Norwin’s Phipps, North Hills’ Hillegas eye 3rd WPIAL titles after semifinal victories
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 4:00 PM
The duo is trying to join a large list of three-time WPIAL champions. That number is at 77 after Frazier junior Thayne Lawrence and McGuffey senior Christian Clutter joined the group at the WPIAL Class AA finals Feb. 16.
Phipps (33-2) majored Pine-Richland freshman Kelin Laffey, 9-0, and will face Belle Vernon senior Logan Seliga, a 5-0 winner against Hempfield sophomore Ethan Berginc, in the 120-pound finals Saturday night.
Hillegas (37-0) recorded his third pin of the tournament by decking Seneca Valley senior Jason Geyer at 1:57 at 132. He’ll face Latrobe junior Gabe Willochell (33-3) in the finals.
Penn-Trafford senior Nick Coy (33-4) qualified for his fourth trip to Hershey by defeating Pine-Richland junior Nathan Lukez, 3-0, at 138. He’ll get a Section 1 final rematch with Hempfield sophomore Ty Linsenbigler (35-4), who defeated Seneca Valley junior Drew Vlasnik, 9-1.
Coy won the Section 1 final, 3-2.
Another Section 1 rematch is at 126, where Kiski Area senior Darrin Miller faces Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho. Miller has beaten Camacho twice this season, both times 45-3.
Returning PIAA champion Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, the 106 champion, is in the 113 final against Hempfield senior Kyle Burkholder.
The only No. 1 seed to lose was Mt. Lebanon junior Jackson Gray, who fell to Seneca Valley sophomore Antonio Amelio.
The second seeds to fall in the semifinals were: Kiski Area junior Nick Delp (170), Hampton sophomore Justin Hart (195), Hempfield junior Dillon Ferretti (220) and Hempfield sophomore heavyweight Isaiah Vance.
Here’s a look at the semifinal results:
113: Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley dec. Finn Solomon, Franklin Regional, 3-0; Kyle Burkholder, Hempfield dec. Jimmy Baxter, Canon-McMillan, 5-2.
120: Kurtis Phipps, Norwin major dec. Kelin Laffey, Pine Richland, 9-0; Logan Seliga, Belle Vernon dec. Ethan Berginc, Hempfield, 5-0.
126: Darren Miller, Kiski Area dec. Jared Keslar, Connellsville, 8-2; Colton Camacho, Franklin Regional dec. Kenny Hayman, Canon-McMillan, 7-3.
132 Sam Hillegas, North Hills p. Jason Geyer, Seneca Valley, 1:57; Gabe Willochell, Latrobe dec. John Altieri, Norwin, 9-2.
138: Nick Coy, Penn Trafford dec. Nathan Lukez, Pine Richland, 3-0; Ty Linsenbigler, Hempfield major dec. Drew Vlasnik, Seneca Valley, 9-1.
145: Antonio Amelio, Seneca Valley dec.Jackson Gray, Mt. Lebanon, 5-0; Trey Howard, Waynesburg dec. Jack Pletcher, Latrobe, 1-0.
152: Cam Connor, Kiski Area dec. Luca Augustine, Waynesburg, 3-2; Alex Weber, Thomas Jefferson dec. Cole Spencer, Pine Richland, 2-0.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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