Class AA Semis

Garrett Vulcano of Chartiers-Houston can become Chartiers-Houston's first state champion since Corey Walker won the heavyweight division in 1994 if he can get past two-time state champion Ryan Solomon of Milton. Vulcano was powerful in a 5-2 win over Adam Geiger of Trinity (No, not that one.)

Seth Carr of South Fayette can follow in his brother's footsteps if he can beat George Phillippi of Derry in the 113-pound finals. Carr won a 10-8 overtime decision over Josh Brown of Claysburg-Kimmell in the semis. The bout went into overtime with what might have been the worst stalling point called in the tournament. Carr was hit with one with seven seconds to go while raising a leg for a possible takedown. That tied the score. Carr took Brown down in the OT period.

John Demaske of Jefferson-Morgan lost 9-3 to defending state champion Ryan Diehl of Trinity (No, not that one) and will wrestle for third place Saturday. Demaske was outscored 5-0 in the final two minutes.

Avella's Jake Temple lost a 2-1 triple-overtime decision to Brandon Smith of Lewisburg in the semis. The bout was tied 1-1 heading into OT with little action. What was remarkable was Smith's backpeddling across the mat in the final seconds and not getting a warning for stalling. It would have made no difference to the final score but it might have save the self respect of the referees doing the match.

Dustin Conti of Jefferson-Morgan continues to be an enigma of this event. His only losses of the past two seasons have come in Hershey. He looked a step slow in the first round and even slower in the quarters at 171. he gets to wrestle Mike Fetchet of South Fayette for third place.


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