SF tunes up for title run

Published Jan 29, 2013 at 10:04 am (Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 10:04 am)

After claiming its first wrestling section banner in school history, South Fayette tuned up for WPIAL team tournament action by taking third in the Bedford Tournament. The Lions racked up 180.5 points while Chestnut Ridge won the championship with 213 points and the host club finished as the runner-up with a 191.5 score.

Seth Carr captured the 113-pound weight class. He defeated Josh Brown from Claysburg-Kimmel, 6-1, in the championship match.

J.J. Walker earned runner-up honors at 160. He dropped a 3-2 decision to Bryce Fochtman from Berlin-Brothersvalley in the championship bout.

Also securing second was Mike Carr. Carr suffered a fall to Ryan Easter of Bedford in the 120-pound finals.

Grant Fetchet (152), Mike Fetchet (170) and Zach Walker (195) all took third places for the Lions, who enter the Class AA team tournament seeded No. 2 behind Burrell, which has won seven of the past eight WPIAL titles.

The Lions will host South Allegheny at 6 p.m. Jan. 30. The winner of that match advances to the quarterfinals to battle the victor between Burgettstown at 7:30 p.m. at South Fayette.

Semifinal action as well as championship matches will be held at Chartiers Valley.

Class AA kicks off the Final Four at 6 p.m. while Class AAA follows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

The Class AA championship match will be contested at 2 p.m. After the consolation match at 4:30 p.m. the Class AAA finals will be held at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Lions received high regard from the wrestling steering committee because of their undefeated 7-0 mark as well as their showing in the competitive Section 1.

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.

Chartiers-Houston earned the No. 4 seed in the Class AA tournament. The Buccaneers host Yough at 6 p.m. while Bentworth wrestles Avonworth. The winners face off at 7:30 p.m. also at Char-Houston.

The Bucs, like the Lions, tuned up for the team tournament by also finishing third during the Chartiers Valley Duals. The Bucs defeated Hopewell, 47-27, in the consolation match.

Butler won the duals with a 34-29 win over Norwin in the championship match.

With a 40-39 win, Upper St. Clair edged the host Colts for fifth place. Keystone Oaks, placed 10th in the duals.

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