PIAA 3A wrestling predictions
Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming PIAA wrestling tournament.
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Doug Zapf, Downingtown West vs. Darren Miller, Kiski Area. Champion: Zapf. Comment: DuBois freshman star Trenton Donahue could meet up with Miller in semis.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Louis Newell, Seneca Valley vs. Sam Hillegas, North Hills. Champion: Hillegas. Comment: Another DuBois freshman star, Ed Scott, gets shot at returning runner-up Newell in semis.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Julian Chlebove, Northampton vs. Matt Parker, Pennridge. Champion: Chlebove. Comment: These two met in the 113 finals last year. If I were picking my favorite name it would New Oxford’s Zurich Storm.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Austin DeSanto, Exeter Township. Champion: Lee. Comment: Why is DeSanto returning at the same weight where he got destroyed by Lee last year?
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Manley, Altoona vs. KJ Fenstermacher, Northampton. Champion: Manley. Comment: Manley won’t have an easy road with Hazleton’s returning runner-up Jimmy Hoffman in the semis and Fenstermacher, who has beaten Brian Courtney, but I’m giving the edge to the Mountain Lion.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Sammy Sasso, Nazareth vs. Luke Kemerer, Hempfield. Champion: Sasso. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz gets shot at returning third-placer Kemerer in the quarterfinals.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Brock Wilson, Nazareth vs. Brock Port, Bellefonte. Champion: Wilson. Comment: Wilson will have to get through Hempfield’s Verkeeren to get to Port.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Cam Coy, Penn Trafford vs. Chase Stephens, Coatesville. Champion: Coy. Comment: Coy is a returning state champion and Max Murin’s Young Guns workout partner.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County vs. Jonah Barley, Penn Manor. Champion: Hidlay. Comment: Hidlay will have a huge semifinal against North Allegheny’s national prep champ Eric Hong.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Michael Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic vs. Luke McGonigal, Clearfield. Champion: Labriola. Comment: Altoona’s Brinton Simington is on Labriola’s side. McGonigal might give defending champ a great bout.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Nino Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park vs. Travis Stefanik, Nazareth. Champion: Bonaccorsi. Comment: State College unbeaten sophomore Cole Urbas meets Bonaccorsi in semis. Urbas is a surprise, isn’t he?
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Jake Woodley, North Allegheny vs. Ethan Laird, General McLane. Champion: Woodley. Comment: Laird is a beast, but Woodley is a returning champ. Altoona’s Parker McClellan might get shot at Woodley in semis.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Joe Doyle, Council Rock South vs. Francis Duggan, Cedar Cliff. Champion: Doyle. Comment: Duggan has huge semifinal against Upper Darby’s unbeaten Brian Kennerly.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Niko Camacho, Bethlehem Catholic vs. Michael Wolfgram, Central York. Champion: Camacho. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Hunter Gill is in Camacho’s bracket, but you never know with heavyweights.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional
TEAM CHAMPION: Nazareth. Comment: Like all year, Nazareth will battle with Bethlehem Catholic for the top spot.
LAST WEEK’S NORTHWEST REGIONAL CLASS 3A RECORD: 13 out of 29 correct situations. Comment: In my defense, I had a lot of finalists, but not in right order. OVERALL RECORD: 86 out of 148 correct situations.
Todd Irwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.