Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West 'A' Prevails at Mac Tourney

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West 'A' Prevails at Mac Tourney

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With eight wrestlers in the finals, it was no surprise that West Allegheny claimed its third consecutive team title at the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament, that took place last weekend at Montour High School.

West Allegheny dominated the two-day competition with 242 points, with Hopewell a distant second at 154 points. The Indians had four champions and a total of 10 entries who placed among the top four in their weight classes.

"I was very pleased with the way the kids wrestled at the tournament," West Allegheny coach Mike Johnson said. "We had eight kids in the finals. You don't see that very often at this tournament."

Mason Schaefer, Alex Pichi, Nate Hall and Josh Bahr won titles for the Indians, and three of them had won previous MAC titles.

Hall claimed his third title with a pin of Laurel's Sam Garner in the 160-pound final. Bahr made his third appearance in the finals and won his second title with a 14-6 major decision of Moon Area's Adam Little at 182.

"Nate and Josh dominated their weight classes," Johnson said. "Both showed good senior leadership."

Schaefer won his second title with a 4-3 win against Montour's Sal Desimone that went to the ultimate tiebreaker period at 120. Desimone was a two-time champion. Pichi claimed his first title with a 6-1 win against Hopewell's Jaeden Gordon at 138.

"Mason's match with Sal was the best match of the night," Johnson said. "Sal beat him in a dual meet earlier this season and Mason got revenge in the tournament."

Nick Kadlecik (113), Ryan Cunningham (126), Carson Dolfi (132) and Rocky McGeary (170) all placed second for West Allegheny.

Moon was the only other team to have more than one champion, as Austin McConaghy and Nathan Barcaskey won gold medals for the Tigers. McConaghy won at 170 with an 8-5 win against McGeary. Barcaskey claimed the 195-pound crown with a 17-8 win against Beaver's John Adams.

Freedom Area's Kody Komara, Ambridge's Kevin Holman, and Hopewell's Stephon Peake claimed their second titles. …

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