Upsets galore in Class AAA wrestling

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What a difference a week can make.

Penn Hills junior Te'Shan Campbell placed fourth last week in the Class AAA Section 1 tournament after two losses.

Friday night, Campbell avenged one of those by upsetting top-seeded Dom Scalise of Latrobe in the 160-pound quarterfinals at the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Campbell, seeded No. 8, recorded a 4-0 shutout of Scalise.

"Te'Shan was sick last week," Penn Hills coach Michael Ladick said. "He was battling a flu bug. He was up, 5-2, against Scalise and started throwing up. That's not an excuse. You just have to get through it."

Scalise rallied to post a 7-5 win en route to the section title.

"I wrestled him last week and got a feel for what he can do," Campbell said. "I lost after he scored a late takedown. I knew if I wrestled the way I'm capable of wrestling, that I could beat him."

Campbell was also a little intimidated in his first matchup with Scalise.

"I saw that he was ranked 15th in the country," said Campbell, who improved to 25-7. "I was a little worried and tentative with my moves. This time, I felt more confident."

Campbell was one of three entries at 160 who posted upsets in the quarterfinals. Waynesburg's Collin McCracken, the No. 7 seed, recorded a 4-3 win against Pine-Richland's Brendan Burnham, the No. 2 seed. And in a minor upset, North Hills' Jonathan Avon, the No. 5 seed, registered a 7-4 win against Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin, the No. 4 seed.

"It's crazy," McCracken said. "There were upsets in this bracket. Everybody's equal."

Campbell will face Avon today in the semifinals, while McCracken is paired up with Belle Vernon's Austin Bell, the No. 3 seed.

"Everybody in this bracket knows each other and we've all wrestled each other," Campbell said. "I feel confident going against anybody in this bracket. I'm going to get it done and win a WPIAL championship this year."

Campbell has faced Avon three times this season and beat him twice. One of the wins came in the final of the Allegheny County tournament.

"Winning the Allegheny County tournament was a big confidence-builder for me," Campbell said.

McCracken was one of two No. 7 seeds who upset a No. 2 seed. The other was Hempfield's Fred Mantsch, who posted a 7-0 upset of Butler's Will Bortmas at 220 pounds.

Others who posted upsets:

* Central Catholic's John Cole, the No. 12 seed at 152, pulled off a second consecutive upset with a 5-4 decision of West Allegheny's Nate Hall, the No. 4 seed. Thursday in the opening round, Cole pinned Bethel Park's Paul Dunn, the No. 5 seed.

* Belle Vernon's Brendan Hasson, the No. 6 seed at 120, recorded a 5-2 upset of No. 3 seed Matt Oblock of Canon-McMillan.

Seven of the 14 weight classes had a No. 5 seed defeat a No. 4 seed. Only four weight classes had the top four seeds advance.

Franklin Regional will have the most entries today in the semifinals with seven.


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