Gerrit Nijenhuis

Holly Tonini/Observer-Reporter

Holly Tonini/Observer-Reporter

Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis has decided to attend Purdue University after he graduates next year.

Gerrit Nijenhuis ended two frustrating years in the PIAA Championships with a spectacular finish this year. The junior from Canon-McMillan High School, who came back with the bronze medals the past two seasons, roared through the 170-pound weight class, earning the gold medal with a dominating 8-3 victory over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township at the Giant Center in Hershey. Ruth was a two-time state champion when Susquehanna Township competed in Class AA. Susquehanna Township moved to Class AAA in the last PIAA reclassification. Ruth came into the match with a 37-0 record and a 137-11 career mark. Nijenhuis ran his record to 44-3 with the win over Ruth and was voted the Class AAA Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Nijenhuis became the 45th state champion from the Canonsburg/Canon-McMillan area and 24th champion for C-M. Earlier in the season, Nijenhuis committed to Purdue University in West Lafayette that competes in the Big Ten Conference.

Gerrit Nijenhuis ended two frustrating years in the PIAA Championships with a spectacular finish this year. The junior from Canon-McMillan High School, who came back with the bronze medals the past two seasons, roared through the 170-pound weight class, earning the gold medal with a dominating 8-3 victory over Edmond Ruth of Susquehanna Township at the Giant Center in Hershey. Ruth was a two-time state champion when Susquehanna Township competed in Class AA. Susquehanna Township moved to Class AAA in the last PIAA reclassification. Ruth came into the match with a 37-0 record and a 137-11 career mark. Nijenhuis ran his record to 44-3 with the win over Ruth and was voted the Class AAA Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Nijenhuis became the 45th state champion from the Canonsburg/Canon-McMillan area and 24th champion for C-M. Earlier in the season, Nijenhuis committed to Purdue University in West Lafayette that competes in the Big Ten Conference.

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