Several locals will face tough road for shot at Hershey
The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for the Class 2A Southwest Regional Tournament.
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Joey Fischer, South Park vs. Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Fischer. Comment: Burkett gets by Glendale’s Suds Dubler in the semifinals, but Fischer handled him last year, 11-2.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Michaels, Elizabeth Forward vs. Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills. Champion: Arrington. Comment: Ridge’s Nathan Holderbaum, Cambria Heights’ Allen Simmons or Glendale’s Garret Misiura could get shot at Arrington.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Ian Oswalt, Burrell vs. Amonn Ohl, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Oswalt. Comment: Glendale’s Brock McMillen beat Oswalt in the ultimate tiebreaker in the semifinals last year.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Brock McMillen, Glendale vs. Byron Daubert, Forest Hills. Champion: McMillen. Comment: Penn Cambria’s Chase Proudfit will have to get through Tussey Mountain’s Brady Villa and Daubert.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Garret Cornell, Everett vs. Kaden Cassidy, Bedford. Champion: Cassidy. Comment: Round 4 goes to Cassidy, but I can’t count Cornell out of it.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob Ealy, Hopewell vs. Erik Gibson, Forest Hills. Champion: Ealy. Comment: Northern Bedford’s Ian Sherlock can’t be counted out on Gibson’s side.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Dowling, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy vs. Tristan Pugh, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Dowling. Comment: Cambria Heights’ Tyler Kirkpatrick could meet up with Pugh in the semis.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Trent Schultheis, Freedom Area vs. Hudson Holbay, Westmont Hilltop. Champion: Schultheis. Comment: Mo Valley’s Jon Dale gets his shot at Schultheis in the quarterfinals.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Thayne Lawrence, Frazier vs. Tyler Stoltzfus, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Lawrence. Comment: Portage’s Cole Sossong will take on returning state champ Lawrence in the semis.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge vs. Christian Clutter, McGuffey. Champion: McGill. Comment: McGill had to go overtime to beat Clutter in the Powerade finals. Penn Cambria’s Derek Brown gets shot at Clutter in the semis.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Derek Yingling, West Branch vs. Dayton Pitzer, Mount Pleasant. Champion: Pitzer. Comment: Pitzer, a freshman, was impressive at the Thomas Chevrolet Tournament.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: John Vargo, Bentworth vs. Hunter Tremain, North Star. Champion: Tremain. Comment: Tremain was injured in last year’s tournament, and he didn’t get to wrestle in the finals or states.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Dominic DeLuca, Derry Area vs. Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: DeLuca. Comment: There could be an interesting semifinal between Knisely and Glendale’s Cory Johnston.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Jake Ryan, Mount Union vs. Kole Winfield, Southern Huntingdon. Champion: Ryan. Comment: Chestnut Ridge’s Dalton Seace can’t be counted out on Winfield’s side.
TEAM CHAMPION: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Comment: Chestnut Ridge will, of course, push for the team title.
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 6 CLASS 2A RECORD: 21 out of 30 correct situations
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 5 RECORD: 20 out of 30 correct situations
OVERALL RECORD: 41 out of 60 correct situations
Todd Irwin can be reached at email@example.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.