Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seige Guns Pair of Canon-Mac Wrestlers Grab Piaa Championships

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seige Guns Pair of Canon-Mac Wrestlers Grab Piaa Championships

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HERSHEY -- The Canon-McMillan wrestling team had a small but potent contingent at the PIAA Class AAA tournament this past weekend at the Giant Center.

After combining for 15 qualifiers in the past two seasons, the Big Macs had only two entries in this year's tournament, which concluded Saturday, but both came home with a gold medal.

Solomon Chishko claimed his second PIAA title, while Dalton Macri collected his first.

"It's an incredible feeling to finally step to the top of the winners platform," Macri said. "It's something I've always dreamed of."

Macri opened the tournament with a pair of technical falls. He won, 25-10, in the first round against Wilson's Connor Moyer, then posted a 26-11 victory in the quarterfinals against Easton's Evan Fidelibus.

The semifinals featured the WPIAL, as all three entries advanced to the semifinals. Macri faced Waynesburg Central's A.C. Headlee in his semifinal match and registered a 5-3 victory. He was expecting to see Hempfield Area's Sam Krivus, a returning PIAA champion, in the title match, but Northampton's Zach Valley pulled out a 1-0 victory to earn a berth in the finals.

Macri was making his second appearance in the PIAA finals. He lost to Krivus in last year's 120-pound title match, but was determined not to let that happen again.

"I wasn't nervous at all," Macri said. "I controlled my emotions well. I was the guy who was experienced in that situation. He had never been in the finals before. I knew what to expect. You look up and see the Giant Center filled with people and it can get to you, if you let it."

When asked if he felt any pressure, Macri quoted a future Cornell University teammate, Dylan Palacio.

"Pressure is something you put on yourself. You can't burden yourself with something that weighs nothing," Macri said. "Pressure isn't real. It's not tangible. You just have to control your emotions.

"That's what the good college wrestlers do."

Macri (40-2) took charge from the opening whistle and posted a 5- 1 victory against Valley to claim his first PIAA gold medal.

"I was a little disappointed that I didn't score more than five points," Macri admitted. …

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