Two Wins At Team Tournament Advances NA To Semifinals

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By Lee Mohn

The North Allegheny Tigers advanced to the WPIAL semifinals following wins over Peters Township, 64-6, and Penn Trafford, 42-28, in the opening rounds of the WPIAL team tournament on Wednesday night.

In the first match against Peters, the Tigers collected six pins from Frederick Junko (106), Jacob Downing (113), Gabe Falo (120), Eric Hong (160), and Jacob Fritsch (182).  The Wright Automotive wrestler of the match went to Benjamin Smallwood.  Smallwood moved up two weight classes to 220 pounds and gave up thirty pounds to his opponent, Grant Nelson, and won by 7-0 decision.

In the second match of the night, the Tigers had a tougher task against Penn-Trafford Warriors.  North Allegheny did not seal the victory until the 220 weight division. Junko got things started with a hard fought 4-2 victory over Brett Ginther.  The Tigers fell behind, 15-13, but picked up two consecutive pins courtesy of Zach Stedeford (138) and Jake Hinkson (145) to regain the lead they never relinquished.  North Allegheny picked up three more pins on the night by Hong (170), Fritch (195) and Jake Woodley (220).  Jacob Fritsch was named the Wright Automotive wrestler of the match for his dramatic pin with eight seconds left in the match over Matt Wilkey.

North Allegheny is now in the Class AAA final four and will face perennial power Canon McMillan Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Penn Hills with the winner moving into the championship at 2:00 p.m.

Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Peters Township

285Derek Devine (NA) wbf
106Frederick Junko (NA) pinned Bryce Wilkes (PT)5:25
113Jacob Downing (NA) pinned Will Kail (PT)1:07
120Gabe Falo (NA) pinned Dan Levine (PT)2:57
126Nick Marcenelle (NA) tech fall Jordan Marosz (PT)16-0
132Coltin Jezioro (PT) pinned Jake Hanson (NA)1:40
138Zach Stedeford (NA) maj. dec. Brandon Matthews (PT)9-1
145Jake Hinkson (NA) tech fall Daniel Florentino (PT)19-4
152Jon Hoover (NA) dec. Luke Mary (PT)5-2
160Eric Hong (NA) pinned Jacob Hurley (PT)0:57
170Jimmy Turici (NA) dec. Nick Phelps (PT)3-1
182Jacob Fritsch (NA) pinned Noah Hardy (PT)0:31
195Jake Woodley (NA) tech fall Shane Clark (PT)21-6
220Benjamin Smallwood (NA) dec. Grant Nelson (PT)7-0


Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Penn-Trafford

106Frederick Junko (NA) dec. Brett Ginther (PT)4-2
113Jacob Downing (NA) wbf
120Tony Zona (PT) dec. Gabe Falo (NA) 5-3
126Nick Coy (PT) pinned Nick Marcenelle (NA)2:41
132Jobe Chishko (PT) maj. dec. Will Baierl (NA)16-5
138Zach Stedeford (NA) pinned Christopher Risnear (PT)2:46
145Jake Hinkson (NA) pinned Nick Kosan (PT)1:05
152Cameron Coy (PT) wbf
160Jon Hoover (NA) dec. Dominic Deluca (PT)4-1
170Eric Hong (NA) pinned John Bachar (PT)2:21
182Jimmy Turici (NA) pinned Matt McGillick (PT)2:22
195Jacob Fritsch (NA) pinned Matt Wilkey (PT)5:52
220Jake Woodley (NA) pinned Peyton Kelly (PT)2:55
285Josh Maglicco (PT) dec. Derek Devine (NA) 5-4