The Waynesburg wrestling team (16-0) put an exclamation point on its perfect season with a 42-3 domination of District 3 champion Central Dauphin (19-1) in the PIAA Class-3A title match Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.
It’s the first PIAA team tournament title for Waynesburg and the first by a WPIAL team since 2015. And the 39-point margin is the second-biggest margin of victory in a title match in PIAA history.
Much as it has been the case all season this Waynesburg Raiders squad has looked utterly dominant, winning 12 of the 13 individual matches, and racked up five bonus-point victories in the processes. With the dual behind them, Waynesburg finished the season with one of the most convincing performances in PIAA history. The Raiders posted a 16-0 record and outscored opponents 943-102.
“Friday night we talked about where this team ranks in Waynesburg history, and this has to be the most dominant team in school history,” Waynesburg coach Joe Throckmorton said to the Post-Gazette. “And it has to be considered one of the best teams in PIAA history.”
It’s also Waynesburg’s second state title in two weeks as the Raiders claimed the team title at the PIAA individual tournament at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And the Raiders dominated that tournament, too, as they almost doubled the score of their nearest competitor.
113 – Joseph Simon dec. Gavin Reynolds, 8-2 (3-0)
120 – Zander Phaturos maj. dec. Dallas Schorr, 13-5 (7-0)
126 – Mac Church dec. Matt Repos, 2-1 (9-0)
132 – Colton Stoneking pinned Michael Beers, 6:00 (15-0)
138 – Cole Homet dec. Josh Miller, 5-3 (18-0)
145 – Wyatt Henson maj. dec. Ryan Garvick, 14-5 (21-0)
152 – Rocco Welsh maj. dec. Bryce Buckman, 17-7 (25-0)
160 – Nate Stephenson dec. Wayde McClune, 6-0 (28-0)
172 – Luca Augustine won by tech. fall over Ethan Pae, 25-10 5:58 (33-0)
189 – Timmy Smith dec. Eli Makel, 2-1 (33-3)
215 – Noah Tustin dec. Nathaniel Mosey, 4-2 SV (36-3)
285 – Ryan Howard dec. Ben Stewart, 4-1 (39-3)
106 – Ky Szewczyk dec. Liam Flanagan, 7-6 (42-3)
* Waynesburg Central lost a team point at 126 and a team point at 145 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Waynesburg Central wrestlers in bold