SF wins first section title
By virtue of a 31-28 victory over rival Chartiers-Houston, South Fayette claimed the first wrestling section banner in school history.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” said South Fayette head coach Rick Chaussard. “Our kids really worked hard. They gave their blood, sweat and tears for this.”
Emphasize sweat. For unlike a week prior when the Lions breezed past the Buccaneers, 44-19, in the sub-section tournament, they needed to prevent two pins in the final two bouts to assure victory. CH picked up one, but not two.
Garrett Vulcano got the fall for the Bucs at 220, but Mike Schildt prevented the pin. He dropped a 4-1 decision to Josh Kraushaar insuring the SF victory.
The Bucs took charge early as they bolted to a 9-0 lead when Ben Hritsko scored a decision at 106 and Ty Wormsley earned a pin at 113.
Seth Carr won by forfeit and Mike Carr recorded a major decision over Rich McGinnis to edge South Fayette ahead, 10-9.
After Jake Jones won by a decision at 132 for the Bucs, SF’s Brandon Keck felled Dylan Briggs at 3:10 at 145.
Though a major decision by Pete Provenzano and a 4-0 win by Tanner Sutton over Grant Fetchet, afforded the Bucs a 19-16 advantage, the Lions strung together four straight victories, including Michael Fetchet’s fall over David Kincaid at 182. JJ Walker (160), Jack Previte (170) and Zach Walker (195) won decisions. None was bigger than Previte’s victory.
The junior, who only decided to come out for the team recently, trailed Dylan Shultz-Terling, 4-1, heading into the final period. Previte, who a week prior in the sub-section tournament scored a pivotal pin, turned the match in SF’s favor when he scored six points in the final 13 seconds and picked up a 9-7 decision.
SF’s string of victories forced the Bucs to pick up pins in the final two bouts if they hoped to secure their fourth section title in five years. They had won section banners in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Disappointed with defeat, CH coach Bill Sutton was not discouraged by his wrestlers’ performances. “As a coach, all you can ask for is effort. They gave us effort and fought, fought, fought,” he said.
In opening action of the Section 1 tournament, CH defeated Burgettstown, 49-21, while the Lions roared by Ellwood City, 63-3.
Canon-McMillan breezed to the Section 4-AAA title. The defending WPIAL and PIAA team champions coasted past McGuffey, 61-9, in the finals. The Big Macs dispatched West Allegheny, 52-18, in the opener.
Since 1962, the Big Macs have collected 34 section banners. They have won 12 straight under head coach Chris Mary. Plus, they have won three straight district titles.
In the championship match against the Highlanders, heavyweight Angelo Broglia, Nick Konyk (160), Sammy Minor (170) and Cody Wiercioch (170) picked up pins. Josiah Hristsko (126) and Conner Schram (132) recorded technical falls. While Alex Campbell (220) Steve LaFrance (195) and Dalton Macri (120) won by forfeits, Brendon Price (106), Alex Hutchin (138) and Jacob Martin (152) won by decisions.
Against West-A, Price, Macri, Schram, Hutchin, LaFrance, Campbell and Broglia all won by falls.
Despite losing to Connellsville, 48-17, in the Section 2-AAA championship match, Peters Township is qualified for the team tournament.
In the loss to the Falcons, Phil Mary (120), Tyler Buckiso (126), Italo Merante (132) and heavyweight Lucas Cerevanek won decisions for the Indians.
In opening action, PT edged Belle Vernon, 34-31. The Indians won five of the last seven bouts to clinch the victory. Cerevanek had the lone PT pin. Mary, Ty Buckiso, John Ivashchenko, Jake Caputo, MacKenzie Mitchell won decisions for the Indians. A.J. Buckiso and Merante won by forfeit.
In other action, Mt. Lebanon advanced while Bethel Park was eliminated from the team tournament competition.
The Blue Devils lost to Connellsville in opening action of the Section 2-AAA event, but beat Belle Vernon in the consolation match.
In the battle for the fifth and final playoff slot, Bethel Park dropped a 39-27 decision to Ringgold.
Keystone Oaks earned a playoff position in the Class AA tournament with a 46-13 triumph against Valley.