Tigers Fall Short To Belle Vernon In WPIAL Semifinals

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After a pair of thrilling wins on Wednesday night to begin the WPIAL team tournament, the North Allegheny wrestling team couldn’t find that same magic on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers dropped a 54-12 decision to eventual champion Belle Vernon in the semifinals. North Allegheny’s hopes for a PIAA tournament berth were thwarted in the third-place consolations with a 43-21 setback to Kiski Area.

In the semifinals, the Tigers began the dual meet with a 9-0 lead thanks to a 7-5 decision by Jake Woodley (182) over Milton Kobaly and a win by fall courtesy of Francis Duggan (195) over Hunter Ferrara. Unfortunately, the Tigers would go on to win just one more bout in a 54-12 defeat to Belle Vernon.

Moving on to the third-place consolation, the Tigers still had a chance to reach the PIAA team tournament for the fifth consecutive season but Kiski Area dashed that hope by building a 35-3 lead en route to a 43-21 victory. Despite the loss, NA grapplers Jake Hinkson (138), A.J. Boeh (145), Sean Hoover (160) and Duggan (195) all picked wins by decision against Kiski. Woodley picked up a win by forfeit at 182 pounds.

North Allegheny concludes the team portion of the season with an 8-8 overall record. The NA wrestlers will take the mat again for the Section 3-AAA individual wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 27.

Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Belle Vernon

WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals
182Jake Woodley (NA) dec. Milton Kobaly (BV)7-5
195Francis Duggan (NA) pinned Hunter Ferrara (BV)3:05
220Michael Fine (BV) pinned Derek Devine (NA)2:00
285William Korber (BV) maj. dec. Chuck Sanders (NA)16-4
106Jacob Dunlop (BV) dec. Jacob Downing (NA)7-0
113Logan Seliga (BV) pinned Mohammaad Khatami (NA)0:49
120Jake Fine (BV) pinned Nick Pepe (NA)4:14
126Tyler Seliga (BV) pinned Jiatian Qu (NA)0:10
132Zachary Hartman (BV) maj. dec. Zach Stedeford (NA) 10-0
138Jake Hinkson (NA) dec. Brock Godzin (BV)4-2
145Jarod Verkleeran (BV) pinned A.J. Boeh (NA)1:33
152Derek Verkleeran (BV) pinned Jacob Smalley (NA)0:46
160Mitchell Hartman (BV) dec. Sean Hoover (NA)1-0
170Austin Bell (BV) dec. Jacob Fritch (NA) 15-6


Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Kiski Area

WPIAL Class AAA Consolations
195Francis Duggan (NA) dec. Alex Delp (KA)12-7
220Chad Kuhn (KA) pinned Derek Devine (NA)2:30
285Isaac Reid (KA) pinned Chuck Sanders (NA)0:38
106Darren Miller (KA) dec. Jacob Downing (NA)3-2
113Cam Conner (KA) tech fall Mohammaad Khatami (NA)17-0
120Noah Levett (KA) pinned Nick Pepe (NA)1:31
126Matt Siszka (KA) pinned Jiatian Qu (NA)1:07
132Joe Blumer (KA) dec. Zach Stedeford (NA) 4-0
138Jake Hinkson (NA) pinned Collin Murray (KA)1:52
145A.J. Boeh (NA) dec. Anthony D'Incau (KA)2-0
152Logan Pollick (KA) tech fall Jacob Smalley (NA)17-0
160Sean Hoover (NA) dec. Tom Starr (KA)5-0
170Vinny Romano (KA) dec. Jacob Fritch (NA) 6-0
182Jake Woodley (NA) wbf