PIAA Class 3A wrestling predictions
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Kurtis Phipps, Norwin vs. Kyle Waterman, Council Rock South. Champion: Phipps. Comment: Altoona’s Matt Sarbo could stop Waterman’s run to the finals in the semifinals. Sarbo is wrestling well enough to do it.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Sullivan, Shaler Area vs. Frankie Bonura, Moon. Champion: Sullivan. Comment: Sullivan is a returning state runner-up. Bonura will have big quarterfinal against Mifflin County’s Christian Fisher.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Doug Zapf, Downingtown West vs. Logan Macri, Canon-McMillan. Champion: Zapf. Comment: Zapf is a returning state champion, but Macri is ranked ahead of him. I’m going with the champ.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Sam Hillegass, North Hills vs. Ed Scott, DuBois. Champion: Hillegass. Comment: Hillegass is another returning state champion. Scott will have big semifinal against Central Dauphin’s Chris Wright.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Andrew Wert, Central Dauphin vs. Colton Camacho, Franklin Regional. Champion: Wert. Comment: Camacho will have go get past East Stroudsburg South’s Patrick Gould in the semis.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Seth Koleno, Bald Eagle Area vs. Ryan Anderson, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Anderson. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz gets his shot against returning third-placer Anderson in the first round.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Sam Sasso, Nazareth vs. Cole Handlovic, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Sasso. Comment: I was tempted to go with DuBois’ Kolby Ho in the finals instead of Handlovic.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Gage McClenahan, Bald Eagle Area vs. Luke Kemerer, Hempfield. Champion: Kemerer. Comment: If McClenahan wrestles like he did at regionals, he could win this.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Carter Starocci, Cathedral Prep vs. Zach Hartman, Belle Vernon. Champion: Starocci. Comment: It’s going to take someone very good to beat Starocci.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County vs. Cade Wilson, Nazareth. Champion: Hidlay. Comment: Hidlay is a machine on the mat. Everyone is battling for second.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Josh Stillings, Pennridge vs. Luigi Yates, Cathedral Prep. Champion: Stillings. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready gets his shot against Stillings in the quarterfinals.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Urbas, State College vs. Luke McGonigal, Clearfield. Champion: Urbas. Comment: It was 1-0 at regionals, and don’t expect too many more points than that.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Ian Edenfield, Laurel Highlands vs. Cole Forrester, Shippensburg. Champion: Forrester. Comment: If Altoona’s Parker McClellan is on his game, he could meet up with Forrester in the semis.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Isaac Reid, Kiski Area vs. Kawaun DeBoe, Cathedral Prep. Champion: Reid. Comment: Reid is a returning state runner-up, but DeBoe is tough to handle.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Sam Sasso, Nazareth
TEAM CHAMPION: Bethlehem Catholic. Comment: I have to go with the usual favorite, but Kiski Area or Cathedral Prep could take it.
LAST WEEK’S NORTHWEST REGIONAL CLASS 3A RECORD: 13 out of 29 correct situations.
OVERALL RECORD: 84 out of 148 correct situations.
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