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Burrell heavyweight Beattie claims 3rd Class AA Southwest Regional title

The Associated Press
| Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:24 p.m
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Burrell's Al Beattie reacts after beating Southmoreland's Jacob Beistel during their 285-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament Feb. 28, 2015, at Canon-McMillan. Beattie won 7-3.
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Burrell's Al Beattie lifts Southmoreland's Jacob Beistel during their 285-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA tournament Saturday, Feb.28, 2015, at Canon-McMillan. Beattie won 7-3.
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Burrell's Al Beattie, left, and Southmoreland's Jacob Beistel part ways after a handshake before their 285-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Beattie won 7-3.
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South Fayette's Mike Carr looks to the official as time winds down against Central Cambria's Tom Opdenhoff during their 138-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Carr won 8-2.
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Ligonier's Robbie Patrick takes control of Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders during their 145 weight division championship match Feb. 28 at the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament.
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South Fayette's Mike Carr is brought down by Central Cambria's Tom Opdenhoff during their 138-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Carr won 8-2.
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Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders lifts Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick during their 145-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Patrick won 8-1.
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South Fayette's Mike Carr is lifted by Central Cambria's Tom Opdenhoff during their 138-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Carr won 8-2.
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Derry's George Phillippi grabs a hold of Mount Union's Jake Boozel during their 132-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Phillippi won by technical fall 21-6.
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Derry's George Phillippi is lifted by Mount Union's Jake Boozel during their 132-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Phillippi won by technical fall 21-6.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale tries to grab the leg of Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett during their 106-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Teasdale won 3-0.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale tries to grab the leg of Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett during their 106-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Teasdale won 3-0.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale wrestles Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett during their 106-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Teasdale won 3-0.
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West Branch's Reynold Maines reacts after beating Kittanning's Jacob Robb during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.
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Kittanning's Jacob Robb reacts while pinned by West Branch's Reynold Maines during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.
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Kittanning's Jacob Robb reacts after losing to West Branch's Reynold Maines during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.
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West Branch's Reynold Maines reacts after beating Kittanning's Jacob Robb during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Bill Bowlen holds the leg of Penns Valley's Corey Hazel during their 182-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Hazel won 3-2.
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Derry's Stone Kepple attempts to lift Central's Brock Biddle during their 126-pound third place match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Kepple won 5-2.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Bill Bowlen shows the referee his blood for a timeout while wrestling Penns Valley's Corey Hazel during their 182-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Hazel won 3-2.
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Jefferson-Morgan's Brendan Howard wrestles Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso during their 120-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Glorioso won 8-2.
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Derry's Stone Kepple wrestles Central's Brock Biddle during their 126-pound third place match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Kepple won 5-2.
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South Fayette's Jared Walker reacts to losing to Berlin-Brothersvalley's Bryce Fochtman during their 160-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Fochtman won 3-2.
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Berlin-Brothersvalley's Toby Cahill reacts after beating Elizabeth Forwar'd Luke Fournier during their 195-pound 3rd place match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Cahill won by a fall at 2:05.
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Elizabeth Forward's Luke Fournier moves his face away from a shot by Berlin-Brothersvalley's Toby Cahill during their 195-pound third place match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Cahill won by a fall at 2:05.
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Elizabeth Forwar'd Luke Fournier is held by Berlin-Brothersvalley's Toby Cahill during their 195-pound 3rd place match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Cahill won by a fall at 2:05.
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Berlin-Brothersvalley's Bryce Fochtman reacts after beating South Fayette's Jared Walker during their 160-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Fochtman won 3-2.
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South Fayette's Jared Walker reaches for the leg of Berlin-Brothersvalley's Bryce Fochtman during their 160-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Fochtman won 3-2.
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Jeannette head coach Matt Lebe yells commands to Gio Vonne Sanders during his 145-pound championship match against Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Patrick won 8-1.
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South Fayette's Jared Walker holds the leg of Berlin-Brothersvalley's Bryce Fochtman during their 160-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Fochtman won 3-2.
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South Fayette's Jared Walker holds the leg of Berlin-Brothersvalley's Bryce Fochtman during their 160-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Fochtman won 3-2.
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Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders is introduced before wrestling Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick during their 145-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Patrick won 8-1.
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Jefferson-Morgan coach Mike Lesko coaches Gavin Teasdale in his 106-pound championship match against Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Teasdale won 3-0.
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Penn Cambria's Nolan Link and Central Cambria's Max Murin shake hands before their 113-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Murin won 3-0.
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Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso is introduced before wrestling Jefferson Morgan's Brendan Howard during their 120-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Glorioso won 8-2.
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Kittanning's Jacob Robb is introduced before wrestling West Branch's Reynold Maines during their 220-pound championship match in the Southwest Regional Class AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at Canon-McMillan High School. Maines won by a fall at 5:11.

Burrell senior heavyweight Al Beattie coughed repeatedly with considerable force as people began to clear Canon-McMillan High School’s gym Saturday night after the completion of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling championships.

A cold had burdened him since Wednesday, and yet another title-bout showdown with Southmoreland junior Jacob Beistel made it that much tougher for Beattie to breathe easy.

The three-season series between Beattie (44-1) and Beistel (35-4) continued in the Burrell senior’s favor, as the Bucs heavyweight became a three-time Southwest Region champion with a 7-3 decision.

A four-point margin represented improvement after Beattie defeated Beistel, 2-1, in overtime last week in the WPIAL championships. Beattie also won in overtime when they met in the 2014 WPIAL finals and in the 2014 Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships, and he edged Beistel, 3-0, in the regional title bout a season ago.

“I didn’t want to go into overtime again,” said Beattie, who built a lead early in the match. “I knew I needed to get a takedown in the first period. I had to wrestle like I do in all my matches and not let him dictate what I’m going to hit and not going to hit.”

The top six finishers in each weight class advanced to the PIAA championships, which begin Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

In addition to Beattie, Damon Greenwald (fifth at 152) and Robert Scherer (fifth at 195) qualified for Burrell.

Jefferson-Morgan, South Fayette and Mt. Pleasant led all WPIAL schools with four qualifiers each.

Freshman Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan’s 106-pounder, improved to 42-0 with a 3-0 decision over Chestnut Ridge’s Aaron Burkett in the finals.

Burkett took Teasdale to overtime at the Bedford tournament in late January — no opponent has given the Jefferson-Morgan standout a bigger scare this season.

“I knew I had to get my offense going to let me dictate the pace and just not give up any stupid takedowns like I did last time,” Teasdale, who beat Burkett, 7-5, in the first meeting. “We know what each other do, and I just worked from where I started last time.

“I’m not going to be at my full potential every match, but I just have to work harder in the practice room and get a good warmup before all my matches.”

Jefferson-Morgan 120-pounder Brendan Howard (40-6) and 182-pounder Bill Bowlen (34-6), Jeannette 145-pounder Gio Vonne Sanders (31-4), South Fayette 160-pounder J.J. Walker (35-4) and Kittanning 220-pounder Jacob Robb (37-4) lost title bouts.

South Park, meanwhile, left with a pair of second-time champions in 152-pounder Jake Wentzel (36-1) and 170-pounder Greg Bulsak (30-3).

And South Fayette 138-pounder Mike Carr (40-0) remained the WPIAL’s only unbeaten Class AA wrestler other than Teasdale as he added a second regional championship to his collection.

“This feels good, but I want to take it one match at a time,” Carr said of being undefeated. “(The titles) both feel the same. But I’m really more worried about next week.”

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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