Main to sit out postseason

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Thursday, February 19, 1998

Main to sit out postseason


When the brackets were released Wednesday for this weekend's Class AAA sectionals and WPIAL Class AA tournament, one notable name was missing.

McGuffey's Luke Main will not be competing in the Section 5-AAA Tournament, which begins Friday at Trinity High School.

"Luke has bypassed the section tournament for personal reasons," said McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey. "It's unfortunate because we had high hopes for him."

Main, a junior who qualified for the PIAA Championships last year by placing fourth in the Southwest Region, was the defending Section 5 champion at 103 pounds and would have been seeded No. 1 in this weekend's bracket.

Main compiled a 25-3 record for McGuffey competing at 112 pounds for all but one match. He dropped to 103 for the Highlanders' match against Keystone Oaks in the first round of the WPIAL Team Tournament, but missed the next two matches with a bad case of the flu. Main returned to the lineup for Saturday's championship match against Mt. Pleasant, but wrestled in the 112-pound bout.

With Main out of the 103-pound bracket, Chartiers Valley's Brian Hutton (21-1) becomes the top seed, Waynesburg's Jeremy Snyder (23-7) moves up to No. 2, and Canon-McMillan's Neil Maggi (23-5) is No. 3.

Since Main had already been placed into the bracket, the Highlanders were not allowed to replace him, according to WPIAL seeding rules.

Six of McGuffey's 12 entries are seeded among the top three in their weight class, including top seeds Jim Hanning (140) and Nick Richmond (171).

Also seeded for the Highlanders are Jared Gashel, who is second at 112; Rick Bauer (3rd at 119); Matt Helicke (2nd at 125); and Zac Shaner (2nd at 135).

Shaner, a senior who has an 18-8 record, returns after missing six matches with a broken thumb. He hasn't wrestled since Jan. 28.

"Zac got his cast off at the beginning of the week," said Caffrey. "It will be tough for him since he hasn't wrestled for three weeks, but he was able to stay in shape by running."

McGuffey and Chartiers Valley are among seven teams that have at least one wrestler seeded No. 1 in the Section 5 brackets.

Trinity has the most top seeds with Andy Migyanko (112), Todd Day (130), and Josh Ritter (189). Migyanko is a two-time section champion, who lost in last year's 103-pound finals to Main.

Canon-McMillan's Brad Mockler is also a two-time champion. Mockler is seeded No. 1 at 125 while teammate R.J. Quaresima is the top seed at 135.

Waynesburg's Mike Seybold (119) and Pat O'Donnell (152), and Mt. Lebanon's Matt McMahon (160) and Justin Novak (Hvy) are top seeds. Upper St. Clair's Anthony DeBartolo is No. 1 at 145




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