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Canon-McMillan trio all win 3rd WPIAL Class AAA championships

| Saturday, March 2, 2013, 5:24 p.m.
Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer tries to catch Canon McMillan's Connor Schram (bottom) in a last second takedown in their 126-lb championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Schram defeated Kemerer by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Connellsville’s Ethan Kenney (left) attempts to pin Franklin Regional’s Tyler Smith in their 132-pound championship bout in the Class AAA individual wrestling championships Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Norwin. (Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review)
Connellsville's Ethan Kenney (right) attempts to pin Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith in their 132-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Kenney defeated Smith by a 14-12 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky scores on Greensburg Salem's Zach Voytek in their 160-pound championship bout in the final of the Class AAA individual wrestling championships March 2, 2013, at Norwin High School. Zavatsky defeated Voytek by a 7-2 decision.
Central Cathloic's Zach DeLuca (top) scores a takedown on Canon- McMillan's Alex Campbell in their 220-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. DeLuca defeated Campbell by a 10-5 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis looks to score on Belle Vernon's Adam Nickelson in their 182-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. DeCiantis defeated Nickelson by a 7-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Central Cathloic's Zach DeLuca celebrates his 10-5 decision over Canon- McMillan's Alex Campbell in their 220-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Cody Wiercioch scores a takedown on Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps in their 170-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA individual wrestling championships March 2, 2013, at Norwin. Wiercioch defeated Wilps by a 9-1 major decision.
Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn ties up with Canon-McMillan's Angelo Broglia during their 285-pound championship bout at the Class AAA championships Saturday at Norwin. Kuhn defeated Broglia, 3-1. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn is congratulated by coach Chuck Tursky after beating Canon-McMillan's Angelo Broglia in their 285-pound championship bout at the Class AAA individual championships on Saturday, March 2, 2103, at Norwin. Kuhn defeated Broglia, 3-1. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon reacts after dropping a 3-1 decision to Hampton's Jacob Hart in their 195-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Sam Krivus (top) looks to score on Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph in their 120-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Krivus defeated Joseph by a 12-0 major decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee looks to score on North Allegheny's Dom Forys in their 113-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Headlee defeated Forys by a 7-5 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hampton's Jacob Hart scores a takedown in overtime on Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon (top) in their 195-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 2, 2013. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hampton's Jacob Hart celebrates his 3-1 decision over Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon in their 195-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee celebrates his 7-5 decision over North Allegheny's Dom Forys in their 113-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Norwin's Heath Coles (right) battles Greensburg Salem's Tyler Reinhart in their 152-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Coles defeated Reinhart by a 4-3 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Norwin's Heath Coles chases Greensburg Salem's Tyler Reinhart in their 152-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Coles defeated Reinhart by a 4-3 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko does a split to keep Franklin Regional's Josh Shields from scoring in their 145-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Chishko defeated Shields by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Connor Schram (bottom) battles Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer in their 126-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Schram defeated Kemerer by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's Luke Pletcher takes down North Hills' Gage Curry in their 106-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Pletcher defeated Curry by a 4-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer lifts Canon-McMillan's Connor Schram in their 126-pound championship bout in the finals of the Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Norwin High School on March 02, 2013. Schram defeated Kemerer by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

Canon-McMillan became the first school to have three, three-time champions at the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional during the same season Saturday night, but two of the wins had coach Chris Mary on edge.

Connor Schram (126 pounds) and Solomon Chishko (145) held on for 3-2 victories against Franklin Regional wrestlers to claim their third titles. Cody Wiercioch (170) had an easier time, defeating Chartiers Valley junior Noah Wilps, 9-1, for the trifecta.

“It definitely wasn't an easy tournament,” Mary said. “We wrestled tough competition. It's difficult to win three, and we're very proud of the boys. Now we're going to get ready for next week.”

Schram won his third consecutive title, but the ending was a little scary and controversial. He defeated Michael Kemerer of Franklin Regional, the returning 106-pound champion, 3-2. Kemerer almost came up with a takedown in the final 10 seconds

“You're going to get controversial calls in all big matches,” Schram said. “I just continued to wrestle after it happened. It was close. I thought I dominated the match until the final 10 seconds.”

Schram got an early first-period takedown, but Kemerer stayed close.

“It was an awesome accomplishment. Three-time WPIAL champion is a big deal,” Schram said. “My main goal is winning states. So I'll enjoy tonight.”

Chishko captured his title by defeating Josh Shields, and did a split during the final 30 seconds to avoid a takedown.

Wiercioch's win was less dramatic. He dominated Wilps.

“I'm looking for three PIAA titles,” Wiercioch said. “We didn't talk much about winning three WPIAL titles. We concentrated on wrestling.”

There were four upsets during the finals. Waynesburg sophomore A.C. Headlee pulled off the first at 113 when he defeated North Allegheny junior Dom Forys, 7-5. Headlee used a reversal and takedown in the second period to grab a 4-1 lead and held on.

Connellsville's Ethan Kenney outscored Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith, 14-12, at 132 for his second title.

Central Catholic's Zach DeLuca won the 220-pound title with a 10-5 win against Canon-McMillan's Alex Campbell, who was seeded No. 1.

But the shocker came at 195 when Hampton senior Jacob Hart knocked off returning WPIAL and PIAA champion Matt McCutcheon of Kiski Area, 3-1, in overtime.

“This was a huge confidence builder,” said Hart, who was named outstanding wrestler. “Taking the No. 1 kid off his throne is a pretty big confidence builder and means a lot.”

Others winning their second WPIAL titles included Hempfield's Sam Krivus (120), Norwin's Heath Coles (152) and Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky (160). Franklin Regional sophomore Josh Maruca (138), North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis (182) and Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (285) also finished first.

The top three wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament, which begins Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.

Canon-McMillan won the team title with 185 points. Franklin Regional was second with 126.

Two wrestlers picked up their 100th career victories — Cole Macek of Montour earned his in the consolation semifinals, and Norwin senior Joel Pezze got his in the consolation quarterfinals.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com.

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