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West Branch draws tough first-round match

February 5, 2013
By Todd Irwin (tirwin@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

West Branch won the District 6 Class AA Duals title for the first time since capturing the 1995 crown, which was when the district started holding the event.

But, in doing so, the Warriors, ranked ninth in the Off The Mat rankings last week, drew a very tough first-round draw at the PIAA Duals in seventh-ranked District 7 runner-up South Fayette, which lost to Burrell, 35-30, on Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

West Branch and South Fayette have seen each other already at the Thomas Subaru Tournament. South Fayette finished in third place with 180.5 points, while West Branch took sixth with 139.5 points. Thomas champion Chestnut Ridge is in the same bracket.

Bethlehem Catholic, which has won two straight Class AA state titles and is ranked No. 1 by OTM, breezed to the District 11 championship by going 3-0, including a 53-9 win over Saucon Valley in the title match.

District 6 Class AAA champion Mifflin County will open its first state tournament against either District 11 runner-up Parkland or District 3 fourth-placer Wilson. Parkland and Wilson wrestled Monday night.

Four-time state duals winner Central Dauphin could be a Friday quarterfinal opponent for those teams. Defending Duals champion Canon McMillan, which edged Franklin Regional, 31-26, for the District 7 crown, is in the other bracket.

DuBois, which beat Clearfield, 51-23, for the District 9 title, will have to open against District 11 champ Easton, a 28-26 winner over Parkland.

 
 

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