Peters Township, Penn-Trafford standouts to meet with finals berth on the line
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HERSHEY — Peters Township senior Tyler Buckiso and Penn-Trafford freshman Cam Coy are headed for round three.
The two have met twice this wrestling season with Coy pulling out the victories.
But when they meet in the semifinals Saturday morning at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center, the prize will be a lot bigger. The winner earns a berth in the 132-pound finals Saturday night.
The duo advanced to the semifinals by not allowing their opponents to score Friday in the quarterfinals.
Buckiso (31-4) scored an escape with two seconds left in the second period and then prevented Central Dauphin junior Zach Elvin from scoring in the third for a 1-0 victory.
“That was a big win,” Buckiso said. “I've never placed at states before. It was close, but he's tough wrestler. He placed here last year.”
Coy (37-5), the WPIAL champion, used an escape and takedown in the third period for a 3-0 victory against Bensalem senior Tommy Stokes.
Coy defeated Buckiso at the Powerade Tournament, 3-2, and in the WPIAL semifinals last week, 8-2. Coy used a five-point move late to break open a close match.
“I'm right there with him, right there with everybody I think,” Buckiso said. “I wrestled a good match that last time against him other than that little flurry. If I wrestle tough and do my thing, I think I can beat him.
“Cam is a good wrestler. He goes at you and doesn't give you any respect. He beat the state champ last week.”
Coy said the matches against Buckiso are always competitive.
“Ty is a tough kid and I expect a tough match,” Coy said. “I wrestled a good match in the quarters. I stocked him and stayed in good position. I played the game right and it worked out.
“I have to stay on offense. Tyler is strong and always stays in good position. If I keep attacking, good things will happen.”
The two are among the 19 WPIAL wrestlers to advance to the semifinals that start at 9 a.m.
Four of five returning state champions: Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown (106), Latrobe sophomore Luke Pletcher (120), Hempfield junior Sam Krivus (126) and Canon-McMillan senior Solomon Chishko (145) stayed alive. Franklin Regional senior Tyler Smith (132) lost to Nazareth senior Chase Zemenak, 3-0.
Brown (35-0), a Class AA champion who transferred from Saegertown, defeated Liberty freshman Luke Werner, 7-1, after scoring three takedowns.
“Thursday, I didn't get a good warm-up,” Brown said. “Friday I did. I was lazy on Thursday. That's not going to happen again.”
Pletcher (41-0), who has won 77 straight matches, had five takedowns in a 12-2 win against Spring Grove senior Zach Clingan.
“I'm feeling pretty good,” Pletcher said. “I'm happy with the way I'm performing. I'm just looking to win.”
Krivus (40-3) used a quick takedown and second-period escape for a 3-1 win against Dallastown senior Rodney Sunday.
Chishko (25-3) overwhelmed Central Mountain junior Demetri Probst in 17-6 victory.
Franklin Regional, which leads the team standings with 42 points, advanced four to the semifinals while Latrobe, Central Catholic and Canon-McMillan advanced two each.
The four Panthers in the semifinals are Brown, freshman Spencer Lee (113) and juniors Michael Kemerer (138) and Josh Shields (152).
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