2016 WPIAL Class AAA Wrestling Day One Recap

Friday, March 4, 2016 | 10:55 PM

The AAA WPIAL Championships started Friday at Penn Hills with news of wrestlers missing. A pair of scratches to seeded wrestlers adjusted two different weight classes. The first was at 132 pounds, where number five seed Ryan Yocum of Trinity was a scratch. The other was at 152 pounds where Micah Kusturiss of Canon McMillan, who was a four seed, was a scratch due to an ankle injury.

After the scratches were processed, the opening preliminary round did not see many upsets take place. The top five seeds in every weight class were victorious with one exception. That was at 182 pounds, where number four seed Mike Mahon of Fox Chapel fell to Brad Nagy of Kiski Area. The match was tight until late in the third, when Nagy was able to put Mahon onto his back and pin him in 4:51.

The quarterfinals did not provide many more upsets, as the top seeds continued to prevail. The biggest upset was at 152 pounds, where number two seed Dan Contraguerro of Franklin Regional dropped a major decision loss to David Kelly of Pine Richland 12-4. The other top four seeds not to advance into the semi finals were all number four seeds, and each of those losses were to number five seeds. The first was Brock Godzin of Belle Vernon, who lost to Doug Gudenburr of Ringgold 1-0. The second was Godzin’s teammate at 145. Scott Joll of Belle Vernon fell to AJ Boeh of North Allegheny 10-3. The final number four seed to lose in the quarterfinals was Montour’s Roman Macek at 220, who was pinned by Chad Kuhn of Kiski in 2:49.

Out of the 56 top four seeds in the AAA WPIAL Championships, 51 of those wrestlers advanced into Saturday’s semi finals. Three teams led the way, with Belle Vernon, Kiski, and North Allegheny all having 6 wrestlers still alive in the winners bracket. Not far behind were Canon McMillan and Waynesburg, who had 5 wrestlers’ each move into the semi finals Saturday.

Quarterfinal Results:

Job Chishko (Penn Trafford) maj. dec. Kellen Lynch (Seneca Valley) 11-0
Darren Miller (Kiski) dec. Brady Sherback (Latrobe) 4-3
Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon) dec. Jacob Downing (North Allegheny) 1-0
Louis Newell (Seneca Valley) fall Shane Kelley (Central Catholic) 2:41

Gage Curry (North Hills) dec. Nick Coy (Penn Trafford) 2-0
Vincent Distefanis (Hempfield) dec. Mason Franks (Connellsville) 7-3
Cam Connor (Kiski) dec. Alex Salas (Pine Richland) 2-1
Logan Macri (Canon McMillan) maj. dec. Alex Hornfeck (Mars) 20-12

Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) fall Ben Lynch (Seneca Valley) 0:44
Noah Levett (Kiski) fall Dom Devine (Thomas Jefferson) 3:48
Hunter Baxter (Pine Richland) dec. Justin Perkins (Penn Hills) 1-0
Caleb Morris (Waynesburg) dec. Jason Miller (Norwin) 6-0

Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem) dec. Matt Siszka (Kiski) 7-2
Matt Oblock (Canon McMillan) dec. Tyler Seliga (Belle Vernon) 4-3
Luke Landefeld (North Allegheny) dec. Cole Rush (Waynesburg) 8-3
Ethan McCoy (Latrobe) maj. dec. Alex Lynch (Seneca Valley) 12-0

Luke Kemerer (Hempfield) dec. Dom Means (Central Catholic) 5-1
Mike Heinl (Shaler) fall John MacPherson (North Hills) 1:55
Joe Blumer (Kiski) dec. Tommy Zummo (Plum) 3-1
Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon) dec. Tim Hritsko (Canon McMillan) 6-0

Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) fall Dom Davido (Plum) 3:23
Doug Gudenburr (Ringgold) dec. Brock Godzin (Belle Vernon) 1-0
Jake Hinkson (North Allegheny) dec. Scott Dietrich (Butler) 5-0
Shaun Wilson (Waynesburg) fall Kris Demorest (Hempfield) 1:15

Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford) fall Hunter Kernan (Bethel Park) 0:42
AJ Boeh (North Allegheny) dec. Scott Joll (Belle Vernon) 10-3
Ryan Kruase (Franklin Regional) dec. Keagan Lawson (North Hills) 4-3
Jake Hartman (Shaler) maj. dec. Lawrence Schrott (West Mifflin) 11-2

Derek Verkleeren (Belle Vernon) fall Noah Seeberger (Bethel Park) 0:53
Austin Bonacci (West Mifflin) dec. Angelo Harr (Latrobe) 9-4
Terry Victor (Waynesburg) dec. Caleb Baxter (Butler) 1-0
David Kelly (Pine Richland) maj. dec. Dan Contraguerro (Franklin Regional) 12-4

Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin) dec. Jimmy Pierce (Laurel Highlands) 3-0
Kyle Homet (Waynesburg) dec. Kevin Holman (Ambridge) 5-3
Sean Hoover (North Allegheny) fall Nate Vukovich (Armstrong) 4:50
Mitchell Hartman (Belle Vernon) dec. Blaze Kansco (Canon McMillan) 3-1 OT

Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) tech. fall Chad Coles (Norwin) 19-3, 3:58
Matt McGillick (Penn Trafford) inj. def. Christian Sequete (Butler) 4:15
Jake Shaffer (Latrobe) tech. fall Teegan Hahn (Greensburg Salem) 20-5, 5:35
Austin Bell (Belle Vernon) maj. dec. Tommy Provance (Connellsville) 12-3

Jake Woodley (North Allegheny) maj. dec. Korbin Bundy (Greensburg Salem) 14-3
James Zeremenko (Canon McMillan) dec. Brad Nagy (Kiski) 7-2
Milton Kobaly (Belle Vernon) fall James Kimbrough (Hopewell) 3:52
Colin McCracken (Waynesburg) fall Justin Johnson (Butler) 3:40

Drew Phipps (Norwin) fall Ron D’Amico (Shaler) 3:13
Nick Konyk (Canon McMillan) dec. Alex Belack (Peters Township) 5-2
Francis Duggan (North Allegheny) dec. Jake Pickup (Franklin Regional) 8-3
Eli Grape (Upper St. Clair) dec. Zach Carcy (Fox Chapel) 7-4

Jacob Robb (Kittanning) fall Jake Slinger (Upper St. Clair) 1:03
Chad Kuhn (Kiski) fall Roman Macek (Montour) 2:49
Derek Berberick (Greensburg Salem) dec. Nathan Barcaskey (Moon) 3-1 OT
Michael McAleavey (Peters Township) maj. dec. Shamil Zaynullaev (Mount Lebanon) 13-2

Brendan Furman (Canon McMillan) fall Jared Pegher (Fox Chapel) 1:37
Hayden Rice (Norwin) dec. Billy Korber (Belle Vernon) 2-1
Isaac Reid (Kiski) fall Corey Dodson (Albert Gallatin) 1:00
Zach Jablonski (Montour) dec. Ian Hood (Latrobe) 7-0

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