Tigers Upended At Section Tournament, Shaler Wins Title

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It was a tough night at the Section 3-AAA Championships on Wednesday night for the North Allegheny wrestling team as the Tigers dropped a pair of matches and Shaler celebrated a section crown. The Tigers opened the night with Shaler and were edged by the Titans, 34-33. In the consolations, North Allegheny again lost in a tight one as the Indians outlasted the Tigers, 36-33.

In the opening matchup with the Shaler Titans, North Allegheny held a 21-10 lead thanks to decisions by Jacob Fritch (170), Jimmy Turici (182) and Chuck Sanders (285). Those three decisions, combined with wins by forfeit for Francis Duggan (195) and Jacob Downing (106), led to the Tigers 11-point advantage.  The Turici 8-6 decision in overtime over Jeremy Barnhardt earned him Wright Automotive Wrestler of the Match honors.

Despite falling behind early, Shaler rolled off five straight victories to turn the tables on the Tigers. After a 2-0 decision by Ian Scarberry at 113 pounds, Dylan Winters (120), Eric Warren (126) and Mike Heinl (132) came through with three consecutive pin falls to give Shaler a 31-21 lead with three bouts to go.

In desperate need of a victory, Will Baierl nearly came through with a fall as he twice had the shoulders of opponent Garrett Reinsfelder near the mat but the Shaler sophomore staved off disaster and rallied back from a 10-5 deficit to earn a 14-12 decision in overtime. The win by Reinsfelder sealed the deal for the Titans and garnered Shaler a berth in the section championship. From there, the Titans defeated Seneca Valley, 37-30, for the section title.

In the consolation matchup with North Hills, the Tigers again built a sizeable lead before the Indians rallied back. Courtesy of pin falls from Duggan (195), Derick Devine (220) and Downing (106), the Tigers constructed a 21-9 advantage over their neighborhood rival.

An apparent leg injury to Gabe Falo at 113 pounds gave Zane Curry a win by injury default and served as a bad omen of things to come for NA. Gage Curry (120), Armend Murtezi (126) and John MacPherson (132) collected three consecutive falls to pull the Indians ahead, 33-21.

In a rematch of the championship bout at 138 pounds at the Allegheny County Tournament, NA junior Jake Hinkson again defeated Keagan Lawson in a 6-2 decision to give back some momentum to the Tigers and solidified who the best wrestler in the county is at 138 pounds. For his efforts, Hinkson was named the Wrestler of the Match.

Hinkson’s victory trimmed the score to 33-24 and the Tigers came back to tie the score following a fall by A.J. Boeh (145) and a 6-4 decision by Jacob Smalley (152). With the score tied at 33-33, it came down to the final bout at 160 pounds. North Hills’ Nathan Mankey turned in a 6-0 decision over George Francic to give the Indians a 36-33 victory in the Section 3-AAA consolations.

North Allegheny falls to 6-6 overall on the season following the section tournament. The Tigers will await their seeding in the WPIAL Team Tournament following today’s WPIAL Wrestling Steering Committee meeting.

Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. Shaler

Section 3-AAA Semifinal
160Jake Mikovitz (SA) pinned George Francic (NA)1:26
170Jacob Fritch (NA) dec. Jim Demore (SA)1-0
182Jimmy Turici (NA) dec. Jeremy Barnhart (SA)8-6 (OT)
195Francis Duggan (NA) wbf
220Ron D'Amico (SA) maj. dec. Derick Devine (NA)15-4
285Chuck Sanders (NA) dec. Jim Clark (SA)5-1
106Jacob Downing (NA) wbf
113Ian Scarberry (SA) dec. Gabe Falo (NA)2-0
120Dylan Winters (SA) pinned Jiatian Qu (NA)0:27
126Eric Warren (SA) pinned Andrew Wang (NA)0:36
132Mike Heinl (SA) pinned Devin Lasch (NA)0:43
138Garrett Reinsfelder (SA) dec. Will Baierl (NA)14-12 (OT)
145Jake Hinkson (NA wbf
152A.J. Boeh (NA) wbf


Wrestling Match Summary: NA vs. North Hills

Section 3-AAA Consolations
170Jacob Fritch (NA) dec. Jacob Stotz (NH)2-0
182Devon Cuda (NH) pinned Jimmy Turici (NA)
195Francis Duggan (NA) pinned Brian Fulton (NH)
220Derick Devine (NA) pinned Kevin Dreyer (NH)
285Sean Bright (NH) dec. Chuck Sanders (NA) 7-3
106Jacob Downing (NA) pinned Megan Reichle (NH)
113Zane Curry (NH) inj. default Gabe Falo (NA)
120Gage Curry (NH) pinned Mohammed Khatami (NA)
126Armend Murtezi (NH) pinned Jiatian Qu (NA)
132John MacPherson (NH) pinned Devin Lasch (NA)
138Jake Hinkson (NA) dec. Keagan Lawson (NH)6-2
145A.J. Boeh (NA) pinned Luke Fotta (NH)
152Jacob Smalley (NA) dec. Val Caruso (NH)6-4
160Nathan Mankey (NH) dec. George Francic (NA)6-0