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Franklin Regional, Canon-McMillan advance to PIAA quarterfinals

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Scott Rzepecki (bottom) is taken to the mat by West Branch's Parker Bumbarger in their 138-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Rzepecki lost by fall at 5:44 as West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Scott Rzepecki (bottom) is taken to the mat by West Branch's Parker Bumbarger in their 138-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Rzepecki lost by fall at  5:44 as West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Jake Pickup (top) looks to score on Jersey Shore's Nate Lose during their 195-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Pickup won by an 18-6 major decision as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Jake Pickup (top) looks to score on Jersey Shore's Nate Lose during their 195-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Pickup won by an 18-6 major decision as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Cory Klems (top) battles Bermudian Springs' Jacob Slonaker in their 182-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Klems lost a 4-1 decision as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Cory Klems (top) battles Bermudian Springs'  Jacob Slonaker in their 182-lb match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Klems lost a 4-1 decision as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Connor Schram (top) attempts to pin Spring Grove Area's Alec Zorbaugh during their 126-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Schram won by a 17-2 technical fall in 1:59 as Canon-McMillan defeated Spring Grove 42-22.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Connor Schram (top) attempts to pin Spring Grove Area's Alec Zorbaugh during their 126-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Schram won by a 17-2 technical fall  in 1:59 as Canon-McMillan defeated Spring Grove 42-22.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) attempts to pin Spring Grove Area's Zack Clingan during their 120-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Macri won by a 13-7 decision as Canon- McMillan defeated Spring Grove 42-22.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (top) attempts to pin Spring Grove Area's Zack Clingan during their 120-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Macri won by a 13-7 decision as Canon- McMillan defeated Spring Grove 42-22.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Nicholas Pattock (bottom) is taken to the mat by Bermudian Springs' Colton Dull in their 160-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Pattock lost a 12-4 major decision as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Nicholas Pattock (bottom) is taken to the mat by Bermudian Springs'  Colton Dull in their 160-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Pattock lost a 12-4 major decision as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Ben Carillo lifts Western Wayne's Virgil Burns at during their 285-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Carillo won by fall at 4:26 as Redbank Valley defeated Western Wayne 45-30.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Ben Carillo lifts  Western Wayne's Virgil Burns at during their 285-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Carillo won by fall at 4:26 as Redbank Valley defeated Western Wayne 45-30.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Zach Smith (bottom) is pinned by Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller in their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Smith was pinned at 37 seconds as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Zach Smith (bottom) is pinned by Bermudian Springs'  Tristan Sponseller in their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Smith was pinned at 37 seconds as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Jasper Wolfe (right) battles West Branch's Dustin Deliman in their 106-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Wolfe lost by a 3-0 decision as West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Jasper Wolfe (right) battles West Branch's Dustin Deliman in their 106-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Wolfe lost by a 3-0 decision as West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Shane Cornuet (bottom) battles Bermudian Springs' Brady Linebaugh in their 220-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Cornuet was pinned at 3:47 as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Shane Cornuet (bottom) battles Bermudian Springs'  Brady Linebaugh in their 220-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Cornuet was pinned at 3:47 as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Kyle Berk (top) pins Jersey Shore's Allen Saar at 2:56 of their 113-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Kyle Berk (top) pins Jersey Shore's Allen Saar at 2:56 of their 113-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Nate Painter (top) battles Jersey Shore's Utoafili Agae-Naipo during their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Painter won by a 12-2 major decision as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Nate Painter (top) battles Jersey Shore's Utoafili Agae-Naipo during their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Painter won by a 12-2 major decision as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Central Dauphin's Zach Bentz (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld during their 132-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Landefeld lost by a 9-7 decision as Central Dauphin defeated North Allegheny 40-14.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Dauphin's Zach Bentz (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's Drew Landefeld during their 132-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Landefeld lost by a 9-7 decision as Central Dauphin defeated North Allegheny 40-14.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Tanner Altobelli (top) pins Western Wayne's Marod Dobrzyn at 3:10 in their 120-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Redbank Valley defeated Western Wayne 45-30.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Tanner Altobelli (top) pins Western Wayne's Marod Dobrzyn at 3:10 in their 120-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Redbank Valley defeated Western Wayne 45-30.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Brett Zanotto (top) looks to score on Jersey Shore's Jacob Huling during their 220-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Zanotto won by a 16-0 technical fall as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Brett Zanotto (top) looks to score on Jersey Shore's Jacob Huling during their 220-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Zanotto won by a 16-0 technical fall as Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Zach Smith (bottom) tries to fight off a pin attempt by Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller in their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Smith was pinned at 37 seconds as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Zach Smith (bottom) tries to fight off a pin attempt by Bermudian Springs'  Tristan Sponseller in their 170-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013.  Smith was pinned at 37 seconds as Bermudian Springs defeated Burrell 34-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Luke Fleck (top) pins Jersey Shore's Nathan Caputo at 1:12 of their 285-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Luke Fleck (top) pins Jersey Shore's Nathan Caputo at  1:12 of their 285-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. Franklin Regional defeated Jersey Shore 54-15.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Jared Cardillo (bottom) is pinned by West Branch's Wyatt Sankey at 3:50 of their 113-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Jared Cardillo (bottom) is pinned by West Branch's Wyatt Sankey  at 3:50 of their 113-pound match during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 07, 2013. West Branch defeated South Fayette 33-26.

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HERSHEY — The Franklin Regional wrestlers didn't look nervous Thursday during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament at Giant Center.

In fact, the WPIAL runners-up wrestled like they've been here before even though it was the Panthers' first trip to the state tournament.

Franklin Regional (20-3) overwhelmed District 4 champion Jersey Shore (11-5), rolling to a 54-15 victory. The Panthers will face Owen J. Roberts, the District 1 champion in the quarterfinals Friday at 2 p.m.

WPIAL Class AAA champion Canon-McMillan (16-0) also won Thursday, as the returning PIAA champion defeated District 3 third-place team Spring Grove, 42-22.

Franklin Regional showed its depth in defeating Jersey Shore. With starters Connor Medlang (120 pounds) and Michael Kemerer (126) out, the Panthers' replacements filled in well.

Dom Giannangeli won a decision at 126, Max Kubas picked up a technical fall at 138 and Jake Pickup won a major decision at 195. The Panthers also got pins from Kyle Berk (113), Josh Maruca (145), Josh Shields (152) and Luke Fleck (285). Kemerer missed the match with the flu.

“Dom did another great job with Mike out,” Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. “I thought we matched up well against them.

“We were ready. We talked about not being satisfied making it to states. We're looking to place and make it to the semifinals.”

Berk dominated his match, recording a second-period pin.

“We had a lot of confidence in ourselves, and we were ready for the first match,” Berk said.

In the evening match, Canon-McMillan was clinging to a 9-6 lead through three matches, but 195-pounder Steve LaFrance, trailing 2-1 late in the third period, started the Big Macs on a roll when he pinned Andy Melhorn at 5:48.

Canon-McMillan will wrestle Erie McDowell — the team it defeated in the state finals last year — in the quarterfinals. The Big Macs picked up two pins from Alex Campbell and Angelo Broglia and a major decision from Brendon Price to open a 24-6 lead.

North Allegheny (17-4) drew a tough assignment in the Class AAA opening round. The Tigers won only four bouts and fell, 40-14, to District 3 champion Central Dauphin (22-0).

“We got the matchups we wanted, we just didn't execute,” North Allegheny coach Jamie Kyriazis said. “They took it to us in any of the swing matches that I thought we could win. They are the better team, and they came after us.”

Kyriazis hopes the team bounces back in the consolation rounds. The Tigers won three consecutive consolation matches last year before being eliminated.

It wasn't a good day for the two WPIAL Class AA teams — Burrell and South Fayette.

Burrell, the WPIAL champion, was beaten by Bermudian Springs, the District 3 runner-up, 34-29; and WPIAL runner-up South Fayette dropped a 33-26 match to District 6 champion West Branch. Both WPIAL teams were missing a starter.

John Andrejcik had a skin rash and wasn't cleared to wrestle for Burrell, while Michael Carr of South Fayette was injured in practice earlier in the week and is day-to-day.

“We didn't win any of the close matches,” Burrell coach Bud Sines said.

Burrell only won six matches and three were by forfeit. Bermudian Springs won the first four bouts.

South Fayette and West Branch each won seven matches, but four of the West Branch wins were pins.

Despite giving up the falls, a pin by South Fayette's Zach Walker (220) gave the Lions a 26-24 lead with two matches left. West Branch won the final two, including a 3-0 win by Dustin Deliman over Jasper Wolfe in the final bout.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com.

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