Connellsville rallies to beat WaynesburgBy The Tribune-Review
Connellsville rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Waynesburg, 26-21, Tuesday night in WPIAL Class AAA team tournament.
The victory puts Connellsville (15-2) into the semifinals Thursday against No. 1 Mt. Pleasant, which defeated Trinity, 29-25.
After Waynesburg's Pat O'Donnell upset No. 1 Matt King, 3-1, in 152-pound match, Connellsville found itself looking at a 21-10 deficit. Tank Martin got the Falcons flying with a 5-3 overtime victory over Justin Smith at 160. Joey Ross followed with a 12-2 major decision victory to cut Waynesburg's lead to 21-17.
Waynesburg coach John Yates decided to give Connellsville a forfeit at 189 and send Lansfer Simpson out against the Falcons' Brian Wolfe. The move backfired as Wolfe defeated Simpson, 11-6, to seal the victory.
Shaler defeated Kiski Area 31-27 in Class AAA quarterfinal playoff action. Shaler (19-0) moves on to face McGuffey in the semifinals. Tom Bursick's 3-1 upset of Brian Egnatz at 119 fueled Shaler's 19th consecutive victory.
McGuffey (17-0) won the final three matches, to defeat Canon-McMillan 35-18 in a Class AAA quarterfinal matchup. McGuffey will face undefeated Shaler Area in the semifinals.
After losing the first match, Burgettstown (12-2) reeled off five consecutive wins en route to a 36-25 win over Burrell (9-4) in a quarterfinal playoff match. Burgettstown faces Washington in the semifinals.
Washington (11-2) defeated South Side Beaver (10-4) 51-16 in a Class AA quarterfinal matchup. Washington's Dan Mousetis and Dan Kosek won the 103 and 112 pound weight class matches, respectively, advancing Washington to the semifinals to face Burgettstown.
Southmoreland (13-2) started strong, winning the first nine matches, to earn a victory over Fort Cherry, 56-12, in a quarterfinal matchup. Southmoreland moves on to face West Greene in the semifinals.
West Greene (11-4) won the first 10 matches in a quarterfinal victory against Shady Side Academy. Shady Side Academy (11-4) finally scored at the 171 weight class, as Damon Dlubak won by forfeit. West Greene moves on to face Southmoreland in the semifinals.
Junior forward Kristin Polosky left the game with three minutes to play but still scored a school-record 43 points as Mapletown beat Fort Cherry, 63-42, in a non-section game. Polosky - who also had 14 rebounds, nine steals, seven assists and six blocks - topped the mark of 42 set in 1991 by Laura Maraquis.
Woodland Hills won its first WPIAL rifle title since 1992 with a team score of 798-71X. Junior Erin McPherson was Woodland Hills' top shooter with a score of 100-10X. Upper St. Clair (797-55X) was second, followed by Bethel Park (796-63X), Trinity (796-60X) and Butler (796-56X).