Todd Irwin’s District 5 2A picks
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge vs. Eli Brougher, North Star. Champion: Burkett. Comment: Semifinals are already set between Brougher and Bedford’s Greg Edwards, who could make it an all-area final.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Nathan Holderbaum, Chestnut Ridge vs. Jacob Blough, North Star. Champion: Holderbaum. Comment: Blough won the first meeting, but Holderbaum has taken the last two.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Brian Dawson, Hyndman vs. Clayton Lee, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Dawson. Comment: I was tempted to pick Ridge’s Gryphon Callihan to beat returning champ Lee on his side.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Garret Cornell, Everett vs. Brady Villa, Tussey Mountain. Champion: Cornell. Comment: Ridge’s Seth Harbaugh could stop Villa’s run to the finals in the semis.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Cody Brown, Chestnut Ridge vs. Bryce Belcher, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Brown. Comment: Brown beat Belcher, 3-2, at the Thomas Tournament.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Tristan Pugh, Berlin Brothersvalley vs. Liam Flaherty, Everett. Champion: Flaherty. Comment: I just can’t go against Flaherty in a district tournament. Ridge’s Scott Miller could stop Flaherty’s run in semis.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Austin Lee, Berlin Brothersvalley vs. Nathan Gabriel, Bedford. Champion: Lee. Comment: Everett’s Macen Akers will test Gabriel in the semifinals.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge vs. Alec Supanick, North Star. Champion: McCoy. Comment: McCoy beats returning champ Supanick and is voted the Oustanding Wrestler. Northern Bedford’s Alex Fouse is capable of beating Supanick.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge vs. Tristin Guyer, Northern Bedford. Champion: McGill. Comment: McGill should roll to his third title and remain unbeaten.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Levi Hobson, Chestnut Ridge vs. Tanner Krause, Meyersdale. Champion: Hobson. Comment: Look out for Northern Bedford’s Austin Mowry, who lost 4-2 to Krause at the Thomas Tournament.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Austin Crouse, Chestnut Ridge vs. Levi Sheeler, North Star. Champion: Crouse. Comment: Crouse edged Sheeler, 5-3, in the Thomas Tournament and pinned him in the dual meet.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Hunter Tremain, North Star vs. Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Tremain. Comment: Everett’s Logan Propst will be looking to halt Knisely’s run to the finals. Knisely had been at 220 the whole season.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Mason Augustine, North Star vs. Cody Rock, Everett. Champion: Augustine. Comment: Rock will have to get by Meyersdale’s Daniel Knotts in the semifinals.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Jalen Stephens, Meyersdale vs. Dalton Seace, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Stephens. Comment: Stephens beat Seace, 5-0, in Thomas quarters, and Stephens injury defaulted to the Lion for fifth place.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge
TEAM CHAMPION: Chestnut Ridge. Comment: North Star and Berlin Brothersvalley will make early runs, but Ridge takes its seventh straight title.
Todd Irwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.