Tigers Punish North Hills, Butler For Section 3-AAA Crown

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The North Allegheny Wrestling Team won its second straight WPIAL Section 3-AAA title in convincing fashion by dominating the North Hills Indians, 44-12, and Butler Golden Tornado, 52-15, at Plum High School on Wednesday night. It’s the 12th time in 13 years the Tigers have won or shared a section title.

The Tigers opened the night with the Indians, a familiar foe who NA defeated just weeks earlier, 48-16. Like the previous meeting, North Allegheny handled North Hills for a comfortable victory and was aided by three Indian forfeits. With the Tigers leading 6-3, freshman Jake Woodley pinned Valente Caruso at 152 pounds with 41 seconds remaining in the second period to lift NA to a 12-3 advantage after three bouts. The win by fall helped spark the Tigers in the early going and Woodley was named the Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match for his efforts.

After Jonathon Avon cut the NA lead to 12-6 with a 10-4 decision at 160 pounds, North Allegheny rolled off victories in five of the next six bouts en route to the win. At 113 pounds, freshman Luke Landefeld nearly knocked off unbeaten Gage Curry, but the Indians sophomore managed a two-point reversal with 33 seconds left in the bout to earn a 2-0 decision and improve his individual record to 25-0.  Curry’s win pulled NH to within 30-12, but the Tigers swept the remaining three bouts for a 44-12 win to advance to the Section Championship to face Butler.

In the section finals, the Tigers whipped Butler by a 55-12 final courtesy of three pins and five tech falls. Woodley claimed his second fall of the night by pinning Zachary Raible at 160 pounds, Landefeld picked up a first period fall over Max Stalnaker at 113 pounds, and Richie Boeh earned a quick pin over his opponent at 145 pounds. Earning tech falls were Clay Byerly (182), Zach Smith (195), Zach Stedeford (106), Dom Forys (126) and Jake Hinkson (132). Garnering Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match honors was junior Layne Skundrich for a hard fought 2-1 overtime decision over Will Bortmas at 220 pounds.

North Allegheny improves to 10-0 overall and will await the WPIAL Team Tournament Brackets to be unveiled following the WPIAL Committee meeting.  

Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. North Hills

138A.J. Baeh (NA) wbf
145David Tuzikow (NH) dec. Richie Boeh (NA)6-3 (OT)
152Jake Woodley (NA) pinned Valente Caruso (NH)
160Jonathan Avon (NH) maj. dec. Blynn Shideler (NA)10-4
170Colton Byerly (NA) tech fall Justin Helfferich (NH)7-4
182Clay Byerly (NA) dec. Elliot King (NH)6-5
195Zach Smith (NA) wbf
220Layne Skundrich (NA) dec. Mike Bonsmann (NH)3-0
285Eli Swain (NH) dec. David Probert (NA)5-2
106Zack Stedeford (NA) dec. John MacPherson (NH)7-2
113Gage Curry (NH) dec. Luke Landefeld (NA)2-0
120Scotty Stossel (NA) wbf
126Dom Forys (NA) tech fall Keagan Lawson (NH)
132Jake Hinkson (NA) dec. David Badamo (NH)7-1


Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Butler

Section 3-AAA Championship
145Richie Boeh (NA) pinned n/a (BUT)
152Jeremiah Bortmas (BUT) inj. default Blynn Shidler (NA)
160Jake Woodley (NA) pinned Zachary Raible (BUT)
170Ryan Hannon (BUT) dec. Colton Byerly (NA) 5-2
182Clay Byerly (NA) tech fall Justin Johnson (BUT)
195Zach Smith (NA) tech fall Alex White (BUT)
220Layne Skundrich (NA) dec. Will Bortmas (BUT)2-1 (OT)
285John Bojanac (BUT) pinned David Probert (NA)
106Zack Stedeford (NA) tech fall Hugh O'Neil (BUT)
113Luke Landefeld (NA) pinned Max Stalnaker (BUT)
120Scotty Stossel (NA) dec. Scott Dietrich (BUT)13-6
126Dom Forys (NA) tech fall Connor Foust (BUT)
132Jake Hinkson (NA) tech fall Mason Kauffman (BUT)
138A.J. Baeh (NA) dec. Cody Houston (BUT)8-3