TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Panthers use bonus points in key bouts to seal win over rival Kiski Area

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (left) reacts after pinning Kiski Area's Matt Siszka at 3 minutes, 44 seconds of their 106-pound bout during a match Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Franklin Regional.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown (left) reacts after pinning Kiski Area's Matt Siszka at 3 minutes, 44 seconds of their 106-pound bout during a match Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Franklin Regional.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee pins Kiski Area's Brad Nagy at 1:08 of their 113-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee pins Kiski Area's Brad Nagy at 1:08 of their 113-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Chad Kuhn (bottom) battles Franklin Regional's Jake Pickup during their 195-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Chad Kuhn (bottom) battles Franklin Regional's Jake Pickup during their 195-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Joey Blumer (bottom) battles Franklin Regional's Gus Solomon during their 120-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Blumer won by a 5-3 decision in overtime. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Joey Blumer (bottom) battles Franklin Regional's Gus Solomon during their 120-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Blumer won by a 5-3 decision in overtime. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media - Kiski Area's Joey Blumer celebrates his 5-3 decision over Franklin Regional's Gus Solomon in overtime of their 120-pound bout during a dual meet Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Franklin Regional. The Panthers defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Kiski Area's Joey Blumer celebrates his 5-3 decision over Franklin Regional's Gus Solomon in overtime of their 120-pound bout during a dual meet Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Franklin Regional. The Panthers defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Ryan Hardaway (left) battles Franklin Regional's Kyle Berk during their 126-pound bout at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Hardaway won by a 9-8 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Ryan Hardaway (left) battles Franklin Regional's Kyle Berk during their 126-pound bout at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Hardaway won by a 9-8 decision. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown takes down Kiski Area's Matt Siszka during their 106-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Brown won by fall at 3:44. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown takes down Kiski Area's Matt Siszka during their 106-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Brown won by fall at 3:44. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Devin Brown pins Kiski Area's Matt Siszka at 3:44 of their 106-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Devin Brown pins Kiski Area's Matt Siszka at 3:44 of their 106-pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 3, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area, 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer prepares to pin Kiski Area's Tyler Faulk at 1:15 of their 138 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Smith won by a 23-8 technical fall. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer prepares to pin Kiski Area's Tyler Faulk at 1:15 of their 138 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Smith won by a 23-8 technical fall. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) ties up with Franklin Regional's Charlie Mazon in their 285 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Kuhn won by fall at 1:17. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn (top) ties up with Franklin Regional's Charlie Mazon  in their 285 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Kuhn won by fall at 1:17. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca( right) works to control Kiski Area's Garrett Fitzsimmons during their 145 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Maruca won by injury default. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Maruca( right)  works to control Kiski Area's Garrett Fitzsimmons during their 145 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Maruca won by injury default. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Shields attempts to pin Kiski Area's Jake Ardelitz during their 152 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Shileds won 20-5. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Shields attempts to pin Kiski Area's Jake Ardelitz during their 152 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Shileds won 20-5. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional head coach Eric Mausser offers instruction to Brandon Yant during his match against Kiski Area's Vinny Ramono during their 160 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional head coach Eric Mausser offers instruction to Brandon Yant during his match against  Kiski Area's Vinny Ramono during their 160 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area interim coach Chris Heater talks with Vinny Ramono on a time out in his 160 pound bout against Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area interim coach Chris Heater talks with Vinny Ramono on a time out in his 160 pound bout against Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area interim coach Chris Heater watches the 170 pound bout against Franklin Regional during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Kiski Area interim coach Chris Heater watches the 170 pound bout against Franklin Regional during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant (top) attempts to pin Kiski Area's Vinny Ramono in their 160 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Brandon Yant (top) attempts to pin Kiski Area's Vinny Ramono in their 160 pound bout during their dual meet at Franklin Regional on Jan. 03, 2014. Franklin Regional defeated Kiski Area 38-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith (top) takes Kiski Area's Vaughn Curcio to the mat during their 132 pound bout during a dual meet earlier this month. Smith won by a 23-8 technical fall, but Vaughn saved his team a point in the overall match by not getting pinned (five, compared to six).
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith (top) takes Kiski Area's Vaughn Curcio to the mat during their 132 pound bout during a dual meet earlier this month. Smith won by a 23-8 technical fall, but Vaughn saved his team a point in the overall match by not getting pinned (five, compared to six).

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 10:48 p.m.
 

You would think the Franklin Regional wrestling team would be happy with an easy win over WPIAL Class AAA, Section 1-A rival Kiski Area.

They weren't.

No. 1 Franklin Regional defeated No. 5 Kiski Area, 38-24, Friday in a match that the Panthers clinched with four bouts left.

Franklin Regional (6-1, 3-0) and Kiski Area (10-1, 2-1) each won seven bouts, but those the Panthers won came with bonus points.

The Panthers got pins by Devin Brown (106), Spencer Lee (113) and Michael Kemerer (138) and a win by injury default for John Maruca (145), all resulting in six team points; technical fall wins by Tyler Smith (132) and Josh Shields (152) worth five team points each; and a major decision by Brandon Yant (160) for four points.

Kiski Area got a pin by heavyweight Chad Kuhn in the first bout of the night and six regular decisions, worth three points each.

“It was nice to get the win, but we're not happy with that,” Smith said. “To be honest with you, I thought we'd win by 20 or 30 points.

“I thought we were going to hit our stride after winning Powerade. We didn't wrestle well, and we have to get back to work. We're not happy with our performance.”

But when you have four or five wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the state, opponents need to be just as talented.

After Smith posted a 23-8 technical fall win over Vaughn Curcio at 132, he got up and pointed to the Franklin Regional student section.

“I told them if they showed up for this big match, I'd do something to acknowledge them,” said Smith, who got frustrated at times with Curcio. “When you wrestle Kiski, you know some of their wrestlers are going to stall. I had to change my attack.”

Panthers coach Eric Mausser said he wasn't as disappointed.

“We know we're going to win a lot of matches because of the bonus points we get,” Mausser said. “We got more bonus points, but we'll have to win some of those close matches down the line. It wasn't our greatest match, but Kiski is tough.”

Kiski grabbed a 6-0 lead on a pin by Shane Kuhn (285). But Franklin Regional countered with pins by Brown (106) and Lee (113) for a 12-6 lead.

The Cavaliers tied the score 12-12 with wins by Joey Blumer (120) and Ryan Hardaway (126). Blumer edged Gus Solomon, 5-3, in overtime, and Hardaway held off Kyle Berk, 9-8.

Franklin Regional then won the next five bouts to clinch the win.

“It is a snowball effect when they get started,” Mausser said about his lower and middle weights. “It helps build our momentum up in those situations.”

“We knew we had our hands full,” said Kiski Area coach Chris Heater, who is acting as head coach while Chuck Tursky recovers from surgery. “A lot of teams are going to have a tough time stopping them from getting bonus points.

“They have a talented team and we're extremely young. I thought our guys well, but I think we still have more to give. We're built on scrapping and wrestling tough.”

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

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Wrestling

  1. Gorman: Undefeated wrestlers share common goal
  2. Belle Vernon wrestlers lose in PIAA quarterfinals