Four PIAA place-winners are in the same weight class, and only three PIAA berths are available.
That's the scenario in Class AAA at 126 pounds now that Hempfield's Sam Krivus has moved down from 132 pounds. Krivus (32-2), a two-time WPIAL champion, two-time PIAA place-winner and one-time PIAA champion, decided to move to 126 after losing twice to Franklin Regional's Tyler Smith (27-0) at 132.
Krivus drops into a weight class that was already considered the strongest in the WPIAL. He is now one of four PIAA place-winners entered at 126 for Saturday's Class AAA section tournaments. The other three are Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri, North Allegheny's Dom Forys (36-3) and Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee.
Macri (30-2) is a two-time PIAA place-winner who finished fourth at 113 pounds in 2012 and second at 120 last season. Forys (36-3) is a three-time PIAA qualifier, two-time PIAA place-winner and two-time WPIAL runner-up, including last year's loss to Headlee in the WPIAL title match at 113. Headlee (29-3) placed sixth in the PIAA last season.
" is a more natural weight for Sam than 132," Hempfield coach Vince DeAugustine said. "So it wasn't much of a problem for Sam to cut down."
In 2002, the PIAA changed the state brackets and took away the WPIAL's fourth state berth. Since then, there hasn't been a scenario in which four returning PIAA place-winners were in the same weight class.
"One PIAA place-winner will be sitting at home this year," North Allegheny coach Jamie Kyriazis said. "All four deserve to be at Hershey."
Class AAA section preview
Saturday's Class AAA section tournaments feature 30 wrestlers who have won a previous section title, including a trio of three-time champions: Canon-McMillan's Solomon Chishko (16-3 at 145), Smith and Forys.
Chishko has won Section 4 titles at 130, 138 and 145 pounds. Forys has won Section 3 titles at 103, 106 and 113. Smith has won Section 1 titles at 112, 120 and 132.
Six champions return in Section 2, including Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein (23-1 at 170), a two-time champ.
Class of champions
Kittanning's Jason Nolf can join the WPIAL's most elite club this weekend at the WPIAL Class AA tournament Friday and Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School. Nolf is a three-time WPIAL champion. Only 22 wrestlers have won four WPIAL titles since the tournament's debut in 1936.
Nolf, a Penn State recruit who has a 34-0 record at 145 pounds and a career mark of 166-1, is one of nine returning champions. South Fayette's Jared Walker (34-1 at 160) is a two-time champion.
Class AA tournament
Burrell was the most impressive of any team in Saturday's Class AA section tournaments. The Buccaneers had all 14 wrestlers qualify for this weekend's WPIAL Class AA tournament by placing among the top five in their weight class at the Section 3 tournament, held at Avonworth. Burrell had 10 entries advance to the finals and five won titles, including Steven Edwards (36-4 at 152), who claimed his third title.
Kittanning was second in Section 3 with 11 qualifiers. Nolf claimed his fourth section title for the Wildcats, and teammate Jacob Robb (33-5 at 220) won for the second time.
South Fayette and Burgettstown were the top finishers in Section 1, which was held at Chartiers-Houston. Lions senior Grant Fetchet (34-2) claimed his first section title by upsetting South Park's Greg Bulsak (29-2) at 152 pounds. The victory avenged a loss to Bulsak in the Allegheny County tournament finals.
Burgettstown had nine qualifiers, but only one made it to the finals. Austin McDermitt (33-2 at 113) won his second title by pinning Fort Cherry's Dustin Henke.
Jefferson-Morgan and Bentworth shared top honors in Section 2, held at Charleroi.
City League tournament
Allderdice senior Dorian Devaughn-Long hit the trifecta at the City League tournament Saturday at Carrick. Devaughn-Long claimed his third consecutive title with a second-period pin of Perry's Mikel Chadcleaf at 113 pounds.
Josh Zinkovsky and Cameron Jacobson were also repeat winners for Allderdice. Zinkovsky claimed his second title at 126 by pinning Obama Academy's De'Shon Hill. Jacobson defended his title at 152 by pinning Perry's Jared Ramsey.
Allderdice had four champions and five runners-up, all of whom qualify for the Class AAA Northwest Regional, Feb. 28-March 1 at Altoona.
Dapper Dan Classic
The Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic will be Sunday, March 16, at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House. The United States all-star team will face Pennsylvania's all-star team in the feature match at 6 p.m. A team of WPIAL all-stars will face the Oklahoma all-stars in the preliminary match at 4 p.m.