Kiski Area wrestlers put up valiant effort in loss to Canon-Mac
TribLIVE Sports Videos
As they huddled in an exit-only alcove in Chartiers Valley High School's gymnasium after their semifinal match against top-seeded Canon-McMillan on Friday night, members of Kiski Area's wrestling team found neither the time nor a reason to hang their heads.
Able to win as many bouts at the three-time defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Big Macs, the Cavaliers put forth an admirable effort during their 36-24 loss. They'll try to rebound in the third-place match at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against No. 3 seed North Allegheny, which lost, 28-27, to No. 2 Franklin Regional in the other semifinal — the winner advances to the PIAA tournament.
“We knew it was going to be a barn-burner,” Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky said. “We knew it'd be close. They're No. 1 in the state for a reason. They have some outstanding guys. But so do we.”
Bonus points favored Canon-McMillan (14-0), which had three pins and one technical fall. Kiski Area (16-2), also a victor in seven bouts, had three bonus points, each from a major decision.
The second bout of the match showcased two studs. Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon, normally a 195-pounder, moved up to wrestle senior Alex Campbell, a defending WPIAL runner-up at 220 pounds. McCutcheon prevailed, 9-5, to remain unbeaten. But he left the mat wanting more.
“I was thinking I needed to get bonus points for the team,” McCutcheon said. “Unfortunately, I didn't. But I tried to keep my pace up. … I had to get on top, but I couldn't break him down. They're pretty good at fending things off and hand-fighting — not stalling but not giving up pins and bonus points.”
Tursky, who willingly sent McCutcheon out to meet Campbell, had no qualms with the Penn State recruit's effort.
“Matt has gone above and beyond the call of duty all season,” Tursky said. “I sent him out against the No. 1 guy in the WPIAL.”
Another Cavalier with a perfect mark for the season, Shane Kuhn, added another win to his record by edging Angelo Broglia, 2-1, in the heavyweight bout. Like McCutcheon, he dictated the tempo of the bout but struggled to find scoring opportunities.
Victories by McCutcheon, Kuhn and 195-pounder Tyler Worthing — who won, 12-3 — put Kiski Area ahead, 10-0 after three bouts. But Canon-Mac flexed its muscle in the light weights, where the Big Macs had two pins and the 18-3 technical fall.
Between the two pins, Kiski Area forfeited to 120-pound standout Dalton Macri. The move set up a matchup between the Cavaliers' go-to 120-pounder, Ryan Hardaway, and defending state finalist Connor Schram, a Stanford recruit.
Tursky said that he wanted to deny Canon-Mac the opportunity to shift Schram and Macri up weight classes and potentially attain more bonus points. But the Big Macs still came away with 12 points after Schram pinned Hardaway.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Motorcyclist injured in Westmoreland flown to Pittsburgh
- Dude’s The Man captures Adios at The Meadows
- Rossi: Nothing huge, but Huntington helped Bucs
- 2 killed in single-vehicle crash in Pittsburgh
- 2014 showing has Steelers RB Harris confident he belongs
- Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past
- Pirates trade for Dodgers 1B/OF Morse, Mariners LHP Happ
- Marte’s 2 fine defensive plays rescue Pirates in victory over Reds
- Dek hockey summer camp ranks swell thanks to social media
- Steelers OLB coach Porter teaches as passionately as he played
- Steelers training camp has California University link