Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Big One: Macs, Hillers Go for Glory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Big One: Macs, Hillers Go for Glory

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You don't have to be an alumnus to know just how important the wrestling rivalry between Canon-McMillan and Trinity has become.

Just ask Canon-McMillan coach Chris Mary and Trinity coach Jeff Bricker.

"The whole school district -- the kids, the staff, and the community -- wants to beat Canon-McMillan at everything," said Bricker, who graduated from Derry Area High School in 1992. "It doesn't matter what sport: baseball, basketball, softball, even checkers if that was a scholastic sport. It's great for the community to have a rivalry like that."

Both Bricker and Mary agree that the rivalry between Trinity and Canon-McMillan is the biggest in the history of WPIAL wrestling.

"When you consider the level of intensity you have at either gym for the Canon-McMillan/Trinity match, it's clearly the biggst rivalry in the WPIAL," said Mary, who graduated from Chartiers- Houston in 1984.

"The first thing I look for when I get our schedule is to see when we wrestle Trinity. In fact, I recently mentioned that to Jeff and he told me that's the first match he looks for too. I constantly have people asking me 'When is the Trinity match?'"

Canon-McMillan has the pleasure of hosting this year's showdown with Trinity -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. -- and more than just bragging rights is on the line. The teams are tied for the Section 6-AAA lead with 6-0 records.

"There's a lot at stake and both teams know that," said Bricker. "It's even more exciting when the section title is on the line."

It also will be Senior Recognition Night at Canon-Mac.

"This match brings out a lot of alumni from both schools," said Mary. "It's great to see those familiar faces. It may be the only match they get to all season, but they have the Trinity match penciled in on their calendar."

Canon-McMillan has won four consecutive section titles and five of the past six, with Trinity winning the other in 2001.

"I'm expecting a full house," Bricker said. "When you consider the fan base of both teams, it's always a packed gym, regardless of where the match is held. …

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