WAYNESBURG – It might have been the most interesting 42-point win Canon-McMillan will have this season.
The Big Macs, defending state team tournament champions, didn’t have Solomon Chishko in the lineup for Wednesday evening’s match against Waynesburg. Chishko, who was injured in the last weekend’s Ironman tournament, will be out about three weeks and will miss the Powerade Christmas Tournament, which gets under way Dec. 27 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Chishko, a defending state champion, was relegated to assistant scorekeeper at the scoring table.
On the mat, one of the better matchups of the season took place when Dalton Macri, a state runner-up at 120, wrestled Waynesburg’s A.C. Headlee, who was sixth at 113 in Hershey.
The two electrified the large crowd inside Waynesburg’s gymnasium before Macri came away with a thrilling 4-3 decision to help the Big Macs defeat the Raiders 52-10 in a Section 4-A match in Class AAA.
The win moves the Big Macs to 2-0 in the section and 8-0 overall while the Raiders fell to 1-1 in the section and 1-5 overall.
Macri and Headlee are close friends and wrestle together throughout the summers, but this was the first time the two competed in a varsity match.
“I was going to wrestle him no matter what,” said Macri. “I wasn’t feeling my best today, but I was excited for the match.”
“We wanted that matchup,” said Canon-McMillan first-year head coach Jason Cardillo. “Off the mat, they are friends. On the mat, they want to win. That’s just the nature of the sport. He’s a competitor and we want him to be focused.”
Macri was sent out first and Headlee soon followed.
“We wanted them to wrestle,” said Waynesburg head coach Joe Throckmorton. “They are good friends, and this was the first time they wrestled. They are going to wrestle a lot more (this season).”
Headlee took a 2-0 lead 49 seconds in after Macri missed hitting a headlock and left his back vulnerable from the standing position. Macri escaped and the period ended with Headlee up 2-1.
Macri escaped 50 seconds into the second period to tie it, then turned a single leg into a takedown and a 4-2 lead. Headlee got out to make it 4-3, and nearly took Macri down near the end of the period. But Macri used a funk move that left him on his head for a few moments before slipping away.
Macri then rode Headlee out the remainder of the third period for the win.
“He had a weird funk roll (to get out of that),” said Headlee. “And I ended up not getting two there. We should probably wrestle four more times (this season).”
Meanwhile, Chishko has a doctor’s visit today and said removing the meniscus in his knee might be an option they discuss. He expects to miss three weeks, which means he would not participate in the Powerade tournament or the Tri-CADA tournament at Ringgold in mid-January.
“It’s been hurting for a little while,” said Chishko, who will attend Virginia Tech next fall. “It’s just been getting progressively worse. It finally gave out.”
Chishko hurt the knee wrestling Micah Jordan of Saint Paris, Ohio, in the semifinals of the Ironman. He forfeited the next two bouts and finished sixth.
“Last year, Chishko missed the regular season with a fractured elbow and wrestled only in the postseason. He won 11 straight matches and the 145-pound title in Hershey.
“I would much rather be at Powerade, but there is not much I can do about it,” Chishko said.
Matt Oblock (120) and David Ainscough (195) had pins for the Big Macs. Ryan Braun (106), Shaun Wilson (138) and Colin McCracken (160) had decisions for Waynesburg.