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Burrell wrestlers thump Valley, run section winning streak to 82

Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Burrell's Nick Pattock wrestles Valley's Noah Kankoski at 170 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Pattock won by a first-period pin.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Burrell's Nick Pattock wrestles Valley's Noah Kankoski at 170 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Pattock won by a first-period pin.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Valley's Sequawon Harris tries to pick up Burrell's Dean Edwards during the 106-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Valley's Sequawon Harris tries to pick up Burrell's Dean Edwards during the 106-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Valley's Pat Dewitt subdues Burrell's Anthony Marra during the 126-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Valley's Pat Dewitt subdues Burrell's Anthony Marra during the 126-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Burrell's J.R. Andrejcik wrestles Valley's Brandon Stone during the 132-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Burrell's J.R. Andrejcik wrestles Valley's Brandon Stone during the 132-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Valley's Marcus Davenport places a hold against Burrell's Bobby Scherer during the 195lb match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Valley's Marcus Davenport places a hold against Burrell's Bobby Scherer during the 195lb match at Burrell High School on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Valley's Jihad Ratliff (top) places a hold on Burrell's Jason Roberts during the 120-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Valley's Jihad Ratliff (top) places a hold on Burrell's Jason Roberts during the 120-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.
Erica Dietz | Tribune-Review - Jason David (left) and Burrell will attempt to win their eighth consecutive WPIAL team championship this week.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jason David (left) and Burrell will attempt to win their eighth consecutive WPIAL team championship this week.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Valley's Terrell Fields grapples with Burrell's Denver Schrum during the 182-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Valley's Terrell Fields grapples with Burrell's Denver Schrum during the 182-pound match Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Burrell High School.

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One season after enduring some of the closest section wins in its decade of dominance, Burrell's wrestling team is back in the habit of claiming matches with authority.

The seven-time defending WPIAL Class AA champion Bucs (4-1, 4-0) secured the top spot in the Section 3-AA subdivision B with a 52-20 win over Valley (5-4, 2-2) on Wednesday night. Burrell will go for its 11th straight section title inside its gym next week in the Section 3-AA tournament, which kicks off the WPIAL team postseason. The Bucs open with a semifinal bout against subdivision A runner-up Avonworth.

“Just because Burrell is the name across our chests, nothing is guaranteed,” Burrell coach Josh Shields said. “We still have to go out and wrestle 14 matches tough. We have a huge bull's-eye on our back.”

Valley almost ended Burrell's section winning streak — now at 82 straight — last season when the Bucs pulled off a 36-34 victory. That match, combined with much of the starting lineup returning this season, gave the Vikings hope that they might test Burrell again.

Halfway through the 14 weight classes, a Valley upset remained possible as the Vikings, despite forfeiting at 220 and 285 pounds, trailed 18-14.

Then, Burrell's steamroller section arrived.

First-period pins by seniors J.R. Andrejcik (132), Steve Edwards (152), Derrick Beattie (160) and Nick Pattock (170) as well as a second-period fall by Corey Falleroni (145) provided a considerable lead to the Bucs, who recognized their seniors before the match.

“In a match like this, you can't give up the falls,” Valley coach Steve Ansani said. “But our guys are young, so we'll just come back and regroup.”

Beattie, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, delivered the fastest pin of the night, in 18 seconds.

“We get it rolling there,” Beattie said of Burrell's middleweights. “We've got a lot of our seniors there. We're pushing the pace.”

Senior 182-pounder Terrell Fields secured Valley's only pin of the night in the match's final bout.

“To only give up one pin against that lineup, that's pretty impressive considering the caliber of guys they have,” Shields said. “So I was impressed with that, but to win at states, you have to have a solid lineup.”

While Burrell and subdivision B runner-up Kittanning will wrestle in Section 3-AA semifinal matches next week, Valley, the third-place finisher in subdivision B, will meet Keystone Oaks, subdivision A's third-place team, for a spot in the WPIAL tournament.

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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