PIAA Class 3A state wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob VanDee, Cathedral Prep vs. Tyler Kasak, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Kasak. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could get shot at Kasak in the quarterfinals.

113 POUNDS: Finalists: Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional vs. Ben Monn, Cumberland Valley. Champion: Dibert. Comment: Dibert is a returning state champion.

120 POUNDS: Finalists: Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley vs. Will Betancourt, Manheim Central. Champion: Chappell. Comment: Bellefonte’s Lane Aikey could face Chappell in the semifinals.

126 POUNDS: Finalists: Kurtis Phipps, Norwin vs. Rocco Welsh, Waynesburg. Champion: Phipps. Comment: Bellefonte’s Jude Swisher is a threat to make the finals on Welsh’s side.

132 POUNDS: Finalists: Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, Seneca Valley vs. Matt Sarbo, Altoona. Champion: Herrera-Rondon. Comment: Sarbo will be hard to beat if he continues to wrestle like he has been. He’ll have a big semifinal against Latrobe’s Willochell.

138 POUNDS: Finalists: Sam Hillegas, North Hills vs. Wyatt Henson, Waynesburg. Champion: Hillegas. Comment: Henson won the last time. Hillegas wins this time.

145 POUNDS: Finalists: Ty Linsenbigler, Hempfield vs. Cole Handlovic, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Handlovic. Comment: Cathedral Prep’s Paniro Johnson could make the finals on Handlovic’s side.

152 POUNDS: Finalists: Ed Scott, DuBois vs. Cameron Robinson, Council Rock North. Champion: Scott. Comment: Scott, who has 101 career pins, wins his second state title.

160 POUNDS: Finalists: Clayton Ulery, Lower Dauphin vs. Ethan Richner, Bellefonte. Champion: Ulery. Comment: Richner will have big semifinal against Chambersburg’s Luke Nichter.

170 POUNDS: Finalists: Trey Kibe, Mifflin County vs. Lenny Pinto, Stroudsburg. Champion: Kibe. Comment: Kibe going to be hard to beat.

182 POUNDS: Finalists: Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon McMillan vs. Maximus Hale, Downingtown West. Champion: Nijenhuis. Comment: Bellefonte’s Ethan Rossman could face Hale in the semifinals.

195 POUNDS: Finalists: Luke Stout, Mt. Lebanon vs. Jake Lucas, Cumberland Valley. Champion: Stout. Comment: Stout is a returning state runner-up.

220 POUNDS: Finalists: Dorian Crosby, Cathedral Prep vs. Nate Schon, Selinsgrove. Champion: Crosby. Comment: This was a brutal battle in the Northwest Regional finals, with Schon injuring his finger and taking a concussion timeout.

285 POUNDS: Finalists: Hunter Catka, Sun Valley vs. Isaiah Vance, Hempfield. Champion: Catka. Comment: Meadville’s Thomas Pollard could knock off Vance in the semifinals.

OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Alejandro Herrera-Rondon, Seneca Valley

TEAM CHAMPION: Bethlehem Catholic. Comment: Cathedral Prep, Bellefonte and Seneca Valley will also challenge 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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