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Franklin Regional to face Latrobe in PIAA wrestling final

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny's Jake Hinkson (left) battles Parkland's Lee Todora in the 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Hinkson won a 6-4 decision. North Allegheny earned birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny's Jake Hinkson (left) battles Parkland's Lee Todora in the 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Hinkson won a 6-4 decision. North Allegheny earned birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Michael Carr scores on Saucon Valley's Dylan Yonney in their 132-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Carr won by a 13-1 major decision. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Michael Carr scores on Saucon Valley's Dylan Yonney in their 132-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Carr won by a 13-1 major decision. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Logan Carns cradles Boyertown's William Scholl in their 195-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Carns won by a10-0 major decision. Latrobe advanced to the semifinals after defeating Boyertown, 32-23.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Logan Carns cradles Boyertown's William Scholl in their 195-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Carns won by a10-0 major decision. Latrobe advanced to the semifinals after defeating Boyertown, 32-23.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny's Dom Forys battles Parklands Brayson Haas in the 126-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Forys won by 20-9 major decision.North Allegheny earned birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny's Dom Forys battles Parklands Brayson Haas in the 126-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Forys won by  20-9 major decision.North Allegheny earned birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher takes down Boyertown's Garrett Mauger in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Pletcher won by a 23-8 technical fall. Latrobe advanced to the semifinals after defeating Boyertown, 32-23.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher takes down Boyertown's Garrett Mauger in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Pletcher won by a 23-8 technical fall. Latrobe advanced to the semifinals after defeating Boyertown, 32-23.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe wrestlers celebrate after earning a birth in the semifinals with a 32-23 victory over Boyertown during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014, in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe wrestlers celebrate after earning a birth in the semifinals with a 32-23 victory over Boyertown during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014, in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh celebrates after beating Parkland's Rob Wetherhold in the 138-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Boeh won a 7-6 decision that gave North Allegheny a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh celebrates after beating Parkland's Rob Wetherhold  in the 138-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Boeh won a 7-6 decision that gave North Allegheny a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny wrestlers celebrate after earning a birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny wrestlers celebrate after earning a birth in the semifinals with a 28-27 by criteria victory over Parkland during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Scott Rzepecki is taken to the mat by Saucon Valley's Bret Svites in their 126-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Rzepecki lost by a 12-1 major decision. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Scott Rzepecki is taken to the mat by Saucon Valley's Bret Svites in their 126-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Rzepecki lost by a 12-1 major decision. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Grant Fetchet pins Saucon Valley's Devin Fontenez in their 160-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Grant Fetchet pins Saucon Valley's Devin Fontenez in their 160-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. South Fayette was eliminated from the tournament with a 47-24 loss to Saucon Valley.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Corey Falleroni turns Chestnut Ridge's Colby Hillegas in their 152-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Falleroni won by a 5-1 decision. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Corey Falleroni turns Chestnut Ridge's Colby Hillegas in their 152-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Falleroni won by a 5-1 decision. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Derrick Beattie prepares to pin Chestnut Ridge's Ben Clark at 2:53 in their 170-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Derrick Beattie prepares to pin Chestnut Ridge's Ben Clark at 2:53 in their 170-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Steven Edwards looks to score on Chestnut Ridge's Brandyn Beaver in their 160-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Edwards won by a 22-7 technical fall. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Steven Edwards looks to score on Chestnut Ridge's Brandyn Beaver in their 160-pound bout during the second round consolations of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Edwards won by a 22-7 technical fall. Burrell stayed alive with a 31-26 victory over Chestnut Ridge.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media - Latrobe's Jake Shaffer is hoisted by his teammates after he won a 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in a 152-pound bout during the semifinal of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Latrobe's Jake Shaffer is hoisted by his teammates after he won a 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in a 152-pound bout during the semifinal of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Jake Shaffer (right) battles North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinal of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shaffer won a 11-1 major decision. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Jake Shaffer (right) battles North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinal of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shaffer won a 11-1 major decision. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown fights to pin Nazareth's Tyson Klump during their 106-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Brown won by an 11-4 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown fights to pin Nazareth's Tyson Klump during their 106-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Brown won by an 11-4 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer tries to turn Nazareth's Brock Wilson in their 138-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Kemerer won by a 20-5 technical fall. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer tries to turn Nazareth's Brock Wilson in their 138-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Kemerer won by a 20-5 technical fall. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee attempts to pin Nazareth's Travis Smith in their 113-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Lee won by fall at 2 minutes, 57 seconds. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee attempts to pin Nazareth's Travis Smith in their 113-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Lee won by fall at 2 minutes, 57 seconds. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Nate Painter reacts after pinning Nazareth's Ricky Fornaciari at 3 minute, 10 seconds of their 170-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Nate Painter reacts after pinning Nazareth's Ricky Fornaciari at 3 minute, 10 seconds of their 170-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant works to score on Nazareth's Tyler Tarsi during their 160-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Yant won by a 3-1 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant works to score on Nazareth's Tyler Tarsi during their 160-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Yant won by a 3-1 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Nazareth, 38-22, to advance to the championship match against Latrobe.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Tyler Mears reacts after pinning North Allegheny's David Probert at 1minute in their 285-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny,34-29, to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Tyler Mears reacts after pinning North Allegheny's David Probert at 1minute in their 285-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny,34-29, to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Jake Shaffer (center) celebrates with his teammates after he won a 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny, 34-29, to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Jake Shaffer (center) celebrates with his teammates after he won a 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny, 34-29, to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny wrestlers react in the waning moments of their 34-29 loss to Latrobe during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny wrestlers react in the waning moments of their 34-29 loss to Latrobe during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe head coach Tad Harbert reacts as Jake Shaffer wins an 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe head coach Tad Harbert  reacts as Jake Shaffer wins an 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey. Latrobe defeated North Allegheny 34-29 to advance to the championship match against Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Jake Shaffer is congratulated by coach Tad Harbert after he won an 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the team semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championships at Giant Center on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Jake Shaffer is congratulated by coach Tad Harbert after he won an 11-1 major decision over North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in their 152-pound bout during the team semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championships at Giant Center on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in Hershey.

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HERSHEY – It will be an all-WPIAL, Westmoreland County and Section 1 final at the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship on Saturday.

That's because No. 1 Franklin Regional defeated District 11 champion Nazareth, 38-22, and WPIAL runner-up Latrobe edged WPIAL third-place finisher North Allegheny, 34-29, in the semifinals Friday at Giant Center.

Franklin Regional (22-1) and Latrobe will meet for the third time in three weeks at 1 p.m.

North Allegheny (17-2), which had mastered one-point victories in three of its past four matches, will wrestle at 11 a.m. in the consolation round.

Latrobe (16-2) needed a decision by Ethan Smith (145 pounds) and a major decision by Jake Shaffer (152) to rally.

Smith defeated A.J. Boeh, 8-3, to give Latrobe a 30-29 lead. Shaffer, leading 7-1, survived a headlock from North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld in the third period. Landefeld had the headlock secured, but Shaffer was on his knees.

When he had trouble breathing, Shaffer signaled for a team timeout to the dismay of the NA faithful.

Shaffer then was able to get a reversal and a two-point nearfall to secure the won, 11-1.

“Ethan showed so much heart, and it ended in a perfect spot with Jake Shaffer,” Latrobe coach Tad Herbert said. “We weren't expected to get pinned at 138, but the guys did an amazing job. It was a total team effort.

“I can't speak right now. I'm so excited. Everybody did their job. In this match, kids have jobs and we got big bonus points. Justin Short did a great job getting the pin at 182 when we bumped up.”

Latrobe led 21-6 after a pin by Tyler Mears (285) and a major decision by Zack Zavatsky (195). Earlier in the day, Latrobe handed District 1 champion Boyertown its first loss of the season, winning 32-23.

North Allegheny, which edged Parkland, 28-27, by criteria 1 in the quarterfinals, put together five wins in the next six weights to grab a 29-27 lead.

Luke Landefeld edged Ethan McCoy, 7-5, at 113. Zack Stedeford (106) got a pin and Dom Forys (132) a technical fall for North Allegheny.

Luke Pletcher got a pin at 120 for the Wildcats.

“It was a good day for WPIAL wrestling, a great day for Greater Latrobe,” Harbert said.

Franklin Regional started off to a quick 12-0 lead against Nazareth when Brandon Yant got a win at 160, Nate Painter (170) followed with a pin and John Wohlin (182) earned a win.

Nazareth took a 13-12 lead by winning the next three bouts, but Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown (106) rallied for an 11-4 decision against Tyson Klump and freshman Spencer lee (113) got a second-period pin to give the Panthers the lead for good at 21-13.

Franklin Regional clinched it by winning four of the final five matches. Josh Shields (152) and Michael Kemerer (138) got technical fall wins for the Panthers.

“We're in the finals. That was the goal,” Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. “We started at a spot we usually don't start, but they got the ball rolling.

“They bumped their lineup a little, hoping they could steal some wins. But our guys stepped up.”

Franklin Regional defeated Latrobe, 46-28, in the Section 1 final and, 42-19, in the WPIAL finals.

In Class AA, Burrell stayed alive in the consolation round with wins against Western Wayne (55-10) and Chestnut Ridge (31-26).

The Bucs (14-4) will meet Huntingdon on Saturday morning in the third-round consolations.

South Fayette (20-3) fell to Saucon Valley, 47-24, in the first round of consolations.

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