JACKSON TWP — For the second straight year, Seneca Valley claimed the Section 3-AAA wrestling championship in dominating fashion.
The Raiders crushed Hampton, 62-6, in the semifinals before winning the final eight bouts against North Allegheny to win the title match, 56-18, Wednesday at Seneca Valley High School.
It is the eighth section title in program history for the Raiders.
“This is one of the steps we needed to take on our way to what we hope are bigger things,” said SV coach Kevin Wildrick. “It was very important that we win here tonight.”
In the championship, the Raiders and North Allegheny were tied at 18 after six bouts. Then the action was turned over to SV’s lightweights, which include Dylan Chappell and Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, who are ranked first in the state at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively.
Both won their bouts, Chappell with a 6-2 decision over NA’s Dylan Coy and Herrera-Rondon via technical fall against Brad Stipetich.
In the other lightweight bouts, SV won by no less than a major decision.
“It’s a tough crew to get through,” said Wildrick. “We have the luxury of being strong with all of those guys.”
For SV’s seniors, 152-pounder Nick Montalbano among them, defending their title from last year on their home mat was special.
“It felt awesome,” said Montalbano, who began the night with a major decision over Hampton and closed it out with a pin in 39 seconds against the Tigers. “We grew up together and have the same goals for the team and are working hard to achieve them.
“We belong in the conversation with the other top teams in the WPIAL, the Kiskis and the Hempfields.”
Seneca Valley will host a WPIAL first-round match on Wednesday.
Seneca Valley 56, North Allegheny 18
(Match started at 160 pounds)
106-Hunter Swedish (SV) major dec. Brady Walker, 10-2; 113-Dylan Chappell (SV) dec. Dylan Coy, 6-2; 120-Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (SV) tech. fall Brad Stipetich; 126-Chanz Shearer (SV) pinned Selena Brown, :16; 132-Jason Geyer (SV) major dec. Max Stedeford, 8-0; 138-Drew Vlasnik (SV) major dec. Ian Branstetter, 10-2; 145-Antonio Amelio (SV) pinned Brandon Weaver, 1:12; 152-Nick Montalbano (SV) pinned Brady Leczo, :39; 160-Liam Volk-Klos (SV) won by forfeit; 170-Jon Hoover (NA) pinned Conor Hayes, 3:34; 182-Patrick Johnson (SV) won by forfeit; 195-Gavin Beahm (SV) won by forfeit; 220-Ben Grafton (NA) pinned Nick Funovits, 5:22; Hwt.-Austin Huebner (NA) pinned Tyler Proctor, :46
Seneca Valley 62, Hampton 6
(Match started at 152 pounds)
106-Hunter Swedish (SV) pinned Jack Koren, 2:43; 113-Dylan Chappell (SV) won by forfeit; 120-Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (SV) pinned Josh Campbell, 1:14; 126-Chanz Shearer (SV) major dec. Zach Wright, 12-3; 132-Jason Geyer (SV) pinned Jonathan Maguire, :59; 138-Drew Vlasnik (SV) pinned Jacob Premick, 3:55; 145-Antonio Amelio (SV) pinned Tyler Kocak, 5:24; 152-Nick Montalbano (SV) major dec. Liam Helon, 11-3; 160-Liam Volk-Klos (SV) dec. Gage Galuska, 8-2; 170-Conor Hayes (SV) dec. Conrad Harold, 6-3; 182-Patrick Johnson (SV) dec. Corey Scherer, 4-2; 195-Davin Beahm (SV) dec. Jayden Resch, 12-5; 220-Justin Hart (H) pinned Nick Funovits, 1:12; Hwt.-Tyler Proctor (SV) won by forfeit