Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer a win abroad from third state championship


Friday, March 11, 2022 | ten:46 PM

HERSHEY – Mt. Pleasant senior Dayton Pitzer doesn’t accept a nickname.

If he did, information technology could be “The Autumn Guy.”

Pitzer used two pins Fri during Day 2 of the PIAA Course 2A title at the Giant Center and is one win from becoming the 49th three-time champion in state history. 2 other wrestlers – Saucon Valley senior Ryan Crookman and Woods Hills senior Jackson Arrington (152) – are too attempting to win a third championship.

He might take been a four-time champion, but an injury prevented from competing in 2020.

Pitzer (44-0) pinned Brookville senior Bryce Rafferty in the first flow for his 99th career pin. Earlier in the day, Pitzer pinned Berks Catholic sophomore Brody Kline in 58 seconds.

He’ll confront West Perry senior Brad Morrison (48-1) in the 215-pound finals at ii p.m.

“I remember the 100 pins is in the back of my mind, but at the finish of the mean solar day, I take to focus on wrestling and staying in skillful position,” Pitzer said. “If I push the pace, the pin volition come. Merely staying in position and doing what I do is the key.”

Pitzer took Rafferty down, only Rafferty was able to escape. The next time Pitzer took Rafferty down, he used an arm bar to record the autumn.

“I don’t know what game plan my opponents take, only me making the guy react to me and non reacting to them is a central affair,” Pitzer said. “I endeavour to go out and wrestle my match.”

Pitzer said the pressure he feels comes at practice.

“I want to be the best I tin exist,” Pitzer said. “I’m putting pressure on myself for competing. I’k confident in how I train and what I do to prepare for contest. I feel good, but I feel everyone gets a piffling nervous.”

Derry senior Christian Hirak lost in the quarterfinals, but he won his blood round match and will wrestle for seventh place.

The other returning state champions from the WPIAL — Laurel junior Grant MacKay (160 pounds) and Frazier sophomore Rune Lawrence (172) – advanced to the finals.

MacKay defeated Newport senior Ganon Smith, 6-2. He’ll face up Notre Dame-Green Pond inferior Holden Garcia.

Lawrence pinned Canton junior Riley Parker in the second catamenia. He’ll face Saucon Valley inferior Jake Jones.

In Class 3A, the WPIAL advanced twenty wrestlers to the Class 3A semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 of them are from Westmoreland County.

Leading that listing are iii previous PIAA champions: Latrobe inferior Vinny Kilkeary, Hempfield senior Briar Priest and Franklin Regional senior Finn Solomon.

Kilkeary (44-2) avant-garde with a seven-2 victory against Quakertown sophomore Mason Ziegler. He’ll face Manheim Township sophomore Kamdyn Williams, who defeated Kilkeary in the West Region in 2021.

“I felt I wrestled well and got to my attacks,” Kilkeary said. “It’s a new match, new yr and a new me. I worked hard all summer and all season. I’ll give it my all.”

It was Kilkeary’southward 100th career win.

Priest (36-two) advanced with a 3-0 win confronting Wilson senior Dominic Jurado. He’ll face Downingtown West senior Dominic Findora.

Solomon (39-2) pinned Williamsport senior Riley Bower in the second period. He’ll face Boyertown senior Run a risk Babb in the semifinals.

The finals are slated for 7 p.m.

The other canton winners were Latrobe freshman Luke Willochell (106), Franklin Regional sophomore Ty Kapusta (106), Hempfield inferior Ethan Lebin (126), Kiski Area senior Enzo Morlacci (160), Belle Vernon senior Cole Weightman (215) and Greensburg Salem senior heavyweight Billy McChesney.

Willochell avant-garde with a pivot. Kapusta earned his 2nd upset win of the tournament by defeating Council Stone North freshman Eren Sement with a takedown in overtime for a three-2 win.

Lebin blanked Clearfield freshman Brady Collins, 8-0, and Morlacci defeated Nazareth senior Ryan Fairchild, 11-half-dozen.

He’ll face Connellsville senior Jared Keslar, who defeated Council Rock South senior Matt Colajezzi, v-iii. Colajezzi was ranked No. ane in the country prior to final calendar week’due south loss in the Southeast Region final.

“I was really excited to wrestle him,” Keslar said. “I figured I’d have to wrestle him sooner or later. It was to my advantage to wrestle him sooner.”

Weightman survived a few questionable calls to defeat Central Bucs West senior Carl DiGiorgio, viii-7.

“I’1000 exhausted,” Weightman said. “It was a great battle. I’m glad I advanced.”

McChesney used a takedown with 25 seconds left to defeat Clearfield senior Oliver Billotte, 3-1.

“It was a expert match. He’southward a very good wrestler,” McChesney said. “I’ve beaten him three times before, and it’south ever close.”

Others guaranteed medals are Penn-Trafford senior Troy Hohman (120), Hempfield junior Lucas Kapusta (145), Latrobe senior Jack Pletcher (152), Belle Vernon senior Logan Hoffman (172), Franklin Regional sophomore Juliano Marion (189) and Latrobe junior Corey Boerio (215).

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