Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plenty of Help Is on the Way Reinforced by the Return of Football Players, Na Is Ready to Roll

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plenty of Help Is on the Way Reinforced by the Return of Football Players, Na Is Ready to Roll

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The high school football season has finally ended.

That means North Allegheny wrestling coach Jamie Kyriazis will have his full complement of wrestlers available for the 43rd annual Manheim Christmas Tournament, which begins this morning.

"It was great to see the football team win WPIAL and PIAA titles," said Kyriazis, who had been without 10 members of his squad until the football season came to an end. "It's a memory they will always cherish."

Kyriazis is hoping for another memorable season with his wrestling squad. North Allegheny surprised everybody last season by advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA team title match after being seeded No. 7 in the bracket. The Tigers lost to three-time champion Canon- McMillan in the championship match, then finished among the top six in the state.

"We had 10 kids on the football team," Kyriazis said. "I gave them all the option of taking a week or so off before joining the wrestling team. Some of them are still a little banged up."

North Allegheny should have a full lineup at the Manheim Christmas Tournament. Two of the returning football players are planning to compete at 160 pounds, but one is not available for the tournament.

"Ben Schweiger and Colton Byerly are both at 160," said Kyriazis, referring to two returning starters. "Colton is banged up, so we're going to keep him out."

Schweiger will be joined in the starting lineup by fellow football players Alex DeCiantis at 195, Clay Byerly at 170 and Zach Smith at 182.

"It's like starting over again at practice when you have that many kids stepping into the picture two weeks into the season," Kyriazis said.

North Allegheny placed fourth at the Manheim tournament last season. The Tigers had three wrestlers advance to the finals and two of those three are back. Dom Forys won the 113-pound title, while Scott Stossel placed second at 106. …

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