Standouts not likely to face-off in rivalry
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Much to the chagrin of fans of the Kiski Area-Burrell rivalry, two of the Alle-Kiski's premier wrestlers probably won't face each other Friday night in Lower Burrell.
But imagine if they did.
The thought of Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers facing Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon is enough to garner a parade of champions; it should come with entrance music.
But both wrestlers, fresh off Westmoreland County Coaches Association titles — McCutcheon his fourth and DesLauriers his third — doubt they'll meet Friday.
“If he bumps up, we're going, and it will be exciting,” said McCutcheon, who has been competing at 195 pounds. “We used to practice a lot together when we were younger. Dakota is solid on his feet and is great on defense. He finds ways to create angles and get shots.”
The pair has never met in competition, although they belong to the same club — Young Guns in Murrysville.
“Maybe we'll see each other, but it's not looking like it,” said DesLauriers (13-0), a 182-pounder who began his season a little late because he had mononucleosis. “I probably won't bump up, and I don't see him coming down.
“Me and Matt would love to wrestle each other. It would be a great match.”
Last year, McCutcheon wrestled much of the season at 195 but dropped to 182 for the postseason. He didn't face DesLauriers when Kiski Area (12-0) beat Burrell (7-3), 60-14.
McCutcheon (23-0) has his sights on back-to-back PIAA titles but is closing in on a school record. He needs seven wins to break 2006 graduate Tyler Oravec's mark of 149 career victories.
“Right now, my biggest goal is to help the team get back to states,” McCutcheon said. “It would be a nice bonus on the side to get the record.
“I used to watch (Oravec) wrestle. We play church-league softball together now.”
Another potential match to watch is at 285, where Burrell's Allan Beattie could get a chance to avenge a loss to Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn in the WCCA finals.
Kuhn pinned Beattie in 1:23.
Although their rivalry, which draws hundreds, has been mostly one-sided, with Kiski Area winning all but two times since 1986, recent results have been compelling.
Two years ago, the teams tied, 33-33, but Burrell won on criteria. Kiski Area took the nonsection bout, 39-21, in 2010.
Burrell won, 41-29, in 2009.
“It's two battle-tested teams in one of the biggest rivalries in Western Pennsylvania,” DesLauriers said. “You never know what might happen on any given day.”
The Plum and Knoch boys basketball teams were supposed to play Jan. 23, but the game was moved to Feb. 11 at Knoch as part of a girls-boys doubleheader that includes Ford City.
The Knoch and Ford City girls will play at 6 p.m., and the Knoch-Plum boys will follow at 7:30.
Two junior-varsity games will be at the same time in Knoch's middle school gymnasium.
Knoch boys coach Ron McNabb will coach against his former players. McNabb was an assistant at Plum the past two seasons.
Fox Chapel's Ethan Martin is busy preparing for his senior season in WPIAL track. Martin won the 3,000-meter run at the recent Tri-State Coaches Association meet at Edinboro.
Martin finished in 8:59.13 to cruise past runner-up Ryan Archer of Vincentian (9:06.95).
Kiski Area's Donivel Evans finished second in the high jump (6 feet, 5 inches).
Bill Beckner Jr. is the Local Sports Editor of the Valley News Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
- Jerome Bettis to be enshrined in hall of fame
- Suggestions are aplenty on what Penguins need to break through
- Snow, freezing rain, bitter cold coming to Western Pa.
- Tennessee quarterback Peterman considers transfer to Pitt
- Familiar Downtown Pittsburgh presence lost arm, leg to train
- Gulls fleeing frozen Great Lakes fill skies over Pittsburgh’s Point
- Voters opt for ‘Don’t Know’ in 2016 presidential race, poll finds
- Natural gas industry buys share of Super Bowl spotlight
- Penguins notebook: Malkin could return Wednesday at Edmonton
- Rossi: History beckons for Seattle’s Seahawks
- Starkey: Pitt needs this version of James Robinson