershey. Sophomore Dylan Coy (120), freshman Grant MacKay (152), senior Nick Marcenelle (182) and senior Ben Grafton (285) all punched their ticket to states with a strong finish at the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan on Saturday.
All four grapplers began the day in the semifinal round but were defeated, sending them to the consolation bracket. Coy and Grafton both won WPIAL bronze in their respective weight classes. Coy posted two straight wins, including a 2-0 decision over Canon-McMillan’s Costa Moore. Grafton picked up a pair of consolation wins that included a 3-0 decision over Quientin Franklin of South Fayette.
MacKay and Marcenelle each earned fourth-place medals to secure a spot in the PIAA tournament.
Also competing in day two action for the Tigers were Nick Gorman (113), Nathan Monteparte (126), Max Stedeford (138), Freddy Junko (145) and Ian Branstetter (160). Gorman and Stedeford both earned a pair of wins in the consolation bracket and came just one win short of reaching the PIAA tournament. For full brackets from the tournament, click here.
The PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling tournament begins on Thursday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m.
WPIAL Class AAA Wrestling Championships - Day TwoSaturday, February 29 at Canon-McMillan High School
|113 - 2nd Consolation||Nick Gorman (NA) dec. Brandon Dami (CM)||7-6|
|3rd Consolation||Nick Gorman (NA) maj. dec. Hunter Swedish (SV)||11-3|
|4th Consolation||Mason Prinkey (Connellsville) dec. Nick Gorman (NA)||8-6|
|120 - Semifinals||Dylan Chappell (SV) dec. Dylan Coy (NA)||4-0|
|4th Consolation||Dylan Coy (NA) dec. Dom Giordano (KA)||6-2|
|3rd Place Consolation||Dylan Coy (NA) dec. Costa Moore (CM)||2-0|
|126 - 2nd Consolation||Lucas Kapusta (Hemp) dec. Nathan Monteparte (NA)||3-1|
|138 - 2nd Consolation||Max Stedeford (NA) pinned Christian Scheller (Mars)||2:15|
|3rd Consolation||Max Stedeford (NA) maj. dec. Micah Finley (Trinity)||11-0|
|4th Consolation||John Altieri (Norwin) dec. Max Stedeford (NA)||4-2|
|145 - 2nd Consolation||Freddy Junko (NA) dec. Colton Stoneking (WAY)||4-1, TB2|
|3rd Consolation||Jackson Gray (ML) dec. Freddy Junko (NA)||7-4)|
|152 - Semifinals||Sammy Starr (KA) pinned Grant MacKay (NA)||3:18|
|4th Consolation||Grant MacKay (NA) dec. Daniel Yetsick (Ambridge)||2-0|
|3rd Place Consolation||Chase Kranitz (Norwin) dec. Grant MacKay (NA)||2-1|
|160 - 2nd Consolation||Logan Hoffman (BV) dec. Ian Branstetter (NA)||9-6|
|182 - Semifinals||Gerrit Nijenhuis (CM) pinned Nick Marcenelle (NA)||2:35|
|4th Consolation||Nick Marcenelle (NA) dec. Jared Curcio (KA)||5-2|
|3rd Place Consolation||Justin Hart (Hampton) dec. Nick Marcenelle (NA)||3-2|
|285 - Semifinals||William McChesney (Greensburg Salem) dec. Ben Grafton (NA)||5-2|
|4th Consolation||Ben Grafton (NA) dec. Logan Danielson (TJ)||4-2|
|3rd Place Consolation||Ben Grafton (NA) dec. Quentin Franklin (South Fayette)||3-0|
Four North Allegheny wrestlers have advanced to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. In all, nine Tigers remain in action and will take part in day two of the tournament.
Competing in the semifinals on Saturday will be Dylan Coy (120), Grant MacKay (152), Nick Marcenelle (182) and Ben Grafton (285).
In day one, Coy earned a win by fall over Bryson Bench of Bethel Park in the first round and followed that up with another pinfall over Costa Moore of Canon-McMillan in the quarterfinals.
MacKay collected a 5-2 decision over George Shultz of Connellsville in the opening round and topped Norwin’s Chase Kranitz in the quarterfinals by a 7-2 decision.
Marcenelle was dominant with a first-round tech fall over Trystan Alava of Thomas Jefferson. Marcenlle then posted a quarterfinal round win over Connellsville’s Dakoda Rodgers with a 7-2 decision.
Grafton barely broke a sweat with a first-round pin fall in 11 seconds over Andre Rhone of West Mifflin. In the quarterfinals, Graton picked up a 3-1 decision over Ryan Howard of Waynesburg.
Still alive in the consolation bracket are Nick Gorman (113), Nathan Monteparte (126), Max Stedeford (138), Freddy Junko (145) and Ian Branstetter (160). Sam Horton (106) and A.J. Rohan (132) were eliminated with pigtail round losses.
Day two of the WPIAL Class AAA tournament gets underway at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
WPIAL Class AAA Wrestling Championships - Day OneFriday, February 28 at Canon-McMillan High School
|106 - Pigtail||Cody Garanci (McK) maj. dec. Sam Horton (NA)||8-0|
|113||Nate Jones (WAY) dec. Nick Gorman (NA)||4-1|
|1st Consolation||Nick Gorman (NA) pinned Ryan Klingensmith||0:31|
|120||Dylan Coy (NA) pinned Bryson Bench (BP)||2:48|
|Quarterfinals||Dylan Coy (NA) pinned Costa Moore (CM)||1:34|
|126||Bryce Wilkes (PT) dec. Nathan Monteparte||5-3|
|1st Consolation||Nathan Monteparte (NA) dec. Louie Pietragallo (ML)||9-2|
|132 - Pigtail||Eli Crittenden (ML) dec. A.J. Rohan (NA)||2-1|
|138||Max Stedeford (NA) dec. Parker Loera (BP)||5-1|
|Quarterfinals||Chanz Shearer (SV) dec. Max Stedeford (NA)||6-3|
|145||Freddy Junko (NA) pinned Christopher Beatty (CV)||5:34|
|Quarterfinals||Ty Linsenbigler (Hemp) dec. Freddy Junko (NA)||8-2|
|152||Grant MacKay (NA) dec. George Shultz (Connellsville)||5-0|
|Quarterfinals||Grant MacKay (NA) dec. Chase Kranitz (Norwin)||7-2|
|160||Trevor Verkleeren (Hemp) tech fall Ian Branstetter (NA)||15-0|
|1st Consolation||Ian Branstetter (NA) dec. Clayton Holloway (McK)||9-5|
|182||Nick Marcenelle (NA) tech fall Trystan Alava (TJ)||16-0|
|Quarterfinals||Nick Marcenelle (NA) dec. Dakoda Rodgers (Connellsville)||7-2|
|285||Ben Grafton (NA) pinned Andre Rhone (WM)||0:11|
|Quarterfinals||Ben Grafton (NA) dec. Ryan Howard (WAY)||3-1|
North Allegheny crowned two champions and had 11 wrestlers medal at the Section 3-AAA individual tournament on Saturday at Fox Chapel High School.
After a second place and third place finish at the section tournament the last two seasons, senior Ben Grafton took home the previously elusive section gold with a convincing 11-1 major decision over Eli Reese of Knoch at 285 pounds. Making his first appearance at the section tournament, freshman Nick Gorman won the title at 113 pounds with an 11-7 decision over Hunter Swedish of Seneca Valley.
Three other Tigers reached the title bout in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Dylan Coy (120), freshman Grant MacKay (152) and senior Nick Marcenelle (182) all took home silver medals.
Five NA grapplers earned trips to the third-place consolation finals and all came away victorious. Freshman Sam Horton (106), freshman Nathan Monteparte (126), junior Max Stedeford (138), senior Freddy Junko (145) and senior Ian Branstetter (160) all won bronze for the Tigers.
Picking a up fifth-place medal at 132 pounds was freshman A.J. Rohan with a 1-0 decision over Colton Spohn of Butler.
All 11 North Allegheny wrestlers that medaled at the Section 3-AAA tournament have qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling tournament next week at Canon-McMillan.