Four Tigers Move On To Semifinals At WPIAL Individual Wrestling Tournament

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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 One

Friday, February 28 at Canon-McMillan High School
106 - PigtailCody Garanci (McK) maj. dec. Sam Horton (NA)8-0
113Nate Jones (WAY) dec. Nick Gorman (NA)4-1
1st ConsolationNick Gorman (NA) pinned Ryan Klingensmith0:31
120Dylan Coy (NA) pinned Bryson Bench (BP)2:48
QuarterfinalsDylan Coy (NA) pinned Costa Moore (CM)1:34
126Bryce Wilkes (PT) dec. Nathan Monteparte5-3
1st ConsolationNathan Monteparte (NA) dec. Louie Pietragallo (ML)9-2
132 - PigtailEli Crittenden (ML) dec. A.J. Rohan (NA)2-1
138Max Stedeford (NA) dec. Parker Loera (BP)5-1
QuarterfinalsChanz Shearer (SV) dec. Max Stedeford (NA)6-3
145Freddy Junko (NA) pinned Christopher Beatty (CV)5:34
QuarterfinalsTy Linsenbigler (Hemp) dec. Freddy Junko (NA)8-2
152Grant MacKay (NA) dec. George Shultz (Connellsville)5-0
QuarterfinalsGrant MacKay (NA) dec. Chase Kranitz (Norwin)7-2
160Trevor Verkleeren (Hemp) tech fall Ian Branstetter (NA)15-0
1st ConsolationIan Branstetter (NA) dec. Clayton Holloway (McK)9-5
182Nick Marcenelle (NA) tech fall Trystan Alava (TJ)16-0
QuarterfinalsNick Marcenelle (NA) dec. Dakoda Rodgers (Connellsville)7-2
285Ben Grafton (NA) pinned Andre Rhone (WM)0:11
QuarterfinalsBen Grafton (NA) dec. Ryan Howard (WAY)3-1