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Southmoreland sends 6 wrestlers advance to WPIAL tournament

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It's safe to say this past weekend's WPIAL individual wrestling qualifiers can be deemed as a success for the Southmoreland Scotties.

Six of the 12 wrestlers that competed finished in the top five, qualifying them for this weekend's WPIAL Class AA finals at Chartiers Valley High School.

Three Southmoreland wrestlers won their weight classes — Austin Griffiths (113 pounds), Evan Myers (132) and Jake Beistel (285).

They will be joined at Chartiers Valley by Cole Lambie, who finished second at 106 pounds, Anthony Wise, who placed fifth at 120, and Brenna Coles, who placed fourth at 170.

“I was really pleased, not just with the guys who qualified, but with the whole team,” said coach Ryan Shaw. “Our guys wrestled really well, everyone won at least one match.”

WPIAL finals will take place Friday and Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School and a top seven finish would qualify a wrestler for the PIAA Southwest Regionals the following weekend at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.

“We've got six guys who could all advance to regionals,” Shaw said. “I would love to take all six of them out to Johnstown. If they wrestle the way they did this past weekend, we could take all six.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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