PIAA 2A SW regional picks
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Conner Redinger, Quaker Valley vs. Amonn Ohl, Saint Joseph’s. Champion: Redinger. Comment: Four out of the top five guys in the PA Power Wrestling rankings are at this weight. Look out for Chestnut Ridge’s Kai Burkett on Ohl’s side.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Josh Boozel, Mount Union vs. Brock McMillen, Glendale. Champion: Boozel. Comment: Boozel has had the freshman star’s number in two bouts, but McMillen could be motivated enough to win this one.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Zach Witmer, Saint Joseph’s vs. Byron Daubert, Forest Hills. Champion: Daubert. Comment: Daubert beat the previously once-beaten Witmer, 5-4, in the District 6 semifinals last week.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan vs. Garret Cornell, Everett. Champion: Teasdale. Comment: Moshannon Valley’s Alex Richner will test Cornell right off of the bat.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob Powers, Saint Joeseph’s vs. Izac Benson, Huntingdon. Champion: Powers. Comment: Penn Cambria’s Chase Proudfit and Ridge’s Cody Brown will look to get through Benson’s side.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Dowling, Saint Joseph’s vs. Tristan Pugh, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Dowling. Comment: Well, that’s three champions for Saint Joseph’s.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Joe Demor, South Side Beaver vs. Alex Caldwell, Ligonier Valley. Champion: Caldwell. Comment: Caldwell will get tested by Berlin Brothersvalley’s Austin Lee in the semis.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge vs. Thayne Lawrence, Frazier. Champion: McCoy. Comment: I wouldn’t count out Mount Union’s Andrew Todaro from knocking off Lawrence.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge vs. Derek Yingling, West Branch. Champion: McGill. Comment: McGill could have to get through Mo Valley’s Jon Dale and Portage’s Cole Sossong to get to the finals.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Robby Patrick, Ligonier Valley vs. Christian Clutter, McGuffey. Champion: Patrick. Comment: I wouldn’t be surprised if Ridge’s Levi Hobson stops Clutter’s run to the finals.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Kyle Myers, West Branch vs. John Vargo, Bentworth. Champion: Myers. Comment: Ridge’s Austin Crouse is very capable of knocking off Vargo in the semifinals.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Hunter Tremain, North Star vs. Bryson Miller, Freedom Area. Champion: Tremain. Comment: Huntingdon’s Alex Mykut and Mount Union’s Levi Hockenberry could get a District 6 rematch.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Anthony Walters, Bishop McCort vs. Landon Fisher, Huntingdon. Champion: Walters. Comment: Fisher will have to get through Derry’s Dominic DeLuca, whom the Bearcat pinned at the PIAA Duals, to get a rematch with Walters.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Josiah Jones, Bishop McCort vs. Bishop McCoy, South Side Beaver. Champion: Jones. Comment: Central Cambria’s Nate Martin, who took the top-ranked Jones to a tiebreaker before losing, could upset McCoy in the semis.
TEAM CHAMPION: Chestnut Ridge. Comment: I know Saint Joseph’s has one more champion than Ridge, but the Lions’ balance is what will deliver them the team trophy.
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 6 CLASS 2A RECORD: 18 out of 30 correct situations.
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 5 RECORD: 22 out of 30 correct situations.
OVERALL RECORD: 40 out of 60 correct situations.
Todd Irwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.