Golden Run Continues as Burrell Upsets Jeff-Morgan To Win AA Title

Saturday, February 4, 2012 | 11:17 PM

A year removed from winning their fifth straight WPIAL Championship, Burrell came into the 2011-2012 season replacing seven starting seniors and a new head coach. But that did not stop the Buccaneers from keeping their WPIAL Championship streak alive.

The match started out with Jefferson Morgan taking a 25-0 lead. They received falls from Brendan Howard (106), John DeMaske (113), and Jason Miller (120). But Burrell came roaring back in a tremendous fashion. The Buccaneers would rattle off 20 straight points, with Steve Edwards (132) starting the win streak and Phillip Marra (138) adding a fall.

“Steve Edwards has been getting us going, setting the tempo for the middle of our order,” said Burrell head coach Bud Sines.

Jefferson Morgan would get back on the board, with a pair of decisions to take a 31-20 lead. But Burrell would answer, winning by technical fall at 182 and forfeit at 195 to tie the match, 31-31.

That led to the match at 220 to decide who would win the AA WPIAL Championship. After a scoreless first period, Cory Klems of Burrell and Ryan Mayfield of Jefferson Morgan would each pick up an escape to have a tie match at 1-1 in the third period. After both wrestlers battled on their feet, it was Klems who picked up the winning takedown with 20 seconds left to not only win the match 3-1, but also win the AA team title for Burrell 34-31.

“Cory is a quick, strong kid who wrestles the bigger kids well. I wasn’t concerned with Cory being out there,” said Sines.

The win gave Burrell its sixth straight WPIAL AA Championship. For head coach Bud Sines, this is his first. After the match he added, “I’m still in shock. I feel like I am riding a wave. This is a great program, an excellent community. The roots run very deep at Burrell. You can tell how much this means to these kids.”

Listen in to Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Monday night at 7:00 PM as Burrell head coach Bud Sines joins the show to discuss his AA WPIAL Championship.

Burell Buccanners 34 – Jefferson Morgan Rockets 31
285 – Brian Rush (JM) dec. Joe Naviglia (B) 1-0
106 – Brendan Howard (JM) fall Jason Roberts (B) :49
113 – John DeMaske (JM) fall Logan Fitzmaurice (B) 3:24
120 – Jason Miller (JM) fall Austin Denk (B) :26
126 – Shane Black (JM) major dec. Zack Wolford (B) 12-0
132 – Steve Edwards (B) dec. Ryan Zalar (JM) 9-4
138 – Phillip Marra (B) fall Alexander Agnew (JM) 2:37
145 – Corey Falleroni (B) tech. fall Jason Perkins (JM) 20-2, 4:24
152 – Kevin Best (B) wins by forfeit
160 – Brandon Lesko (JM) dec. Hayden Greenwald (B) 5-4
170 – Dustin Conti (JM) dec. Derrick Beattie (B) 6-1
182 – Dakota Deslauriers (B) tech. fall Joe Phillips (JM) 21-6, 5:40
195 – John Davidson (B) wins by forfeit
220 – Cory Klems (B) dec. Ryan Mayfield (JM) 3-1

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