Daily News roundup: 4 local wrestlers advance to WPIAL semifinals
By Staff Reports
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:48 p.m.
Norwin's Heath Coles and Drew Phipps, as well as West Mifflin's James Harrison and Elizabeth Forward's Lukas Etzel advanced to the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional wrestling semifinals after victories in the quarterfinal round Friday night at Norwin.
Harrison topped Gateway's A.J. Wilkins, 3-1, at 113 pounds. Etzel scored a 4-2 decision over Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson at 120 pounds.
At 152 pounds, Coles beat Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker, 5-1, and Phipps beat Canon-McMillan's Steve LaFrance, 5-1, at 182 pounds.
All four will wrestle in the semifinals, set to get under way Saturday at noon.
In the Class AA PIAA Southwest Regional at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, South Allegheny's Seth Hitchens fell to United's Tyler Oliver, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.
Montour 47, Chartiers Valley 40 — Montour's Kevin Scuilli made two 3-pointers a minute apart in Friday night's come-from-behind victory over Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class AAA championship — fourth-quarter shots that highlighted the Spartans' furious rally at Palumbo Center.
Devin Wilson scored 19 points for No. 3 Montour (21-4), including three baskets that fueled a 12-2 third-quarter run. The senior point guard also had four free throws that secured the Spartans their second title in three seasons.
Spencer Casson had 18 points for No. 1 Chartiers Valley (22-4).
Rivals from Section 5, Chartiers Valley and Montour split their regular-season series, with each winning on its home court. Chartiers Valley won, 75-62, on Jan. 4.
Bishop Canevin 56, Seton-La Salle 47 — Johnie Olkosky made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points in leading No. 2 Bishop Canevin to victory over top-seeded Seton-La Salle in the WPIAL Class AA championship game, a winning effort that shocked the two-time defending champion. Canevin (22-4) had lost eight in a row to Seton-La Salle (24-2), its section rival, including last season's WPIAL title game at Palumbo Center.
Canevin's Carley Forse had 14 points, and Celina DiPietro had 10. Naje Gibson and Angela Heintz had 16 points each for Seton-La Salle, which hadn't lost to a WPIAL opponent since December 2010, a streak of 66 consecutive victories.
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