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Canon-Mac's Chishko wins 4th WPIAL title

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko scores on Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in their 145-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by winning a 9-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko scores on Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in their 145-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by  winning a 9-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko is introduced for the fourth time in the Parade of Champions before the finals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by defeating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca by a 9-4 decision during the 145-pound championship bout.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko is introduced for the fourth time in the Parade of Champions before the finals of the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by defeating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca by a 9-4 decision during the 145-pound championship bout.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon McMillan's Solomon Chishko (top) battles Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in their 145-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by winning a 9-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon McMillan's Solomon Chishko (top) battles Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca in their 145-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by  winning a 9-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (top) scores the winning reversal on North Hills' Gage Curry in their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Brown won by a 2-1decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (top) scores the winning reversal on North Hills' Gage Curry in their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Brown won by a 2-1decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) scores a takedown on Hempfield's Sam Krivus at the buzzer in their 126-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) scores a takedown on Hempfield's Sam Krivus at the buzzer in their 126-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (left) celebrates his 2-1 decision over North Hills' Gage Curry in their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (left) celebrates his 2-1 decision over North Hills' Gage Curry in their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee (top) takes down North Allegheny's Dom Forys to earn a trip to states during their third-place consolation match at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Headlee won by a 10-5 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee (top) takes down North Allegheny's Dom Forys to earn a trip to states during their third-place consolation match at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Headlee won by a 10-5 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn battles Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev in their 285-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships March 1, 2014, at Canon-McMilan in Canonsburg. Kuhn won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn battles Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev in their 285-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships March 1, 2014, at Canon-McMilan in Canonsburg. Kuhn won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) battles Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev in their 285-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Kuhn won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) battles Mt. Lebanon's Zeynul Zaynullayev in their 285-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Kuhn won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (right) and head coach Chuck Tursky watch Tyler Worthing battle Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's  Shane Kuhn (right) and head coach Chuck Tursky watch Tyler Worthing battle Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Montour's Cole Macek celebrates his 3-1 overtime win over Norwin's Andrew Phipps in their 195-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Montour's Cole Macek celebrates his 3-1 overtime win over Norwin's Andrew Phipps in their 195-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing (bottom) looks to score on Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing (bottom) looks to score on Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing (left) gathers the leg of Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing (left) gathers the leg of Latrobe's Dylan Davis in their 220-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Worthing won by a 14-3 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Austin Bell celebrates with his coaches after beating North Hills' Jonathan Avon in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 8-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Austin Bell celebrates with his coaches after beating North Hills' Jonathan Avon in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 8-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker celebrates his 3-2 decision over Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps in their 170-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker celebrates his 3-2 decision over Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps in their 170-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker (top) battles Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps in their 170-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coniker won by a 3-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker (top) battles Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps in their 170-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coniker won by a 3-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky (top) looks to score on Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout in their 182-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Zavatsky won by a 5-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky (top) looks to score on Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout in their 182-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Zavatsky won by a 5-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Shields (right) ties up with Latrobe's Jake Shaffer in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Shields won by a 9-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Shields (right) ties up with Latrobe's Jake Shaffer in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Shields won by a 9-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Vincenzo Jospeh celebrates with his coaches after his 5-2 decision over Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer in their 138-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Vincenzo Jospeh celebrates with his coaches after his 5-2 decision over Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer in their 138-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Vincenzo Jospeh (top) battles Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer in their 138-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Joseph won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Vincenzo Jospeh (top) battles Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer in their 138-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Joseph won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Austin Bell (top) battles North Hills' Jonathan Avon in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 8-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Austin Bell (top) battles North Hills' Jonathan Avon in their 152-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Bell won by a 8-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy (right) battles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in their 132-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coy won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy (right) battles Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in their 132-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Coy won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher prepares to score on Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson in their 120-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Pletcher won by a 11-3 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher prepares to score on Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson in their 120-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Pletcher won by a 11-3 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee pins North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld at 2:47 of their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee pins North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld at 2:47 of their 106-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) is awarded a takedown at the buzzer to defeat Hempfield's Sam Krivus in their 126-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) is awarded a takedown at the buzzer to defeat Hempfield's Sam Krivus in their 126-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri celebrates after defeating Hempfield's Sam Krivus at the buzzer in their 126-pound championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri celebrates after defeating Hempfield's Sam Krivus at the buzzer in their 126-pound  championship bout during the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Canon-McMilan High School on March 1, 2014, in Canonsburg. Macri won by a 4-3 decision and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko celebrates his fourth WPIAL championship at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Canon-McMilan High. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by defeating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca by a 9-4 decision in the 145-pound championship bout.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko celebrates his fourth WPIAL championship at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Canon-McMilan High. Chishko became the 24th four-time champion by defeating Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca by a 9-4 decision in the 145-pound championship bout.

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Canon-McMillan senior Solomon Chishko changed his wrestling style this season.

“I've been training to widen the gap against my opponents and try to beat them by more than I have in the past,” he said. “I used to be known for a slower pace, and I'm trying to get out of that now.”

Chishko put that style on display this week and breezed to his fourth WPIAL Class AAA title by defeating Franklin Regional junior Josh Maruca, 9-4, in the 145-pound final at the WPIAL and PIAA Southwest Regional on Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

Chishko (23-3) became the 24th wrestler to win four WPIAL titles. Maruca (36-5) was the returning 138-pound winner.

“It's a pretty cool achievement,” Chishko said. “I joined guys like Nico Megaludis, Jimmy Gulibon and Jason Nolf. It means a lot because I've put in a lot of hard work.”

“Winning WPIALs four times is awesome, but I want to win another state title again and show everyone I'm a step ahead.”

Latrobe senior Zack Zavatsky (38-0) became the 67th three-time winner with a 5-1 victory against Mt. Lebanon junior Kellan Stout (33-3) at 182 pounds.

“It's amazing wrestling in the WPIAL. Being in the finals four times and winning three times is surely special,” Zavatsky said. “I've always looked forward to this tournament, ever since I was a freshman.”

Zavatsky teammate Luke Pletcher (39-0) claimed his second title with an 11-3 win against Brendan Hasson (34-8) of Belle Vernon at 120. He dominated the action from the start.

“I was happy how I wrestled here,” Pletcher said. “I want to start my roll now. I wasn't wrestling like I know how to wrestle the past few weeks. I was putting too much pressure on myself.”

Kiski Area senior Shane Kuhn (36-1) claimed his second consecutive heavyweight title by defeating by 5-2 decision Mt. Lebanon junior Zeynul Zaynullayev (33-4).

There were a few upsets in the finals.

Canon-McMillan senior Dalton Macri (36-2) used a takedown at the buzzer for a 4-3 win at 126 pounds and denied Hempfield junior Sam Krivus (38-3) of his third title.

Krivus was protecting a 3-1 lead in the third period but was called for stalling twice, giving Macri a penalty point. Macri then pushed the attack and was awarded a takedown.

“Sam is a great wrestler and hard to score on,” Macri said. “I just kept attacking, and when you do that, good things happen.”

It was the first time in eight tries that Macri had beaten Krivus.

Penn-Trafford freshman Cameron Coy (35-5) pulled off the biggest upset when he used a second-period reversal and third-period takedown to defeat Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith, 5-2.

It was the fourth time Smith (33-1), the returning PIAA 132-pound champion, had finished second in the WPIALs.

Coy had lost a lot of close matches to good wrestlers this season. This time, his persistency paid off.

“I brought my ‘A' game,” Coy said. “I came out firing and got the job done. No one expected me to win. I was the underdog, and I came out and had fun.”

The other upset was Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph (36-3) edging 2012 champion Michael Kemerer of Franklin Regional (40-2), 5-2, in 138.

Franklin Regional claimed the tournament team title with 170 points. The Panthers had six in the finals and came away with three wins.

Junior Devin Brown (33-0) used a third period reversal to edge North Hills sophomore Gage Curry (35-1), 2-1, at 106; freshman Spencer Lee (45-0) pinned North Allegheny freshman Luke Landefeld (34-8) in the second period at 113; and junior Josh Shields (38-4) defeated Latrobe sophomore Jake Shaffer (33-10), 9-4, at 152.

The other winners were Belle Vernon sophomore Austin Bell (38-5) at 160, Central Catholic senior Kyle Coniker (27-3) at 170, Montour senior Cole Macek (32-0) at 195 and Kiski Area sophomore Tyler Worthing (32-1) at 220.

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

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