Today marks final day of section play for WPIAL wrestling teams. Thirty-nine matches are scheduled with most having playoff implications.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, a one-day section championship tournament will be held in each section. The top three finishers in each sub-section qualify for the section tournament, with five of the six participants advancing to the WPIAL Team Championship Tournament.
At the section tournament, the first place finisher from each sub-section will wrestle the second place team from the other sub-section. The two winners face-off to determine the section champion, while the two losers wrestle for third place. A match between the two third-place teams will determine the fifth participant.
In the event of a two-way tie for first or second place, head to head competition will prevail. A tie of three or more teams will be broken by comparing the head-to-head competition between the tied teams that may result in one or more of the teams demonstrating a higher cumulative total of victories. If the three or more tied teams have identical records against each other, the NFHS tie breaking system (Rule 9-2-2) will be used to break the tie. The same procedure will be used to break a tie for the third place finisher from each sub-section.
Below is the playoff picture in each sub-section.
In Class AAA:
SECTION 1A - Kiski Area (4-0) has clinched first place and will host the section tournament. Franklin Regional (3-1) and Gateway (3-1) have qualified and will break the tie tonight at Franklin Regional.
SECTION 1B - Greensburg Salem (4-0) and Latrobe (4-0) have qualified. The tie will be broken tonight at Greensburg Salem. Hempfield (2-2) has clinched the third berth.
SECTION 2A - Connellsville (5-0) has concluded its section schedule. The Falcons have clinched first place and will host the section tournament. Belle Vernon (3-1) and Ringgold (3-1) have also qualified. The tie for second place will be broken tonight at Belle Vernon.
SECTION 2B - Peters Township (4-0) has clinched first place. Bethel Park (3-1) and Mt. Lebanon (3-1) are tied for second place. The tie will be broken tonight at Mt. Lebanon.
SECTION 3A - North Allegheny (4-0) has clinched the top spot and earned a home site for the section tournament. Seneca Valley (3-1) and Butler (3-1) are also qualifiers. The tie for second will be broken tonight at Seneca Valley.
SECTION 3B - Hampton (4-0) has clinched first place. Central Catholic (3-1), Plum (2-2), and North Hills (2-2) are vying for the other two berths. Hampton plays host to North Hills in tonight's final regular season match, while Central Catholic travels to Plum.
SECTION 4A - Canon-McMillan (4-0) has qualified. Trinity (3-1), Waynesburg (3-1) and McGuffey (2-2) are vying for the other two spots. Canon-McMillan closes tonight at Trinity, while Waynesburg travels to McGuffey. A three-way tie for first place is possible. A three-way tie for second place could occur.
SECTION 4B - Hopewell (4-0), Montour (3-1), and West Allegheny (3-1) have qualified. A three-way tie for first place is possible, as Montour plays host to Hopewell tonight.
In Class AA:
SECTION 1A - South Fayette (4-0) travels to Chartiers-Houston (4-0) with first place and a home site in the section tournament on the line. Both have qualified. South Park (2-2) can earn the third berth with a win at Carlynton (1-3).
SECTION 1B - Burgettstown (4-0) has clinched the top spot. Beaver (2-2), Freedom (2-2), and Ellwood City (2-2) are tied for second place. Burgettstown plays host to Beaver tonight. Ellwood City closes at Laurel (1-3). Freedom travels to South Side Beaver (1-3) for its finale.
SECTION 2A - Jefferson-Morgan (4-0) has clinched the top spot and will host the section tournament. Bentworth (3-1), Washington (2-2), and West Greene (2-2) are vying for the other two berths. Bentworth can qualify with a win against visiting Washington. If Bentworth loses, a three-way tie for second is possible.
SECTION 2B - Yough (4-0) has clinched first place. Mt. Pleasant (3-1) has qualified. Derry (2-2) can qualify with a win at Charleroi (0-4). Southmoreland (2-2) must upset Yough, and hope Derry loses to Charleroi, to qualify.
SECTION 3A - South Allegheny (3-0), Keystone Oaks (2-1), and Avonworth (2-1) have qualified. South Allegheny can claim first place with a win at Keystone Oaks.
SECTION 3B - Burrell (3-0), Kittanning (2-1), and Valley (2-1) have qualified. Burrell can claim first place with a win at Valley. A three-way tie for first is possible if Valley upsets Burrell.