Kiski Area's McCutcheon, Kuhn capture Section 1 titles to remain undefeated
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Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon and junior Shane Kuhn remained the only undefeated wrestlers in WPIAL Class AAA while repeating as champions at Saturday night's Section 1 tournament at Gateway's Furrie Sports Complex.
McCutcheon (31-0) rolled through the 195-pound bracket and picked up a 13-3 major decision over Greensburg Salem's Anthony Cable in the finals.
“The (undefeated) record is nice, but right now, I want to make sure I go 4-0 next week,” said McCutcheon, a Penn State recruit who won Kiski Area's only PIAA title last season. “That's all that matters right now.”
Kuhn (34-0) won a tight, 4-3 decision over Franklin Regional's Luke Fleck to claim his title.
The two met for the 10th time in their careers, again in the 285-pound finals.
They could meet again next week.
“We are rivals,” said Kuhn, who is getting Division I college attention in wrestling and football. “I know I have won like six or seven times against him. To me, being one of the two undefeated kids left is more of a burden. It has its positives and negatives.”
Next, McCutcheon and Kuhn will go for WPIAL titles. The Class AAA tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at Norwin.
McCutcheon has one WPIAL title. Kuhn will be seeking his first. He was a runner-up last season before taking fourth in the PIAA.
The Cavaliers also had a section champ at 170 pounds in freshman Tyler Worthing. Worthing (29-9), who has undergone several surgeries and has battled a cyst on his lower back, was beaming after his win.
“That was the first time all season I didn't finish fourth,” he said. “That was the first time I wrestled at 170, and I felt right at home.”
In all, nine of 14 Kiski Area wrestlers qualified for the WPIAL championships.
“You're always greedy,” Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said. “We had a couple of sixth places, and it would have been nice to get those guys through. We wrestle in a tough section; the toughest of any place I know.”
Kiski Area's other qualifiers — who finished in the top five in their weight classes — are Ryan Hardaway (second at 120 pounds), Cole Landowski (second at 145), Chad Kuhn (third at 182), Kyle Skelly (fourth at 152), Jake McClarnon (fourth at 220) and Jake Ardellitz (fifth at 132).
“It's great to get all these guys through,” Worthing said. “We're all like brothers.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com.
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