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Aidan Buggey Places 6th at PIAA Championships

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The North Allegheny boys’ wrestling team sent two grapplers to the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey and both came away with impressive performances.

Coming off a runner-up performance at WPIALs last week, senior Aidan Buggey went 3-3 at 215 pounds and earned at sixth-place medal at states. After a first round loss, Buggey bounced back in the consolation bracket and rattled off three straight wins to reach the consolation semifinals. Buggey, a Duquesne University commit in football, picked up consecutive decisions over Reagan McCullough of Central Bucks East, Troy Mack of Downingtown West and Dayne Miller of Cumberland Valley. Back-to-back defeats for Buggey in the next two bouts resulted in a sixth-place medal against the best the state of Pennsylvania had to offer.

Sophomore Bradyn McConneha also qualified for the state tournament last week by placing fourth at WPIALs. In the 285 pound bracket in Hershey, McConneha opened with a win by fall in 5:11 over Micah Smith of Oxford to start the tournament. After dropping his next bout, McConneha earned another win by fall in the consolation bracket, pinning Adham Abouraya of Downingtown East in 2:43. McConneha concluded his run at states with a loss in the Consolation round of eight, narrowly falling to Andrew Brenna of La Salle by a 6-4 decision. Full results for Buggey and McConneha are below.

Buggey concludes to the 2024 season with a 30-8 record and 110 wins in his North Allegheny career. McConneha wraps of the season with a 24-14 record and will look to build on his strong sophomore campaign in the years to come. Congratulations to all of the members of the North Allegheny boys’ wrestling team for another memorable season.

PIAA Class AAA Boys Wrestling Championships

March 7-9 at Giant Center (Hershey, PA)
WeightWrestlersScore
215Brandon Stiehler (PM West) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)3-2
Consolation of 16Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Reagan McCullough (CB East)5-2
Consolation of 8 (#1)Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Troy Mack (Downingtown West)3-2
Consolation of 8 (#2)Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Dayne Miller (Cumberland Valley)7-3
Consolation SemifinalsRyan McMillan (Wilson) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)6-3
5th Place ConsolationJuliano Marion (Franklin Regional) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)3-1
285 - PigtailBradyn McConneha (NA) pinned Micah Smith (New Oxford)5:11
1st RoundSean Kinney (Nazareth) pinned Bradyn McConneha (NA)0:54
Consolation of 8 (#1)Bradyn McConneha( NA) pinned Adham Abouraya (Downingtown East)2:43
Consolation of 8 (#2)Andrew Brenna (La Salle) dec. Bradyn McConneha (NA)6-4

Aidan Buggey, Bradyn McConneha Earn Trip To PIAA Championships

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Ten Tigers competed at the WPIAL Class AAA individual boys’ wrestling championships at Canon-McMillan High School over the weekend and two NA grapplers advanced to the state championships in Hershey next week. Senior Aidan Buggey placed second at 215 pounds and sophomore Bradyn McConneha earned a fourth place finish at 285 pounds. The top four medalists in each weight class qualified for the PIAA Class AAA championships March 7-9.

For Aidan Buggey, he opened the 215 pound bracket with a prompt pin fall over Cody Krall of Greater Latrobe and followed with a 5-1 decision over Abrahm Taylor of Kiski Area in the quarterfinal round. That set the stage for Aidan Buggey’s bout with top-seeded Geno Calgaro of Canon-McMillan in the semifinals. In a hard-fought bout, Aidan Buggey earned a 3-2 decision by ultimate tie breaker to hand previously undefeated Calgaro his first loss of the season. In the title bout, Aidan Buggey fell to Ringgold’s Jake Conroy by a 5-1 decision.

In similar fashion, McConneha delivered a win by fall in his first bout with Latrobe’s Marco Scarton and followed with a 6-5 decision against Phiup Rearick of Armstrong in the quarterfinals. McConneha was pinned by top-seeded Shepherd Turk of Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals, but bounced back with a pin fall of his own against Cam Danna of West Allegheny in the consolation bracket to punch his ticket to Hershey. In the third-place consolation, McConneha dropped his final matchup by fall to Ben Lloyd of Mt. Lebanon.

While they didn’t qualify for states, impressive performances were turned in by senior William Bentrim (5th place – 133 pounds), sophomore Gus Stedeford (7th place – 121 pounds), senior Casey Walker (7th place – 127 pounds) and junior Mason Hartung (8th place – 189 pounds) in their respective weight classes.

Also competing for the Tigers at the event was freshman Evan Schomburg (107), junior Charlie LaQuatra (114), sophomore Gabriel Hernandez (145) and junior Kellen Buggey (172).

For a full look at the brackets from the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships, click here. Results for North Allegheny wrestlers are below.

WPIAL Class AAA Boys Wrestling Championships

March 1-2 at Canon-McMillan High School
WeightWrestlersScore
107Cade Stern (West Allegheny) dec. Evan Schomburg (NA)6-4
1st ConsolationMickey Horne (Trinity) dec. Evan Schomburg (NA)2-1
114Ejiro Montoya (Mt. Lebanon) tech fall Charlie LaQuatra (NA)16-1
1st ConsolationMike Ruane (Franklin Regional) maj. dec. Charlie LaQuatra (NA)11-2
121Gus Stedeford (NA) dec. Luke DeSantis (Penn-Trafford)6-1
QuarterfinalsTyler Kapusta (Franklin Regional) dec. Gus Stedeford (NA)2-0
2nd ConsolationGus Stedeford (NA) dec. Landon Lynn (Connellsville)7-0
3rd ConsolationCharlie Colantino (Central Catholic) dec. Gus Stedeford (NA)3-1
7th Place ConsolationGus Stedeford (NA) maj. dec. Issac Meyers (Peters Township)15-4
127Casey Walker (NA) pinned Julian Lavender (Penn Hills)0:26
QuarterfinalsKy Szewczyk (Waynesburg) dec. Casey Walker (NA)8-3
2nd ConsolationCasey Walker (NA) by DQ Jonny Baiano (South Fayette)
3rd ConsolationSeth Miller (Bethel Park) dec. Casey Walker (NA)4-3
7th Place ConsolationCasey Walker (NA) dec. A.J. Snatchko (West Allegheny)5-2
133William Bentrim (NA) pinned Logan Slovak (West Allegheny)1:14
QuarterfinalsKai Vielma (Connellsville) dec. William Bentrim (NA)3-0
2nd ConsolationWilliam Bentrim (NA) pinned Joey Maritato (Moon)1:40
3rd ConsolationWilliam Bentrim (NA) vs. Logan Connolly (Chartiers Valley)5-2
4th ConsolationKase Chopp (Butler) dec. William Bentrim (NA)4-1
5th Place ConsolationWilliam Bentrim (NA) dec. Carson Yocca (Plum)1-0
145 - PigtailTanner Shaffer (Norwin) pinned Gabriel Hernandez (NA)1:28
172Kellen Buggey (NA) dec. Nicholas Rohal (Connellsville)1-0
QuarterfinalsBode Morgan (Trinity) maj. dec. Kellen Buggey (NA)8-0
2nd Consolation Brady Fitz (Thomas Jefferson) dec. Kellen Buggey (NA)3-1
189Mason Hartung (NA) maj. dec. Troy McClelland (Franklin Regional)14-2
QuarterfinalsCooper Roscosky (Kiski Area) tech fall Mason Hartung (NA)18-3
2nd ConsolationMason Hartung (NA) dec. Taye Bradshaw (Armstrong)7-3
3rd ConsolationJake Stephenson (Waynesburg) dec. Mason Hartung (NA)7-1
7th Place ConsolationZach LaBryer (Thomas Jefferson) maj. dec. Mason Hartung (NA)11-3
215Aidan Buggey (NA) pinned Cody Krall (Greater Latrobe)1:46
QuarterfinalsAidan Buggey (NA) dec. Abrahm Taylor (Kiski Area)5-1
SemifinalsAidan Buggey (NA) vs. Geno Calgaro (Canon-McMillan)3-2, UTB
ChampionshipJake Conroy (Ringgold) dec. Aidan Buggey (NA)5-1
285Bradyn McConneha (NA) pinned Marco Scarton (Greater Latrobe)1:57
QuarterfinalsBradyn McConneha (NA) dec. Phiup Rearick (Armstrong)6-5
SemifinalsShepherd Turk (Thomas Jefferson) pinned Bradyn McConneha (NA)0:58
4th ConsolationBradyn McConneha (NA) pinned Cam Danna (West Allegheny)2:49
3rd Place ConsolationBen Lloyd (Mt. Lebanon) pinned Bradyn McConneha1:39

Evan Schomburg Wins Section Gold, 11 Tigers Qualify for WPIAL Tournament

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North Allegheny crowned one section champion on Saturday and qualified 11 wrestlers for the WPIAL Class AAA tournament next week following a dazzling display at the WPIAL Class AAA Northern Sectional tournament at Kiski Area High School.

Freshman Evan Schomburg won section gold with a perfect 3-0 trip through the bracket at 107 pounds, culminating his trek to the title with an 8-1 decision over Shaler’s Anthony Jones in the championship bout.

Four other NA grapplers reached the title bout in their respective weight classes and came way with runner-up performances. Sophomore Gus Stedeford (121), senior Casey Walker (127), senior Aidan Buggey (215) and sophomore Bradyn McConneha (285) all claimed section silver.

Senior Will Bentrim, who recently announced his commitment to Ithaca College, won bronze at 133 pounds and defeated Andrew Price of Central Catholic by a 4-1 in the third-place consolation bout. Junior Mason Hartung also claimed bronze at 189 pounds with a third-place consolation victory with a 17-2 tech fall against Joseph Geller of Fox Chapel.

Other medal winners for North Allegheny included junior Charlie LaQuatra (4th place – 114 pounds), junior Kellen Buggey (4th place – 172), sophomore Griffen Reid (6th place – 139) and sophomore Gabriel Hernandez (6th place – 145).  For a complete look at the brackets from the WPIAL Class AAA Northern Sectional, click here.

All eleven Tigers will compete at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Tournament beginning on Friday at Canon-McMillan High School.

AIDAN BUGGEY EARNS 100TH CAREER WIN, NA BOWS OUT IN WPIAL QUARTERFINALS

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Senior Aidan Buggey earned his 100th career win on Wednesday night at the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament at Bethel Park High School. Buggey’s victory was part of a 55-15 rout of Baldwin in the first round of the WPIAL tournament for the fifth-seeded Tigers. NA advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals to faced the fourth-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks and dropped a 26-19 decision.

In the WPIAL first round against Baldwin, the night began at 189 pounds where junior Mason Hartung won a 3-1 decision over Amara Sheriff to open up a quick 3-0 lead. Following the decision for Hartung, the Tigers posted five consecutive pin falls to construct an insurmountable 33-0 lead in the first six bouts. The five straight pins came courtesy of Aidan Buggey (215), Bradyn McConneha (285), Evan Schomburg (107), Charlie LaQuatra (114) and Gus Stedeford (121). The victory for Aidan Buggey was the 100th for his career, earning him Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match honors.

Baldwin briefly interrupted NA’s momentum with a win by fall at 127 by Owen Klodowski and a decision for Ramil Islamov at 133, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 33-9. The back-to-back wins for the Fighting Highlanders was an aberration, however, as the Tigers continued to steamroll their opponent from there on out. Additional pin falls for North Allegheny were posted by sophomore Griffen Reid (139), senior Travis Stipetich (152) and junior Kellen Buggey (172).

Against Bethel Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals, Aidan Buggey picked up where he left off against Baldwin and picked up a 13-6 decision over Hunter Goelz at 215 pounds for a quick 3-0 lead. Bethel Park answered back with a critical win by fall at 285 pounds to propel the Black Hawks in front, 6-3. In a seesaw affair through the first six bouts, Schomburg knotted the team score at 6-6 when he earned a 6-2 decision over Jaden Palombine at 107 pounds.

Bethel Park regained the lead at 9-6 with a decision at 114, but North Allegheny once again tied the score at 9-9 thanks to a 4-0 decision by Stedeford over Colton Fisher at 121. The Black Hawks followed with back-to-back victories, including a major decision by Seth Miller at 127, to vault BP ahead, 16-9.

The Tigers attempted to claw back with wins in two of the next three bouts, including a 7-1 decision by Reid at 139 and a thrilling 3-2 decision by Stipetich over Ethan Higgins at 152 pounds. For his exciting win, Stipetich was named the Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match.

The victory by Stipetich cut the BP lead to 19-15, however Cordan McDonnell’s 12-0 major decision at 160 pounds to increase the Black Hawks lead to 23-15. With only two bouts remaining, North Allegheny needed to win both of the final two bouts and picked up a 21-10 major decision courtesy of Kellen Buggey at 172 to rally the Tigers to within four points of the Black Hawks at 23-19.

In the final bout at 189, Bethel Park managed to stave off the Tigers with a 6-5 decision by Ryan Walsh to give the Black Hawks a 26-19 victory. BP advances to the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals to face top-seeded Trinity.

The team portion of North Allegheny’s season comes to an end with a 17-3 record. Congratulations to head coach Jamie Kyriazis and the entire NA boys’ wrestling team on a great season.

Boys Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Baldwin

WeightWrestlersScore
189Mason Hartung (NA) dec. Amara Sheriff (Baldwin)3-1
215Aidan Buggey (NA) pinned Mahbobullah Amini (Baldwin)4:14
285Brayden McCarthy (NA) pinned Andre Diven (Baldwin)1:12
107Evan Schomburg (NA) pinned Mike Schoeb (Baldwin)0:52
114Charlie LaQuatra (NA) pinned Ayden Miller (Baldwin)1:11
121Gus Stedeford (NA) pinned Jason Alex (Baldwin)3:05
127Owen Klodowski (Baldwin) pinned Casey Walker (NA)2:30
133Ramil Islamov (Baldwin) dec. William Bentrim (NA)11-5
139Griffen Reid (NA) pinned Riley Kavalo (Baldwin)2:27
145Gabriel Hernandez (NA) maj. dec. Mike Griffiths (Baldwin)12-1
152Travis Stipetich (NA) pinned Mario DelRosario (Baldwin)3:40
160Keith Mincin (Baldwin) pinned Krist Vizcarra (NA)1:48
172Kellen Buggey (NA) pinned Garret Gusten (Baldwin)1:28

Boys Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Bethel Park

WeightWrestlersScore
215Aidan Buggey (NA) dec. Hunter Goelz (BP)13-6
285Landon Hartman (BP) pinned Brayden McCarthy (NA)3:39
107Evan Schomburg (NA) dec. Jaden Palombine (BP)6-2
114Pierce Reinhart (BP) dec. Charlie LaQuatra (NA)8-5
121Gus Stedeford (NA) dec. Colton Fisher (BP)4-0
127Seth Miller (BP) maj. dec. Casey Walker (NA)10-2
133Mason Kernan (BP) dec. William Bentrim (NA)7-4
139Griffen Reid (NA) dec. Aden Stout (BP)7-1
145Ian Bucheli (BP) dec. Gabriel Hernandez (NA)3-1
152Travis Stipetich (NA) dec. Ethan Higgins (BP)3-2
160Cordan McDonnell (BP) maj. dec. Krist Vizcarra (NA)12-0
172Kellen Buggey (NA) maj. dec. AJ Tomaino (BP)21-10
189Ryan Walsh (BP) dec. Mason Hartung (NA)6-5

Tigers Tackle Planets, 66-9, to Claim Outright Section Title

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The North Allegheny boys’ wrestling team locked up an outright Section 2-AAA title on Wednesday night with a dominant 66-9 win over Mars at UPMC Court.

The night began at 107 pounds and the Tigers took a 36-0 lead with three consecutive forfeits followed by three straight pin falls enroute to the win. The Planets managed only two victories the entire night, while NA seized control with seven total wins by fall. Achieving pin falls were Casey Walker (127), William Bentrim (133), Griffen Reid (139), Travis Stipetich (152), Kellen Buggey (172), Mason Hartung (189) and Brayden McCarthy (285).

Kellen Buggey took home Wright Autotomotive Wrestler of the Meet honors with a win by fall over Cooper Courson at 172 pounds in 4:35.

North Allegheny improves to 16-3 overall and finishes the section slate with a perfect 5-0 mark. Mars falls to 1-1o overall and finishes in last place in the section with an 0-5 record. The Tigers await the release of the WPIAL playoff pairings and will take part in the WPIAL Team Tournament beginning on Wednesday, January 31. The North Allegheny Sports Network will have live coverage of the event.

Boys Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Mars

WeightWrestlersScore
107Evan Schomburg (NA) wbf
114Charlie LaQuatra (NA) wbf
121Gus Stedeford (NA) wbf
127Casey Walker (NA) pinned Paxton Hartle (M)1:02
133William Bentrim (NA) pinned Peyton Wearing (M)3:31
139Griffen Reid (NA) pinned Brandon Frantz (M)1:32
145Liam Hein (M) pinned Gabriel Hernandez (NA)2:53
152Travis Stipetich (NA) pinned Andy Diaz (M)1:30
160Joseph Zotttola (M) dec. Krist Vizcarra (NA)8-4
172Kellen Buggey (NA) pinned Cooper Courson (M)4:35
189Mason Hartung (NA) pinned Ethan Wolf (M)1:41
215Aidan Buggey (NA) wbf
285Brayden McCarthy (NA) pinned Jonathan Maestra (M)0:50