South Xtra: It's silver again for Chartiers Valley wrestler Wilps

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Chartiers Valley senior Noah Wilps reached one goal by earning his second trip to the PIAA Class AAA tournament, but fell short of reaching his goal of becoming a WPIAL champion.

Wilps (30-2) made his second consecutive appearance in the 170-pound title match at the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional, which took place over the weekend at Canon-McMillan High School, but had to settle for his second silver medal after a 3-2 loss to Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker (27-3).

"Noah wrestled flat," Chartiers Valley coach Bill Evans said. "He wrestled not to lose, instead of wrestling to win."

Evans was also disappointed with the performance turned in by Coniker.

"I talked with Central Catholic coach Sonny Abe after the bout and we agreed that both were better than their performances in the finals," Evans said. "In fact, it was the worst I had seen both wrestle all year."

Evans feels Wilps can improve on last year's sixth-place finish at Hershey if he's more aggressive.

"Noah waited a little too long to be aggressive," Evans said. "He's got to be more aggressive at the state tournament."

Evans was hoping to have Micheal Roper joining Wilps at Hershey.

"I really thought [Roper] would qualify in the 220-pound weight class," Evans said.

"Both of his losses came in the final 10 seconds. He's got to learn how to win those close matches."

Three from South Fayette advance

South Fayette had three wrestlers qualify for the PIAA Class AA tournament at the Southwest Regional at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.

Mike Carr and Jared Walker won regional titles, while Grant Fetchet placed third.

Carr (40-0) claimed the 132-pound title and remained unbeaten with a 5-0 victory against Burrell's John Andrejcik (29-15) in the title match.

Walker (40-1) earned his third trip to Hershey by winning the 160-pound title. Walker made his second appearance in the regional finals and claimed his first title with a 2-0 victory against Levi Niebauer of Cambria Heights.

"Both [Carr and Walker] did not give up a point in the tournament," South Fayette coach Rick Chaussard said. "You can't lose if you don't give up any points. Both did a great job. Both are threats to win PIAA titles."

Fetchet (40-4) earned his first PIAA berth by placing third at 152. His only loss, a 3-1 decision, was to the eventual runner-up Blairsville's Andrew Doak.

"A takedown was the difference and unfortunately Doak got it," Chaussard said.

"He has to find a way to win those matches."

South Park's Wentzel wins title

South Park's Jake Wentzel (36-1) earned his second trip to Hershey by winning the 132-pound title at the Class AA Southwest Regional. In the title match, Wentzel pinned Jefferson-Morgan's Jason Miller.

Wentzel will be joined at Hershey by Eagles teammate Dallas Bulsak (27-5), who qualified as a freshman by placing third at 106 pounds. His only setback was a 6-2 loss to eventual champion Max Murin of Central Cambria.

* Chartiers Houston also had two qualifiers. Richie McGinnis (35-12) earned his second PIAA berth in three years by placing fourth at 138 pounds. McGinnis upset No. 2 seed Derrick Claar of Chestnut Ridge in the opening round.

Buccaneers teammate Derek Hull (34-9) earned his first trip to the state tournament by placing fifth at 170 pounds.

* South Allegheny's Seth Hitchens (36-9) earned his first trip to Hershey by placing fourth at 220 pounds. His only losses in the regional were to the champion, Avella's Jake Temple, and Kittanning's Jacob Robb.

In the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional, Peters Township, Ringgold and Bethel Park each had one qualifier.

* Peters Township's Tyler Buckiso (29-4) earned his second PIAA berth in four years by placing third at 126 pounds. His only loss was to eventual champion Cameron Coy of Penn-Trafford.

* Ringgold had two qualifiers. Doug Gudenburr (27-5) qualified for the first time by placing third at 113 pounds. Teammate Devin Fallenstein (30-2) placed third at 170 pounds.

* Bethel Park's Paul Dunn (33-9) earned his first berth the hard way. He placed third at 152 pounds after losing in the first round. Dunn won five bouts in the consolation bracket and avenged his only loss.

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