Kiski Area's Kuhn wins WPIAL heavyweight title
By Paul Schofield
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 11:24 p.m.
It was a bittersweet final for Kiski Area wrestling coach Chuck Tursky Saturday at the WPIAL/PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships at Norwin.
Tursky was pleased junior heavyweight Shane Kuhn claimed his first title, but disappointed to see senior Matt McCutcheon denied his second title.
Kuhn defeated Canon-McMillan's Alex Broglia, 3-1, in the finals. It was a rewarding victory after losing to Canon-McMillan's Cody Klempay, 1-0, in 2012 heavyweight final.
It was a great comeback for Kuhn (38-0), who was fortunate to advance in the winner's bracket after he slammed Gateway's Jaymar Parrish in the quarterfinals on Friday.
“It took a lot of that kid to get up after the slam and I was thankful for that,” Kuhn said. “I had to move on from it and I could dwell on it. I had to comeback today and do what I needed to do. After taking second last year, it feels a lot better being on top.”
Still, Kuhn said he was upset to see his teammate McCutcheon get beat.
“I didn't like to see him lose, but I couldn't let it affect me,” Kuhn said. “Matt will bounce back and he'll been fine. The next time he wrestles him, it won't end like that.”
McCutcheon (34-1) dropped a 3-1 overtime decision to Hampton's Jake Hart (40-1) in the 195-pound finals. McCutcheon got an escape in overtime, but Hart got the winning takedown in overtime.
“This was a huge confidence builder,” Hart said. “I lost to him in the summer by five or six points, so I knew I had to keep it close and wear him out. I felt pretty good in overtime.
“Taking the No. 1 kid off his throne is pretty big confidence builder and means a lot. I haven't been getting any respect coming in. To knock him off feels amazing.”
Tursky said he knows McCutcheon will learn from the loss.
“Matt always comes back strong,” Tursky said. “He's a good competitor. If I know Matt, it will motivate him.”
Kiski Area senior Cole Landowski ended up in fourth place at 145, dropping a 3-2 decision to Kevin Synan of Hampton.
Kyle Skelly also had hopes of earning a trip to Hershey. But he dropped his second overtime match of the tournament, 2-1, to Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker in the 152-pound consolation quarterfinals.
“A lot of guys did well,” Tursky said. “We just came up short.”
Plum senior Jake DiGuillo reached the consolation semifinals, but he fell to Hampton's Noah Shulman, 3-0, at 220 pounds.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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