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Trinity's McWreath stays unbeaten, nabs 4-AAA title

Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 by Paul Reihner

Trinity's McWreath stays unbeaten, nabs 4-AAA title

By Matt Shettler, For the Observer-Reporter

Mt. LEBANON - They say that on any given day, anyone can be beaten.

That's usually the case, but throughout the 2011 wrestling season, Trinity High School's Kyle McWreath has been one exception to that rule, taking to the mat 28 times and having his hand raised in victory after all 28 of them.

"I don't really think about being undefeated, but it's always my goal to win every time I'm on the mat," McWreath said. "It's good to be having this type of year, though. The season is a long grind and so much can happen, so to be really rolling at times is a good thing."

McWreath extended his perfect season on Saturday night at Mt. Lebanon High School by capturing a WPIAL Section 4-AAA title, the second section title of his career.

 

"I just have tried to take each match one at a time and keep a good mindset," McWreath said. "I've been able to stay focused on not making the little mistakes that can cost you matches."

McWreath entered the tournament as the top seed at 215 pounds and cruised through the morning session, pinning both McGuffey's T.J Walker and Chartiers Valley's Tyler Hendzel.

"Kyle is having an outstanding season," said Trinity head coach Mike Marino. "He is the best worker we have. He's always the first one in and the last one out. You can't measure everything he does for this program in wins and losses. He's everything a true leader should be."

McWreath then earned a 5-2 decision over Waynesburg's Kyle Gray in the tournament finals.

"I've really never thought about finishing undefeated before," McWreath said. "Now that I got this one though, it's kind of a goal. It would be nice to be able to say I'm an undefeated WPIAL champion."

McWreath wasn't the only local wrestler to stand out Saturday.

Waynesburg's Derrick Nelson (119) and Canon-McMillian's Nick Catalano (145) joined some elite company by winning their fourth section titles. Nelson pinned Mackenzie McGuire of Upper St Clair in 3:03 in the finals, and Catalano won by technical fall over John Kryiacopoulous of Upper St Clair, 21-5.

"It's a nice accomplishment, but I still have a lot of work to do," Nelson said. "I feel I've had a pretty good season and I'm peaking at the right time."

Also winning section titles were Canon-McMillan's Colt Shorts (103), Connor Schram (112), Solomon Chishko (130) and Cody Klempay (285); and Waynesburg's Zach McGinis (125) and Jeremy Ellis (189).

Klempay also remained undefeated, improving his record to 39-0. Klempay pinned Montour's Ty Haddock in 2:35 in the finals.

The top five wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the WPIAL Championships that begin Thursday at Canon-McMillan

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