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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta (bottom) battles Hanover's Ian Brown during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday March 08, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Zanetta defatted Brown by a 5-1 tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta (bottom) battles Hanover's Ian Brown during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday March 08, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Zanetta defatted Brown by a 5-1 tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Charleroi Area's Nick Gavazzi (right) reacts after giving up the winning takedown in overtime of his 3-1 loss to Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry during their 138-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Charleroi Area's Nick Gavazzi (right) reacts after giving up the winning takedown in overtime of his 3-1 loss to Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry during their 138-pound  quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Blairsville's Andrew Doak (right) is stood on his head by Reynolds' Austin Matthews during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Doak lost by a 6-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Blairsville's Andrew Doak (right) is stood on his head by Reynolds' Austin Matthews during their 152-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Doak lost by a 6-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers tries to force Saegertown's Dylan Reynolds to the mat during their 182-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. DesLauriers defeated Reynolds by a 9-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers tries to force Saegertown's Dylan Reynolds to the mat during their 182-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey. DesLauriers defeated Reynolds by a 9-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Avella's Jake Temple (right) tries to escape from Lewisburg's Brandon Smith during their 220-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple was defeated 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Avella's Jake Temple (right) tries to escape from Lewisburg's Brandon Smith during their 220-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple was defeated 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review News Service - Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (left) attempts to turn Lancaster Catholic's Joe Lobeck during their 106-pound second-round consolation match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships March 8 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 2-0 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review News Service</em></div>Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (left) attempts to turn Lancaster Catholic's Joe Lobeck during their 106-pound second-round consolation match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships March 8 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Griffiths won by a 2-0 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Charleroi Area's Nick Gavazzi (right) gives up the winning takedown in overtime of his 3-1 loss to Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry during their 138-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Charleroi Area's Nick Gavazzi (right) gives up the winning takedown in overtime of his 3-1 loss to Line Mountain's Seth Lansberry during their 138-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano celebrates his 5-2 decision over Trinity's Adam Geiger during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano celebrates his 5-2 decision over Trinity's Adam Geiger during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Redbank Valley's Cole Shirey (right) hand fights with Forest Hills' Cody Law during their 160-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shirey lost by a 9-3 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Redbank Valley's Cole Shirey (right) hand fights with Forest Hills' Cody Law during their 160-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Shirey lost by a 9-3 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Blairsville's Scott Thompson reacts as Muncy's Troy Hembury attempts a crossface during their 182-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thompson lost by a 9-0 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Blairsville's Scott Thompson reacts as Muncy's Troy Hembury attempts a crossface during their 182-pound quarterfinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thompson lost by a 9-0 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Ligonier Valley's Justin Patrick (top) attempts to score on Bethlehem Catholic's Stephen Maloney during their 113-pound second-round consolation match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick won by a 6-3 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Ligonier Valley's Justin Patrick (top) attempts to score on Bethlehem Catholic's Stephen Maloney during their 113-pound second-round consolation match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick won by a 6-3 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers looks to score on Saegertown's Dylan Reynolds during their 182-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. DesLauriers defeated Ryenolds by a 9-1 major decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Dakota DesLauriers looks to score on Saegertown's Dylan Reynolds during their 182-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. DesLauriers defeated Ryenolds by a 9-1 major decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano takes down Trinity's Adam Geiger during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Vulcano defeated Geiger by a 5-2 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano takes down Trinity's Adam Geiger during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Vulcano defeated Geiger by a 5-2 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Zac Croyle is pinned at 1:15 by Milton's Ryan Solomon during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Zac Croyle is pinned at 1:15 by Milton's Ryan Solomon during their 195-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Avella's Jake Temple (right) hand fights with Lewisburg's Brandon Smith during their 220-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple was defeated 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Avella's Jake Temple (right) hand fights with Lewisburg's Brandon Smith during their 220-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Temple was defeated 2-1 in ultimate tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Ligonier Valley's Joshua Patrick is lifted by Wyalusing's Collin Edsell during their 120-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick lost by a 10-5 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Ligonier Valley's Joshua Patrick is lifted by Wyalusing's Collin Edsell during their 120-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Patrick lost by a 10-5 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Jefferson-Morgan's John Demaske is lifted by Trinity's Ryan Diehl during their 120-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Demaske lost by a 9-3 decision.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jefferson-Morgan's John Demaske is lifted by Trinity's Ryan Diehl during their 120-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Demaske lost by a 9-3 decision.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry Area's George Phillippi (right) escapes from Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phillippi defeated Myers 2-1 in a tiebreaker.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry Area's George Phillippi (right) escapes from Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phillippi defeated Myers 2-1 in a tiebreaker.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kittanning's Jason Nolf attempts to pin Pius X's Micahel Comunale during their 132-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf defeated Comunale by fall at 3:08.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Kittanning's Jason Nolf attempts to pin Pius X's Micahel Comunale during their 132-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nolf defeated Comunale by fall at 3:08.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry Area's George Phillippi celebrates his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry Area's George Phillippi celebrates his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry Area's George Phillippi umps into his head coach Mike Weinell's arms while celebrating his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday March 08, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry Area's George Phillippi  umps into his head coach Mike Weinell's arms while celebrating his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday March 08, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Derry Area's George Phillippi celebrates his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Derry Area's George Phillippi celebrates his 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boiling Springs' Korbin Myers during their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Seth Carr celebrates after taking down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Seth Carr celebrates after taking down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Seth Carr celebrates after taking down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Seth Carr celebrates after taking down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Seth Carr takes down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Seth Carr takes down Claysburg Kimmel's Josh Brown for the win in overtime of their 113-pound semifinal match at the PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Carr defeated Brown, 10-8.

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Friday, March 8, 2013, 9:57 p.m.
 

HERSHEY — Keystone Oaks senior Nick Zanetta knows the tale of his high school career is among the stranger ones in WPIAL history.

Zanetta hopes it ends with a positive plot twist.

Eager to avoid a legacy defined by second-place finishes, Zanetta will wrestle Kittanning junior Jason Nolf for the 132-pound title in the PIAA Class AA finals beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Giant Center. Zanetta lost to Nolf in the Section 3, WPIAL and Southwest Regionals this season — each margin of defeat was three points or fewer. He gets one more chance to change the outcome before he heads off to Pitt to wrestle for the Panthers.

“Second place, I'm sick of it,” he said. “Every match, I'm getting closer. I can taste it.”

Their latest rematch hinged on Zanetta, who edged Hanover junior Ian Brown, 5-1, in the tiebreaker period of overtime.

Zanetta and Brown failed to score during regulation. Meanwhile, on the next mat over, Nolf's match ended early, as he pinned Pius X sophomore Michael Comunale with 52 seconds left in the second period.

Nolf and his coach, Brandon Newill, watched as Zanetta, in the first half of the tiebreaker period, scored a reversal and then three back points with 8.0 seconds left.

“It's whatever,” Nolf, a state champion in 2011 and a third-place finisher last season, said of the rematch. “I didn't know who'd win it (between Zanetta and Brown). But I figured (before the tournament) it'd be one of them.”

Zanetta endured a string of silver-medal performances a season ago, when Derry standout Jimmy Gulibon beat him in the WPIAL, regional and PIAA finals. He accepted that such a scenario might happen again this year in a weight class that included Nolf, a wrestler who now owns a 131-1 career record.

“Whoever wants it (the title) more is going to get it,” Zanetta said. “We've both been there before, so I don't think we're going to hold anything back or stall.”

Zanetta-Nolf is one of two all-WPIAL matchups in the state finals.

In a rematch of the WPIAL championship, Derry freshman George Phillippi and South Fayette senior Seth Carr will wrestle for the PIAA crown at 113.

Phillippi, who beat Carr, 1-0, in the WPIAL finals, edged Boiling Springs sophomore Korbin Myers, 2-1, in the tiebreaker portion of overtime.

“I can't believe (that) just happened,” Phillippi said. “This means everything to me. I wanted to be in the state finals since I was six. I dreamt about it. It's finally coming true.”

Carr, the Southwest Regional champ, scored the deciding takedown with 34 seconds left in overtime of his 10-8 semifinal victory over Claysburg-Kimmel senior Josh Brown.

“I got a little angrier and started shooting more,” said Carr, who trailed, 6-3, midway through the second period.

Other finalists from the WPIAL are Burrell senior Dakota DesLauriers (182 pounds), who beat Saegertown sophomore Dylan Reynolds, 9-1, to earn his second straight title bout bid; and Chartiers-Houston senior Garrett Vulcano (195), who topped senior Adam Geigner of District 3's Trinity, 5-2.

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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