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Burrell's Beattie joins program's vast family tree of success

Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch - Burrell's Allan Beattie nearly injures Mount Pleasant's Josh Lind during the 285-pound wrestling match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Erica Hilliard  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Burrell's Allan Beattie nearly injures Mount Pleasant's Josh Lind during the 285-pound wrestling match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
- Burrell's Allan Beattie takes down Kittanning's David Grafton in the 285-pound weight class during the South Allegheny Wrestling Tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at South Allegheny High School. Ronald Vezzani Jr./Daily News
Burrell's Allan Beattie takes down Kittanning's David Grafton in the 285-pound weight class during the South Allegheny Wrestling Tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at South Allegheny High School. Ronald Vezzani Jr./Daily News

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Patrick DeWitt

Valley, junior

Claim to fame: DeWitt (27-7), who is ranked No. 1 in Class AA at 126 pounds by Trib Total Media, finished third after defeating Butler's Korey Caudill by a 7-4 decision at the Southmoreland Tournament earlier this year. DeWitt also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Valley Duals Tournament earlier in the season. DeWitt finished in fourth in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament after losing to Hempfield's Joe Alessandro, 7-0.

“For the most part of the season, it has been good. I have to improve on some things going into individuals,” DeWitt said.

DeWitt will compete in the Section 3-AA individual tournament later this week.

What do you think you need to improve on?

I just need to stay in good position and be smart. I can't go out there and make dumb mistakes. At this point, I just need to fine-tune everything.

How do you think you will do in the sectional tournament?

I'm hoping to finish in first place like last year. I'm not sure (about competition), maybe Burrell's Damon Greenwald if he doesn't drop from 120. He beat me earlier this year. It was a close match. I hope I can get my rematch.

How did you get yourself into wrestling?

My uncle asked me if I wanted to join when I was 5 years old. He told me it was like WWE wrestling and thought I would enjoy it. I have liked it ever since.

What is the best thing you have gotten out of wrestling?

I think it makes you more disciplined. You have to control your weight. It makes you mentally tough, and it will help you down the road.

— Andrew John

Class AAA Rankings

106: 1. Luke Pletcher, Latrobe (29-2); 2. Gage Curry, North Hills (26-2); 3. Brendon Price, Canon-McMillan (26-6); 4. Kevin Miller, Norwin (12-5); 5. Mike Heinl, Shaler (17-5).

113: 1. A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg (31-3); 2. Dom Forys, NA (33-2); 3. James Harrison, W. Mifflin (21-1); 4. Ricky Cavallo, Hempfield (24-6); 5. Mitch Hartman, Belle Vernon (16-6).

120: 1. Sam Krivus, Hempfield (28-3); 2. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan (28-5); 3. Vincenzo Joseph, Central Catholic (17-7); 4. Brenden Hasson, Belle Vernon (30-3); 5. Conner Medlang, Franklin Regional, (6-2).

126: 1. Connor Schram, Canon-McMillan (29-3); 2. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (20-4); 3. Tyler Walker, North Hills (28-1); 4. Tyler Buckiso, Peters Township (25-2); 5. Nate Russo, Belle Vernon (21-3).

132: 1. Tyler Smith, F. Reg. (25-3); 2. Drew Walker, North Hills (26-4); 3. Italo Merante, Peters Twp. (21-2); 4. Joel Pezze, Norwin (15-5); 5. Jake Ardellitz, Kiski Area (23-10).

138: 1. Josh Maruca, F. Reg. (24-5); 2. Jesse Rodgers, NA (30-4); 3. Justin Alexander, C. Catholic (30-6); 4. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville (23-6); 5. Sean LaVella, Hempfield (23-4).

145: 1. Josh Shields, F. Reg. (24-4); 2. Cole Landowski, Kiski Area (29-2); 3. Kevin Synan, Hampton (20-5); 4. Chris Nuss, Central Cath. (20-10); 5. Derek Verkleeren, Belle Vernon (20-6).

152: 1. Heath Coles, Norwin (16-3); 2. Tyler Reinhart, G. Salem (29-5); 3. Kyle Skelly, Kiski Area (22-4); 4. Kyle Coniker, Central Catholic (23-6); 5. Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford (24-6).

160: 1. Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe (30-1); 2. Zach Voytek, G. Salem (34-1); 3. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon (27-5); 4. Jonathan Avon, North Hills (23-1); 5. Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (22-3).

170: 1. Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan (31-1); Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon (21-3); 3. Noah Wilps, CV (15-5); 4. Brandon Olszewski, Hampton (18-4); 5. Damon Drositis, Hopewell (19-1).

182: 1. Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon (25-1); 2. Alex DiCiantis, North Allegheny (28-2); 3. Drew Phipps, Norwin (21-4); 4. Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area (26-9); 5. Brent Blaharczyk, McGuffey (14-4).

195: 1. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (29-0); 2. Jake Hart, Hampton (23-1); 3. Alen Turcinhodzic, North Hills (23-4); 4. Zach Smith, NA (29-7); 5. Anthony Cable, G. Salem (22-4).

220: 1. Alex Campbell, Canon-McMillan (29-5); 2. Zach DeLuca, Central Catholic (27-7); 3. Cole Macek, Montour (19-2); 4. Layne Skundrich, North Allegheny (16-4); 5. Dylan Miller, Connellsville (29-4).

285: 1. Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area (31-0); 2. Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell (17-1); 3. Luke Fleck, F. Reg. (6-0); 4. Angelo Broglia, Canon-McMillan (29-6); 4. Tyler Lever, Fox Chapel (16-4); 5. Noah Shulman, Hampton (22-4).

Class AA Rankings

106: 1. Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (23-2); 2. Brendon Howard, Jefferson-Morgan (28-3); 3. Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (27-4).

113: 1. George Phillippi, Derry (28-3); 2. Seth Carr, South Fayette (26-2); 3. Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center (15-4).

120: 1. Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver (23-1); 2. Rich McGinnis, Chartiers-Houston (27-11); 3. Mike Carr, South Fayette (20-7).

126:1. Patrick DeWitt, Valley (26-7); 2. Vince Vahaly, Bentworth (23-3); 3. Greg Bulsak, S. Park (23-6).

132: 1. Jason Nolf, Kittanning (31-0); 2. Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (23-1); 3. Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver (27-1).

138: 1. Nick Gavazzi, Charleroi (21-0); 2. Steven Edwards, Burrell (22-5); 3. Jason Miller, Jefferson-Morgan (30-6).

145: 1. Tanner Sutton, C-H (33-5); 2. Phil Marra, Burrell (16-5); 3. Grant Fetchet, SF (25-6).

152:1. Boe Bonzo, Freedom (18-3); 2. Corey Falleroni, Burrell (18-4); 3. Taylor Jack, Kittanning (26-8).

160: 1. Connor Payne, SS Beaver (27-2); 2. Nico Brown, B-C (16-7); 3. Bill Bowlen, J-M (24-8).

170: 1. Dustin Conti, J-M (28-0); 2. Mike Fetchet, SF (28-1); 3. Dalton Rosta, Laurel (16-2).

182: 1. D. DesLauriers, Burrell (21-0); 2. Terrell Fields, Valley (28-3); 3. Justin Overly, Mt. Pleasant (27-8).

195: 1. Garrett Vulcano, C-H (33-2); 2. Eli Holt, Mt. Pleasant (23-10); 3. Chris Williams, Yough (20-6).

220: 1. Jake Temple, Avella (27-1); 2. Tom Sever, Yough (24-6); 3.Allen Cratsenburg, Highlands (5-1).

285: 1. Jake Beistel, Southmoreland (24-2); 2. Allan Beattie, Burrell (23-8); 3. Rob Wolak, South Park (15-6).

Top high school sports
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 1:11 a.m.

Burrell's wrestling program has its own, unique family tree. WPIAL and PIAA gold medals dangle from its branches, but it's the last names that serve as its deep roots.

And the multitude of names is phone-book thick. Speer, Maloney, Greenwald, DesLauriers, Makara, Shields — it goes on.

This season, the Buccaneers added another Beattie to the list. And he has the potential to add to the legacy.

Sophomore heavyweight Allan Beattie is set to enter his first individual postseason with seven-time defending WPIAL champion Burrell after spending last season at The Kiski School.

A team manager when this year's seniors were freshmen, Beattie is well aware of the mat greats who have come before him. The No. 2-ranked 285-pounder in Class AA most of the season by Trib Total Media, Beattie takes a 22-8 record into Saturday's Section 3-AA Tournament at Avonworth.

“I think that's the big reason I came back,” Beattie said. “I felt more comfortable. My cousin is here and my old friends are here. I saw them at Ironman and counties (last year). I missed my friends.”

His cousin, Derrick, is a junior who has missed this season with a shoulder injury. Derrick's brother, Brian, is a former standout 215-pounder at Burrell.

“Derrick comes to practice and runs with us; You can see in his eyes he wants to be out there in the worst way,” Allan said. “It'll be great to wrestle with him next year.”

Allan said he talks with Brian, a redshirt freshman at Mercyhurst, at least once a week to discuss each other's progress.

Burrell was glad to see Beattie return to the program.

“Allan grew up with this group of coaches we have,” Burrell coach Bud Sines said. “He had an opportunity to get a really good education at Kiski Prep. I think he saw us make that run against Jefferson-Morgan and Chartiers-Houston (in last season's playoffs). He was in the stands. He missed being here with us.”

Beattie said there was more one-on-one attention in the classroom at Kiski School, a non-WPIAL school in Saltsburg. He's had trouble equaling that concept in wrestling, at least in terms of finding steady and competitive sparring partners.

To fix that, he's worked out against some talented heavyweight wrestlers at The Mat Factory and Bones Wrestling Club, both Alle-Kiski clubs.

Beattie often spars with Franklin Regional's Luke Fleck, Forrest Christman of Slippery Rock and Zach Deluca of Pittsburgh Central Catholic. If that group doesn't get him ready for states, none will.

“He's a big kid in a man's body,” Sines said. “Finding him a really good workout partner has been tough. When you have him going against 195-pounders, practice isn't the same.”

Beattie is glad to be wearing a Burrell uniform. He wasn't exactly relaxed in the one he wore at Kiski — on the mat or in the classroom.

“Hey, if you get a job in business, you have to wear a coat and tie anyways,” Beattie said. “You have to dress the part.”

And speaking of dressing the part, Beattie is back to his comfort clothes. He's traded a blazer and dress slacks for blue jeans and sneakers.

He isn't scared to get his hands dirty when he goes hunting or fishing, or when he works out in the wrestling room in his garage.

“He wears a Carharrt and cowboy boots; we're from Upper Burrell,” his father, Al, said with a laugh. “He is glad to be back with his friends.”

Said Allan: “I have a cowboy hat, too, but don't wear it.”

Not that a year away was a bad thing.

Allan wrestled and played football at Kiski School. He was ranked No. 4 in the country in his weight class and finished eighth at the prep tournament.

“It was a great experience; I learned a lot there,” Beattie said. “The reason I went there was for grades more than anything. If you don't have the grades to get into college, you don't go to college. And you need the grades to pursue a sport.”

Derrick Beattie also is an avid rugby player at Burrell, and apparently has convinced his cousin to try that sport next.

“I already signed up for it,” Allan said. “I have seen my cousin play. It's definitely different. Someone could get seriously hurt, but it looks fun.”

Beattie played offensive tackle and nose guard for the Kiski School and also saw varsity time with the Burrell football team this past season.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the Local Sports Editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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