The high school wrestling season has ended a lot sooner than expected for Sam Sherlock.
Sherlock, a senior at West Mifflin who won WPIAL and PIAA titles last year, went out with a season-ending knee injury at the Beast of the East tournament held Dec. 18-19 at the University of Delaware.
"We were hoping the injury wouldn't keep him out of the postseason tournaments," West Mifflin coach Tony Salopek said. "He had an MRI last week and the doctor told him it was a torn ACL. He will have surgery this week and will be out for the rest of the season."
The injury happened when Sherlock was wrestling Nick Schenk of Delaware's St. Marks in the 130-pound championship match at the tournament, which is considered the top tournament in the country.
"The bout was tied, 2-2, in overtime when Sam scored what we thought was the winning takedown," Salopek said. "But after conferring the referees waived off the takedown and the bout went to a second overtime. That's when Sam was hurt."
Sherlock finished the match, but lost, 3-2.
"It was a ridiculous call," Salopek said. "The bout should have been over. It was obvious when we watched the video."
Sherlock, ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AAA, has a 5-1 record and his career mark is 114-13.
"The only good thing is that Sam has already won WPIAL and PIAA titles and has a scholarship lined up," said Salopek, referring to the fact that Sherlock has accepted a scholarship to Penn State University. "We already talked to [Penn State coach] Cael Sanderson and he told Sam to have the surgery as soon as possible."
West Mifflin is one of 40 teams entered in the Ninth Annual Allegheny County tournament Friday and Saturday at Fox Chapel High School. Bethel Park is the defending champion. The Black Hawks have two returning champions in Dylan Mogan and Adam Lazenga. Both have moved up one weight class to 119 and 285, respectively.
Shady Side Academy has three individuals who have won Allegheny County championships, but they didn't place first last season. Frank Martellotti is a two-time champion for the Indians, while teammates Matthew Cunningham and Geoff Alexander captured one title.
Martellotti and Cunningham missed the tournament a year ago with injuries, but each won a title in 2008. Martellotti, who also won in 2007, is entered at 130 pounds, while Cunningham is at 171. Alexander won at 103 in 2008, placed second last year at 112, and is at 119 this season.
Upper St. Clair's Mackenzie and Mike McGuire also are returning champions. Mackenzie McGuire has moved from 103 to 112, while Mike McGuire is up one weight class to 119.
North Allegheny's Andy Candiello and West Allegheny's Troy Reaghard also are returning champions. Candiello moved from 135 to 145. Reaghard returns at 171.
The Tri-County tournament will be Friday and Saturday at Charleroi High School and includes 21 teams from Washington, Greene and Fayette counties.
Connellsville won the inaugural tournament a year ago. The Falcons have two returning champions in Ethan Saylor, who wrestled at 145 last year but is at 160 this season, and Nathan Gaffney, the defending champ at 215.
Canon-McMillan has two returning champions in Dario Dobbin, who moved to 119 after competing at 103 last season, and Nick Catalano. who moved up one weight class to 135.
Chartiers-Houston's Michael Innes, who is at 145, and Ringgold's Fred Garcia, who returns at 189, are also returning champion.
Connellsville posted an 8-0 record to win the Battlefield Duals, which were held this past weekend at Stafford, Va. The Falcons, ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AAA, beat Virginia's Robinson Secondary School, 31-25, in the championship match. Waynesburg had a 6-2 record in the 12-team field.
• Canon-McMillan had a 2-2 record in the high school division of the Virginia Duals, which were held in Hampton, Va., this past weekend.
• Chartiers-Houston won Trinity's Elite Duals with a 5-0 record.
• Highlands won the Fort Cherry Tournament with a 4-0 record.
First Published January 11, 2010 5:00 AM