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Burrell's PIAA run comes to an end

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 11:36 a.m.
Burrell head coach Bud Sines (left) and assistant coach Josh Shields react to a call in their match against Chestnut Ridge during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Burrell heavyweight Allan Beattie (top) watches the final match against Chestnut Ridge during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Burrell's Dustin Maloney (left) gives up back points in his 160-pound match against Chestnut Ridge's Bradie Bollman during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Maloney lost by a 17-2 technical fall. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Chestnut Ridge's Virgil Burns attempts to pin Burrell's Allan Beattie (bottom) during their 285-pound match during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Beattie lost by fall at 3:23. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Burrell assistant coach Josh Shields reacts in the match against Chestnut Ridge during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Chestnut Ridge's Derrick Claar attempts to pin Burrell's Noah Hanna (bottom) during their 120-pound match during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. Hanna lost a 7-2 decision. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers scores a takedown on Chestnut Ridge's Tyler Dibert in their 182-pound match during the consolation second round at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 08, 2013. DesLauriers won an 11-3 major decision. Burrell was eliminated from the tournament with a 34-24 loss to Chestnut Ridge. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

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 pschofield@tribweb.com.

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