Shady Side senior heads Classic Pennsylvania team: "Shady Side Academy senior Matthew Cunningham is a big fan of the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.It is wonderful that wrestling, football and basketball have classic events for high school seniors just after their scholastic season ends. Too bad there is nothing like this for swimmers. It has always been a dream of mine to organize such an event.
'I've been going to the classic for years,' said Cunningham, after receiving an invitation to wrestle on the Pennsylvania All-Stars. 'I always wanted to be a part of it. Now I will get that chance. It's a great way to end my high school career.'
Cunningham made his second appearance in the PIAA Class AA finals last week in Hershey, Pa., and won his first PIAA gold medal with a 2-1 decision against Lewisburg's Nathaniel Brown in the 171-pound final.
Sure, the swimmers do get to go to sectionals and other club meets. That's for the top flight of swimmers. Many don't get to do that. Furthermore, the kids that swim in the PIAA Meet are not a real concern as their experience is impossible to beat. However, many don't get to do that -- and that isn't my concern either.