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For Class AA heavyweights, redemption at states

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Alan Beattie pins North Schuykill's Nathan Gadinski at 1:17 in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Alan Beattie pins North Schuykill's Nathan Gadinski at 1:17 in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Southmoreland's Jake Beistel (left) ties up Reynolds' Gene Ringer in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Beistel won by a 3-2 overtime ultimate tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Southmoreland's Jake Beistel (left) ties up Reynolds' Gene Ringer in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Beistel won by a 3-2 overtime ultimate tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media - Southmoreland's Jake Beistel (left) keeps Reynolds' Gene Ringer from escaping in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Beistel won by a 3-2 overtime ultimate tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Southmoreland's Jake Beistel (left) keeps Reynolds' Gene Ringer from escaping in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Beistel won by a 3-2 overtime ultimate tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Allegheny's Seth Hitchens (left) battles Ryenolds' Cole Rickert in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hitchens lost by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Allegheny's Seth Hitchens (left) battles Ryenolds' Cole Rickert in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hitchens lost by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Ben Carrillo (left) ties up Chestnut Ridge's Austin Buttry in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carrillo won by a 2-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Ben Carrillo (left) ties up Chestnut Ridge's Austin Buttry in their 285-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carrillo won by a 2-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media - Kittanning's Jacob Robb (right) battles Pine Grove's Ryan Martin in a 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Robb won by a 7-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Kittanning's Jacob Robb (right) battles Pine Grove's Ryan Martin in a 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA individual wrestling championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Robb won by a 7-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Avella's Jake Temple (right) battles Panther Valley's Rian Shubeck in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple won by a 16-1 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Avella's Jake Temple (right) battles Panther Valley's Rian Shubeck in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple won by a 16-1 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Yough's Tom Sever (right) tangles with Bethlehem Catholic's Andrew Dunn in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Sever lost by fall at 3:58.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough's Tom Sever (right) tangles with Bethlehem Catholic's Andrew Dunn in their 220-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Sever lost by fall at 3:58.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Willis Gruver (right) tangles with Tri Valley's Caleb Bordner in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Gruver won by a 4-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Willis Gruver (right) tangles with Tri Valley's Caleb Bordner in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Gruver won by a 4-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry's George Phillippi (right) controls Hamburg's Sean Stanish in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phillippi won by a 9-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry's George Phillippi (right) controls Hamburg's Sean Stanish in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phillippi won by a 9-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Ellwood City's Brad Grinnen (bottom) is controlled by Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Grinnen lost by a 11-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Ellwood City's Brad Grinnen (bottom) is controlled by Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Grinnen lost by a 11-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Jefferson-Morgan's Jason Miller (top) controls Williamson's Trevor McWhorter in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Miller won by a 5-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jefferson-Morgan's Jason Miller (top) controls Williamson's Trevor McWhorter in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Miller won by a 5-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Valley's Terrell Fields (top) looks to turn Bermudian Springs' Colton Dull in their 182-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Fields won by a 2-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Valley's Terrell Fields (top) looks to turn Bermudian Springs' Colton Dull in their 182-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Fields won by a 2-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Calvary Christian's Richie Cerebe (top) controls Highlands' Nolan Wise in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wise lost by a 9-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Calvary Christian's Richie Cerebe (top) controls Highlands' Nolan Wise in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wise lost by a 9-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Blairsville's Scott Thompson (left) battles Hughesville's Matt Herr in their 182-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thompson won by a 11-2 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Blairsville's Scott Thompson (left) battles Hughesville's Matt Herr in their 182-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thompson won by a 11-2 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley head coach Mike Kundrick celebrates Willis Gruver's 4-1 decision over Tri Valley's Caleb Bordner in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley head coach Mike Kundrick celebrates Willis Gruver's 4-1 decision over Tri Valley's Caleb Bordner in their 120-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Chartiers-Houston's Richie McGinnis (right) battles Southern Columbia's Kent Lane in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. McGinnis lost by a 8-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Chartiers-Houston's Richie McGinnis (right) battles Southern Columbia's Kent Lane in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. McGinnis lost by a 8-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Blairsville's Andrew Doak (top) takes down Benton's Dominic Vitale in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Doak won by a 7-5 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Blairsville's Andrew Doak (top) takes down Benton's Dominic Vitale in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Doak won by a 7-5 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Jason Nolf (right) scores on Bethelehem Catholic's Mason Angstadt in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf won by fall at 3:20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf (right) scores on Bethelehem Catholic's Mason Angstadt in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf won by fall at 3:20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beth-Center's Tony Welsh (top) rides Hanover's Tyler Shafer in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Welsh lost by a 3-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beth-Center's Tony Welsh (top) rides Hanover's Tyler Shafer in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Welsh lost by a 3-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Tanner Altobelli (left) is taken to the mat by Sullivan County's Shawn Nitcznski in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Altobelli lost by by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Tanner Altobelli (left) is taken to the mat by Sullivan County's Shawn Nitcznski in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Altobelli lost by by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Steven Edwards (left) lifts Pequea Valey's Kyle Wanner in a 152-pound opening-round bout at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Edwards won by a 15-5 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Steven Edwards (left) lifts Pequea Valey's Kyle Wanner in a 152-pound opening-round bout at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Edwards won by a 15-5 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Valley's Patrick Dewitt (bottom) battles Boiling Springs' Grant Bond in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Dewitt lost by a 11-5 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Valley's Patrick Dewitt (bottom) battles Boiling Springs' Grant Bond in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Dewitt lost by a 11-5 decision.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media - Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (top) rides Trinity's Chase Drawbaugh in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships March 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 1-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (top) rides Trinity's Chase Drawbaugh in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships March 6 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 1-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Mike Carr (top) tangles with Bethlehem Catholic's Stephen Maloney in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr won by a 5-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Mike Carr (top) tangles with Bethlehem Catholic's Stephen Maloney in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr won by a 5-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Corey Falleroni (top) lifts Tri Valley's Hunter Harner in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Falleroni won by a 5-3 overtime tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Corey Falleroni (top) lifts Tri Valley's Hunter Harner in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Falleroni won by a 5-3 overtime tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Park's Dallas Bulsak (right) attempts to score on Tr Valley's Sammy Hepler in their 106-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Bulsak lost by a 8-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Park's Dallas Bulsak (right) attempts to score on Tr Valley's Sammy Hepler in their 106-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Bulsak lost by a 8-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Jarod Walker (top) tangles with Wyomissing's Jarred Hardinger in their 160-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Walker won by an 8-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Jarod Walker (top) tangles with Wyomissing's Jarred Hardinger in their 160-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Walker won by an 8-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Valley's Marcus Davenport pins Cambridge Springs' Zach Stafford at 5:25 in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Valley's Marcus Davenport pins Cambridge Springs' Zach Stafford at 5:25 in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Jefferson-Morgan's John Demaske (top) battles Tamaqua's Colin Mashack in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Demaske won by a 4-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jefferson-Morgan's John Demaske (top) battles Tamaqua's Colin Mashack in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Demaske won by a 4-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Somerset's Austin Hemminger (right) battles Saegertown's Tyler Vath in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hemminger lost by a 9-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Somerset's Austin Hemminger (right) battles Saegertown's Tyler Vath in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hemminger lost by a 9-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Jeannette's GioVonne Sanders is taken down by Palmerton's Josh Evans in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Sanders lost by a 4-3 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jeannette's GioVonne Sanders is taken down by Palmerton's Josh Evans in their 138-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Sanders lost by a 4-3 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's J.R. Andrejcik (bottom) battles Brookville's Dalton Zimmerman in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Andrejcik lost by a 9-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's J.R. Andrejcik (bottom) battles Brookville's Dalton Zimmerman in their 132-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Andrejcik lost by a 9-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - United's Tyler Oliver (right) looks to score on Fort Lebouf's Garrett Reinwald in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Oliver won by a 3-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>United's Tyler Oliver (right) looks to score on Fort Lebouf's Garrett Reinwald in their 195-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Oliver won by a 3-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Grant Fetchet (bottom) is taken down by Southern Columbia's Blake Marks in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Fetchet lost by a 7-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Grant Fetchet (bottom) is taken down by Southern Columbia's Blake Marks in their 152-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Fetchet lost by a 7-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry's Stone Kepple (right) battles Kane's Cody Blankenship in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kepple lost by by an 11-5 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry's Stone Kepple (right) battles Kane's Cody Blankenship in their 126-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kepple lost by by an 11-5 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (top) attempts to turn Trinity's Chase Drawbaugh in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 1-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (top) attempts to turn Trinity's Chase Drawbaugh in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 1-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt (right) battles Lewisburg's Jordan Gessner in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. McDermitt won by a 9-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt (right) battles Lewisburg's Jordan Gessner in their 113-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. McDermitt won by a 9-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Jason Nolf (top) pins Bethelehem Catholic's Mason Angstadt in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf won by fall at 3:20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf (top) pins Bethelehem Catholic's Mason Angstadt in their 145-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf won by fall at 3:20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beth-Center's Nico Brown (top) battles Benton's Jeric Kasunic in their 160-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Brown lost by a 3-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beth-Center's Nico Brown (top) battles Benton's Jeric Kasunic in their 160-pound bout during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Brown lost by a 3-0 decision.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014, 3:39 p.m.
 

HERSHEY — Allan Beattie and Jake Beistel didn't have fond memories of the 2013 PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.

Both heavyweights went 0-2 and were eliminated from competition the first day.

Things were different Thursday during the opening round of the tournament at Giant Center.

Both advanced to Friday's quarterfinals with victories. Class AA resumes at 9 a.m. Friday.

Beattie, a Burrell junior, recorded a first-period pin at 1:17 of North Schuylkill junior Nathan Gadinski. Beattie (41-5) will face Wyalusing sophomore Dalton Chilson (43-4), who pinned Fairfield senior Brett Harris.

Southmoreland sophomore Beistel (36-4) had a tough time. He needed overtime to edge Reynolds sophomore Gene Ringer, 3-2, in an ultimate rideout. Beistel was able to keep Ringer from escaping in the fourth overtime. He will face ELCO junior Wes Bankus (43-13).

They were among 18 wrestlers from the WPIAL to advance. The group includes two-time PIAA champion Jason Nolf of Kittanning and returning champion George Phillippi of Derry.

For Beattie and Beistel, it was a relief.

“It was pretty big getting a win,” Beattie said. “Last year motivated me. I knew I wasn't wrestling my ‘A' game, and I let things get into my head, and I shouldn't have.

“This year I've worked every single day, and there's not a day that I haven't thought about going 0-2 here last year. It's a motivation thing.”

Beattie dominated, getting a quick takedown with a throw. He was able to turn his opponent and secure a pin.

Beistel and Ringer had a different match. Neither came close to getting a takedown, though Beistel said he should have. The match was tied 2-2 heading to the final 30-second period. Beistel secured the win by keeping Ringer from scoring.

“I was confident I could hold him down,” Beistel said. “I've been working a lot on my top position. I knew I could hold him down if I needed to.

“(The win) was a big confidence boost. My nerves were really bad this morning, so I'm glad I got the jitters out of the way. I'm excited to comeback Friday and the quarterfinals.”

A Southwest Region winner this season, South Park sophomore Jake Wentzel, at 138 pounds, made it clear with his first-round bout that he means business.

A 55-second fall pushed Wentzel (37-1) into the quarterfinals, where he'll meet Bethlehem Catholic freshman Mike Labriola (31-7).

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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