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Local wrestlers dominate PIAA quarterfinals

| Friday, March 8, 2013, 9:30 p.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph (left) tangles with Erie McDowell's Paul Deitz during their 120-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday, March 8, 2013, at Giant Center in Hershey. Joseph won by a 6-2 decision.
Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri takes down Spring Grove's Zack Clingan during their 120-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 08, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Macri won by a 18-5 major decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's Luke Pletcher scores a takedown on Avon Grove's Edgar Garcia during their 106-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Pletcher won by a 20-5 technical fall. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer (right) takes down Owen J. Robert's Colby Frank during their 126-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kemerer won by a 14-2 major decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee (top) ties up with Owen J. Roberts' Derek Gulotta during their 113-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Headlee won by a 3-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hempfield's Sam Krivus (left) attempts to pin Nazareth's Tyler Tarsi during their 120-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Krivus won by a 15-0 technical fall. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith (right) battles Easton Area's Robert Rizzolino during their 132-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Smith won by a 7-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Connor Schram (top) tries to score on Nazareth's Chase Zemenak during their 126-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Schram won by a 20-5 technical fall. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Zach Voytek lifts Erie McDowell's Tyree Spearman during their 160-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Voytek won by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps (left) celebrates his 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker victory over Pocono Mountain East's Ernest Fogle during their 170-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis (right) battles Norristown's Brett Harner during their 182-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. DeCiantis lost by a 6-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Tyler Reinhart reacts after winning a 2-1ultimate tiebreaker against Central Dauphin's Austin Rose during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Cody Wiercioch looks to score on DuBois' Tom Sleigh during their 170-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wiercioch won by a 11-3 major decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Connellsville's Ethan Kenney (top) scores a takedown on Clearfield's Christian Stone during their 132-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kenney won by a 6-5 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Jesse Rodgers (top) is taken down by Altoona's T.J. Brandt during their 138-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Rodgers lost to Brandt by a 9-0 major decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky (left) tangles with Easton Area's Evan Disora during their 160-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Zavatsky won by a 8-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca (right) battles Big Spring's Chad Wickard during their 138-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Maruca won by a 3-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Pine-Richland's Brendan Burnham (left) fights off a pin attempt by Chambersburg's Garrett Hammond during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Burnham lost by a 15-0 technical fall. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hampton's Kevin Synan reacts as Clearfield's Nolan Barger has a spladle move put on him during their 145-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Synan lost by a 9-4 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps (left) celebrates his 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker victory over Pocono Mountain East's Ernest Fogle during their 170-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Chartiers Valley's Noah Wilps escapes for a 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker victory over Pocono Mountain East's Ernest Fogle during their 170-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Norwin's Heath Coles attempts to turn Dallastown's Tanner Druck during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Coles won by a 7-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional's Josh Shields (left) attempts to pin Manheim Township's Adam Smith during their 145-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shields won by a 4-2 decision.
Greensburg Salem's Tyler Reinhart tries to take down Central Dauphin's Austin Rose during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Reinhart won by a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko (left) takes a shot on Spring Grove's Mason Brentzel during their 145-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Chishko won by a 3-1 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (right) ties up with Warwick's Tom Devenney during their 220-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kuhn won by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Hampton's Jacob Hart (left) tries to trip Governor Mifflin's Jan Johnson during their 195-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hart won by a 4-3 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Matthew McCutcheon pins Council Rock South's P. J. Steinmetz in overtime during their 195-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Matthew McCutcheon prepares to pin Council Rock South's P. J. Steinmetz in overtime during their 195-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (right) is lifted by Warwick's Tom Devenney during their 220-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Kuhn won by a 3-2 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Kiski Area's Matthew McCutcheon celebrates his pin of Council Rock South's P. J. Steinmetz in overtime during their 195-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Belle Vernon Area's Adam Nickelson celebrates his 4-2 overtime decision against Parkland's Nezar Haddad during their 182-pound second round consolation match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Central Catholic's Zach DeLuca (top) ties up with Liberty's Jake Gunning during their 220-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Deluca won by a 5-3 decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Belle Vernon Area's Adam Nickelson attempts to pin Parkland's Nezar Haddad during their 182-pound second round consolation match at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nickelson won a 4-2 overtime decision. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

HERSHEY — The 6,106 fans who attended the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships at Giant Center on Friday witnessed WPIAL domination.

Of the 28 quarterfinalists from District 7 (WPIAL), 23 advanced to the semifinals, which will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Thirty-one of the 42 WPIAL wrestlers who reached the state championships will return with PIAA top-eight medals.

Two of those wrestlers are Central Catholic's junior Zach DeLuca (220 pounds) and sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (120).

Joseph (24-8) spotted McDowell's Paul Deitz an early lead and rallied for a 6-2 decision. The win puts him in a rematch against Canon-McMillan's Dalton Marci (43-6). The two met in the Southwest Regional semifinals and Joseph won, 10-2.

Hempfield sophomore Sam Krivus (38-3), the WPIAL champion, also reached the semifinals at 120 pounds with a 15-0 victory over Nazareth's Tyler Tarsi.

“Getting three guys in the semifinals shows how deep the WPIAL is, not just at our weight, but every weight, too,” Joseph said.

Deluca (40-7) advanced with a 5-3 victory against Bethlehem Liberty junior Jake Gunning and faces freshman Jordan Wood (45-1) of Boyertown.

Canon-McMillan and Franklin Regional each advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals, and Latrobe, Greensburg Salem and Kiski Area had two apiece.

“It seemed like when I wrestled in the 1990s that District 11 (Northampton, Easton and Nazareth) is what you wanted to be like,” Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said. “Now, we have the best wrestlers in the state and you saw that.”

Chartiers Valley senior Noah Wilps won a thriller in his match at 170. He used an escape with 18 seconds left in the ultimate tiebreaker to defeat West York junior Kyle Narber, 5-4. Wilps (32-8) will face Penncrest senior Joe Gartland (31-6) in the semifinals.

Cody Wiercioch (170) and Connor Schram (126) of Canon-McMillan and Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon (195) stayed in contention to win another state title.

Wiercioch (39-1) will face Colton Peppelman (43-6) of Central Dauphin. Schram (42-3) won, 20-5, against Chase Zemenak of Nazareth and will meet Wyoming Valley West senior Kyle Krasavage (40-0). McCutcheon (36-1) pinned Council Rock South senior P.J. Steinmetz in overtime. He'll meet Allentown Dieruff junior Jovon Reyes (35-2).

Hampton senior Jake Hart (42-1), who defeated McCutcheon last week for the Southwest Regional title, will meet DuBois senior Landon Hanna in the semifinals.

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

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