Aidan Buggey Places 6th at PIAA Championships

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The North Allegheny boys’ wrestling team sent two grapplers to the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey and both came away with impressive performances.

Coming off a runner-up performance at WPIALs last week, senior Aidan Buggey went 3-3 at 215 pounds and earned at sixth-place medal at states. After a first round loss, Buggey bounced back in the consolation bracket and rattled off three straight wins to reach the consolation semifinals. Buggey, a Duquesne University commit in football, picked up consecutive decisions over Reagan McCullough of Central Bucks East, Troy Mack of Downingtown West and Dayne Miller of Cumberland Valley. Back-to-back defeats for Buggey in the next two bouts resulted in a sixth-place medal against the best the state of Pennsylvania had to offer.

Sophomore Bradyn McConneha also qualified for the state tournament last week by placing fourth at WPIALs. In the 285 pound bracket in Hershey, McConneha opened with a win by fall in 5:11 over Micah Smith of Oxford to start the tournament. After dropping his next bout, McConneha earned another win by fall in the consolation bracket, pinning Adham Abouraya of Downingtown East in 2:43. McConneha concluded his run at states with a loss in the Consolation round of eight, narrowly falling to Andrew Brenna of La Salle by a 6-4 decision. Full results for Buggey and McConneha are below.

Buggey concludes to the 2024 season with a 30-8 record and 110 wins in his North Allegheny career. McConneha wraps of the season with a 24-14 record and will look to build on his strong sophomore campaign in the years to come. Congratulations to all of the members of the North Allegheny boys’ wrestling team for another memorable season.

PIAA Class AAA Boys Wrestling Championships

March 7-9 at Giant Center (Hershey, PA)
215Brandon Stiehler (PM West) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)3-2
Consolation of 16Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Reagan McCullough (CB East)5-2
Consolation of 8 (#1)Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Troy Mack (Downingtown West)3-2
Consolation of 8 (#2)Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Dayne Miller (Cumberland Valley)7-3
Consolation SemifinalsRyan McMillan (Wilson) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)6-3
5th Place ConsolationJuliano Marion (Franklin Regional) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)3-1
285 - PigtailBradyn McConneha (NA) pinned Micah Smith (New Oxford)5:11
1st RoundSean Kinney (Nazareth) pinned Bradyn McConneha (NA)0:54
Consolation of 8 (#1)Bradyn McConneha( NA) pinned Adham Abouraya (Downingtown East)2:43
Consolation of 8 (#2)Andrew Brenna (La Salle) dec. Bradyn McConneha (NA)6-4