Raiders pin loss on N. Allegheny

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Monday, February 9, 1998

Raiders pin loss on N. Allegheny

WEXFORD -- When the pairings were released for the Class AAA Team Tournament, many Waynesburg High School wrestling fans were upset with a road match at North Allegheny. John Yates and the rest of the Raiders knew better.

"Some people thought we had a bad draw,'' Yates said. "Nothing could be further from the truth. All year long, we were hoping we could get matched with North Allegheny. In practice, when I read the draw, there was applause from our wrestlers.''

Behind four key pins, Waynesburg defeated North Allegheny, 31-24, in the first round. The win sends the Raiders to fourth-seeded Connellsville for Tuesday's quarterfinals.

Jeremy Snyder (103), Travis Rastoka (119), Justin Smith (152) and Pat O'Donnell (160) gave the Raiders' 24 of their 31 points. Snyder caught Jeremy Stragand in 3:12; Rastoka stuck Carmine Sarazen in 1:29; Smith nailed Joe Guzzetti in 4:33; and O'Donnell stopped Matt Dean in 3:41.

"Travis' pin was important,'' Yates said. "He's struggled with his weight this year and we needed to get him to just concentrate on the wrestling part. He went out and just worried about wrestling.''

North Allegheny won four straight bouts but only by decisions. Two key bouts: Brendan O'Connell downed Waynesburg's Mike O'Neil, 12-5, at 145 and Bill Boeh decisioned Eric Bedillion, 10-4, at 140.

"We knew North Allegheny was strong in the middle and i was a little worried about six of the last seven bouts,'' Yates said. "We needed to jump on them early. In practice this week, we stressed to the team about not giving up bonus points.''

Jeremy Snyder (103) had a decision and Mike Seybold (125) had a major decision for Waynesburg.

© Shady Side Academy won four of the final five bouts to defeat Jeff-Morgan, 35-27, in a preliminary Class AA dual meet.

Bryan Teegarden (112), Tom Saunders (119), and Frank Lawrence (Hvy) had pins for the Rockets.

© Heavyweight Tim Bennett's pin of Shane Ziats completed a late Fort Cherry rally as the Rangers won the final four bouts to beat Beth-Center, 33-28.

Fort Cherry trailed, 28-15, before Jeff Denny (160) and Joe Pecora (189) won decisions and Sam Calderone (171) had a fall to set the stage for Bennett. He won in 30 seconds.

"Anytime it comes down to our heavyweight, it's in the bag," said Fort Cherry coach Terry Bennett.

Mike Herbst (125) and Steve Walloch (130) also had falls for the Rangers. Pat Dennison (135) had a pin for the Bulldogs.

© South Side Beaver took advantage of two forfeits to gain a 45-24 victory over Bentworth in a Class AA preliminary dual meet.

Brian Wright (125) and Jason Ball (135) each had pins for the Bearcats.




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