High school wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan maintains status quo under 1st-year head coach
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The Canon-McMillan School District didn't have to look far for a new wrestling coach.
After Chris Mary resigned following back to back PIAA Class AAA team titles, the school named assistant Jason Cardillo as his replacement.
According to senior Solomon Chishko things have stayed status quo with Cardillo as coach. Glenn Haynes also was retained as an assistant coach.
“The program is in a good place,” Cardillo said. “Chris is still around if I need to ask a question. He actually worked out the kids we didn't bring (to the Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio).
“Chris brought stability to the program, and I want to keep the consistency going. I want to continue to teach the kids and make them better. That's why they brought me in.”
Dalton Macri and Chishko each reached the semifinals at the Ironman. Macri ended up third at 126 pounds and Chishko, after falling in his semifinal match, forfeited his next two matches with an knee injury and finished sixth.
“We're going to be OK,” Cardillo said. “The season is off to great start. We're young, and we'll be back where we were in a couple years. You care a lot about the kids and team. You try to be a good role model and be as fair as possible.”
Franklin Regional junior Devin Brown will be able to wrestle this season. According to FR coach Eric Mausser, the PIAA overturned the WPIAL ruling that Brown's transfer from Saegertown was in part for athletic reasons.
Brown was the Class AA state champion at 106 pounds. Saegertown officials argued that Brown followed freshman Spencer Lee to Franklin Regional. Lee transferred in the summer.
Lee off to great start
Lee (10-0) began his high school career in impressive fashion, earning outstanding wrestler honors at the Ironman Tournament after winning the 113-pound title.
He won six bouts: two by pins, three 15-0 technical fall wins and a 12-2 major decision.
“No one scored on him,” Mausser said. “The only points he allowed is when he released his opponent.”
Lee's teammate, junior Mike Kemerer, placed second at 138. Despite breaking his nose in the quarterfinals, Kemerer reached the finals by using a late five-point move to defeat Colton Adams of Scottsbluff, Neb., 6-2.
Franklin Regional finished seventh, four points better than Wyoming Seminary, which defeated the Panthers in a dual meet when five wrestlers were missing from the lineup.
Josh Shields lost a 2-1 decision to Mason Manville of Blair Academy in the semifinals. He took fifth. Josh Maruca reached the quarterfinals.
Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri (126) placed third, Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph (132) and North Allegheny's Dom Forys (126) and Zach Smith (195) each finished fourth, while Chishko (145) ended up sixth.
Wildcats win at KOM
Latrobe's Luke Pletcher (120) and Zack Zavatsky (182) won titles at the King of the Mountain tournament in Lock Haven.
Pletcher defeated Parkland's Ethan Lizak, 4-3, in overtime in the finals, while Zavatsky rolled to a 15-5 major decision against Tyree Spearman of Erie McDowell.
Dom Scalise (160) placed third, Ethan McCoy (113) finished fourth and Tyler Mears (285) finished sixth.
Hempfield junior and returning PIAA champion Sam Krivus had a scare in the 126 finals, edging Penn-Trafford freshman Cameron Coy, 1-0.
North Coast Classic
Greensburg Salem's Zach Mattucci (145), Southmoreland's Austin Griffiths (113), Trinity's Robert West (195) and Ringgold's Devin Fallenstein (170) captured titles at the North Coast Classic in Independence, Ohio. Greensburg Salem ended up fourth. Ringgold was fifth, Trinity seventh and Southmoreland 12th.
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