No confusion here — North Allegheny really did win PIAA first-round wrestling match

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If North Allegheny wrestling fans followed Thursday's PIAA Class AAA first-round match against Cumberland Valley on the PIAA website, they were obviously disappointed to see the Tigers lose a 32-29 decision to the Eagles.

If they checked 10 minutes later, they would have found the corrected the score and the winner reversed, because North Allegheny, the WPIAL's third-place finisher, celebrated a 29-28 upset of the District 3 champions in Hershey, Pa.

"My wife sent a message to her sister letting her know that we had won," said North Allegheny coach Jamie Kyriazis. "She called my wife and told her the PIAA website had us losing the match. We were happy to tell her it was a mistake."

Making North Allegheny's upset even more impressive was the fact that two starters did not make the trip. Jesse Rodgers (138) is recovering from an injury and Layne Skundrich (220) is ill.

"The kids were able to overcome adversity tonight," Kyriazis said. "We had a lot of unsung heroes, including kids who lost. A.J. Boeh (138) and Blynn Shideler (152) were up against a pair of PIAA runners-up [Patrick Duggan and T.C. Warner] and both lost by major decision. If either one of them gets pinned, we lose."

North Allegheny rallied from a 28-20 deficit with wins in the final two bouts to pull out the victory. Colton Byerly pinned Brendon Ridgney at 182 to cut the deficit to 28-26, and his brother, Clay, provided the winning points with a 4-2 decision of Brad Drabenstadt at 195.

The PIAA team tournaments are double elimination.

Other Class AAA

■ WPIAL champion Franklin Regional advanced to the quarterfinals with a 67-9 win against District 3 third-place finisher Wilson. The Panthers had seven pins in the match.

■ WPIAL runner-up Latrobe won all but one bout and four by fall in a 60-6 victory against District 4 champion Jersey Shore.

Class AA

■ Eight-time WPIAL champion Burrell dropped a 35-33 decision to District 3 runner-up Hamburg. The Buccaneers recorded four pins.

■ WPIAL runner-up South Fayette lost, 43-15, to District 6 champion Huntingdon. The Lions won only four bouts.

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