Todd Irwin’s PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional picks
106 POUNDS: Finalists: Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge vs. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Bainey. Comment: I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Bollman beat Bainey.
113 POUNDS: Finalists: Joey Fischer, South Park vs. Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Fischer. Comment: Tyrone’s Hunter Walk could get shot at Fischer in the semifinals.
120 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Michaels, Elizabeth Forward vs. Nathan Holderbaum, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Michaels. Comment: Semifinal between Holderbaum and Huntingdon’s Roland Mills will be a good one.
126 POUNDS: Finalists: Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills vs. Tyler Cymmerman, Derry Area. Champion: Arrington. Comment: Glendale’s Suds Dubler and Tussey Mountain’s Hunter Horton can’t be counted out on Cymmerman’s side.
132 POUNDS: Finalists: Brock McMillen, Glendale vs. Ian Oswalt, Burrell. Champion: McMillen. Comment: This could be a classic finals bout.
138 POUNDS: Finalists: Kaden Cassidy, Bedford vs. Zack Witmer, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Cassidy. Comment: Cassidy captures his third regional title, but it won’t be easy.
145 POUNDS: Finalists: Erik Gibson, Forest Hills vs. Gage McClenahan, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Gibson. Comment: McClenahan has to get through Berlin Brothersvalley’s Tristan Pugh in the semifinals.
152 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Dowling, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy vs. A.J. Corrado, Burrell. Champion: Dowling. Comment: Dowling and Corrado are ranked first and second, respectively, by PA Power Wrestling.
160 POUNDS: Finalists: Thayne Lawrence, Frazier vs. Keegan Rothrock, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Lawrence. Comment: P-O’s Hunter Weitoish and Chestnut Ridge’s Daniel Moore can’t be counted out here.
170 POUNDS: Finalists: Trent Schultheis, Freedom Area vs. Tyler Stoltzfus, St. Joe’s Catholic Academy. Champion: Stoltzfus. Comment: This is a matchup of very talented wrestlers.
182 POUNDS: Finalists: Austin Walley, Ellwood City vs. Andrew Sharer, Penns Valley. Champion: Walley. Comment: Huntingdon’s Myles Baney and Ridge’s Seth Holderbaum could prevent this from happening.
195 POUNDS: Finalists: Tanner Dluhos, Westmont Hilltop vs. Seth Dudurich, Glendale. Champion: Dluhos. Comment: I almost picked Dudurich here because he was leading Dluhos in the District 6 finals.
220 POUNDS: Finalists: Cory Johnston, Glendale vs. Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Knisely. Comment: Knisely gets by Mount Union’s Jake Ryan in the semis. I’m giving him a slight edge over Johnston in the finals.
285 POUNDS: Finalists: Riley Kemper, Burgettstown vs. Mitch Miles, Laurel. Champion: Miles. Comment: Kemper’s semifinal against Meyersdale’s Jalen Stephens could be a very good one.
TEAM CHAMPION: Chestnut Ridge. Comment: Glendale will push the Lions for the team title.
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 6 CLASS 2A RECORD: 22 out of 30 correct situations.
LAST WEEK’S DISTRICT 5 RECORD: 24 out of 30 correct situations.
OVERALL RECORD: 46 out of 60 correct situations.
Todd Irwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be followed on Twitter at @ToddIrwin1.