Stock up, stock down

We'll do it a little different than in the past. We'll make the wrestling teams competing in the team tournaments eligible for the honor or raspberries.

Stock up

The Highlanders knocked off No. 2-seed and my choice to win the WPIAL CLass AA Team Tournament South Fayette in the semifinals. They fell to Burrell - doesn't everyone? - in the finals, 38-25. McGuffey, which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, did so without two of its starters in the lineup: Luke Desmond and Connor Thompson. McGuffey gave Fort LeBoeuf a good run in the preliminary round of the state team event but came up five points shy of earning a trip to Hershey for the first-round of the PIAA Class AA Team Tournament.

This might seem an odd selection, considering this is the earliest the Big Macs were ousted from the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament in five seasons, but Canon-McMillan wrestled about as well as it could against No. 4-seed North Allegheny. This might have been the match that sets the Big Macs up for next season.

Peters Township
Hard to sugar-coat a 66-6 loss to North  Allegheny in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA Team Tournament. The Indians were minus three starters and had five freshmen in the lineup, didn't role over and die, and showed grit against a team they had no chance of defeating. I like those qualities.

Stock Down

South Fayette
On paper, the Lions looked strong. Not only that, but that strength was spread throughout the lineup in the light, middle and heavier weights. That's what makes their loss to McGuffey a head-scratcher. They rebounded against Jefferson-Morgan for third place in the WPIAL but got ripped up by Saegertown in the preliminary round of the PIAA Class AA Team Tournament. I didn't expect a win, but, boy, just four bout wins.

The Rockets have a lineup any coach would take: a great wrestler at 106, other talents equally spread through the rest of the weights. I really thought they had a chance to beat Burrell in WPIAL semifinals of team tournament, but the Rockets fell, 38-30. They lost nearly by the same score against South Fayette for third place. I expected more.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

SF stock is not down. they wrestled a really bad match vs mcguffy. I still believe they had the best team to win it all(if they came to wrestle) and against saegertown yeah they won 4 bouts but go take a look at the box score before you make them look bad. Most of the matches were 1 or 2 point matches and could of easily gone there way had they won those. You make no sense

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

Your comment seems to make my case for Stock Down. Don't misunderstand, Stock Down means a slip in value, not a complete collapse.

Thursday, February 05, 2015 2:41:00 PM  

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