Todd Irwin’s 3A state picks
The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for this weekend’s PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament in Hershey:
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Aiden Lewis, Cedar Cliff vs. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley. Champion: Chappell. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could meet Chappell in the semifinals.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley vs. Tai-Reese Flemming, Liberty. Champion: Herrera. Comment: Flemming’s semifinal against Hempfield’s Kyle Burkholder could be a good one.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Kurtis Phipps, Norwin vs. Sean Pierson, Nazareth. Champion: Phipps. Comment: Phipps lost to Herrera in the ultimate tiebreaker in the 106 finals last year.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Colton Camacho, Franklin Regional vs. Darren Miller, Kiski Area. Champion: Camacho. Comment: Altoona’s Matt Sarbo could get a crack at Miller in the quarterfinals.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Sam Hillegas, North Hills vs. Lukas Ritchie, Downingtown East. Champion: Hillegas. Comment: It’s unfair that two-state champ Hillegas and Northampton two-time champ Julian Chlebove, who missed last season with an injury, wrestle in the semis.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Tyler Williams, Souderton vs. Ed Scott, DuBois. Champion: Scott. Comment: McDowell’s Jeffrey Boyd is a returning champ, but he injury defaulted to Scott at regionals.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Anderson, Bethlehem Catholic vs. Cameron Robinson, Council Rock North. Champion: Anderson. Comment: Anderson rolled to a 20-4 technical fall over Bald Eagle Area’s Seth Koleno in last year’s finals.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Cam Connor, Kiski Area vs. Tanner Updegraff, Hershey. Champion: Connor. Comment: Bethlehem Catholic’s Cole Handlovic will meet up with Updegraff in the semis.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Clayton Ulrey, Lower Dauphin vs. Trey Kibe, Mifflin County. Champion: Ulrey. Comment: Kibe can’t be counted out of winning a state title.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Edmond Ruth, Susquehanna Township vs. Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon-McMillan. Champion: Ruth. Comment: Ruth is a two-time state champion. Nijenhuis lost in OT to Cathedral Prep’s Carter Catarocci in last year’s semis.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Carter Starocci, Cathedral Prep vs. Luke Stout, Mt. Lebanon. Champion: Starocci. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready can’t be counted our on Stout’s side.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Urbas, State College vs. Max Shaw, Thomas Jefferson. Champion: Urbas. Comment: Urbas is looking for redemption after getting pinned by Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal in last year’s finals.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Hunter Catka, Sun Valley vs. Shane Noonan, Hazleton. Champion: Catka. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Gus Dellinger could meet Catka in the semis.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Kawaun DeBoe, Cathedral Prep vs. Michael Wolfgram, Central York. Champion: DeBoe. Comment: Altoona’s Nate Simmers could make it a regional rematch if he wrestles like he did on Saturday.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Sam Hillegas, North Hills
TEAM CHAMPION: Bethlehem Catholic. Comment: I have to go with the usual favorite, but Seneca Valley or Cathedral Prep could take it.
LAST WEEK’S NORTHWEST REGIONAL CLASS 3A RECORD: 16 out of 29 correct situations.
OVERALL RECORD: 101 out of 148 correct situations
Todd Irwin can be reached at email@example.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.