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South Fayette's Carr seeks to follow brothers' footsteps at WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships

Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Corey Falleroni, top, wrestles South Fayette's Brett Beltz in the 145-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Corey Falleroni, top, wrestles South Fayette's Brett Beltz in the 145-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Washington's Kurt Adkins screams during an attempted pin by South Fayette's Mike Carr in the 132-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Washington's Kurt Adkins screams during an attempted pin by South Fayette's Mike Carr in the 132-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Southmoreland's Jake Beistel, top, wrestles Keystone Oaks' Joe Kazalas in the 285-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Southmoreland's Jake Beistel, top, wrestles Keystone Oaks' Joe Kazalas in the 285-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Jared Walker attempts to take down Beth-Center's Nico Brown, who gets away, in the 160-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Jared Walker attempts to take down Beth-Center's Nico Brown, who gets away, in the 160-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Valley's Terrell Fields is taken down by Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Grimm in the 182-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Valley's Terrell Fields is taken down by Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Grimm in the 182-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Jefferson Morgan's Ryan Zalar attempts to pin Burgettstown's Jake McKee in the 160-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jefferson Morgan's Ryan Zalar attempts to pin Burgettstown's Jake McKee in the 160-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Jefferson Morgan's Bill Bowlen, facing, wrestles Chartiers-Houston's Derek Hull in the 170-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jefferson Morgan's Bill Bowlen, facing, wrestles Chartiers-Houston's Derek Hull in the 170-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burgettstown's Stephen Kotouch, left, wrestles Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders in the 138-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burgettstown's Stephen Kotouch, left, wrestles Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders in the 138-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burgettstown's Stephen Kotouch, front, wrestles Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders in the 138-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burgettstown's Stephen Kotouch, front, wrestles Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders in the 138-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Corey Falleroni wrestles South Fayette's Brett Beltz, right, in the 145-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Corey Falleroni wrestles South Fayette's Brett Beltz, right, in the 145-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt, left, wrestles Derry Area's Cole Wano in the 113-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt, left, wrestles Derry Area's Cole Wano in the 113-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Derry's George Phillippi, top, attempts to pin Kittanning's Brody Trumbull in the 120-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry's George Phillippi, top, attempts to pin Kittanning's Brody Trumbull in the 120-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Derry Area's George Phillippi, top, attempts to pin Kittanning's Brody Trumbull in the 120-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry Area's George Phillippi, top, attempts to pin Kittanning's Brody Trumbull in the 120-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burgettstown's Ryan Pendeville wrestles Derry Area's Noah Wiencek in the 195-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burgettstown's Ryan Pendeville wrestles Derry Area's Noah Wiencek in the 195-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Yough's Lucas Richardson tries to escape South Fayette's Jack Previte in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough's Lucas Richardson tries to escape South Fayette's Jack Previte in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Highlands' Zach Mazur, bottom, wrestles Bentworth's Paul Mizia in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Highlands' Zach Mazur, bottom, wrestles Bentworth's Paul Mizia in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Park's Dallas Bulsak takes down Burrell's Dean Edwards in the 106-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Park's Dallas Bulsak takes down Burrell's Dean Edwards in the 106-pound second round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Yough's Clay Waldron lifts Burrell's Alex Moses in the 182-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough's Clay Waldron lifts Burrell's Alex Moses in the 182-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Yough's Lucas Richardson takes down South Fayette's Jack Previte in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough's Lucas Richardson takes down South Fayette's Jack Previte in the 170-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Nate Vukovich, right, wrestles Derek Baker in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Nate Vukovich, right, wrestles Derek Baker in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Park's Greg Bulsak reacts after beating Summit Academy's Josh Daniels in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Park's Greg Bulsak reacts after beating Summit Academy's Josh Daniels in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burrell's John Andrejcik wrestles Burgettstown's Austin Riffle in the 132-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's John Andrejcik wrestles Burgettstown's Austin Riffle in the 132-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins wrestles Bentworth's George Liberatore in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Kittanning’s Brendon Malia wrestles Derry Area’s Cole Wano in the 113-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning’s Brendon Malia wrestles Derry Area’s Cole Wano in the 113-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Shane Ging wrestles Derry Area's Devin Siko in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Shane Ging wrestles Derry Area's Devin Siko in the 138-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Burrell's John Andrejcik wrestles Burgettstown's Austin Riffle in the 132-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's John Andrejcik wrestles Burgettstown's Austin Riffle in the 132-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - South Park's Greg Bulsak wrestles Summit Academy's Josh Daniels in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Park's Greg Bulsak wrestles Summit Academy's Josh Daniels in the 152-pound first round during the WPIAL Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Chartiers Valley High School.

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South Fayette's Carr clan has placed itself firmly among the ranks of recent powerhouse wrestling families in WPIAL Class AA.

Nick Carr, a 2011 South Fayette graduate, won WPIAL titles for the Lions as a junior and senior and also claimed PIAA gold as a junior.

Younger brother Seth Carr, a 2013 grad, reached the WPIAL and PIAA finals as a senior.

And younger brother Mike Carr, currently a sophomore, intends to add an unprecedented achievement to the family legacy — remaining unbeaten on the way to a WPIAL championship.

Through the first day of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships, the sophomore 132-pounder is right on track. Seeded No. 1, Carr (35-0) received a first-round bye and won his quarterfinal match 15-2 on Friday at Chartiers Valley High School. Likely with his brothers in his corner Saturday, he'll meet Burrell senior J.R. Andrejcik, who lost to Carr twice earlier this season, in the semifinals, which begin at 11:30 a.m.

“Being around them, they set the pace high,” said Carr, who placed third in the WPIAL at 120 last season. “You don't want to let them down. They've been training me hard, so I'm going to go out there and do what they did.”

The perfect record is not something Carr discusses with his teammates or his brothers — Nick had one loss both times he took first in the WPIAL. There's enough pressure on him already.

“Seeing all the intense stuff (Nick) did, it put a lot of pressure on me to go out and do that,” Carr said. “Last year, it put a lot of pressure on me, but this year, I learned that the key way to get there is to relax, have fun and be confident.”

Another family made its presence known with authority Friday, as South Park cousins Dallas and Greg Bulsak each advanced to the semifinals. Freshman 106-pounder Dallas Bulsak (22-4), a No. 2 seed, won by technical fall in his only match of the night. And sophomore 152-pounder Greg Bulsak (31-2), a No. 4 seed, pinned both of his opponents.

The elder Bulsak, whose father is a brother of Dallas' father, won a WPIAL title at 126 last season. He believes Dallas, who meets Southmoreland sophomore Cole Lambie in the semifinals, is well on his way to a title, though he goes about his business differently.

“We kind of have different styles,” said Greg Bulsak, who will wrestle No. 1 seed Steve Edwards of Burrell in the semifinals. “(Dallas') style is more straightforward aggressive. I'm more about waiting, and I'm more of a wrestler on the mat. He's more comfortable in neutral.”

Greg Bulsak is one of eight returning champions poised to place atop the podium again. Kittanning senior 145-pounder Jason Nolf, a Penn State recruit, can become the 23rd wrestler in WPIAL history to win four championships with two more victories. South Fayette junior 160-pounder J.J. Walker can claim his third title. Burgettstown junior 113-pounder Austin McDermitt, Derry sophomore 120-pounder George Phillippi, Valley senior 126-pounder Patrick Dewitt, Avella senior 220-pounder Jake Temple and Burrell junior 285-pounder Al Beattie all are still in the hunt for title No. 2.

Carr, Nolf, Dewitt, Temple and Jefferson-Morgan senior 126-pounder John Demaske are the only unbeaten wrestlers left in WPIAL Class AA.

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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