Bethel Park's Dunn continues hot streak at PIAA tournament
TribLIVE Sports Videos
HERSHEY — Bethel Park junior Paul Dunn wasn't happy when he dropped his first-round match at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships a week ago.
His coaches, teammates and friends wouldn't let him dwell on the loss. They encouraged and pushed him to stay strong.
Dunn won five straight in the consolation rounds, finished third and earned a trip to Hershey for the PIAA championships.
On Thursday, Dunn kept his streak going by rallying for a 9-8 victory over Easton's Elijah Brown at 152 pounds in the opening round of the state tournament at Giant Center. Dunn picked up three nearfall points in the final period to erase an 8-6 deficit.
He, along with 30 other wrestlers from the WPIAL, advanced to the quarterfinals, which start at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Dunn (34-9) will face a tough challenge in Cumberland Valley senior T.C. Warner (42-2).
“Last week when I lost in the first round, I wasn't expecting it,” Dunn said. “I was down, but I battled back. I take a lot of pride in my conditioning. It's one of my strong points.”
Dunn said he's approaching his quarterfinal match like any other.
“He might be ranked high in the nation, but everyone is up here for a reason. We're all studs,” Dunn said.
Five returning PIAA champions from the WPIAL won, but Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown (106 pounds, AA champion) and senior Ty Smith (132) were pushed.
Brown (34-0) rallied with a late takedown to edge New Oxford freshman Zurich Storm, 8-7, and Smith (34-1) held on for a 2-1 win over Cumberland Valley's Alex Wolfe.
Latrobe sophomore Luke Pletcher (40-0), Hempfield junior Sam Krivus (39-3) and Canon-McMillan senior Solomon Chishko (24-3) won.
Pletcher defeated Hazleton freshman Jimmy Hoffman, 17-5, at 120 pounds, Krivus blanked Souderton senior Kolton Veit, 3-0, at 126 and Chishko whipped Exeter Township junior Ethan Stever, 25-10.
All six Franklin Regional wrestlers — Brown, Spencer Lee (113), Smith, Michael Kemerer (138), Josh Maruca (145) and Josh Shields (152) — advanced.
Along with Pletcher, Latrobe advanced sophomore Jake Shaffer (152), senior Zack Zavatsky (182) and junior Dylan Davis (220). Kiski Area, Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan, North Allegheny, Central Catholic and Belle Vernon have wrestlers left in the winner's bracket.
Four of five WPIAL freshmen advanced: Lee, North Allegheny's Luke Landefield at 113, Penn-Trafford's Cam Coy at 132 and Belle Vernon's Jarod Verkleeren at 145.
North Hills' Gage Curry (36-2) was upset in the first round, 5-2 by Solanco's Connor Sheehan, at 106 pounds but came back to win in the consolation round.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect
- Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
- Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
- Inside the Steelers: Rookie linebacker Chickillo continues to excel
- Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
- Warrant issued for man accused of killing Brookline woman
- Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries
- Pirates notebook: Blanton introduced; Worley designated for assignment
- Emails among Governor Wolf’s aides reveal concern over AG Kane
- Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin says Latrobe session won’t differ from normal practice