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Wrestling: 2017 South Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Canon-McMillan senior Brendan Furman made it four out of five against Kiski Area junior Isaac Reid, including the one that mattered the most.

Furman (47-3) capped his high school career with a 5-3 victory over Reid in the 285-pound final, thus closing out the 2017 state championships. It was the fifth time the two met this season and Furman won four times, including wins in the WPIAL and PIAA finals.

"Normally, in any other match, I feel butterflies," Furman said. "But I didn’t have any out there tonight. He meant business. He tried some different stuff but I found my way."

Furman, the No. 4 seed, recorded two pins before upsetting top seed Niko Camacho of Bethlehem Catholic, 3-1, in the semifinals. Camacho had beat Furman earlier in the season in the finals of the Beast of the East Tournament.

Furman was joined in the finals by Bethel Park's Nino Bonaccorsi, who made a second straight appearance in the PIAA Class AAA finals. Unfortunately, Bonaccorsi earned a second straight silver medal after a 4-3 loss to Nazareth's Travis Stefanik in the 182-pound final.

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Frazier made its WPIAL debut this season and freshman Thayne Lawrence Lawrence (37-6) became the first wrestler in the school's short history to qualify and place at the state tournament.

"It's pretty exciting to get up here as a freshman and see what I can do," Lawrence said. "I just went out there and did what I could. It's great to be the school's first PIAA placewinner."

Lawrence's only loss was to Tri-Valley's Sammy Hepler, 11-6, in the quarterfinals. He got a rematch with Hepler in the consolation for third place and posted a 7-2 win to avenge the loss.