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Kiski Area heavyweight Reid credits positive thinking for 2nd-place finish at states

| Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman wrestles Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
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Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman wrestles Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid reacts after losing to Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
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Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid reacts after losing to Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman wrestles Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman wrestles Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman shares the podium with Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
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Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman shares the podium with Kiski Area’s Isaac Reid in the PIAA Class AAA 285lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Furman won by a decision 5-3.
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid shakes hands with Montour's Roman Macek after the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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Kiski Area's Isaac Reid shakes hands with Montour's Roman Macek after the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid wrestles Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid wrestles Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Isaac Reid reacts after beating Montour's Roman Macek in the 285-lb bout during a Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Kiski's Noah Levett prepares for his Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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Kiski's Noah Levett prepares for his Class AAA semifinal of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.

HERSHEY — After he locked up a seventh-place finish in PIAA Class AA with a 5-2 win Saturday in the medal match, Burrell senior 182-pounder Anthony Marra stood on the Giant Center floor and watched as Saegertown junior Cody Mulligan wrapped up a 6-0 victory in the weight class' championship bout two mats over.

That Mulligan only topped Marra in the quarterfinals by a 3-1 margin, his smallest of the tournament, became a source of solace.

"If we wrestled that whole bracket again, it could've been completely different," said Marra, a first-time state medalist who finished his season with a 32-11 record. "Mulligan was probably the best one out of all of us, and every other placewinner could've been completely different."

Marra surprised himself with a new source of offense in his medal match — the tilt. He used it to score a two-point nearfall in the second period and never looked back against Meyersdale senior Christian Hutzell.

"I said to him, 'It's never too late to try some new things,' " coach Josh Shields said. "It's the last time wrestling in a Burrell singlet, you let it go out there. Have some fun…

"He's the only guy I can think of in my entire time coaching that has never been pinned once in his entire career. That is phenomenal, especially when you look at us going to Powerade, King of the Mountain, the state duals. That just goes to show the type of person he is. … If someone asked me one word to describe Anthony, he's a gamer. There's nothing he loves more than this, than wrestling in front of crowds in big situations."

The PIAA Class AAA championship bouts and medal matches begin at 7 p.m. Kiski Area junior heavyweight Isaac Reid will vie for a state title. Sophomore 106-pounder Darren Miller will go for third place, and junior 126-pounder Noah Levett will wrestle for fifth.

Bill West is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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