Three consecutive pins coupled with a technical fall helped Peters Township turn a nine-point deficit into a 44-30 victory against Mt. Lebanon in a WPIAL Class AAA, Section 4B wrestling match.
The Indians improved to 4-0 in section and 7-1 overall.
Henry Meyers, Jackson Spiteri and Luca Attanucci fueled the victory. Their falls coupled with a forfeit win by Issac Meyers at 106 turned a 24-15 deficit into a 39-24 edge.
Spiteri’s pin came with just 8.8 seconds remaining in the 120-pound bout while Attanucci’s was recorded with 49.5 seconds left in the 126-pound match.
Eliot Schratz capped the run with a 17-1 technical fall at 132.
Aaron Slizik (160) and Phil Nave (215) also posted pins for the Indians.
Noah Schratz started the match with an 8-3 decision for Peters Township at 145.
Lou Pietragallo (152) and Mac Stout (189) picked up pins to stake the Blue Devils to an 18-9 lead.
Lebo also registered falls at heavyweight with Ben Streiff and Sam Mago at 138. Patrick Dunn scored a forfeit win at 172.
Collins caps BP win
Kevin Collins record his first varsity pin and it was a decisive fall as Bethel Park clinched a 39-34 victory over Chartiers Valley in the final bout of the match.
A senior, Collins is in his third year of wrestling. He has been in and out of the Hawks’ starting lineup.
“Kevin is not a lifelong wrestler so this was very exciting,” said BP head coach Tim Crawford. “He’s a humble, shy kid and I couldn’t be happier. His time was great.”
Dylan Wentz also recorded a timely win. The junior had the only other fall in the match. The pin also was a first for Wentz.
“Dylan’s win was paramount,” Crawford said.
Wentz’s fall at 152 coupled with a win by forfeit from Anthony Zaborowski at 160, tied the match at 12-12.
The Colts opened the bout with a similar combination – a fall from Dylan Evans at 138 and forfeit win by Anthony Trout at 145 – to forge a 12-0 advantage.
Christopher Beatty’s major decision at 172 coupled with Josh Sarasnick’s pin at 215 along with Kevin Beatty’s forfeit win at 285 vaulted CV into the lead 28-18 before BP rallied.
Aiden Bench won by forfeit at 106. Mason Kernon scored a 6-0 decision at 112 and Rocco Del Greco won by forfeit at 120 to push BP into the lead, 33-28.
A forfeit win by Ashton Sadowski at 126, set the stage for Collin’s heroics at 132.
“When we won the toss, I knew the match would come down to the wire,” Crawford said. “It was huge and great that two of our inexperienced guys rose to the occasion and answered the call. This is so beneficial for their confidence and for us as a team.”
USC drops 3
In Section 4B action, Upper St. Clair dropped a 42-33 decision to Ringgold.
The Panthers started quickly, vaulting to a 24-0 lead with four falls from Dan Martin (145), Ben Cedar (152), Zack Kirsopp (160) and Tyler Shields (172).
With a pin from Andrew Pirnat at 215 and a decision from Tim Pollock at heavyweight, the Panthers had amassed all the points it would garner, leading the match, 33-6, before dropping the final six bouts, four by forfeits and two by falls.
The Panthers also dropped two matches during the Burgettstown Duals.
Tim Pollock was the lone winner in a 65-3 loss to the host Blue Devils. He defeated Joey Baronick 3-0 at heavyweight.
During a 40-22 loss to Chartiers Valley, Martin scored a major decision at 152. Shileds, Pollock and Jaden Keating all won by forfeits to complete the Panthers’ scoring.
Ashton Sadowski (126), Anthony Trout (138) Christopher Beatty (215) and Josh Sarasnick (215) won by falls for the Colts. Dylan Evans posted a 21-9 major decision at 145. Joseph Kochin and Brady Joling won by forfeits.