WPIAL Championships Day 1

To get an idea of how lopsided some of the bouts were in the first day of the WPIAL CLass AA Wrestling Championships at Chartiers Valley, consider this. The first two rounds took just under three hours to complete. That's 154 bouts if you're counting.
The tournament produced just one upset, Anthony Welsh's 6-4 decision over Burrell's Steven Edwards in the quarterfinals. There was another result that had people buzzing, but the announcement that Jason Stay of Beth-Center had defeated another second seed, Burrell's Phil Marra, was a mistake. Marra won.

Jefferson-Morgan advanced six wrestlers to the semifinals, Mt. Pleasant and South Fayette advanced five apiece and West Greene had four.
Section 2 has the most wrestlers in the semifinals with 26, followed by Section 1, with 19, and just 11 for Section 3.
The top seven wrestlers in each weight class advance to the PIAA Southwest Regional Tournament next week at the War Memorial in Johnstown.
West Greene’s Trevin Bedilion was the lone fifth-place finisher in the section tournaments to advance to the semifinals. He pinned David Cushey of Fort Cherry in 1:16 to get to there. Top-seeded Jacob Beistel of Southmoreland is his opponent.
West Greene’s Sheldon Phillips (106) and Avella’s Shawn Carl are two of four wrestlers who placed fourth in the section tournaments to advance to the semifinals.


In another note, Chance Marsteller is wrestling at 160 pounds for the postseason. He will run into Garrett Peppelman of Central Dauphin in the District 3 finals Saturday night. Both are defending state champions.  Check out www.pennlive.com


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