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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Hills' Johnathan Avon (left) ties up with Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Avon won by a 7-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Hills' Johnathan Avon (left) ties up with Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Avon won by a 7-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Hills' Gage Curry (left) battles Seneca Valley's Alex Lynch in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Canon-McMillan. Curry won by a 6-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Hills' Gage Curry (left) battles Seneca Valley's Alex Lynch in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Canon-McMillan. Curry won by a 6-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Kevin Kinyua (right) takes down North Allegheny's Scotty Stossel in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Kinyua won by a 5-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Kevin Kinyua (right) takes down North Allegheny's Scotty Stossel in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Kinyua won by a 5-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Jarod Verkleeren prepares to pin McGuffey's Tyler Harris in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Verkleeren won by fall at 3:16.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Jarod Verkleeren prepares to pin McGuffey's Tyler Harris in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Verkleeren won by fall at 3:16.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy battles Bethel Park's Nino Bonaccorsi in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coy won by a 1-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy battles Bethel Park's Nino Bonaccorsi in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coy won by a 1-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Dereck Berberick (right) looks to score on Belle Vernon's Pat Mayernik in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Berberick won by a 6-5 overtime tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Dereck Berberick (right) looks to score on Belle Vernon's Pat Mayernik in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Berberick won by a 6-5 overtime tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Fred Mantsch attempts to pin Butler's Will Bortmas in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Mantsch won by a 7-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Fred Mantsch attempts to pin Butler's Will Bortmas in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Mantsch won by a 7-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Plum's Stephen Turchick (right) hand fights with Canon-McMillan's Brendan Furman in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Turchick won in overtime by a 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Plum's Stephen Turchick (right) hand fights with Canon-McMillan's Brendan Furman in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Turchick won in overtime by a 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Tyler Mears (right) looks to score on Montour's Tyler Jablonski in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Tyler Mears (right) looks to score on Montour's Tyler Jablonski in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev attempts to pin West Mifflin's Shawn Devey in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Canon-McMillan High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev attempts to pin West Mifflin's Shawn Devey in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Matt Butler (left) battles Latrobe's Travis Schmelling in their 195-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Matt Butler (left) battles Latrobe's Travis Schmelling in their 195-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Gunnar Lynch (left) ties up with Mars' Alex Grosso in their their 220-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Gunnar Lynch (left) ties up with Mars' Alex Grosso in their their 220-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Bryce Butler (right) battles Ringgold's Jake Gerad in their 138-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Butler won by a 6-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Bryce Butler (right) battles Ringgold's Jake Gerad in their 138-pound bout during the first round of the consolations of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Butler won by a 6-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Krivus (top) controls Belle Vernon's Mitchell Hartman in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Krivus won by a 18-3 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Krivus (top) controls Belle Vernon's Mitchell Hartman in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Krivus won by a 18-3 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson (top) battles Canon-McMillan's Matt O'Block in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Hasson won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson (top) battles Canon-McMillan's Matt O'Block in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Hasson won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn pins Hopewell's Stephon Peake in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014 in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn pins Hopewell's Stephon Peake in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014 in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Austin Bell takes down Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 5-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Austin Bell takes down Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 5-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Baldwin's DeAdrian Cater fights off a pin attempt by Trinity's Tristan Buxton in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Buxton won by a 8-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Baldwin's DeAdrian Cater fights off a pin attempt by Trinity's Tristan Buxton in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg.  Buxton won by a 8-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Joey Allassandro (top) controls Pine Richland's David Kelly in their 138-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Allessandro won by a 11-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Joey Allassandro (top) controls Pine Richland's David Kelly in their 138-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Allessandro won by a 11-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regonal's Devin Brown escapes from Hempfield's Vincent Distefanis in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Brown won by a 13-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regonal's Devin Brown escapes from Hempfield's Vincent Distefanis in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Brown won by a 13-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein (top) battles Upper St. Clair's Eli Grape in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Fallenstein won by a 8-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein (top) battles Upper St. Clair's Eli Grape in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014, in Canonsburg. Fallenstein won by a 8-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Tyler Kenney (left) battles Greensburg Salem's Chris Eddins in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014 in Canonsburg. Kenney won by a 3-2 overtime decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Tyler Kenney (left) battles Greensburg Salem's Chris Eddins in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon McMillan High School on Feb. 28, 2014 in Canonsburg. Kenney won by a 3-2 overtime decision.

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If you're a fan of wrestling, then you won't want to miss the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championship semifinals Saturday at Canon-McMillan, especially the 126-pound weight class.

That weight class is stacked as four PIAA place-winners from 2013, including defending WPIAL and PIAA 120-pound champ Sam Krivus of Hempfield, will square off around noon.

Krivus (37-2), a junior, will meet Waynesburg junior A.C. Headlee (33-4) in one match, and North Allegheny senior Dom Forys (41-3) meets Canon-McMillan senior Dalton Macri (34-2) in the other.

All semifinal winners automatically qualify for the state tournament in Hershey. The finals start at 7. The losers drop into the consolations and must win twice to reach Hershey.

Headlee said he's looking forward to the challenge of facing Krivus.

“All four of us have been to states and won at states,” Headlee said. “You just have to wrestle your best, nothing else to do. All four of us deserve to go.”

Macri finished runner-up to Krivus in the state meet. Forys defeated Headlee for third.

“It's going to be a good display of wrestling,” said Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine of the semifinals. “The semifinals in the WPIAL are always good.”

While the opening day was pretty uneventful, Day 2 provided some upsets.

The best came at 160 pounds. Penn Hills junior TeShan Campbell (25-7) knocked off top-seeded Dom Scalise of Latrobe, 4-0. Campbell used a second-period escape and titled Scalise to his back for a three-point nearfall in the third period.

“I didn't shock myself,” Campbell said. “I knew I had to wrestle hard. Wrestling him last week in the Section 1 tournament gave me confidence.”

Scalise needed a late takedown for a 7-5 victory.

“I knew what I had to do, and I got it done,” Campbell said. “He was ranked 15 in the country. I felt comfortable hitting things. I feel confident in myself, and I'm going to win a WPIAL championship.”

Campbell will face North Hills senior Jonathan Avon (31-4) in the semifinals. Avon, seeded fifth, defeated fourth seed Devin Austin of Penn-Trafford, 7-4, and Waynesburg freshman Colin McCracken (30-6) shocked second seed Brendan Burnham of Pine-Richland, 4-3.

North Hills sophomore Gage Curry (34-0) knows he'll face a couple tough challenges. Curry advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0 win over Seneca Valley sophomore Alex Lynch, 6-0.

Curry said he wasn't pleased with his quarterfinal-round match.

“I didn't wrestle my best (Friday), but I'm looking forward to Saturday,” Curry said. “I was tired, and I didn't get a good warm up. I'm just focused on winning my first match and making it to states.”

A possible opponent in the finals is Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown (31-0), a returning Class AA state champion at 106. Brown is one of six Franklin Regional wrestlers to advance to the finals.

While Scalise came up short, five other Latrobe wrestlers advanced, including returning PIAA 106 champ Luke Pletcher (120).

There were 24 wrestlers from Westmoreland County who advanced, including six from Franklin Regional, five from Belle Vernon and three from Hempfield.

“We put ourselves in position to advance to the next stage,” DeAugustine said. “The three in the semifinals all will have tough matches.”

Joining Krivus were Joey Alessandro (138) and Fred Mantsch (220), who upset second seed Will Bortmas of Butler, 7-0.

Mantsch (25-7) said a left knee injury probably cost him a higher seed.

“The injury hurt me seeding, so I had a little motivation,” Mantsch said.

Greensburg Salem sophomore Dereck Berberick, who was seeded fifth, knocked off fourth seed Patrick Mayernik of Belle Vernon, 6-5 in a tiebreaker.

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