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WPIAL Class AAA wrestling semifinals
Kiski Area (16-1) vs. Canon-McMillan (13-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Chartiers Valley
Winner wrestles: North Allegheny/Franklin Regional winner in finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley.
Take this down: Kiski Area, the No. 5 seed, is in the semifinals for the third time in four years. The Cavaliers have dominated most of their opponents this season, using a barrage of pins. The team averages nearly nine per match and posted six in a 46-21 win over No. 4 Connellsville in the quarterfinals. Cavaliers senior 195-pounder Matt McCutcheon needs one win to tie 2006 graduate Tyler Oravec for the most career wins in school history (149). Junior Shane Kuhn (285) is 29-0 and McCutcheon is 27-0. The Cavaliers lost to North Allegheny in last year's quarterfinals. ... Top-seeded Canon-McMillan has been the consensus No. 1 team all season. It has won three straight Class AAA team titles. No team in WPIAL history has won four straight. The Big Macs also have three individuals ranked No. 1: Connor Schram (126), Cody Wiercioch (170) and Alex Campbell (220). The loser drops into the consolation match to wrestle for third place and a spot in the PIAA tournament.
WPIAL Class AA wrestling semifinals
Burrell (14-5) vs. Chartiers-Houston (10-6)
6 p.m. Friday at Chartiers Valley
Winner wrestles: Jefferson-Morgan/South Fayette winner in finals at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley.
Take this down: No. 1 seed Burrell has built a dynasty in WPIAL wrestling lore, winning six consecutive championships, and the Buccaneers have the talent to take home a seventh. Burrell has reached the semifinals 13 straight times, the finals 11 years in a row and has 10 consecutive section titles. Senior 182-pounder Dakota DesLauriers is 18-0, and sophomore heavyweight Allan Beattie, who transferred back from The Kiski School, is 22-6. Two key starters — junior Corey Falleroni (152) and senior Phil Marra (145) — have returned from injuries and appear to be rounding into form. Both missed nearly a month. Burrell has five losses, but all of them are against Class AAA competition: Kiski Area, Hempfield, Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon and North Allegheny. ... Chartiers-Houston, also nicknamed the Buccaneers, advanced to the semifinals for the fourth straight time. The Bucs have been ranked as high as No. 1 by Trib Total Media, but entered the postseason as the No. 4 seed. Their top wrestlers are Tanner Sutton (145), Garret Vulcano (195) and Rich McGinnis (120). Vulcano (25-2), who has an 8-second pin to his credit this season, is the school's all-time wins leader (135).
— Bill Beckner Jr.
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