1966 Canon-McMillan Wrestling Team
Head Coach – Andy Puchany
Assistant Coach – Nick Kapottas
Team of Yesteryear
Andy Puchany’s 1966 Canon-McMillan wrestling team was his second
undefeated team in three years with a record of 12-0. Two of his
wrestlers also finished the season undefeated, Greg Trunzo in the 95 lb.
weight class and John DiYenno in the heavyweight class.
The Big Macs outscored their opponents 430-135 for an average winning
36-11. The team won the inaugural Western Conference Tournament with
seven individual champions.
Canon-McMillan made history in the 1966 Section Three Tournament when 11
of the 13 semi-finalists were members of the Canon-Mac wrestling team.
The Big Macs won the tournament before the start of the final round, a
feat that no other team had ever accomplished. They had five section
champions qualify for the Southwest Regional Tournament, the most from
Canon-McMillan finished the year as the WPIAL runner-up, losing to Stan
Dubelle’s Trinity squad by one point. Two regional champions qualified
for the PIAA Tournament, Rick Trunzo in the 112 lb. weight class and Rod
Patterson at the 127 lb. weight class.