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Peters Township, Penn-Trafford standouts to meet with finals berth on the line

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Peters Township's Ty Buckiso reacts after defeating Central Dauphin's Zach Elvin by 1-0 decision in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Peters Township's Ty Buckiso reacts after defeating Central Dauphin's Zach Elvin by 1-0 decision in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy battles Bensalem's Tommy Stokes in a 132-pound quarterfinal bout dat the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Coy won 3-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy battles Bensalem's Tommy Stokes in a 132-pound quarterfinal bout dat the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Coy won 3-0.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Sam Krivus battles Dallstown's Rodney Sunday in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Krivus won by 3-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Sam Krivus battles Dallstown's Rodney Sunday in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Krivus won by 3-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon McMillan's Dalton Macri scores on Warren's D.K. Fehlman in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Macri won by 25-10 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon McMillan's Dalton Macri scores on Warren's D.K. Fehlman in their 126-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Macri won by 25-10 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon McMillan's Solomon Chishko (top) controls Central Mountain's Demetri Probst in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Chishko won by a 25-10 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon McMillan's Solomon Chishko (top) controls Central Mountain's Demetri Probst in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Chishko won by a 25-10 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps (left) battles Stroudsburg's John Jakobsen in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA championships March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Wilps won 5-2.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps (left) battles Stroudsburg's John Jakobsen in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA championships  March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Wilps won 5-2.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher gathers Spring Grove's Zack Clingan's leg in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Pletcher won by a 12-2 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher gathers Spring Grove's Zack Clingan's leg in their 120-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Pletcher won by a 12-2 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Shields takes on Parkland's Josh Ortman in a 152-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Shields won by a 13-2 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Shields takes on Parkland's Josh Ortman in a 152-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Shields won by a 13-2 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) grasps Methacton's Tracey Green in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Kuhn won 1-0.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) grasps Methacton's Tracey Green in their 285-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Kuhn won 1-0.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee scores on Parkland's Jacob Lizak in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Lee won by a 19-4 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee scores on Parkland's Jacob Lizak in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Lee won by a 19-4 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker escapes from Norristown's Rashon Lusane in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Coniker won by a 4-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker escapes from Norristown's Rashon Lusane in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Coniker won by a 4-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing is taken down by Boyertown's Jordan Wood in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Worthing lost by a 18-1 technical fall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing is taken down by Boyertown's Jordan Wood in their 220-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Worthing lost by a 18-1 technical fall.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Hills' assistant coach Vertus Jones barks instruction to Jonathan Avon during his match against Abington Height's Matthew Carr in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Avon won by a 3-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Hills' assistant coach Vertus Jones barks instruction to Jonathan Avon during his match against Abington Height's Matthew Carr in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Avon won by a 3-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Hills' Jonathan Avon scores the winning takedown on Abington Height's Matthew Carr in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Avon won by a 3-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Hills' Jonathan Avon scores the winning takedown on Abington Height's Matthew Carr in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Avon won by a 3-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Austin Bell (top) battles Carlisle's Ian Shannon in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Bell lost by a 5-4 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Austin Bell (top) battles Carlisle's Ian Shannon in their 160-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Bell lost by a 5-4 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith reacts in the third period of his 3-0 loss to Nazareth's Chase Zemenak in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith reacts in the third period of his 3-0 loss to Nazareth's Chase Zemenak in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld reacts at the end of his 6-4 overtime loss to General McLane's Joe Wheeling in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld reacts at the end of his 6-4 overtime loss to General McLane's Joe Wheeling in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Norwin's Andrew Phipps scores the winning takedown on Boyertown's Jordan Wertz in their 195-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps won 3-1.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Norwin's Andrew Phipps scores the winning takedown on Boyertown's Jordan Wertz in their 195-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps won 3-1.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky looks to score on Cedar Cliff's Josh Colello in their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Zavatsky won by a 14-4 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky looks to score on Cedar Cliff's Josh Colello in their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Zavatsky won by a 14-4 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown ties up with Liberty's Luke Werner in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Brown won by a 7-1 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown ties up with Liberty's Luke Werner in their 106-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Brown won by a 7-1 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout (top) ties up with Manheim Township's John Shorter in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Stout won by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout (top) ties up with Manheim Township's John Shorter in their 170-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Stout won by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Peters Township's Ty Buckiso (top) controls Central Dauphin's Zach Elvin in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Buckiso won by a 1-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Peters Township's Ty Buckiso (top) controls Central Dauphin's Zach Elvin in their 132-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Buckiso won by a 1-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Belle Vernon's Jared Verkleeren (top) battles Cedar Cliff's Max Good in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Verkleeren lost by a 1-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Belle Vernon's Jared Verkleeren (top) battles Cedar Cliff's Max Good in their 145-pound bout during the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on March 7, 2014, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Verkleeren lost by a 1-0 decision.

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Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:42 p.m.
 

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).

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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