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Sheridans still in hunt for gold at WCCAs

| Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009

For Colin and Zack Sheridan of Mt. Pleasant, winning their first gold medals at the 56th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament at Greensburg Salem High School is still within their grasp.

The Sheridans moved into today's semifinals with solid wins Friday night.

Colin Sheridan defeated Jesse Reilly of Hempfield, 3-0, in his quarterfinal-round match at 130 pounds. He opened the tournament with a pin of Cody Lawson of Belle Vernon.

He'll face Tyler Berger of Burrell, who upset No. 2 seed Michael Depalma of Jeannette, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Zack Sheridan received a first-round bye and then defeated Brett Perry of Belle Vernon, 5-2, in his quarterfinal-round match. He'll face Travis McKillop of Burrell in the semifinals at 135 pounds.

Mt. Pleasant is in 12th place with 24 team points. Southmoreland is 14th with 13 points.

The Scotties failed to advance anyone to the semifinals. They had four wrestlers lose in the quarterfinals.

The semifinal round will begin at 11:30 a.m. The finals are slated for 7 p.m.

Connellsville 48, Waynesburg 18: Stetson Keedy (130 pounds), Jesse Swink (135), Mike Aumer (145), Zach Benzio (189) and Nate Gaffney (215) each pinned their opponent as the Falcons (10-2) topped host Waynesburg in a non-section match. Tanner Wiltrout (103) won with a technical fall, and Zach Fike (160) scored a major decision. Jake Swink (125), Ethan Saylor (140) and Travis Miller (285) each won by decision.

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Southmoreland 56, Waynesburg 51: Tom Szatkowski scored 18 points, as Southmoreland defeated visiting Waynesburg in a non-section game. Josh Millslagle had 11 points, and Josh Schwartz scored 11 points for the Scotties (6-8).

Zach Pollack paced the Raiders with 17 points. Ryan Hurd contributed 15 points, and Rusty Phillips had 10 points.

Burgettstown 69, Frazier 39: In 5-AA, Nick Tasz scored 17 points, and Tyler Lonchar followed with 16 points to lead Burgettstown to a victory over host Frazier. Kevin Bielecki scored 13 points, and Sean Tunno added 10 points.

Craig Rebovich was the high scorer for the Commodores (1-10, 0-6) with 10 points.

St. Joseph 74, Geibel 68: Brian Heinle scored 21 pints, and Dave Marsili had 20 points, as St. Joseph nipped visiting Geibel in Section 3-A.

Taylor Nowicki and Ryan Craft each scored 17 points for the Gators (5-6, 0-3). Paul Martin contributed 11 points.


Ligonier Valley 5, Connellsville 4: Eric Bogden scored three goals and added an assist, but the Falcons (10-3-1) fell to host Ligonier Valley in PIHL Open Division action. Shane Daugherty had a goal to go along with two assists, and Gordie Greenbaum picked up a pair of assists. Zach Bradshaw made 23 saves and took the loss for Connellsville.

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