Big Macs beat Hillers, wrap up subsection title
Canon-McMillan’s Joseph Hritsko tries to turn Trinity’s Gino Cecchine during the 132-pound bout Wednesday night. Hritsko won the match with a 4-3 decision.
CANONSBURG – If there is one rule for an opponent to adhere to in dual meets against Canon-McMillan, it would be this: Don’t be generous.
The Big Macs came into Wednesday night’s dual meet against Trinity with an undefeated record, and the last four WPIAL Team Tournament titles and five state team titles on their resume. Trinity came in offering an 18-point spot, thanks to three forfeits.
As one might imagine, it did not go well for the Hillers.
Canon-McMillan got bonus points from their light-and middleweights, benefited from forfeit wins at 160, 170 and 220 and cruised to a 66-12 victory in the C-M gymnasium.
The win pushed the Big Macs’ record to 5-0 in the Subsection 4-A and 12-0 overall. Trinity fell to 4-1 in the subsection and 4-2 overall.
The two teams have qualified for the WPIAL Team Tournament but will first wrestle in the section tournaments. The doubleheaders are set for Wednesday at the home site of the winner of the B side of the section alignment. Canon-McMillan will be looking for its 14th consecutive section title next week.
“Everything went well,” said C-M head coach Jason Cardillo. “The guys who were supposed to win won, and the guys who had tough matches gave a quality effort. The sections start Wednesday, so we want to get through that first and see what the pairings look like after that.”
Trinity head coach Mark Powell said the forfeits were from a combination of things: injuries, inexperience and academics.
“We usually have (Justin) Ritter at 160, but he has some upper body injuries,” Powell said. “It was an issue last year, and we didn’t want it to be an issue this year. We want him healed up and ready for sections.
“At 170 and 220, we had some kids we want to give more (practice) time before we send them out. I thought we would win more matches. We might get them in another week. They’ll see a different team then.”
Maybe the most satisfying development of the dual meet for the Big Macs, next to the victory, was the return of Solomon Chishko. The defending state champion at 145 pounds returned from a month-long rehab after having knee surgery to remove the meniscus in his right knee. Chishko pinned Zack Magdich in 36 seconds.
“I felt good,” said Chishko. “I’ve been on the mat most of my life, so it’s actually odd when I’m not on the mat. I wanted to get this over with and go out and eat.”
Cardillo said he was excited to have Chishko in the lineup.
“I told him when he first stepped on the mat, ‘Welcome back,’” Cardillo said.
Brendan Price was recognized before the dual meet for his 100th career victory, obtained at last weekend’s Tri-CADA Tournament. Price is the 31st wrestler in Canon-McMillan history to reach 100 career wins, more than any other school in the state. Price got No. 102 by pinning Mike Kolosky in 1:50.
Dalton Macri (126), Alec Hutchin (138), Malachi Krenzelak (152), Jesse Lesko (182) and Brendan Furman (Hvy) also had pins for the Big Macs.
Tristan Buxton (106) and Robert West had pins for the Hillers.