Tigers Reach Section 3-AAA Finals, Fall To Seneca Valley

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The North Allegheny wrestling team reached the Section 3-AAA finals on Wednesday night but fell to the Seneca Valley Raiders, 40-24. With the meet tied 24-24, Seneca Valley won the final four bouts for its third straight section crown.

Against the Raiders, the meet began at 160 pounds where Grant MacKay earned a win by fall over Michael Adamson in just 32 seconds for a 6-0 lead. Following a win by SV at 170 pounds, North Allegheny took a 15-6 lead on the strength of a 5-0 decision by Bobby Snyder at 182 pounds and a win by fall courtesy of Nick Marcenelle at 195 pounds.

A win by fall for the Raiders at 220 pounds trimmed the NA lead to 15-12 but senior Ben Grafton responded with a pin fall of Davin Beahm at 285 to improve the advantage to 21-12. For his efforts, Grafton was named the Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match.

Despite the nine-point lead, Seneca Valley rattled off wins in 7 of the last 8 bouts to take the section title with a 40-24 victory.

To reach the Section 3-AAA championship, North Allegheny started the night with a 57-15 triumph over the Butler Golden Tornado. The GT managed only three wins in the meet as the Tigers rolled to the victory. Eight Tigers earned wins by fall, including Ian Branstetter (152), MacKay (160), Marcenelle (195), Luke Rumpler (220), Grafton, Sam Horton (106), Dylan Coy (120) and Max Stedeford (138).

In his bout at 220, Rumpler pinned Jacob Pomykata at the 4:34 mark to earn Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match honors.

For the entire Section 3-AAA team bracket, click here.

North Allegheny sits at 6-1 on the season following the Section 3-AAA tournament. The Tigers will take part in the WPIAL Team Tournament next week.

Section 3-AAA Semifinal: NA vs. Butler

152Ian Branstetter (NA) pinned Steven Green (BUT)1:21
160Grant MacKay (NA) pinned Nathaniel McDonald (BUT)1:45
170Cooper Baxter (BUT) pinned Bobby Snyder (NA)1:45
182Hunter Neff (BUT) pinned Cameron Fries (NA)3:04
195Nick Marcenelle (NA) pinned Caleb Hartung (BUT)5:01
220Luke Rumpler (NA) pinned Jacob Pomykata (BUT)4:34
285Ben Grafton (NA) pinned Tyler Soldati (BUT)0:35
106Sam Horton (NA) pinned Aiden Plopi (BUT)0:36
113Levi Donnel (BUT) dec. Nicholas Gorman (NA)5-2
120Dylan Coy (NA) pinned Nicholas Schaukowitsch (BUT)1:59
126Nathan Monteparte (NA) dec. Clayton Dressler (BUT)9-7
132A.J. Rohan (NA) dec. Colton Spohn (BUT)1-0
138Max Stedeford (NA) pinned Cade Savochka (BUT)1:36
145Freddy Junko (NA) dec. Nathan McMaster (BUT)8-2


Section 3-AAA Championship: NA vs. Seneca Valley

160Grant MacKay (NA) pinned Michael Adamson (SV)0:33
170Liam Volk-Klos (SV) pinned Nick Caruso (NA)1:11
182Bobby Snyder (NA) dec. Patrick Johnson (SV)5-0
195Nick Marcenelle (NA) pinned Conor Hayes (SV)1:54
220Nick Funovits (SV) pinned Luke Rumpler (NA)3:25
285Ben Grafton (NA) pinned Davin Beahm (SV)2:59
106Tyler Chappell (SV) dec. Nicholas Gorman (NA)2-1
113Hunter Swedish (SV) pinned Sam Horton (NA)1:44
120Dylan Chappell (SV) dec. Dylan Coy (NA)7-1
126Nathan Monteparte (NA) dec. Evan Vetter (SV)7-1
132Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (SV) pinned A.J. Rohan (NA)1:32
138Chanz Shearer (SV) dec. Max Stedeford (NA)6-4
145Antonio Amelio (SV) dec. Freddy Junko (NA)5-0
152Drew Vlasnik (SV) dec. Ian Branstetter (NA)9-2