Burrell wrestlers rally, advance to state quarters
HERSHEY — For personal reasons, Hayden Greenwald hadn't wrestled much this season.
But the Burrell junior was there Thursday during the second round of the PIAA Class AA team championships at Giant Center.
His victory against Rex Lutz at 152 pounds sparked Burrell to five consecutive wins en route to a 35-27 victory against District 11 runner-up Pen Argyl.
The victory puts Burrell (21-0), the WPIAL champion, in today's quarterfinals at noon against District 5 champion Bedford (11-2), which defeated Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 39-21.
Greenwald (5-4) used a second-period reversal to defeat Rex Lutz, 2-0.
"Hayden gave us a big lift," coach Ryan Yates said. "That was a six-point swing. The kid had been ranked in the states."
Burrell trailed, 21-16, when Greenwald started the run. Travis McKillop followed with a quick pin at 160 to give Burrell a 25-21 lead. Close wins by Dakota DesLauriers (171) and Jay Taylor (189) pushed the lead to 31-21. DesLauriers edged Tyler Horn, 3-1, and Taylor held on for a 7-6 win against Dylan Evans.
"When we get to 160, we expect big things," Yates said. "Hayden gave us the jump start."
Brian Beattie (215) clinched the victory with a 9-0 major decision against Ryan Berry, who weighed in at 177 and was giving up 36 pounds.
Pen Argyl raced to a 12-0 lead thanks to a forfeit at 103 pounds and close wins by Jamie Welsh (112) and James Elphick (119). Yates said he expects to have a 103-pounder today.
Burrell won the next three bouts to grab a 16-12 lead. Phillip Marra (125) won a major decision over Stephen Burriesci, 14-5; Dave Makara (130) pinned Jarett Stoelzl; and Jeremy Landowski (135) pinned Zach Bartleson.
After a pin by Michael Racciato (140) and a 3-2 win by Luciano Burriesci (145) gave Pen Argyl the lead, Greenwald stole back the momentum.
"I've had my ups and downs this season," Greenwald said. "I'm starting to come around. I just stayed positive, and all I wanted to do was help my team."
• Reynolds 41, Chartiers-Houston 21 — The District 10 champions posted six consecutive wins and rolled to an easy victory against the WPIAL runners-up. Reynolds got pins from Neal Engstrom (112), Dylan D'Urso (130), Austin Matthews (140) and Blake Heim (215).
Chartiers-Houston, which led, 3-0, after a Richie McGinnis victory at 103, won five matches, including technical falls by Michael Innes (152), Garrett Vulcano (171) and Nate Grandelis (285).
• Canon-McMillan 26, Nazareth 25 — The WPIAL champions avenged an earlier loss by edging the District 11 runners-up. Nazareth defeated Canon-McMIllan, 32-26, at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 8.
Each team won seven matches, but the Big Macs got a pin by Colton Shorts (103) and a technical fall by Nick Catalano (145) to secure the win. Canon-McMillan wrestles District 4 champion Delaware Valley at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
• Council Rock South 43, Kiski Area 23 — The District 1 champion used pins by Trey Balasco (112), Matt Rappo (135), Matt Martoccio (145) and Tim Riley (215) to defeat the WPIAL's third-place team. Council Rock South won nine of 14 matches.
Kyle Skelly (152) and Matt McCutcheon (189) had pins for Kiski Area, which will face District 6 champion Central Mountain in a first-round consolation match.