WPIAL Semi-Finals Set after a Routine Quarter-Final Round

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Damon Sims, left, tries to hold down Luke Fleck at 285 lbs.

Damon Sims, left, tries to hold down Luke Fleck at 285 lbs.

From start to finish the Class AAA WPIAL quarter-finals went pretty much as planned with the top wrestlers coming out on top and avoiding few upsets. The biggest upset in my mind occurred at 170 lbs. when sophomore Kellon Stout (Mount Lebanon) the #2 seed was pinned by Hempfield Area senior Dom Nania in 0:37 seconds. Stout, ranked #2 in the WPIAL, suffered only his fourth defeat on the season as he was upset by #10 ranked Nania. One of the more entertaining bouts came as the gym at Norwin High School was clearing out and the last Championship quarter-final match was being wrestled into ultimate tie-breaker. Senior Luke Fleck, a PIAA State Qualifier as a sophomore, was downed by returning State Qualifier Damon Sims Jr. of Hopewell. Fleck came into the WPIAL Tournament ranked #2 while Sims, a senior, came in ranked #4.

The usual suspects of WPIAL superstars advanced into the semi-finals as Franklin Regional’s foursome of middle weights all advanced, in addition to Canon McMillan’s impressive 9 wrestlers who will compete in the Semi-Final round.

Brackets can be found here and below is a look at the Semi-Final match-ups.


106 lbs.

Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe) vs. Tyler Kenney (Connellsville Area)

Brendon Price (Canon-McMillan) vs. Gage Curry (North Hills)

113 lbs.

Dom Forys (North Allegheny) vs. Phil Mary (Peters Township)

James Harrison (West Mifflin) vs. A.C. Headlee (Waynesburg Central)

120 lbs.

Sam Krivus (Hempfield Area) vs. Lukas Etzel (Elizabeth Forward)

Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic) vs. Dalton Macri (Canon-McMillan)

126 lbs.

Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan) vs. Ty Buckiso (Peters Township)

Tyler Walker (North Hills) vs. Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional)

132 lbs.

Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional) vs. Italo Merante (Peters Township)

Drew Walker (North Hills) vs. Ethan Kenney (Connellsville Area)

138 lbs.

Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional) vs. Paul Dunn (Bethel Park)

Justin Alexander (Central Catholic) vs. Jesse Rodgers (North Allegheny)

145 lbs.

Solomon Chishko (Canon McMillan) vs. Chris Nuss (Central Catholic)

Cole Landowski (Kiski Area) vs. Josh Shields (Franklin Regional)

152 lbs.

Tyler Reinhart (Greensburg Salem) vs. William Pihiou (Canon McMillan)

Brendan Burnham (Pine-Richland) vs. Heath Coles (Nortwin)

160 lbs.

Zach Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe) vs. Sammy Minor (Canon McMillan)

Ben Schweiger (North Allegheny) vs. Zach Voytek (Greensburg Salem)

170 lbs.

Cody Wiercioch (Canon McMillan) vs. Tyler Worthing (Kiski Area)

Noah Wilps (Chartiers Valley) vs. Dom Nania (Hempfield Area)

182 lbs.

Adam Nckelson (Belle Vernon Area) vs. Brent Blacharczyk (McGuffey)

Drew Phipps (Norwin) vs. Alex DeCiantis (North Allegheny)

195 lbs.

Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area) vs. Alex Smith (North Allegheny)

Alen Turcinhodzic (North Hills) vs. Jake Hart (Hampton)

220 lbs.

Alex Campbell (Canon McMillan) vs. Noah Shulman (Hampton)

Cole Macek (Montour) vs. Zack DeLuca (Central Catholic)

285 lbs.

Shane Kuhn (Kiski Area) vs. Tyler Lever (Fox Chapel Area)

Damon Sims Jr. (Hopewell) vs. Angelo Broglia (Canon McMillan)


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