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Kiski Area grapplers Kuhn, Worthing garner WPIAL gold

| Sunday, March 2, 2014, 12:03 a.m.

Kiski Area senior Shane Kuhn said he was a little disappointed when he gave up a takedown to Mt. Lebanon junior Zeynul Zaynullayev in the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA Southwest Regional Championship finals Saturday at Canon-McMillan.

So after posing for a photo, he took out his frustrations on his brother, Chad, by tossing him playfully to the mat.

Shane Kuhn (36-1) captured his second WPIAL title by easily defeating Zaynullayev, 5-2, in the heavyweight final.

“I'm happy with the title,” Kuhn said. “I knew the kid would be hard to score on because he is so small. I wish I wouldn't have given up the takedown. I wanted to shut him out.”

Kuhn, a four-time WPIAL placewinner, said he is looking forward to the state tournament.

“I've been there before, so my nerves shouldn't be as bad,” Kuhn said. “Crazy stuff happens at states, you never know. I just want to put together a couple good matches and see where I end up.”

He wasn't the only champion from Kiski Area. Sophomore Tyler Worthing (32-1) captured the 220-pound title by defeating Latrobe junior Dylan Davis, 14-3.

“It's pretty good in this region if you can duplicate a title like Shane,” Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said. “This is Tyler's first time. Both pinned up into the finals.

“I look for good things from both. You have to bring your ‘A' game. If you let down at Hershey, you're probably not going to like the results.”

Both Shane Kuhn and Worthing are looking for similar results at the PIAA championships, which get underway Thursday at Hershey.

“I'm pretty happy, but I'd like to keep improving,” Worthing said. “My first goal was to make it to states. I've never reached that before. It's exciting.”

Worthing dominated the match with Davis, who he pinned in the Section 1 finals last week.

Worthing decided late in the season to move from 195 pounds to 220.

“I was Number one at both weights and I beat all of them,” Worthing said. “I'm looking forward to next week. I'll have some serious competition.”

Two other Kiski Area wrestlers had a chance to earn a trip to Hershey. Jake Ardellitz (152) was pinned by Bethel Park's Paul Dunn in the third-place match, and Chad Kuhn was beaten by North Allegheny junior Zach Smith, 15-0, at 195.

Plum senior heavyweight Stephen Turchick (32-9) advanced to Hershey by pinning Montour sophomore Zack Jablonski in the consolation semifinals and then edged Latrobe junior Tyler Mears, 2-1 tiebreaker, in the third-place match.

Shane Kuhn pinned Turchick in the semifinals.

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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