Burrell's PIAA run comes to an end
By Paul Schofield
Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 11:36 a.m.
HERSHEY — It wasn't a good weekend for Burrell at the PIAA Class AA team wrestling championships.
The Bucs (16-7) dropped two of three matches in the double-elimination tournament and headed home Friday with bittersweet memories from Chocolatetown.
After dropping into the consolation rounds following an opening-round loss to Bermudian Springs on Thursday, Burrell opened the second day of the tournament with a 39-16 victory against District 2 champion Western Wayne. But the Bucs' momentum stopped there; they fell to District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge from Bedford County, 34-24, in the second consolation round Friday afternoon.
“We were just too inconsistent. It was very disappointing,” Burrell coach Bud Sines said. “We didn't wrestle to our capabilities.”
Against Western Wayne, Burrell welcomed back John Andrejcik, who wasn't allowed to wrestle Thursday after a small spot was noticed on his neck during a skin check. Andrejcik had paperwork from a doctor that cleared him to wrestle, but the Burrell coaches didn't have it with them during Thursday's check.
Andrejcik took his frustrations out on Western Wayne's Joshua Brown, pinning him in 44 seconds at 132 pounds during the first bout of the day.
It started Burrell on a four-match winning streak that put the Bucs ahead, 18-0.
Phillip Marra (145 pounds), Dakota DesLauriers (195) and Allan Beattie (285) had pins for the Bucs, who cruised to victory.
Burrell also started quickly against Chestnut Ridge, winning four of the first five bouts to build a 14-5 lead.
But that's when Chestnut Ridge strung together seven consecutive victories, beginning at 195 pounds, and sealed the victory.
Andrejcik ended the run with a major decision at 132, and Steven Edwards ended the match with a pin at 138.
“Now it's time to concentrate on the individual tournament coming up,” Sines said. “We have a chance to bring seven or more wrestlers back here.
“We're not wrestling well right now. We have to get things straightened out.”
DesLauriers, who will compete at 182 pounds in the individual tournament, was 3-0 during the team tournament and improved to 21-0 this season. He was a PIAA runner-up last year.
Burrell was out after three matches last season. It placed third in 2011.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him 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.