Canon-McMillan wrestlers drop PIAA 1st-round match to Cedar Cliff

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 10:15 PM


HERSHEY — When Canon-McMillan’s Jimmy Baxter (120 pounds) and Kenny Hayman (126) lost early in the Big Macs’ match against District 3 champion Cedar Cliff, Canon-McMillan coach Jason Havelka knew it would be tough to win.

Cedar Cliff, after losing the first match at 113 pounds, won eight consecutive bouts and rolled to a 43-16 victory in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament Thursday at the Giant Center.

Baxter dropped a 9-4 decision to Creed Bogardus, and Hayman fell to J.J. Wilson, 1-0.

It wasn’t until Gerrit Nijenhuis (182) got a pin that Big Macs fans had something to cheer about. Evan Miller won by a major decision at 195, and Giomar Ramos won in overtime at heavyweight.

Canon-McMillan faces Selinsgrove at 10 a.m. in the consolation bracket.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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