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Irwin: Still not a fan of PIAA’s finals, consy schedule

March 12, 2013 For the second year in a row, the championship finals and the consolation finals for third, fifth and seventh were held at the same time on the Giant Center floo. more »»

PIAA tourney toughest in the land

March 6, 2013 State titles or appearances in the PIAA Class AAA championship finals have been rare for wrestlers from Altoona, Hollidaysburg and Philipsburg-Osceola. more »»

Irwin: Regional meat grinder humbles even the best

March 5, 2013 Just when wrestlers feel good about the way they’ve been wrestling and they expect to stay on that postseason surf they’ve been riding, the Southwest Regional Class AA Tournament comes up and smacks... more »»

Huff, Barton good bets to win regional

March 1, 2013 Hollidaysburg hasn’t had that many Northwest Regional Class AAA Tournament champions in its wrestling history, but the Golden Tigers could make some history this weekend. more »»

Trip to states on line this weekend

February 27, 2013 For Claysburg-Kimmel’s Josh Brown, Bedford’s Ryan Easter and Chestnut Ridge’s Tyler Dibert, the Southwest Regional Class AA Tournament has been the launching pad for two trips to the PIAA... more »»

Irwin: D-6 Class AAA tourney not what it used to be

February 26, 2013 One of the bigger topics fans and media were talking about at the Altoona Fieldhouse this past weekend was the District 6 Class AAA Tournament is certainly not what it used to be. more »»

Irwin: Tyrone can share blame in Wunder situation

February 19, 2013 It’s been almost a week since Tyrone senior 195-pounder D.J. Wunder was declared academically ineligible by the school district. And it still doesn’t make sense. more »»

Stodart has clear path

February 15, 2013 Moshannon Valley’s James Stodart has 109 career wins, and is eight wins away from tying Ryan Jacoby for the top spot on the school’s all-time win list. more »»

Irwin: Regional shows quality of Thomas tourney

January 29, 2013 The numbers don’t lie when you’re assessing how tough and grueling the Thomas Subaru Tournament is year after year. more »»

Irwin: Lions favored over Bisons to capture Thomas

January 22, 2013 Wrestling fans who appreciate big-time, gritty and emotional wrestling tournaments that can be decided by the smallest of margins will be in their glory this week. more »»

Irwin: Gingrich’s hard work now starting to pay off

January 15, 2013 Penn State 285-pounder Jon Gingrich is an example of how much hard work in the right atmosphere will pay off. Gingrich was never a state champion at Bald Eagle Are. more »»

Irwin: LHAC tournament turned into confusing mess

January 8, 2013 The Laurel Highlands Conference Wrestling Tournament seemed like a good idea for the longest time. more »»

Irwin: Duals experience will aid Ridge down the road

January 3, 2013 In case you missed it, and you probably did unless you were checking out the internet, Chestnut Ridge went 4-1 at the Dale Bock Duals on Saturday in Chambersburg. more »»

Butler made huge impact on area wrestling

July 9, 2012 Jim Butler wrestled for Clearfield in the early 1960s, but he never made the varsity lineup. more »»

Irwin: Bedford-Ridge match was dual meet of the year

March 18, 2012 From Chestnut Ridge dealing with the death of a team member to Bedford winning its fifth straight District 5 Duals title to Claysburg-Kimmel winning the Southwest Regional Tournament, it was quite a... more »»

Irwin: Top talent at states always a shock to system

March 13, 2012 For some reason, the PIAA Championships are always a shock to my system, like a jab to the nose that leaves you seeing stars. Except the stars are wrestling on almost every mat at the Giant Center. more »»

Law will take Round 5 against CC’s Risaliti

March 8, 2012 Central Cambria coach Bob Nikloshen has compared the battles between Red Devil 160-pounder Tony Risaliti and Forest Hills’ Cody Law to the fight in Rocky IV between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago. more »»

Brandt has good attitude going into Hershey

March 7, 2012 There’s all kinds of approaches wrestlers use to get ready for Hershey, but I like T.J. Brandt’s attitude going into the PIAA Class AAA Championships. more »»

Irwin: New state finals schedule is bad for wrestling

March 6, 2012 The lights are turned off at the Giant Center and a spotlight follows each finalist as they walk with their coaches to the mat. more »»

Altoona’s Brandt has what it takes to win regional

March 2, 2012 Altoona’s T.J. Brandt has rolled into the Northwest Regional Class AAA Tournament the past two years and come up just short when he advanced to the finals, losing both times. more »»

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