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Derry's Gulibon Highlights 2012 WPIAL AA Individual Wrestling Championships

Saturday was an historic night at Chartiers Valley High School at the AA WPIAL Championships. That was because Derry senior Jimmy Gulibon joined an elite club, becoming the 22nd wrestler in WPIAL history to win 4 WPIAL Championships. 

He did it by packaging several takedowns together to knock off Keystone Oaks junior Nick Zanetta 11-4 at 126 pounds. “I felt I could of done a lot more on my feet, scored a little bit more, but Zanetta wrestled a great match”, said Gulibon. “I ended up doing what I needed to do and winning.” Gulibon becomes the second Derry wrestler to join the club, as Troy Dolan won his 4th WPIAL Championship in 2007.

New Addition to the WPIAL Four-Time Wrestling Champions Club

The 2012 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships are in the books at Chartiers Valley High School, with the story of the night being the Fourth WPIAL Championship captured by Derry's Jimmy Gulibon, who became the 22nd wrestler in WPIAL history to win gold in all four years of his high school career.

Here is the impressive list the Gulibon has joined:

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Saturday, February 25th

We have reached the midway point of the 2012 version of the Battle to the Bluff with the completion of the Quarterfinals Weekend in the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs with all eight top-seeds still alive andf with only Shaler girls in Class AAAA having been eliminated with seven defending champs moving on to Round Three. Here are the recaps from Quarterfinals Saturday in Boys AAAA, Boys AA, Girls AAA and Girls A.

A specials THANKS to Dan Zangrilli, T.J. DiStefano, Glenn Thompson, Josh Rowntree, Mike Krcil, Mike Azadian, Bob Barrickman, Justin McKim, Paul Paterra, Brian Morziak, Melissa Carle, Mark Schaas, Don Rebel, Bob Gregg and Johnny Lee for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

Pine-Richland Divers Sweep Boys and Girls WPIAL AAA Championships

For the second straight year, Pine-Richland senior Lauren Lamendola captured the WPIAL Class AAA Girls diving crown. For the second straight year, she was in a dogfight for the championship. And for the second straight year, Lamendola saved her best efforts for the final three dives to grab the title.

The South Carolina bound Lamendola had to climb back from an admittedly poor dive in the preliminary round. She made it back to fourth after the first five dives. After the next three dives, Lamendola had climbed into second place behind Bethel Park junior Ashley Sams. Lamendola grabbed control of the final session by scoring 57.20 points on her “McDonald’s Dive of the Match”, her first of three dives in the final round. Sams, Lamendola and Pine-Richland teammate Tiana Broen, Moon’s Heather Lonkert and Alexis Rectenwald from Penn Hills played leapfrog among the top 5 spots throughout the entire competition.

WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Finals - Day One Highlights

It was a quick first day of wrestling in the AA WPIAL Championships on Friday evening at Chartiers Valley High School, but it wasn’t without some sizzle. 

The top headline was at 145 pounds, where top seed Corey Faleroni of Burrell fell short of advancing into the semi-finals after losing to Taylor Wentzel of South Park 13-6. In addition number two seed at 152 pounds Cody Weinell of Derry lost to Troy Braddock of Blackhawk by fall in 1:57 as well as the number two seed at 195 pounds Allan Cratsenburg of Highlands losing to Jacob Temple of Avella by fall in 5:49.

Overall we seen 35 falls or technical falls in the 56 quarterfinal matches wrestled on Friday. The four returning WPIAL Champions from a year ago, Jason Nolf of Kittanning (113), Jimmy Gulibon of Derry (126), Dakota DesLauriers of Burrell (182), and Jordan Kitta of Southmoreland (195), all were victorious by fall and are looking to repeat.

Youth Is Served at 2012 WPIAL Class AA Diving Finals

At South Park High School, a youth movement was served as South Park sophomore Bill Rountree and  Chartiers Valley freshman Maria Lohman won the 2012 Boys and Girls Class AA Diving Championships respectively. Rountree won his first title on home water but it wasn't easy, while Lohman cruised to an easy victory.   Overall South Park will send 2 girls and one boy to the state championships, and South Fayette will send one boy and one girl.

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Friday, February 24th

While there were surprises left in right in round one, the eye-brow raising was kept to a minimum on the first night of Round Two. The USC girls upset machine continues on to the Semifinals and double-digit seeds Keystone Oaks and Steel Valley in girls AA are also Final Four bound, but most of the other top seeds moved on to Round Three in the 2012 WPIAL Basketball Postseason. Here are the recaps from Quarterfinals Friday on Boys AAA, Boys A, Girls AAAA and Girls AA.

A special THANKS go out to Mark Schaas, Bob Gregg, Don Rebel, Dennis Fischer, Bob Barrickman, Matt Vandriak, Paul Paterra, Rick Smith, Bob Orkwis, Melissa Carle, Josh Rowntree, Johnny Lee, Sam Hall and Lee Mohn for their help on these recaps.


Scholastic Notebook

This next statement seems awfully strange: Either Beaver or Trinity will be in the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball Semifinals.
As strange as that sounds, it is true. Beaver and Trinity play in a Quarterfinals game Friday night, and one of them will move on to next Tuesday’s Semifinals.

History says how Beaver and Trinity playing in a Semifinals game is unheard of. Trinity has never been to a Semifinals game before, and the Hillers won a grand total of six playoff games in school history. Two of those were this year. The others came last year, one in 2010 and two in 1984.

Beaver, meanwhile, has made it to the Semifinals only once in school history. That was in 1987. The Bobcats have only six playoff wins in school history – two this year, two in 1987, one in 1982 and one in 1977.

Woodland Hills' Alonzo to Face Charges From Peters Twp Incident

The Washington County District Attorney's office announced Thursday afternoon they will prosecute 17-year old Shakim Alonzo of Woodland Hills High School after he punched Gabe Pritz of Peters Township High School during a WPIAL basketball playoff game Saturday.

Pritz fell to the ground bleeding from his ear and later received 11 stitches.

Alonzo will not be charged as an adult.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted this statement from the Pritz family:


All four defending champions are alive along with all four top-seeds half way through the Boys Battle to the Bluff. While Class A, Class AA and Class AAA have been close to chalk (except Beaver in AAA), ClassAAAA welcomes three double-digit seeds to its Final Four party. Here are ALL of the results from the Preliminary Round, First Round and Quarterfinals, PLUS the sites and times for the Semifinals on Tuesday and Wednesday in the 2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs.

Once again, MSA Sports will broadcast every WPIAL boys basketball playoff game sponsored in part by McDonalds.


#1 Shaler Titans (22-2) vs #12 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings (14-10) AT North Allegheny High School on Wednesday, February 29th at 8:00pm on

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, February 22nd

It is hard to figure out what happened in the First Round in the Battle to the Bluff. Four days of surprises concluded Wednesday night with the 2nd-seed in the Boys AAAA Playoffs being ousted, putting an end to a crazy opening round across the board. Here are ALL the recaps from the final night of the First Round on Wednesday.

A big THANKS go out to Mark Schaas, Josh Rowntree, Glenn Thompson, Randy Gore, Rick Smith, Mike Krcil, Don Rebel, Bob Orkwis, Bob Barrickman, Melissa Carle, Sam Hall, Dennis Fischer, T.J. DiStefano, Brian Mroziak, Matt Vandriak, Brandon Showers, Steve Nagler, Sam McCollum, Jason Tennant, Johnny Lee and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps. 


WPIAL Wrestling Realignment for 2013 and 2014

The WPIAL Board of Control Tuesday approved the new alignment for WPIAL wrestling sections for the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 seasons. The League has retained the "sub-section" format for the regular season. In Class AAA there are four sections while in Class AA there are still three sections.

Some of the changes include Blackhawk and Central Valley moving up from Class AA to Class AAA. Steel Valley dropping out, but both North Catholic and Mapletown adding teams.

Bold schools are teams that moved and are in a new sub-section compared to the current cycle.


Section 1-A:
Franklin Regional Panthers
Gateway Gators
Kiski Area Cavaliers
McKeesport Tigers
Penn Hills Indians
Woodland Hills Wolverines

MSA Sports Top Seven - PIHL High School Hockey

Each Wednesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top seven teams in all four classifications/divisions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League...including a NEW #1 team in the Open Class. Don't miss “The PIHL Power Play Show” every Wednesday at 8:00pm and the "PIHL High School Hockey Notebook" every Monday during the season only here on the MSA Sports Network.


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WPIAL Boys and Girls Basketball Realignment for 2013 and 2014

The WPIAL Board of Control Tuesday approved the new basketball alignments for both the boys and girls for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 high school winter sports seasons. Here is the new section break down in each classification for both the boys and the girls.

WPIAL schools moving up in class for the next two seasons are New Castle boys, Hampton boys, Trinity boys, Freeport boys, Ellwood City boys, Steel Valley boys, Elderton boys, Bentworth boys, Laurel Highlands girls, Chartiers Valley girls, Southmoreland girls, Brownsville girls, Waynesburg girls, Keystone Oaks girls, Quaker Valley girls, Riverview girls, Chartiers-Houston girls and Fort Cherry girls.

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, February 21st

It was Day Three of the First Round and the bracket busting theme from Friday and Saturday continued Tuesday night. Double-digit winners continue to find success in the opening round...with those eye-brow raisers coming Tuesday night in Boys AAA and Girls AA. Here are recaps from those two tournament as well as the completion of Round One in Girls Class AAAA.

A special THANKS to Mark Schaas, Mike Krcil, Mark Uriah, Justin McKim, Don Rebel, Bob Barrickman, Dennis Fischer, Ken Laird, Randy Gore, Brian Mroziak, Greg Kuntz, Terry Neary, Mike Azadian, Lee Mohn, Melissa Carle, Steve Nagler, Bob Gregg and T.J. DiStefano for their help on these recaps.


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