South Fayette's Seth Carr, Keystone Oaks' Nick Zanetta, Kiski Area's Matt McCutcheon and Chartiers-Houston's Garrett Vulcano had something in common as members of the WPIAL all-star team in Sunday's Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House.
All four were silver medalists at the PIAA championships last week, and all four were determined to end their high school careers with a win. Two were successful, as the WPIAL all-stars posted a 28-19 victory against the Virginia all-stars.
Carr (126-40), a PIAA Class AA runner-up at 113 pounds, opened the match with a 4-2 decision against Sean Badua (190-17), a Virginia champ from Osbourn Park High School. Carr sustained a sprained ankle with 56 seconds left when Badua was called for an illegal move.
"It was rough losing in the state finals," said Carr, who has yet to decide on a college. "I wanted to end my high school career with a win and I was able to do that."
Zanetta (132-27), a two-time PIAA Class AA runner-up, dropped a 2-1 decision to Dennis Gustafson (194-17), a two-time Virginia champ from Forest Park High School, in the 132-pound bout. Gustafson scored the deciding takedown with 1:17 left.
McCutcheon (158-14), a two-time PIAA Class AAA finalist and one-time champ, was named the most outstanding wrestler of the WPIAL all-star team after pinning Corbin Ramos (160-38), a Virginia champ from Matoaca High School, at 195 pounds.
"It's a great feeling to win at the Classic," said McCutcheon, adding this is not his final high school match, as he will wrestle in an all-star event April 20 in Illinois.
McCutcheon especially enjoyed the other activities planned by the Classic selection committee.
"It was a great weekend. We went on the incline and the Gateway Clipper," he said. "That was my first time on both. They also had a banquet for us."
Vulcano (154-38), the PIAA Class AA runner-up at 195 pounds, moved up one weight class to 220 and faced Zach Roseberry (183-30), a Virginia champ from Brentsville High School. Rosenberry posted a 12-3 victory.
Also winning for the WPIAL all-stars were North Hills' Tyler Walker, Burrell's Phil Marra and Dakota DesLauriers, Norwin's Heath Coles, Greensburg Salem's Zach Voytek and Canon-McMillan's Angelo Broglia.
Walker (136-31) recorded a 19-6 major decision against Christiansburg's Gabe Lumpp (101-54) at 126 pounds. Marra (96-52) posted a 2-0 win at 145 against Westfield's Beau Donahue (204-25). Coles (126-2) registered a 6-2 win at 152 against Colonial Forge's Sean Murphy (158-51).
Voytek (163-27) posted a 4-3 win against Lake Braddock's Rory Renzi (161-18) at 160. DesLauriers (152-14) scored a takedown in the closing seconds of the 182-pound bout to register a 2-0 win against First Colonial's Ryan O'Brien (150-12). Broglia (38-10) capped the WPIAL's victory with a 3-2 win in the heavyweight bout against Skyline's Justin Williams (132-56).
"It was a great experience. They really treat us well," said DesLauriers. "The Classic is a real positive for the sport of wrestling."
Andrew Atkinson (239-14), a Virginia champion from Liberty Christian Academy, was named most outstanding wrestler for the Virginia team after pinning Connellsville's Ethan Kenney (155-33) in the 138-pound bout.