Icon of Canonsburg community dies at 89

Pictured: Manuel Pihakis
Posted On: Monday, November 7, 2022

This article was written and released by Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reporter. The original article can be found here.

Manuel Pihakis, a lifelong local resident, icon of the Canonsburg community renowned for his care and generosity, and a wrestling giant has passed away. He was 89.

Pihakis was a teacher, athletic director, and long-time serving school board member at Canon-McMillan and is a member of numerous Hall of Fames, including the Pittsburgh Sports Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and Washington-Greene Co. Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. He was inducted to the Canon-McMillan Hall of Honor in 2008.

Pihakis graduated from Canonsburg High School in 1952 and Indiana University in 1956. He was a three-time PIAA champion, and he finished high school with a 99-1 record. He participated in the Olympic tryouts finals in 1952 and 1956.

He was a wrestling official for 25 years and served as a member of the WPIAL wrestling steering committee for many years.

 Pihakis was an active member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, where he was named an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew of Orthodox Church, the highest honor a layman in the Orthodox Church may achieve.

Pihakis served in several roles in the Canonsburg community, including as  past mayor of Canonsburg Borough, and he served on Canonsburg Borough Council and on many other boards and organizations, including Frank Sarris Public Library. 

A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Observer-Reporter.

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