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Latrobe wrestling team cruises into WPIAL Class AAA final

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Andrew John controls Jefferson Morgan's Damian Belford during their 106-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon. South Fayette defeated Jefferson Morgan 37-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Andrew John controls Jefferson Morgan's Damian Belford during their 106-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School  on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon.  South Fayette defeated Jefferson Morgan 37-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Grant Fetchet (top) takes down Jefferson-Morgan's Ryan Zalar during their 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. South Fayette defeated Jefferson Morgan, 37-29.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Grant Fetchet (top) takes down Jefferson-Morgan's Ryan Zalar during their 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. South Fayette defeated Jefferson Morgan, 37-29.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky attempts to pin Canon-McMillan's Jesse Lesko during their 182-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky attempts to pin Canon-McMillan's Jesse Lesko during their 182-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Derrick Beattie (top) battles Burgettstown's Jacob McKee during their 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Derrick Beattie (top) battles Burgettstown's Jacob McKee during their 160-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Jason Roberts celebrates after pinning Burgettstown's Jared Vraninin during their 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Jason Roberts celebrates after pinning Burgettstown's Jared Vraninin during their 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Robert Scherer (top) attempts to pin Burgettstown's Brandon Hucik during their 195-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown 66-6.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Robert Scherer (top) attempts to pin Burgettstown's Brandon Hucik during their 195-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School  on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown 66-6.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Burrell's Nicholas Pattock (top) attempts to pin Burgettstown's Tristan Nicholson during their 170-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Burrell's Nicholas Pattock (top) attempts to pin Burgettstown's Tristan Nicholson during their 170-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Burrell defeated Burgettstown, 66-6.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Ethan McCoy (right) attempts to take down Canon-McMillan's Brendan Price during their 132-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Ethan McCoy (right) attempts to take down Canon-McMillan's Brendan Price during their 132-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Ethan Stas (top) attempts to score on Canon-McMillan's Josiah Hritsko during their 132-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon.Stas won in overtime 2-1. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Ethan Stas (top) attempts to score on Canon-McMillan's Josiah Hritsko during their 132-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon.Stas won in overtime 2-1. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Latrobe's Luke Pletcher celebrates after pinning Canon-McMillan's Matt Oblock during their 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Latrobe's Luke Pletcher celebrates after pinning Canon-McMillan's Matt Oblock during their 120-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Latrobe defeated Canon McMillan, 42-20.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer (top) keeps North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh from heading out of bounds during a 138-pound bout at the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament semifinals on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Norwin. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer (top) keeps North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh from heading out of bounds during a 138-pound bout at the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament semifinals on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Norwin. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Josh Shields (top) controls North Allegheny's Blynn Shideler during their 152-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Josh Shields (top) controls North Allegheny's Blynn Shideler during their 152-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014 in North Huntingdon. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh during their 138-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Michael Kemerer (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's A.J. Boeh during their 138-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon.  Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld during their 113-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon. Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (top) attempts to pin North Allegheny's Luke Landefeld during their 113-pound bout during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Norwin High School on Jan. 31, 2014, in North Huntingdon.  Franklin Regional defeated North Allegheny, 49-24.

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Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 10:33 p.m.
 

Canon-McMillan's run of consecutive of WPIAL Class AAA team titles came to a crashing halt Friday at Norwin.

Latrobe dominated the upper weights, received three huge wins in the lighter weights and rolled to a 42-20 semifinal victory.

The Wildcats earned a rematch against No. 1 Franklin Regional, which defeated North Allegheny, 49-24. The finals are slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chartiers Valley.

Franklin Regional defeated Latrobe, 46-28, on Jan. 22 in the Section 1-AAA final.

Burrell has a chance to win its eighth consecutive title after it pounded Burgettstown, 66-6, in the Class AA semifinals. The Bucs get a rematch against South Fayette, which edged Jefferson-Morgan, 37-29. The Bucs defeated South Fayette, 35-30, in the 2013 final.

The Class AA final is 4 p.m. The consolation for third place will be held at noon in Class AA and 2 p.m. in Class AAA.

Latrobe's Ethan McCoy defeated Brendon Price, 6-2, at 113 pounds in the night's first match.

“I thought Brendon wrestled well, but their kid just smothered him on top,” Canon-McMillan coach Jason Cardillo said. “It was Latrobe's night.”

Luke Pletcher (120), Jake Shaffer (160), Zack Zavatsky (182) and Logan Carns (220) had pins for the Wildcats, who received close wins from Ethan Stas (132), Ethan Smith (145) and Travis Schmeling (195).

“When I was a freshman, we were the first team to qualify for the state tournament,” Latrobe senior Dom Scalise said. “It's a great feeling to knock off the defending champions. When we got the wins in the middle weights, our bench was excited and their bench was dead.”

Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said it was the most complete match his team has wrestled this season. He's looking forward to the rematch against Franklin Regional.

The Panthers turned in another dominating performance, winning nine of 14 matches against North Allegheny. All nine were either by pin, technical fall or major decision.

Franklin Regional senior Tyler Smith said the top wrestlers on the team take it upon themselves to get bonus points.

“The coaches don't pressure us. We do,” Smith said. “We like to rack up the points.”

Devon Brown (106), Michael Kemerer (138), Josh Maruca (145) and Charlie Mazon (286) posted falls. Spencer Lee (113), Smith (132) and Josh Shields (152) won by technical fall.

“We going for our first WPIAL title,” Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. “We're really wrestling well.”

Burrell won 13 of 14 matches against Burgettstown.

A pin by Andrew John (106) in the final match sent South Fayette to the finals. John pinned Damon Belford in the second period.

“We just went out and did what we were expected,” Burrell senior Steven Edwards said. “Not to sound cocky, but we expected to be in the finals.”

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

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