SF’s Carr leads regional winners
After winning a Southwest Regional wrestling title, Seth Carr is ready to take on the rest of the competition in the hopes of coming home a state champion.
The South Fayette senior is among the area athletes battling for PIAA titles in Hershey this week. The PIAA championships run from March 7-9 at the Giant Center.
“That’s the goal,” said SF head coach Rick Chaussard. “To be on top of the podium.
“If Seth continues to work hard and he stays focused, then nothing is impossible.”
Focus was the key to Carr’s success during the regional championships held at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.
Carr knocked off defending champion Justin Patrick of Ligonier Valley, 4-3, in the 113-pound title bout. He scored a second-period reversal and held on to beat Patrick for the gold medal.
While the title was what Chaussard had hope for, he knew well the opponent and Carr’s own tendencies.
“Seth faced a very tough kid in the final,” he said.
“Seth stayed focused. He likes to wonder sometimes but he was into each of his matches. When it came to wrestling, he was go, go, go.”
Tanner Sutton and Garrett Vulcano were revved up, too. The two Chartiers-Houston seniors claimed regional titles as well.
In winning the 145-pound weight class, Sutton used a takedown in the second period and an escape in the third to post a 3-1 win over Conemaugh Township’s Tanner Cahill in the championship match.
Meanwhile, Vulcano posted a pin at 3:11 against Kittanning’s Zac Croyle in the finals and claimed the 195-pound title.
Three of Carr’s teammates, including his younger brother, Mike, joined him in Hershey. The top five finishers in the regional grabbed PIAA Class AA berths.
While Mike Carr finished fourth at 120 and Grant Fetchet placed fifth at 152, Jared Walker and Mike Fetchet secured silver medals. Walker finished as the 160-pound runner-up. Fethet was second at 170.
For Keystone Oaks, Nick Zanetta qualified for the PIAA event. He dropped an 8-6 decision to Jason Nolf of Kittaning in the 132-pound final. Nolf won a state title two years ago.
During the WPIAL Class AAA and Southwest Regional Championships held at Norwin last weekend, Canon-McMillan dominated the action, grabbing three gold medals and advancing seven wrestlers to this week’s PIAA tournament, also in Hershey. All three Big Macs have won three straight WPIAL titles.
Making his fourth final appearance, Connor Schram (41-3) claimed the 126-pound crown. The Stanford recruit edged Michael Kemerer of Franklin Regional in the championship bout.
Though he missed the entire dual meet season, including CM’s WPIAL and PIAA team championship run, Solomon Chishko showed no signs of injury as he captured the 145-pound weight class. He used a last-minute takedown to defeat Josh Shields of Franklin Regional in the finals.
Cody Wiercioch cashed in on the 170-pound championship by recording a major decision, 9-1, against Noah Wilps from Chartiers Valley. With the win, Wiercioch improved to 40-1 overall while Wilps dropped to 30-8. The Pitt recruit has won state titles in both Class AA as well as AAA.
Joining the three CM wrestlers in the state tournament are Alex Campbell, Angelo Broglia, Brendan Price and Dalton Macri.
While Campbell and Broglia finished runners-up at 220 and 285, Price and Macri were third-place winners at 106 and 120.
CM took top honors, scoring 185 points as a team during the regional and head coach Chris Mary garnered Coach of the Year laurels for the fifth season in a row.
While CM’s Sammy Minor just missed a state berth, finishing fourth at 160, Mt. Lebanon’s Kellan Stout grapped a PIAA berth when he decisioned Hempfield’s Dom Nania, 9-4, in the 170-pound consolation bout.
Stout becomes the first Lebo wrestler to make a trip to Hershey since both Angelo Palmieri and Justin Novak qualified for the PIAA state championships in 1998.
After losing a tough quarterfinal match, Stout rebounded to win four matches to clinch his state berth.
“Despite getting “caught” in his quarterfinal match and the disappointment of not advancing through the championship bracket Kellan Stout responded to the adversity,” said Lebo mat boss Bill Lewis. “Kellan rose to the challenge and punched his ticket to Hershey.”
Tyler Buckiso, who recorded his 100th career victory on the mats during the regional, finished fourth at 126 points. He lost a tough battle to Drew Walker of North Hills, 5-3, in overtime of the 126-pound consolation match.