North Allegheny Earns State Tournament Berth with Win over Canon-McMillan

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North Allegheny freshman Luke Landefeld earned an impressive victory over Brendan Price at 113 lbs.

North Allegheny freshman Luke Landefeld earned an impressive victory over Brendan Price at 113 lbs.

The North Alleghney Tiger’s clawed to a 29-28 victory over 2x PIAA State Team Champions Canon-McMillan in the third place WPIAL match. North Allegheny advances to the PIAA State Tournament while Canon-McMillan’s dual season comes to an end.

At 113 lbs. North Allegheny freshman Luke Landefeld got the Tiger’s off to a tremendous start when he upset senior and returning PIAA State Qualifier Brendon Price (1-0) in a tightly contested bout. Fellow freshman Matt O’Block (Canon-McMillan) countered with a regular decision over senior Scott Stossel (North Allegheny) at 120 lbs. With the bout tied at 3-3 the most exciting match of the dual meet took place at 126 lbs. when #1 State Ranked Dalton Macri (Canon-McMillan) took on #2 State Ranked Dom Forys (Norh Allegheny). Despite earning the match’s first takedown, Forys was unable to score the upset victory, falling to Macri (4-3). The Big Mac senior looked to be in trouble as Forys was in on his legs multiple times, however, a series of funks and Macri escaped with the 1-point victory.

At 132 lbs. North Allegheny freshman Jake Hinkson racked up bonus points with a tech-fall over sophomore Isaac Miles (Canon-McMillan) to bring North Allegheny ahead 8-6. Yet another North Allegheny freshman took the mat at 138 lbs. as A.J. Boeh faced off against Canon-McMillan’s senior Alex Hutchin. Boeh used an escape and takedown in the second period to hold on for a (3-2) victory over Hutchin. The Big Mac’s got back on the board when PIAA State Champion Solomon Chishko (Canon-McMillan) earned a technical-fall over senior Drew Landefeld at 145 lbs. to tie the match at 11-11. The win, which followed up with a (3-0) regular decision by Malachi Krenzelak over Blynn Shideler at 152 lbs., brought Canon-McMillan ahead for the first time of the dual meet (14-11).

North Alleghney freshman Jake Woodley earned a hard fought (4-3) win over Canon-McMillan’s Micah Kusturiss at 160 lbs. Canon-McMillan once again returned a blow to the Tigers when sophomore Nick Konyck earned a tech-fall over David Tallman at 170 lbs. to bring the Big Mac’s lead to (19-14). In the next two bouts Byerly brothers Colton and Clay earned 9 points for the Tiger’s with a regular decision and pin.

Tiger star Alex Smith bumped up to 220 lbs. where he earned a fall that sent the North Allegheny fans out of their seats. With North Allegheny pulling ahead (29-19) Big Mac freshman Brandan Furman earned a match-saving pin to bring the dual meet to a (29-25) score with one bout remaining. In a battle of two WPIAL freshman and a PIAA State Tournament spot on the line, North Allegheny tiger Zach Stedford held on to only give up a regular decision to Camden Fontenot and clinching the match for dual win (29-28).

North Alleghney advances to the preliminary road to face District 8 Champion Taylor Allderdice on Monday.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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