HEIDELBERG – Maybe the first indication that luck was not on the side of Waynesburg High School’s wrestling came last Thursday when heavyweight Thad McGilton dropped 12 pieces of sheet metal on his foot in shop class and couldn’t wrestle.
It just got worse from there Monday night at Chartiers Valley High School.
North Hills won the four heavyweight bouts and three of five lightweight matches on the way to a 46-28 victory in the preliminary round of the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament.
The loss knocked Waynesburg (8-8), the fifth-place finisher in Section 4, from the team tournament. North Hills (9-6), the fifth-place finisher in Section 3, travels to Franklin Region for a first-round meeting against the Panthers.
“It’s tough,” said Waynesburg head coach Joe Throckmorton. “We lost our heavyweight Thursday. The sheet metal fell on his steel-toed shoes, but missed the steel-toe part.”
With McGilton out of the lineup, the Raiders allowed two pins a forfeit and a major decision in the upper weights. That turned a 19-6 Waynesburg lead into a 28-19 edge for North Hills. When gage Curry pinned Cole Rush at 106, the Indians stretched that lead to 34-19.
“It was the matchups that made the difference,” said North Hills Jose Martinez. “We needed the right matchups to win. We lost the flip but it still worked out all right. We wrestled hard.”
Also getting a pin for the Indians were Tyler Walker (132) Jonathan Avon (160).
A.C. Headlee (113) and Shane Piper (145) had pins for Waynesburg.
Ringgold 45, Central Catholic 31: It’s difficult enough to win a WPIAL Team Tournament dual meet with a full squad so imagine how nervous Bob Bove must have been feeling knowing he had to forfeit an upper weight.
But Pittsburgh Central Catholic matched that and much more, forfeiting four of the final six bouts and Ringgold saw a 25-9 deficit turn into a 45-25 victory in the preliminary round of this event at Chartiers Valley High School.
The Rams moved to 12-5 and take on top-seeded Canon-McMillan Wednesday in a first-round dual meet in Canonsburg.
“I saw they had three or more (forfeits) every match,” said Bob, the Rams head coach. “I was not super surprised.”
Bove was surprised Central Catholic did not use Vincenzo Joseph at 120 or Ron Seibert at 132. Central Catholic head coach Sanshiro Abe said they didn’t wrestle because of “weight and personal issues.” Abe said he was “hopeful” they would be ready for the individual postseason.
Ringgold split the eight bouts that were contested – the Rams forfeited at 138, the last bout of the dual meet – and heavyweight Taylor Bass had the only pin.
“I’m not disappointed, but I’m not 100 percent pleased,” Bove said. “I thought it would be close, because I didn’t know so many of their kids would be out.”
Rob Kalin (170) had a pin and Kyle Coniker (16)) and Dom DeLuca (220) each won by technical fall for the Vikings (4-4).