High School Wrestling: Canon-McMillan reaches final
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Canon-McMillan earned a return trip to the title match of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament with two narrow victories Friday at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
The Big Macs (18-0) moved within one victory of defending its PIAA title with a 37-35 win against District 11 champion Easton (17-2) in the semifinals.
Canon-McMillan will face District 3 champion Central Dauphin (23-0) at 1 p.m. today in the title match. Central Dauphin earned its fifth title berth in six years with a 41-25 win against WPIAL runner-up Franklin Regional (19-4). The Big Macs ended Central Dauphin's four-year reign as state champs a year ago in the semifinals.
"Both teams have been hoping for the rematch," Canon-McMillan coach Chris Mary said. "I'm expecting another close match with them."
Brendan Price (106), Cody Wiercioch (182), Alex Campbell (220) and Angelo Broglia (285) recorded pins for the Big Macs, while Easton recorded three falls.
Canon-McMillan earned its semifinal berth with a 35-27 come-from-behind win against District 10 champion Erie McDowell (13-2). Sammy Minor (170), Wiercioch (182) and Campbell (220) had pins for the Big Macs in that match.
Other Class AAA
• North Allegheny (17-5), the WPIAL's third-place finisher, was eliminated after splitting two consolation matches. The Tigers beat District 6 champion Mifflin County (16-8), 46-12, in the first round, then lost, 31-24, to Erie McDowell in the second round. Jesse Rodgers (145), Ben Scheiger (160) and Clay Byerly (182) had pins for North Allegheny against Mifflin County. Zach Smith (220) had the Tigers' only pin against McDowell.
• WPIAL champion Burrell (16-7) was eliminated after splitting two consolation matches. The Buccaneers beat District 2 champion Western Wayne (21-7), 39-16, in the first round, then dropped a 34-24 decision to District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge (22-2) in the second round. John Andrejcik (132), Phillip Marra (145), Dakota DesLauriers (195), and Allan Beattie (285) had pins for Burrell against Western Wayne.
• South Fayette (10-3), the WPIAL runner-up, made a quick exit in its PIAA debut. The Lions dropped a 41-16 decision to District 11 runner-up Saucon Valley (18-3) in the first round of consolations. Michael Fetchet (170) had the Lions' only pin.
First Published February 9, 2013 12:00 am