High school roundup for Jan. 23, 2019: Thomas Jefferson wrestling claims section title
It’s been 33 years since Thomas Jefferson wrestling captured a section title.
On Wednesday night, the Jaguars ended that streak.
No. 6-ranked Thomas Jefferson used three pins and a major decision to defeat Connellsville, 35-33, in the finals of the Section 2-AAA tournament.
Max Shaw (220 pounds), Dominic Serapiglia (285) and Brendan Finnerty (145) had pins, and Kale Buckiso (120) won by major decision for the Jaguars (15-0), who defeated Peters Township, 44-25, in the semifinals.
Connellsville won three bouts by forfeit and also secured a pin from Mason Prinkey (106).
Mt. Lebanon defeated Peters Township, 36-32, in the third-place match, and West Mifflin topped Upper St. Clair, 35-30, in the fifth-place match to earn a berth in the WPIAL tournament, which will begin Monday.
Seneca Valley 56, North Allegheny 18 — Chanz Shearer (126), Antonio Amelio (145) and Nick Montalbano (152) all had pins as No. 3 Seneca Valley (10-2) won the Section 3-AAA championship. The Raiders defeated Hampton, 62-6, in the semifinals.
Butler beat Hampton, 49-18, in the third-place match, and Indiana topped Armstrong, 36-30, in the fifth-place match to clinch a WPIAL tournament berth.
Canon-McMillan 42, Waynesburg 25 — No. 5-ranked Canon-McMillan (7-2) won its 18th straight section title with a victory over No. 4 Waynesburg (13-1) in the finals of the Section 4-AAA tournament.
Waynesburg led 25-12 early, but the Big Macs used pins from Jacob Gardner (126) and Evan Miller (182) to secure the win.
It was the fifth straight season the rivals met in the section finals. Canon-McMillan has won all five matches.
Trinity defeated South Fayette, 48-36, in the third-place match. In the fifth-place match, Chartiers Valley edged West Allegheny, 39-37.
Burgettstown 39, Beth-Center 34 — Ryan Green (126), DJ Slovick (160) and Turner Lehman (170) all had pins as No. 4 Burgettstown (7-0) claimed the Section 1-AA title. McGuffey defeated Washington, 54-12, in the third-place match, and South Park beat Bentworth, 39-24, in the fifth-place match.
Quaker Valley 43, Keystone Oaks 33 — In Section 2-AA, Conner Redinger, Gino Angeletti, JohnRocco Kazalas and Donovan Cutchember all had pins as No. 8-ranked Quaker Valley (12-5) captured the first section title in school history. The third-year program defeated No. 2-ranked Freedom (6-2), 36-35, in the semifinal round.
Freedom rebounded to defeat Laurel, 59-12, to finish third in the section. Hopewell topped Beaver, 46-30, to finish fifth and seal a WPIAL tournament berth.
Beaver Falls 72, Beaver 51 — Gage McKelvey had 22 points as Beaver Falls (7-8) won a nonsection game. The Tigers pulled ahead with a 23-8 run in the second quarter.
Beth-Center 91, Mapletown 24 — Joseph Green had 50 points as Beth-Center (7-9) won a nonsection game.
Keystone Oaks 64, Hopewell 42 — Frank Stumpo had 22 points, and CJ Morrow added 21 as Keystone Oaks (9-7) won a nonsection game.
Sewickley Academy 69, Kiski School 62 — Nate Ridgeway had 27 points, and Isiah Warfield added 24 as Class 2A No. 2 Sewickley Academy (9-4) won a nonsection game.
East Allegheny 43, Jeannette 42 — Cam Burton had 19 points as East Allegheny (3-13) won a nonsection game. Marcus Barnes had 18 points for the Jayhawks (8-8), who have lost four straight.
Monessen 56, Washington 48 — Devin Whitlock had 22 points to guide Class A No. 5 Monessen (9-6) to a nonsection win.
Franklin Regional 60, Baldwin 54 — Cali Konek had 22 points, and Jordan Yaniga added 16 to lift Franklin Regional to a nonsection win.
The Panthers (11-4) have won seven of their last eight games.
Belle Vernon 65, Laurel Highlands 52 — Lindsay Steeber had 18 points to guide Belle Vernon (6-3) to a nonsection triumph. Taylor Smith scored 23 points for Laurel Highlands (4-11).
East Allegheny 61, Jeannette 21 — Abby Henderson had 24 points as East Allegheny (10-5) won a nonsection game. Jeannette (3-13), playing without three injured starters, fell behind 30-3 in the first quarter.
Blairsville 65, Ligonier Valley 46 — Sidney McCully scored 22 points as Blairsville (13-3, 9-1) won in the District 6 Heritage Conference. Destiny Sherriff had 12 points for Ligonier Valley (3-14, 3-8).