Bethel Park's Michael Vogel, bottom, and Peters Township's Tyler Buckiso wrestle at 126 pounds Wednesday afternoon in at match at Bethel Park.
By Ken Wunderley Tri-State Sports & News Service
There was a full house Wednesday for a Class AAA Section 2B showdown between Peters Township and Bethel Park.
"The match was held at 1:30 p.m. in front of Bethel Park's student body," said Peters Township coach Jason Carpetta, after watching his Indians record a 49-21 victory against the Black Hawks. "They had a crowd estimated at 2,000. To wrestle in front of such a big crowd was a great experience for the kids and the coaches."
The idea was devised by the two athletic directors: Bethel Park's Amy Scheuneman and Peters Township's Brian Geyer.
"The athletic directors came up with this idea to showcase our wrestling programs," Carpetta said. "They hosted the match this year and we get to host in front of our student body next year. It's an idea we hope to continue in the future."
Peters Township takes over sole possession of first place in Section 2B with the victory. The Indians improve to 4-0, while the Black Hawks fall to 3-1.
Eight of the 14 bouts ended with a pin. Phillip Mary (120), Ty Buckiso (126), Italo Merante (132), Jake Caputo (152) and Christian Phelps (220) had pins for Peters Township. Theodore Gates (113), Dan Sullivan (182) and Matt Nolan (195) had falls for Bethel Park.
Other Class AAA
• No. 5 Franklin Regional broke a tie for second place in Section 1A with a 55-16 win against McKeesport. Both teams entered the match with a 2-1 record. The Panthers had eight pins: Andrew Marshall (106), Kyle Berk (113), Max Kubas (138), Brandon Yant (152), Matt Green (160), Nate Painter (170), Jake Pickup (182) and Justin Rose (195). Cameron Zuber (120) had a fall for McKeesport.
• No. 7 Greensburg Salem improved to 4-0 in Section 1B with a 40-21 win against Norwin. The Knights fell to 1-3. The Golden Lions biggest victory was posted by Tyler Reinhart, who defeated Heath Coles, 3-2, at 152 pounds. Austin Shaw (126), Zach Sistek (145), Zach Voytek (160) and Raistlin Willett (195) had pins for the Golden Lions. Andrew Phipps (182) had a pin for Norwin.
• Waynesburg moved into a tie for second place in Section 4A with a 38-28 win at home against Trinity. Both teams are 3-1, with one match remaining. The Raiders jumped to a 20-0 lead and held off a late Hillers rally. Marcus Pizzi (170) had a pin for Waynesburg, while teammates Terry Victor (132) and Shane Piper (138) registered technical falls. Shane Dolan (152), Connor Fritz (220) and Evan Seaman (285) had pins for Trinity.
• No. 4 Jefferson-Morgan took sole possession of first place in Section 2A with a 31-30 win against visiting Bentworth. The Rockets improve to 4-0, while the Bearcats dropped to 3-1. Jason Miller (152), Jason Perkins (170) and Dustin Conti (195) had pins for Jefferson-Morgan. Jake Rothka (113) had a pin for Bentworth.