Congratulations to North Hills Freshman, Sam Hillegas, who became the first person in North Hills history to win a PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship!
Sam cruised his way to the Semi-Finals with 9-3 and 9-0 wins in the first and quarter final rounds.
He then faced Cameron Enriquez from Stroudsburg in the Semi-Finals which took more than regulation time to complete. After being knotted 4-4 after 3 periods, Hillegas secured the win in Sudden Victory time with a takedown of Enriquez. That win put him in the championship bout against WPIAL foe, Louis Newell from Seneca Valley.
Newell and Hillegas met 3 other times this season in the PowerAde Championship, Section Championship and the WPIAL Championship with Hillegas coming out victorious each of those three encounters. With the state title on the line, both wrestlers gave it their all and after a hard fought battle, Hillegas once again came out on top, 5-2 to remain undefeated (43-0) in his high school career!
Coach Martinez and Coach Jones congratulate Hillegas on a job well done!
Congratulations once again to Sam Hillegas!