PIAA Class 2A wrestling predictions
Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming PIAA wrestling tournament:
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Beau Bayless, Reynolds vs. Josh Boozel, Mount Union. Champion: Bayless. Comment: Tempted to go with a District 6 and SW Regional rematch between Bishop McCort freshman and Bedford native Kaden Cassidy and Boozel, but I chickened out.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Jaret Lane, Southern Columbia vs. Chase Shields, Bishop McDevitt. Champion: Lane. Comment: Ridge’s Dylan Williams could get shot at Lane in the semifinals.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Park, Brookville vs. Cole Rhone, Benton. Champion: Park. Comment: Saint Joseph’s Jacob Powers could be a problem for Park in the semifinals.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan vs. Austin Clabaugh, Bermudian Springs. Champion: Teasdale. Comment: After Teasdale, the race is on for second place.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Brian Courtney, Athens vs. Caleb Dowling, Saint Joseph’s. Champion: Courtney. Comment: Dowling has been a big surprise in his freshman year, but Courtney is Courtney.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Max Murin, Central Cambria vs. Cole Matthews, Reynolds. Champion: Murin. Comment: Murin will beat 2015 state champ Matthews, and he’ll be voted the Outstanding Wrestler.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: John Pipa, Bishop McDevitt vs. Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: McCoy. Comment: McCoy has already beaten returning runner-up Pipa this year, and I think he can do it again.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Edmond Ruth, Susquehanna Township vs. Robbie Patrick, Ligonier Valley. Champion: Patrick. Comment: If Central’s Brock Biddle is on his game, then he could beat Ruth in quarters.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Larry Brown, Moshannon Valley vs. Ryan Farber, Northern Lehigh. Champion: Farber. Comment: Oh my goodness, this one was a tough one. Huntingdon’s Seth Baney and Ridge’s Morgan Deremer could meet in semis on Farber’s side.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob Oliver, Huntingdon vs. Dalton Group, Susquenita. Champion: Oliver. Comment: I would not be surprised if we see a rematch between Oliver and Ridge’s Jared McGill in the finals.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Dominic Fundy, Beth-Center vs. Cody Mulligan, Saegertown. Champion: Mulligan. Comment: Mulligan is an animal.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Hoffman, Montoursville vs. Anthony Walters, Bishop McCort. Champion: Walters. Comment: Walters lost to Oliver in overtime in last year’s finals. He’ll pull this one out.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Nye, Bishop McDevitt vs. Josiah Jones, Bishop McCort. Champion: Jones. Comment: Opponents of private schools will hate seeing this final.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Rickert, Reynolds vs. Toby Cahill, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Rickert. Comment: Central Cambria’s Nate Martin could work his way into the semifinals against Cahill.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Max Murin, Central Cambria
TEAM CHAMPION: Reynolds. Comment: Bishop McCort and Chestnut Ridge could challenge the PIAA Duals Team champ for the team title.
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.