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PIAA Class 2A state wrestling picks

Commentary

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge vs. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Bollman. Comment: This would make for an interesting championship finals bout.

113 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Joey Fischer, South Park. Champion: Steen. Comment: Tyrone’s Hunter Walk could get a shot at Steen in the Friday quarterfinals.

120 POUNDS: Finalists: Sheldon Seymour, Troy vs. Ryan Michaels, Elizabeth Forward. Champion: Seymour. Comment: You can’t count out Chestnut Ridge’s Nathan Holderbaum or Huntingdon’s Roland Mills on Seymour’s side.

126 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Crookham, Notre Dame GP vs. Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills. Champion: Arrington. Comment: This is a battle of returning state champions.

132 POUNDS: Finalists: Brock McMillen, Glendale vs. Anthony Glasl, Brockway. Champion: McMillen. Comment: McMillen is battle tested, and there will certainly be battles at this weight.

138 POUNDS: Finalists: Kaden Cassidy, Bedford vs. Kenny Kiser, Saegertown. Champion: Cassidy. Comment: I wouldn’t be surprised if St. Joe’s Zack Witmer made it a Southwest Regional rematch.

145 POUNDS: Finalists: Gage McClenahan, Bald Eagle Area vs. Erik Gibson, Forest Hills. Champion: Gibson. Comment: Gibson takes Round 3.

152 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Dowling, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy vs. A.J. Corrado, Burrell. Champion: Dowling. Comment: Penns Valley’s Malachi DuVall is a possible finals candidate on Corrado’s side.

160 POUNDS: Finalists: Thayne Lawrence, Frazier vs. Andrew Cerniglia, Notre Dame GP. Champion: Lawrence. Comment: St. Joe’s Keegan Rothrock could make this a regional rematch.

170 POUNDS: Finalists: Matthew Arciuolo, Saucon Valley vs. Tyler Stoltzfus, St. Joe’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Stoltzfus. Comment: Freedom’s Trent Schultheis could fight his way through on Arciuolo’s side.

182 POUNDS: Finalists: Austin Walley, Ellwood City vs. Dylan Bennett, Montoursville. Champion: Walley. Comment: Saucon Valley’s Dane Csencsits will face Bennett in a big semifinal.

195 POUNDS: Finalists: Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia vs. Ethan Rode, Newport. Champion: Garcia. Comment: Everybody is battling to get pinned by Garcia in the finals.

220 POUNDS: Finalists: Cory Johnston, Glendale vs. Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Knisely. Comment: Knisely was battle tested in the regional. This will be an interesting final if Johnston can get past Montoursville’s top-seeded Cameron Wood and Mount Union’s Jake Ryan.

285 POUNDS: Finalists: Colby Whitehill, Brookville vs. Jalen Stephens, Meyersdale. Champion: Whitehill. Comment: Whitehill wins his second state title.

OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia.

TEAM CHAMPION: Reynolds. Comment: Chestnut Ridge, Southern Columbia and St. Joseph’s will be challenging Reynolds for the title.

LAST WEEK’S NORTHWEST REGIONAL CLASS 3A RECORD: 18 out of 29 correct situations.

OVERALL RECORD: 103 out of 148 correct situations.

Todd Irwin can be reached at tirwin@altoonamirror.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.

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