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Canon-McMillan's Macri stars at Powerade Tournament

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Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri reacts after beating Collins Hill's Ryan Milhof in the 126-pound championship during the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School. Macri won 8-6.

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By Andrew John
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Getting your first tournament title is a great feat but getting your first championship at the Powerade Tournament is even a greater feat.

That is what Canon-McMillan's Dalton Macri, a Cornell recruit, experienced last Saturday night when he was able to pull a come-from-behind 8-6 decision over Collins Hill's (Ga.) Ryan Millholf in the 126-pound weight class.

“I was pretty excited with the victory,” said Macri, who was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler. “It was a nice win. It was one of the last matches of the night. To pull out the victory is pretty exciting. It's pretty cool to have it as my first tournament win.”

With the home crowd behind him, Macri was able to pull off a five-point takedown/near fall of Millholf in the final seconds of the third period.

“I could see he was getting tired and I knew I had to keep pressuring him,” Macri said.

Macri's victory propelled Canon-McMillan to a fourth-place standing as they finished with 119.5 points, three points better than Solanco. Franklin Regional took the tournament title, while Latrobe and Parkland rounded out the top three.

Canon-McMillan (10-0), which didn't have the services of last year's PIAA finalist Solomon Chishko at the 145-pound weight class, had three other wrestlers place in the top eight.

Macri was joined by teammate Brenden Price, who took third in the 113-pound weight class, and Malichi Krenzelak, who finished fifth at 145. Brendan Furman took eighth in the heavyweight division.

“We wanted to finish in the top five when we came into the event. We were able to come home with the some hardware by placing fourth,” coach Jason Cardillo said. “Erie McDowell was right on our tails. Brendan was able to beat the kid from McDowell to help us secure our spot above them. Dalton winning the finals was a bonus, which was pretty good for us.”

Macri and the rest of Canon-McMillan have turned the page and are getting back in the mat room to work on preparing for the Buzz Hill Invitational in Florida this Friday.

“I'm ready to move on, and this win will make me work harder,” Macri said. “The win was definitely a boost to my confidence. I'm looking to wrestle in states and I hope that I win a state title.”

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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