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WPIAL Class AAA teams advance at PIAA wrestling

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

HERSHEY — It was quite an opening-round performance for the three WPIAL teams at the PIAA Class AAA team championships Thursday.

Franklin Regional and Latrobe breezed to easy victories, and North Allegheny (16-1) needed wins by the Byerly brothers in the final two matches to stun District 3 champion Cumberland Valley, 29-28, at Giant Center.

While the Class AAA teams shined, it wasn't a good day for Class AA teams Burrell and South Fayette. Both dropped their matches.

With North Allegheny down 28-20 with two matches left, Colton Byerly, a senior, rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to pin Brendon Rigney at 3:29 at 182. Clay Byerly, a junior, recorded a 4-2 decision against Brad Drabenstadt at 195.

Clay Byerly used a first-period takedown and two second-period escapes pull out the win.

“I don't how many more one-point decisions I can go through,” North Allegheny coach Jamie Kyriazis said. “It was similar to the Canon-McMillan match (Saturday). We just rode that momentum, and we're starting to strive on the close matches.”

The two teams won seven matches each, but North Allegheny got a pin from Zach Smith (220) and a technical fall by Dom Forys (126).

Kyriazis said wins by Scott Stossel (120) and Jake Hinkson (132) were a big reason for the win.

“Both Scott and Jake rallied for wins, and Blynn Shideler (152) keeping T.C. Warner from a technical fall or pin was huge,” Kyriazis said. “Jake's win probably won it. We needed to weather the storm in a couple matches in the middle, and we did.”

Colton Byerly said he's never had a bigger win.

“It was for me and my team,” he said. “I had to do well for my team, and I knew me or my brother had to come up big.

“After I went down, I knew I had to come back strong. I got a bar and was looking to tilt him. Once I got the five-count, I went for it.”

It doesn't get any easier for North Allegheny. The Tigers face District 11 runner-up Parkland in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Friday. Parkland defeated District 6 champion Central Mountain, 33-27.

Franklin Regional and Latrobe didn't have to worry about dramatic wins. The Panthers rolled to a 67-9 win against Wilson, the third-place team from District 3, and the Wildcats won 13 of 14 matches to blitz District 4 champion Jersey Shore, 60-6.

The Panthers (20-1), ranked No. 1 in the state, lost the first match of the night and won 12 of the final 13. They got pins from Spencer Lee (113), Gus Solomon (120), Michael Kemerer (138), Brandon Yant (160), Nate Painter (170), John Wohlin (182) and Jake Pickup (195). Charlie Mazon (285) and Josh Maruca (145) earned forfeits, while Devin Brown (106) and Josh Shields (152) won by technical fall.

Franklin Regional will meet McDowell (13-1), which rallied to defeat Central Dauphin, 34-32.

“We came out and wrestled well,” Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. “We took care of business. I'm sure it will get tougher the next two days.”

Latrobe (13-2) will face District 1 champion Boyertown (23-0), which defeated District 2 champion Wyoming Valley West, 50-18. Boyertown is ranked No. 2 in the state.

Latrobe got pins from Ethan McCoy (113), Ethan Stas (132), Dom Scalise (160) and Justin Short (170), forfeit wins to Luke Pletcher (120) and Jake Willochell (138) and a technical fall by Zack Zavatsky (182).

“It was a nice match for us to start off the tournament,” Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said. “They have some scrappy kids who made our kids wrestle. It was a good one to get under our belt.”

Burrell coach Josh Shields and South Fayette coach Rick Chaussard were not pleased with their teams' performances.

Burrell fell to District 3 runner-up Hamburg, 35-33, and South Fayette lost to District 6 champion Huntingdon, 43-15.

They will return for 8 a.m. matches Friday in the consolation bracket.

Opening-round woes continued for eight-time defending WPIAL champion Burrell, which lost its opening PIAA match for the third consecutive season.

“We tried to de-emphasize the whole WPIAL title thing this year,” Shields said. “It didn't work. We can't seem to find a way to win that first match.

“I told them my sophomore year we lost the first match and came all the way back to finish third. It is doable, but it's up to these kids. It's been their goal to finish top four in the state, we'll see Friday morning.”

Hamburg (24-5) won the first four matches and built a 17-0 lead.

South Fayette never got untracked in its loss.

“They have a solid lineup throughout,” Chaussard said. “It's tough to make moves. We just didn't wrestle well.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

Wrestling summaries

PIAA team tournament

First round

Class AAA

Franklin Regional 67, Wilson 9

106: Devin Brown (FR) t.f. Tyler Wilkes, 20-3 (4:51)

113: Spencer Lee (FR) p. Tyler Strobel, :20

120: Augusten Solomon (FR) p. Francesca Giorgio, :57

126: Dom Giannangeli (FR) d. Connor Moyer, 5-2

132: Mike Hafer (W) d. Dan Contraguerro, 7-0

138: Mike Kemerer (FR) p. Tommy O'Brien, 2:50

145: Josh Maruca (FR) wbf

152: Josh Shields (FR) t.f. Parker Eidle, 21-2 (4:00)

160: Brandon Yant (FR) p. Jacob Yancey, 4:46

170: Nate Painter (FR) p. Adam Brown, 3:28

182: John Wohlin (FR) p. Keaton Eidle, 3:53

195: Jake Pickup (FR) p. Austin Rosa, 4:39

*220: Hunter Hatlee (W) p. Brett Zanotto, :38

285: Charlie Mazon (FR) wbf

Latrobe 60, Jersey Shore 6

106: Hunter Zondory (JS) p. Carson Palmer, 1:59

113: Ethan McCoy (L) p. Isiah Leone, 1:59

120: Luke Pletcher (L) wbf

126: Joel Cawoski (L) d. Noah Ulmer, 5-1

132: Ethan Stas (L) p. Coy Killion, 3:51

138: Jake Willochell (L) wbf

145: Ethan Smith (L) m.d. Hayden Swartwood, 10-2

152: Jake Shaffer (L) d. Colton Killion, 8-4

160: Dominic Scalise (L) p. Seth Young, 1:35

170: Justin Short (L) p. Max Mason, 3:52

182: Zachary Zavatsky (L) t.f. Dominic Loffredo, 18-2 (4:17)

195: Travis Schmeling (L) d. Nate Lose, 4-2

*220: Dylan Davis (L) d. Jacob Huling, 3-1

285: Tyler Mears (L) d. Bryce Charles, 4-1

North Allegheny 29, Cumberland Valley 28

106: William Kaldes (CV) d. Zack Stedeford, 12-7

113: Luke Landefeld (NA) d. Wyatt Long, 7-0

120: Scotty Stossel (NA) d. Cal Reichart, 8-5

126: Domenic Forys (NA) t.f. Saurab Faruque, 17-2 (3:06)

132: Jake Hinkson (NA) d. Alex Wolfe, 5-3

138: Patrick Duggan (CV) m.d. AJ Boeh, 15-6

145: Felix Belga (CV) m.d. Drew Landefeld, 8-0

152: TC Warner (CV) m.d. Blynn Shideler, 14-3

160: Brandon Rudy (CV) d. Jake Woodley, 3-2

170: Dayne Ross (CV) m.d. David Tallman, 11-3

182: Clay Byerly (NA) p. Brendon Rigney, 3:29

195: Clay Byerly (NA) d. Brad Drabenstadt, 4-2

*220: Zach Smith (NA) p. Jake Black, 1:10

285: Jackson Stanford (CV) p. David Probert, 1:30

Class AA

Boiling Springs 47, Redbank Valley 18

106: Jonathan Day (BS) p. Scott Drenning, :24

113: Ryan Kube (RV) p. Devin Crum, 3:46

*120: Korbin Myers (BS) m.d. Willis Gruver, 16-7

126: Grant Bond (BS) t.f. Kolbin Altobelli, 18-2 (6:00)

132: Tanner Altobelli (RV) d. AJ Kostyak, 4-2

138: Kyle Shoop (BS) p. Austin Schreckengost, :53

145: John Vaughn (BS) p. Luke Gallo, 4:55

152: Tyler Kauffman (BS) d. Mitch Blose, 9-8

160: Travis Wickard (BS) t.f. Jake Hopper, 15-0 (2:55)

170: Connor Murphy (BS) d. Keshon Truitt, 10-5

182: Nathan Gouhin (BS) d. Kaven Hornberger, 13-9

195: Kyle Taylor (BS) p. Pat Crawford, 1:28

220: Cal Haines (RV) p. Nathan Dixon, 2:16

285: Ben Carillo (RV) d. Noah Davis, 4-2

Hamburg Area 35, Burrell 33

106: Romeo Eaddy (H) d. Dean Edwards, 13-9

113: Dillan Jeffery (B) wbf

*120: Sean Stanish (Ha) t.f. Jason Roberts, 15-0 (5:43)

126: Kerry Mega (H) d. Anthony Marra, 9-2

132: Chris Kummerer (H) d. John Andrejcik, 7-5

138: Nick Oswald (H) p. Damon Greenwald, 2:27

145: Corey Falleroni (B) p. Andrew Kochel, 1:52

152: Steven Edwards (B) p. Matt James, 5:01

160: Derrick Beattie (B) p. Ronnie Lavigne, 1:02

170: Nicholas Pattock (B) d. Tyler Herbert, 3-1

182: Jacob Eller (H) p. Alex Moses, 1:27

195: Austin Bashore (H) wbf

220: Logan Lackey (H) d. Robert Scherer, 5-2

285: Al Beattie (B) p. Blake Roberts, 3:02

Huntingdon Area 43, South Fayette 15

106: Andrew John (SF) p. John Kline, :50

113: Collin Glorioso (H) wbf

*120: Tyler Scott (H) t.f. Kevin Chaussard, 17-0 (4:00)

126: Matt Wilson (H) d. Scott Rzepecki, 7-1

132: Michael Carr (Sf) d. Devon Green, 10-4

138: Nathan Russell (H) m.d. Shane Ging, 9-0

145: Seth Baney (H) d. Ben Previte, 10-4

152: Jacob Oliver (H) d. Brett Beltz, 6-0

160: Grant Fetchet (SF) d. Jon Wagner, 7-1

170: Jared Walker (SF) d. Eric Lynn, 10-5

182: Logan Fisher (H) d. Jack Previte, 10-5

195: Matt Norris (H) m.d. Rausaun Culberson, 14-4

220: Tyler Morningstar (H) p. Bryce Christoff, 1:52

285: Mitchell Lauer (H) p. Jeremy Carter, 3:28

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