Canon-McMillan Pins North Allegheny To Win WPIAL AAA Gold

Saturday, February 4, 2012 | 11:11 PM

After winning two straight WPIAL Championships, Canon-McMillan looked to join North Allegheny as the only team in AAA Team Tournament history in winning three consecutive WPIAL titles. The Tigers tried everything they could to keep the Big Macs from joining them in the elite status.

After Canon-McMillan started the match with a fall by Cody Wiercioch (170), North Allegheny was able to grab a 9-6 lead after Jarred Lux (195) added a fall. But then it was all Big Macs. Canon McMillan would win six straight matches, with falls from Alex Campbell (220), Cody Klempay (285), and Colton Shorts (126), to take a 35-9 lead.

North Allegheny would get back on the scoreboard, as Jesse Rodgers (132) added a 3-0 win over Malachi Krenzelak at 132 to make it 35-12. However that would be the last time North Allegheny would come out on top in a match. Canon-McMillan would win the last four matches, including a fall by Sammy Minor (145), to give the Big Macs their third straight WPIAL AAA Championship with a 53-12 victory.

“Winning three straight titles is great for our wrestlers, coaches, and administration,” said Canon-McMillan head coach Chris Mary. “I want to perform our best every time we step on the mat. We haven’t had a let down and are peaking at the right time heading into the state tournament.” Mary added, “We are blessed with great wrestlers and awesome coaches.”

Listen in to Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Monday night at 7:00 PM as Canon McMillan head coach Chris Mary joins the show to discuss his AAA WPIAL Championship.

Canon-McMillan Big Macs 53 – North Allegheny Tigers 12
170 – Cody Wiercioch (CM) fall Clay Byerly (NA) 3:29
182 – Alex DeCiantis (NA) dec. Zach Thomas (CM) 10-4
195 – Jarred Lux (NA) fall Ian Binotto (CM) 2:28
220 – Alex Campbell (CM) fall Nathan Nachazel (NA) 1:45
285 – Cody Klempay (CM) fall Kevin Clemens (NA) 1:30
106 – Brendon Price (CM) dec. Scotty Stossel (NA) 10-4
113 – Dalton Macri (CM) dec. Domenic Forys (NA) 13-6
120 – Conner Schram (CM) tech. fall Blynn Shideler (NA) 18-3, 4:18
126 – Colton Shorts (CM) fall Mike Wanner (NA) 2:58
132 – Jesse Rodgers (NA) dec. Malachi Krenzelak (NA) 3-0
138 – Solomon Chishko (CM) wins by forfeit
145 – Sammy Minor (CM) fall Vincent Leschak (NA) 1:37
152 – Dario Dobbin (CM) dec. Ben Schweiger (NA) 3-0
160 – William Pihiou (CM) dec. Colton Byerly (NA) 2-1 OT UTB

AAA Consolation: Greensburg Salem Golden Lions 40 – Connellsville Falcons 20

In a battle with a berth in the PIAA Tournament at stake, Greensburg Salem added bonus points early and often to take 3rd place in the AAA WPIAL Team Tournament. The Golden Lions picked up five total falls, with pins coming from Carl Kelley (113), Austin Shaw (120), Zach Voytek (152), Josh Falatovich (182), and Tanner Hahn (220). Greensburg Salem will wrestle on Monday night at 6:00 PM at Carrick High School, where the Golden Lions will wrestle the City League Champions Taylor Allderdice Dragons.


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