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Southmoreland's Griffiths, Ligonier Valley's Patrick denied in state wrestling finals

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19.
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Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19.
Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19
Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths wrestles Athens’ Brian Courtney in the PIAA Class AA 132lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Griffiths lost by a fall at 3:19
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick reacts after losing to Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick reacts after losing to Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick prepares to wrestle Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick prepares to wrestle Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick wrestles Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale receives his medal after beating Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale receives his medal after beating Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Jefferson Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in PIAA Class AA the 126lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Teasdale won 13-5 in a major decision.
A couple rubs each others' backs as they enjoy the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
A couple rubs each others' backs as they enjoy the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy celebrates his 5-2 decision against McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy celebrates his 5-2 decision against McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
A cross taped onto a water bottle sits under the coach of Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy as he wrestles McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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A cross taped onto a water bottle sits under the coach of Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy as he wrestles McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
A referee stretches before the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
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A referee stretches before the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
A wrestler is announced during the Parade of Champions before the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
A wrestler is announced during the Parade of Champions before the PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
A 'Jesus' shirt sits under the coach of Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy as he wrestles McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
A 'Jesus' shirt sits under the coach of Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy as he wrestles McDevitt's John Pipa in the PIAA 145lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Ligonier Valley's Alex Caldwell celebrates his fifth place 15-4 major decision over Slippery Rock's Michael Doerflinger in the 138lb bout at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley's Alex Caldwell celebrates his fifth place 15-4 major decision over Slippery Rock's Michael Doerflinger in the 138lb bout at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017.
Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
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Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Central Cambria's Max Murin celebrates his 2-1 decision over Reynolds' Cole Matthews in the PIAA Class AA 138lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick reacts after losing to Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick reacts after losing to Susquehanna Township’s Edmond Ruth in the PIAA Class AA 152lb championship at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday March 11, 2017. Patrick lost by a 3-1 decision.

HERSHEY — Not everyone goes home with a gold medal from the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships.

Only 14 champions are crowned at Giant Center.

At least Southmoreland junior Tyler Griffiths and Ligonier Valley junior Robby Patrick have another year to capture gold.

Griffiths and Patrick had first-place medals within their grasps Saturday in the finals only to have them yanked away.

Griffiths (38-3) took a 3-0 second-period lead in his 132-pound match with Brian Courtney of Athens, the returning champion at 126. Griffiths was on the attack and taking the match to Courtney when the senior got an escape and then countered a Griffiths shot to take him down and pin him with a cradle.

“I was following my game plan,” Griffiths said. “I pretty much dominated the match. I got into bad position on one of my shots, and it cost me. There was nothing I could do when he locked in the cradle.”

Despite the loss, Griffiths wants to use the tournament as a stepping-stone in his career.

“I think the way he wrestled, he proved to himself that he can wrestle with anyone,” Southmoreland coach Steve Santia said. “The style of his wrestling went from 0 to 100. I'm proud of him. For two-and-a half periods he was dominating (Courtney).”

Patrick (38-2) was trying to avenge his only loss of the season, but Susquehanna Township sophomore Edmond Ruth used a takedown in overtime for a 3-1 victory at 152.

It was a tough loss for Patrick, who was ruled out of bounds during a first-period takedown attempt.

“We thought he had it, but he couldn't get his arm around to finish,” Ligonier Valley coach Ton Brown said. “Robby is devastated right now. He's questioning what he has to do to get a call.

“There isn't a harder worker here. I still think he's the best wrestler in the weight class.”

Patrick did not want to talk after his match.

The WPIAL had only one state champion — Jefferson-Morgan junior Gavin Teasdale, who defeated Bermudian Springs senior Austin Clabaugh, 13-5, in the 126-pound final.

It was Teasdale's third PIAA title, becoming the 44th wrestler to achieve that. Teasdale (40-0, 122-0) is in line to become the next four-time undefeated champion.

“They all stand out in their different ways,” Teasdale said. “Last year, it was points. This year, it was offensive domination. I feel like I separated myself even more this year than I did last year from the group of people I was with.”

Beth-Center sophomore Dominic Fundy reached the finals at 182 but lost to Saegertown junior Cody Mulligan, 6-0.

Derry sophomore Dom DeLuca (37-8) finished third at 182 after he defeated Fort LeBoeuf sophomore Julian Gorring, 2-0, in overtime.

Frazier freshman Thayne Lawrence (37-6) finished third at 138 with a 7-2 victory against Tri-Valley senior Sammy Hepler, avenging a quarterfinal loss. Ligonier Valley junior Alex Caldwell was fifth at 138.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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