HERSHEY — Cedar Cliff’s stay in the Class 3A bracket ended quietly, as District 7 runner-up Canon-McMillan rolled to a 59-9 victory over the District 3 champion Colts in a second-round consolation match in the PIAA Wrestling Team Championships at Giant Center.
Facing the prospect of missing three starters against a powerful Big Mac squad, the banged-up Colts elected to sit a handful of other starters dealing with illness and nagging injuries. Canon-Mac wasted no time in taking advantage, racking up five pins in a nine-bout winning streak to open the match.
“It’s a long grind to this point,” Cedar Cliff coach Rob Rapsey said. “Some kids are banged up, and it’s just not worth pushing them through.”
“That’s not what we train them to do, and not what we tell them we want to do, and we don’t usually do that at all. You’re going to go and you’re going to wrestle. But it just wouldn’t have made sense in a couple of cases.”
Hunter Nelson finally stopped the run and got the Colts on the board, claiming a 4-1 victory over Patrick Reidenbaugh at 182. A forfeit to Donovon Ball at 195 accounted for Cedar Cliff’s only other points, a low-key finish to a milestone dual-meet season that saw the Colts claim their first district title since 1991.
“They had a phenomenal season,” Rapsey said. “Great job. Ninety-nine percent of these kids are all back next year. If they get this much better, they’re going to be good. And if we’re healthy here, we’ll give people fits at this level next year, too.”