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WPIAL team wrestling tournament pairings announced

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The WPIAL announced Thursday the pairings for the upcoming team tournament.

Action begins Monday with four Class AAA preliminary-round matches at Chartiers Valley.

Franklin Regional (10-1) and Latrobe (9-1), which met in the Section 1 finals on Wednesday, were seeded 1-2 in Class AAA. Returning four-time WPIAL and two-time PIAA champion Canon-McMillan (14-0) earned a No. 3 seed, North Allegheny (10-0) is fourth and Kiski Area (13-2), the third place team from Section 1, was seeded fifth.

In Class AA, seven-time defending champion Burrell (9-3) was seeded first, followed by unbeaten South Fayette (17-0) at No. 2. Those teams met in the Class AA finals in 2013. The third seed was Jefferson-Morgan (12-2), Burgettstown (8-0) was fourth and Derry (11-2) fifth.

First-round matches will be held Wednesday, with each of the top four seeds hosting.

The semifinals are Jan. 31 at Norwin at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and the finals are Feb. 1 at Chartiers Valley. Class AA finals are 4 p.m. and Class AAA at 6:30 p.m.

Consolation for third place in Class AA is noon and2 p.m. for Class AAA.

Since the tournament began in 1979, only Connellsville has qualified for the tournament every year.

–Paul Schofield

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