PIAA Class 2A predictions
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Conner Redinger, Quaker Valley. Champion: Steen. Comment: Could be an interesting quarterfinal between Steen and Saint Joseph’s pinner Amonn Ohl.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Beau Bayless, Reynolds vs. Josh Boozel, Mount Union. Champion: Bayless. Comment: This is a rematch of last year’s 106-pound final. Glendale freshman star Brock McMillen could get Bayless in the semifinals.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Jaret Lane, Southern Columbia vs. Chase Shields, Bishop McDevitt. Champion: Lane. Comment: Another rematch. Lane beat Shields, 4-0, in the 113-pound finals last season.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan vs. Joshua Jones, Saucon Valley. Champion: Teasdale. Comment: Teasdale has looked human this year, but I’m not expecting him to have a Spencer Lee finish. He wins his fourth title.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Rhone, Benton vs. Bodee Tolbert, Bishop McDevitt. Champion: Rhone. Comment: This weight appears to be wide open. Penn Cambria’s Chase Proudfit could get Tolbert in the first round.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Cole Matthews, Reynolds vs. Caleb Dowling, Saint Joseph’s. Champion: Matthews. Comment: If anybody’s going to have a chance at beating Matthews, it’s Dowling, who has been a machine.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Nathan Haubert, Palisades vs. Kollin Myers, Boiling Springs. Champion: Haubert. Comment: Myers will have to pass big semifinal test against Brookville’s Caleb Hetrick to get Southeast rematch.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge vs. Chase Anklam, Pen Argyl. Champion: McCoy. Comment: I’m very confident that McCoy can capture his second state title. He was very impressive at regionals against Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence, who could make it a rematch.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Clymer, Northwestern Lehigh vs. Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: McGill. Comment: McGill passes big quarterfinal test against Wyalusing’s state champ Creighton Edsell and wins his first state title.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Edmond Ruth, Susquehanna Township vs. Robby Patrick, Ligonier Valley. Champion: Patrick. Comment: It’s a rematch of 152-pound finals, where Ruth won in overtime, 3-1. I think two-time runner-up Patrick wins it this time.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Cody Mulligan, Saegertown vs. Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia. Champion: Mulligan. Comment: Mulligan is a best, so I don’t see anyone coming close to beating him.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Gavin Hoffman, Montoursville vs. Brendan Calvin, Greenville. Champion: Hoffman. Comment: Returning state champ Hoffman is the clear favorite. North Star’s second-ranked Hunter Tremain (ankle injury) pulled out of states.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Anthony Walters, Bishop McCort vs. Dominic DeLuca, Derry Area. Champion: Walters. Comment: Huntingdon’s Landon Fisher can’t be counted out of avenging loss to DeLuca in the semifinals.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Danny Scheib, Tri-Valley vs. Bishop McCoy, South Side Beaver. Champion: Scheib. Comment: Central Cambria’s Nate Martin could get shot at McCoy in the semifinals.
OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan
TEAM CHAMPION: Reynolds. Comment: Reynolds is definitely the favorite, but Chestnut Ridge and Saint Joseph’s could put some pressure on defending champions.
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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