Team tournament notes

Canon-McMillan put on quite a performance Friday night, stopping Kiski 46-20 and earning a chance to defend its WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament title Saturday night at Chartiers Valley High School.
The Big Macs continue to get top performances from wrestlers who are not as well-known as the team's stars. This time it was Sam Minor, who had a stunning pin of Kiski's Cole Landowski in the 125-pound weight class.
Canon-McMillan took the heart out of the Cavaliers with that win. Landowski was ranked fifth and Minor was unranked. The move was magnificent, a headlock and hip-toss that put Landowski on his back. Those two moves are rare among better wrestlers because the headlocks and hip-tosses are easily defended. Plus, Minor had the guts to try it.
The Big Macs should defeat Latrobe in the finals and win a second consecutive team tournament championship.

In Class AA, Chartiers-Houston picked apart Kittanning, 54-18. The Bucs will have their hands full against Burrell. You have to admire C-H's grit, but the Bucs lack the firepower to stay with Burrell. Not to worry, because both teams have already qualified for the state team tournament.
Burrell and Chartiers-Houston, both nicknamed the Bucs, have been ranked 1-2 throughout the season and each team showed why it deserved that status. If C-H is to win, it will have to have its wrestlers stay off their backs and pull up a couple of upsets.
C-H might be without Blake Balsama, who appeared to suffer a groin injury during his bout against Stephen Stapp at 135 pounds.

The team portion of Bentworth's season ended with three forfeits to Burrell in a 51-21 loss in the semifinals. The most interesting one came at 140, where Nick Smydo was supposed to wrestle. But there was a mistake at the scorer's table and the wrong weight was posted on the time clock. The mistake wasn't caught for two more bouts, leaving most confused as to the score and the weight class that was being contested.


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