Some thoughts about the start of the season

So far, Canon-McMillan has not missed a beat, winning five dual meets in the Greenville Duals and knocking off General McLane in a non-section match Monday night. The Big Macs, who have won five of the possible six state team tournament titles over the past three years, will get a better read in the coming weeks with matches against McGuffey and Waynesburg, and the biggie, Powerade. This weekend's Ironman tournament, which CM is participating in, includes Franklin Regional.

Jefferson-Morgan had a good showing at the Gateway Tournament, finishing fourth and landing two champions in Brendan Howard at 113 and James Miller at 138. Ryan Zalar made it to the 160 finals but fell to Devin Austin of Penn Trafford, 2-1. And heavyweight Ian Wolfe made it to the finals, where Shane Kuhn of Kiski pinned him.

One interesting final came at 126, where Dom Forys of North Allegheny had no trouble with Justin Patrick of the Kiski School, 7-2. Patrick was top seed and Forys 2.

The biggest news from the Chartiers-Houston Tournament was not about who was there but who was not. Nick Gavazzi of Charleroi missed the event with a sore shoulder. Josh Kuslock was a nice surprise for Chartiers-Houston, winning the 120-pound title; and Nico Brown of Beth-Center had a good effort in a runner-up effort at 171. Peters Township got five to the finals and had two champions. Lukas Cervenak won at heavyweight and Phil Mary at 126.

This stat from Wrestlingreport.com: there are 690 wrestlers who have won 100 or more matches in their career in WPIAL history. The leader is Dane Johnson of Shady Side Academy with 182. Two of his teammates, Geoff Alexander and Philip Elias are among four wrestlers tied at 172. The other two are Ashtin Primus and Donnie Ament of Connellsville.


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