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Greensburg Salem falls in semis

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 a.m

Greensburg Salem wrestling coach Randy Parsley knew his team would need its best match to defeat No. 1 Canon-McMillan.

But the Big Macs broke open a close contest by winning the final seven matches to cruise to a 52-9 victory Friday night in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals at Chartiers Valley.

Greensburg Salem still has a chance to qualify for the PIAA tournament, but it must defeat Connellsville at 2 p.m. today. Connellsville lost to North Allegheny, 29-28, in the other semifinal.

“I don’t think we could have beaten them, but it should have been a little closer,” Parsley said. “We beat a couple of their good kids, but I don’t know what happened at 145 pounds, 160 and 220. What happened shouldn’t have. I’m eager to see how we react against Connellsville. This was the first time we were in the semifinals since 1994, and a lot of these wrestlers weren’t even born.”

Greensburg Salem led, 3-0, after Tyler Reinhart defeated Malachi Krenzelak, 3-2, at 132 pounds.

Solomon Chishko gave Canon-McMillan (21-0) the lead for good with a pin at 138, one of five pins by the Big Macs. The others were by Cody Wiercioch (170), Alex Campbell (220), Cody Klempay (285) and Colt Shorts (126). They also got technical falls by Dalton Macri (113) and Connor Schram (120); it was Schram’s 100th career win.

“I knew Greensburg Salem wouldn’t back down from us,” coach Chris Mary said. “They have a lot of tough wrestlers, but tonight was our night.”

Canon-McMillan’s Sammy Minor rallied to defeat Zach Sistek, 14-13 in overtime, at 145 to extend the lead to 9-3. Zach Voytek gave Greensburg Salem life with a 3-2 win against Dario Dobbin at 152, but the Golden Lions’ only other win came from Josh Falatovich at 182.

“Some of our wrestlers showed up, and some of them didn’t,” Parsley said. “I’m disappointed in the way of the wrestlers performed. Tyler, Zach and Josh beat some good kids, but Tanner (Hahn) and Anthony (Cable) dropped some tough matches.”

Mary praised Greensburg Salem’s wrestlers.

“We knew they were tough,” he said. “They’ve been flying under the radar all season.”

Canon-McMillan faces North Allegheny in the Class AAA final at 6:30 p.m. today. Jefferson-Morgan and Burrell meet in the Class AA final at 4.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review sports reporter. You can contact Paul by email at or via Twitter .

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