Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Returners

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Returners

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The Top 15 returning Class AAA wrestlers from schools in the North Xtra area (listed in alphabetical order with school class year and career record in parentheses):

* Hunter Baxter, Pine-Richland (Soph., 32-6) -- Made his varsity debut last season as a 106-pound freshman. Qualified for the PIAA tournament after placing second in Section 3 and third in the WPIAL. Finished with a 32-6 mark.

* Jeremiah Bortmas, Butler Area (Sr., 57-41) -- A three-year starter who earned his first WPIAL tournament berth last season. Placed second in Section 3 and seventh in the WPIAL at 152 pounds last season en route to a 32-11 record.

* Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (Sr., 86-19) -- A three-time WPIAL qualifier and one-time PIAA qualifier. Placed third in Section 3 as a 145-pound freshman, first at 152 as a sophomore, and first at 160 last season. Placed seventh in the PIAA in sophomore season. Finished with a 30-4 mark last season.

* Clay Byerly, North Allegheny (Sr., 65-24) -- A three-year starter, two-time WPIAL qualifier, and one-time PIAA participant. Placed second in Section 3 at 170 as a sophomore, and first at 182 as a junior. Also placed third in the WPIAL last season and finished with a 36-10 record.

* Gage Curry, North Hills (Jr., 76-9) -- A two-time Section 3 champion, two-time WPIAL runner-up, and two-time PIAA place-winner. Placed fourth in the PIAA as a 106-pound freshman, and sixth at the same weight last season. Had a 38-4 record.

* Jake Hartman, Shaler Area (Jr., 43-8) -- A two-year starter who qualified for the WPIAL tournament last season at 132. Won a Section 3 title and placed seventh in the WPIAL en route to a 33-4 record.

* Mike Heinl, Shaler Area (Jr., 59-14) -- A two-time WPIAL qualifier who placed eighth both years. He placed third in Section 3 at 106 pounds as a freshman, and second at 120 last season. …

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