Burrell's PIAA run comes to an end
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.