Hershey Bound; Four Tigers Punch Ticket To PIAA Individual Tournament

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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 Two

Saturday, February 29 at Canon-McMillan High School
113 - 2nd ConsolationNick Gorman (NA) dec. Brandon Dami (CM)7-6
3rd ConsolationNick Gorman (NA) maj. dec. Hunter Swedish (SV)11-3
4th ConsolationMason Prinkey (Connellsville) dec. Nick Gorman (NA)8-6
120 - SemifinalsDylan Chappell (SV) dec. Dylan Coy (NA)4-0
4th ConsolationDylan Coy (NA) dec. Dom Giordano (KA)6-2
3rd Place ConsolationDylan Coy (NA) dec. Costa Moore (CM)2-0
126 - 2nd ConsolationLucas Kapusta (Hemp) dec. Nathan Monteparte (NA)3-1
138 - 2nd ConsolationMax Stedeford (NA) pinned Christian Scheller (Mars)2:15
3rd ConsolationMax Stedeford (NA) maj. dec. Micah Finley (Trinity)11-0
4th ConsolationJohn Altieri (Norwin) dec. Max Stedeford (NA)4-2
145 - 2nd ConsolationFreddy Junko (NA) dec. Colton Stoneking (WAY)4-1, TB2
3rd ConsolationJackson Gray (ML) dec. Freddy Junko (NA)7-4)
152 - SemifinalsSammy Starr (KA) pinned Grant MacKay (NA)3:18
4th ConsolationGrant MacKay (NA) dec. Daniel Yetsick (Ambridge)2-0
3rd Place ConsolationChase Kranitz (Norwin) dec. Grant MacKay (NA)2-1
160 - 2nd ConsolationLogan Hoffman (BV) dec. Ian Branstetter (NA)9-6
182 - SemifinalsGerrit Nijenhuis (CM) pinned Nick Marcenelle (NA) 2:35
4th ConsolationNick Marcenelle (NA) dec. Jared Curcio (KA)5-2
3rd Place ConsolationJustin Hart (Hampton) dec. Nick Marcenelle (NA)3-2
285 - SemifinalsWilliam McChesney (Greensburg Salem) dec. Ben Grafton (NA)5-2
4th ConsolationBen Grafton (NA) dec. Logan Danielson (TJ)4-2
3rd Place ConsolationBen Grafton (NA) dec. Quentin Franklin (South Fayette)3-0