Saturday, February 28, 2015

SW Regional: Saturday Morning Eyecatchers

   Here are some things to look for this morning at the Southwest Regional.

 Three Semifinal Weights to Watch
120 – Huntingdon’s Collin Glorioso vs. Burgettstown’s Austin McDermitt; Jefferson-Morgan’s Brendan Howard vs. Westmont’s Carnell Andrews
   Should be two good ones here. Glorioso-McDermitt is a semi I’ve been looking forward to since the brackets were released. The Huntingdon junior was part of a strong first day for the Bearcats. The other side pits WPIAL champ Howard against freshman Andrews, who was solid with four takedowns of Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy in the quarterfinals.

160 – South Fayette’s Jared Walker vs. Westmont’s Anthony Walters; Berlin’s Bryce Fochtman vs. Blairsville’s Drew Doak
   A senior vs. a freshman on the top of the draw here with defending state runner-up Walker taking on another of Westmont’s heralded freshmen group. Walker finds ways to win, which is the bottom line here, but he often looks less than impressive doing so. Walters made an escape stand up to get past Chestnut Ridge’s Colby Hillegass in the quarters. Doak is still unbeaten and might have looked as good as anybody that wrestled two bouts on Friday, with a first period pin and a 17-6 major decision to his credit. Fochtman is one of five Berlin semifinalists, though all of them may be considered underdogs in the morning round.

170 – Cambria Heights’ Levi Niebauer vs. Beth-Center’s Anthony Welsh; South Park’s Greg Bulsak vs. Berlin’s Taylor Cahill
   One of the tougher weights statewide has four good semifinalists in this Southwest Regional. Niebauer, a state medalist a year ago, rang up a pin in his only action yesterday, while Welsh powered past Penn Cambria’s Jacob Driskel and Bedford’s Daniel Brett. On the bottom, it’s two district champions in Bulsak and Cahill. Cahill had a pair of pins on Friday to secure his state tournament slot.

   There should be other good semifinals, including at 152 with Chestnut Ridge’s Trent Crouse taking on Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver in a highly-anticipated showdown. Given some pressure is off now that Crouse has finally earned a trip to the state tournament, I’m interested to see how his style matches up with Oliver.

Locals’ Road to Hershey
   Four of my coverage area wrestlers – Chestnut Ridge’s Aaron Burkett (106), Crouse (152), and Conner Buttry (195), along with Bedford’s Jonathan Gabriel (126) – have already punched their tickets to Hershey. Here’s a look at what lies ahead for the rest of the Bedford County contingent in the second round of consolations. These wrestlers need two wins to get inside the top six which would mean a date in Hershey next week:

113 – Everett’s Liam Flaherty: faces Huntingdon’s Izac Benson, who pulled off an early stunner by pinning McGuffey’s Gage Nicolella, the D7 champ.
113 – Northern Bedford’s Zach Clark: in the same part of the consolation bracket as Flaherty. Clark gave Penn Cambria’s Nolan Link a battle in a quarterfinal loss, 9-4, and meets Mount Pleasant’s Alex Miscovich this morning.
113 – Chestnut Ridge’s Dylan Williams: Williams suffered a heartbreaking loss to West Branch’s Joey Couteret last night. The Lions’ sophomore led 4-1 late before Couteret rallied to force sudden victory overtime and scored the winning takedown. Williams will have to regroup against Burrell’s Trent Bechtold, and then could possibly see Nicolella with a state berth on the line.
120 – Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy: After falling to Andrews, McCoy drops into the loser’s bracket and will face Marion Center’s David Wiles, who eliminated Northern Bedford’s Trey Childers. If McCoy wins, he’ll get either Central’s Braeden Swab or Somerset’s Quinn Cole. McCoy pinned Cole in last week’s district semifinals.
126 – Chestnut Ridge’s Luke Hobson: After losing in the opening round yesterday, Hobson bounced back with a wrestleback victory and now draws WPIAL champ Hunter Neely of Bentworth, who lost in the quarters.
126 – Northern Bedford’s Jared Helsley: Helsley also lost in Round One, and came back to pin Richland’s Stephen Rouser last night to remain in the tournament. Like Hobson, Helsley gets a WPIAL wrestler in South Allegheny’s Justo Hernandez.
132 – Chestnut Ridge’s Morgan Deremer: Deremer also went into the consolations early and stayed alive to today with a win over Burrell’s Jason Roberts. Deremer’s gift for that is a bout with South Fayette’s Shane Ging, who ended Crouse’s season a couple of years ago in Johnstown. Should Deremer win, he might see Berlin’s Joe Swank in a go to states or go home third round consolation. Swank has two wins over Deremer this season, but it was just 6-5 last weekend.
132 – Everett’s Ben Stover: Stover received a bye in the consolation’s first round and now gets Richland’s Adam George, who was upset in his quarterfinal bout.
138 – Chestnut Ridge’s Derrick Claar: Claar lost a tight 2-1 quarter to Southmoreland’s Evan Myers. Still looking for an elusive trip to the individual state tournament in his last chance, Claar starts his wrestleback journey against Chartiers-Houston’s Ben Hritsko.
138 – Northern Bedford’s Carter Replogle: A first round winner, Replogle dropped into the consolations and will draw Huntingdon’s Tyler Scott. Replogle is on the opposite side of the consy bracket from Claar.
160 – Chestnut Ridge’s Colby Hillegass: Hillegass battled Westmont’s Walters before losing, 1-0. That puts him in the consolations against West Branch’s Clayton Green, then maybe the winner between Huntingdon’s Jon Wagner and North Star’s Dillion Charlton, whom Hillegass beat in the D5 Tournament last weekend.
170 – Bedford’s Daniel Brett: Brett will face Bellwood’s Zach Mock in the second round of consolations early. After that if he wins, it’s either Blairsville’s Nick Pecze or Southmoreland’s Brennen Coles.
170 – Everett’s Wes Graham: In an interesting twist, all three of Everett’s competitors wrestled only one bout on Friday, thanks to each of them receiving first round consolation byes. Graham will try to keep his season going against Burgettstown’s Jake McKee.
182 – Chestnut Ridge’s Brandyn Beaver: Beaver faces Juniata’s Taylor Foster, who came into the tournament with only one loss but fell in the quarterfinals.
285 – Chestnut Ridge’s Shane Davis: Davis was pinned in a quarter by Jefferson-Morgan’s Ian Wolfe. The path for the Lion senior starts with Washington’s Keirs Gloady. The winner there gets either United’s Andrew Deitman or McGuffey’s Ryan Steinstraw.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Southwest Regional Friday Results

2015 PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional
at Canon-McMillan HS
Top Five Teams after Friday
            1. Chestnut Ridge, 48; 2. Berlin, 45.5; 3. (tie) Huntingdon and Jefferson-Morgan, 37; 5. Burrell, 30.

Team Key
A - Avella; Av - Avonworth; Be - Beaver; B - Bedford; BA - Bellwood; Bn - Bentworth; BB - Berlin; BC - Beth-Center; Bl - Blairsville; Bg - Burgettstown; Bu - Burrell; Cf - California; CH - Cambria Heights; Cn - Carlynton; C - Central; CC - Central Cambria; CrH - Chartiers-Houston; CR - Chestnut Ridge; D - Derry; EF - Elizabeth Forward; EC - Ellwood City; E - Everett; FH - Forest Hills; FC - Fort Cherry; F - Freedom; G - Glendale; H - Huntingdon; I - Indiana; J - Jeannette; JM - Jefferson-Morgan; Ju - Juniata; JV - Juniata Valley; KO - Keystone Oaks; K - Kittanning; L - Laurel; LV - Ligonier Valley; MC - Marion Center; M - McGuffey; My - Meyersdale; MV - Moshannon Valley; MP - Mount Pleasant; MU - Mount Union; NS - North Star; NB - Northern Bedford; PC - Penn Cambria; PV - Penns Valley; R - Richland; Sh - Shade; S - Somerset; SA - South Allegheny; SF - South Fayette; SP - South Park; SS - South Side Beaver; SH - Southern Huntingdon; Sm - Southmoreland; SA - Summit Academy; TM - Tussey Mountain; T - Tyrone; U - United; V - Valley; W - Washington; WB - West Branch; WG - West Greene; WS - West Shamokin; WH - Westmont; Y - Yough.

Preliminary Round
106 - Hunter Campbell, CH, dec. Nick Candelore, FC, 7-2; Shawn Broadway, D, pinned Oaklee Brode, TM, 5:39; Derrick Christie, WH, dec. Doug Bittner, MP, 3-0; Logan Pirl, LV, pinned Colin Dunn, SF, 4:25; Manny Dovshek, Bn, pinned Keaton Furry, NS, 1:13; Tyler Griffiths, Sm, pinned Darren Yearick, PV, 4:30; Aaron Burkett, CR, pinned Josh Boozel, MU, 4:48.
113 – Tyler Alberts, EC, dec. Liam Flaherty, E, 5-1; Joey Couteret, WB, dec. Alex Miscovich, MP, 4-2; Dylan Williams, CR, pinned Sequawon Harris, V, 3:14; Zach Clark, NB, dec. Trent Bechtold, Bu, 5-1; Nolan Link, PC, pinned Zack Charles, Y, 1:17; Jake Keiper, FH, maj. dec. Cole Lambie, Sm, 14-5; Izac Benson, H, pinned Gage Nicolella, M, 2:48.
120 – Cole Wano, D, dec. Quinn Cole, S, 3-0; Austin McDermitt, Bg, pinned David Wiles,MC, 3:00; Corey Christie, Bu, dec. Trey Childers, NB, 7-1; Carnell Andrews, WH, dec. Teague Nicolella, M, 5-0; Braeden Swab, C, pinned Austin Mihalcik MP, 2:38; Brendan Howard, JM, tech. fall Tanner McCall, FH, 19-3, 5:27.
126 – Ian Ostrowski, CC, dec. Dillan Jeffery, Bu, 10-3; Curtis Decker, PV, dec. Aaron Harris, M, 9-4; Justo Hernandez, SA, dec. Luke Hobson, CR, 4-3; Hunter Neely, Bn, dec. Stephen Rouser, R, 4-3; Mike Novak, MP, dec. Jared Helsley, NB, 3-0; Stone Kepple, D, pinned Brock Biddle, C, 3:18; Triston Law, FH, maj. dec. Josh Kuslock, CrH, 12-3.
132 – Richie Gilson, Ju, pinned Darrell Bails, Bg, 1:43; Darion Trimmer, Av, dec. Morgan Deremer, CR, 4-2 OT; Adam George, R, dec. Jason Roberts, Bu, 9-3; Shane Ging, SF, dec. Ben Stover, E, 6-2; Kody Komara, F, maj. dec. Jared Hurd, PV, 12-2; Joe Swank, BB, dec. Drake Dorian, WH, 3-0.
138 – Nick Hoenstine, C, dec. Logan Witwicki, Cn, 6-0; Dalton Clark, LV, pinned Ben Hritsko, CrH, 3:59; Carter Replogle, NB, pinned Luke Desmond, M, 2:37; Derrick Claar, CR, maj. dec. Robbie Steel, MU, 9-1; Evan Myers, Sm, dec. Tyler Scott, H, 7-0; Shawn Costas, NS, maj. dec. Ty Mitchell, Bn, 11-1; Tommy Opdenhoff, CC, pinned James Campbell, Cf, 1:43.
145 – Larry Brown, MV, pinned Trevor Jamison, JM, 3:51; Brady McKenzie, My, dec. Coltin Zundel, Sm, 1-0; Isaac Stewart, MC, dec. Dean Ward, F, 8-4; Robby Patrick, LV, maj. dec. Sam Talorico, Be, 16-6; Austin Mears, MP, dec. Tevin Mostoller, NS, 10-4; Travis Templeton, FH, pinned Nick Kusich, A, 2:13; Seth Baney, H, dec. Austin Hemminger, S, 5-2.
152 – Andrew Hurd, PV, dec. Dillon Ritchey, M, 4-2 OT; Damon Greenwald, Nu, dec. Dom Farabaugh, PC, 4-2 OT; Gus Strasiser, NS, dec. Levi Bonzo, F, 7-2; Trent Crouse, CR, pinned Brent Troutman, JV, 3:13; Ethan Charlesworth, MP, dec. Bryce Biddle, C, 7-2; Jon Fabian, S, dec. Cody Jenkins, SA, 3-1; Jacob Oliver, H, pinned Jaden Datz, Sm, 2:55.
160 – Jon Wagner, H, dec. Nate Vukovich, K, 4-1; Anthony Walters, WH, dec. Trevor Kniha, JM, 8-2; Colby Hillegass, CR, maj. dec. Sam Garner, L, 18-9; Bryce Fochtman, BB, maj. dec. Ryan Thomas, MV, 12-3; Jason Stay, BC, dec. Clayton Green, WB, 8-7; Phil Petit, V, dec. Dillion Charlton, NS, 5-3; Drew Doak, Bl, pinned Shawn Sutter, Sm, 1:39.
170 – Brennen Coles, Sm, dec. Wes Graham, E, 12-10; Dan Brett, B, pinned Marco Duncan, K, 1:06; Anthony Welsh, BC, dec. Jacob Driskel, PC, 8-2; Greg Bulsak, SP, pinned Zach Mock, BA, 1:03; Luke Slippey, WB, pinned Alex Donohue, I, 0:30; Jake McKee, Bg, pinned Nick Pecze, Bl, 2:41; Taylor Cahill, BB, pinned Dan Black, KO, 1:17.
182 – Nico Brown, BC, pinned Brandyn Beaver, CR, 2:28; Brett Beltz, SF, dec. Dalton Waksmunski, CH, 6-0; Christian Hutzell, My, pinned Garrett Grimm, CrH, 2:48; Storm McDonald, BB, dec. Austin Boone, SS, 3-2; Brenden Glover, WS, pinned Scott Carbaugh, SH, 2:42; Taylor Foster, Ju, maj. dec. Alex Moses, Bu, 17-8; Bill Bowlen, JM, dec. Jeremy Wilson, BA, 7-2.
195 – Luke Fournier, EF, pinned Hunter Connor, NS, 0:50; Toby Cahill, BB, tech. fall Brad Hucik, Bg, 17-1, 5:21; Trent Orr, I, dec. Matt Norris, H, 9-5; Robert Scherer, Bu, dec. Adam Rigney, MU, 2-0; Vince McDowell, WB, dec. Rasaun Culberson, SF, 8-2; Cody Hamilton, MV, pinned Owen Main, WG, 3:30; Conner Buttry, CR, pinned Anthony Patterson, JM, 1:08.
220 – Seth Hitchens, SA, pinned Shane Pepper, BB, 2:22; Tom Sever, Y, dec. Mason Hockenberry, MU, 6-3; Logan Eller, S, pinned Jared Graham, A, 2:38; Ty Smith, My, dec. Will VanNorman, WG, 5-0; Mike Sinclair, EC, inj. def. Josiah Jones, WH, 6:33; Tyler Oliver, U, pinned Trevor McIntyre, FC, 2:37; Jacob Robb, K, tech. fall Ray Carlheim, G, 16-0, 3:05.
285 – Kody Ness, G, dec. Keirs Gloady, W, 5-3; Anthony Collins, BB, pinned Ryan Steinstraw, M, 4:57; Nick Winfield, SH, pinned Yusuf McLaurin, SuA, 2:40; Andrew Deitman, U, dec. Josh Lind, MP, 3-0; Jake Beistel, Sm, pinned Trevor Brown, Sh, 0:40; Ian Wolfe, JM, pinned Stevie Colyer, T, 1:05; Shane Davis, CR, pinned Jake Smith, Bl, 0:28.

106 – Gavin Teasdale, JM, maj. dec. Campbell, CH, 21-9; Christie, WH, maj. dec. Broadway, D, 10-0; Pirl, LV, pinned Dovshek, Bn, 3:26; Burkett, CR, maj. dec. Griffiths, Sm, 10-0.
113 – Max Murin, CC, tech. fall Alberts, EC, 19-4, 4:31; Couteret, WB, dec. Williams, CR, 6-4 OT; Link, PC, dec. Clark, NB, 9-4; Keiper, FH, dec. Benson, H, 9-8.
120 – Collin Glorioso, H, pinned Wano, D, 1:46; McDermitt, Bg, dec. Christie, Bu, 5-0; Andrews, WH, dec. McCoy, CR, 8-3; Howard, JM, tech. fall Swab, C, 20-4, 3:41.
126 – Jonathan Gabriel, B, dec. Ostrowski, CC, 6-2; Decker, PV, dec. Hernandez, SA, 4-3; Novak, MP, dec. Neely, Bn, 1-0; Law, FH, dec. Kepple, D, 2-0.
132 – George Phillippi, D, tech. fall Gilson, Ju, 18-2, 4:46; Trimmer, Av, dec. George, R, 5-2; Boozel, MU, pinned Ging, SF, 4:48; Komara, F, dec. Swank, BB, 6-5.
138 – Mike Carr, SF, dec. Hoenstine, C, 7-1; Clark, LV, tech. fall Replogle, NB, 19-3, 5:15; Myers, Sm, dec. Claar, CR, 2-1; Opdenhoff, CC, tech. fall Costas, NS, 16-1, 5:20.
145 – Gio Vonne Sanders, J, dec. Brown, MV, 7-2; Stewart, MC, pinned McKenzie, My, 5:46; Patrick, LV, dec. Mears, MP, 3-2; Baney, H, dec. Templeton, FH, 6-4.
152 – Jake Wentzel, SP, pinned Hurd, PV, 2:38; Greenwald, Bu, pinned Strasiser, NS, 2:51; Crouse, CR, pinned Charlesworth, MP, 3:52; Oliver, H, pinned Fabian, S, 3:33.
160 – Jared Walker, SF, dec. Wagner, H, 3-0; Walters, WH, dec. Hillegass, CR, 1-0; Fochtman, BB, dec. Stay, BC, 7-1; Doak, Bl, maj. dec. Petit, V, 17-6.
170 – Levi Niebauer, CH, pinned Coles, Sm, 2:32; Welsh, BC, maj. dec. Brett, B, 14-3; Bulsak, SP, dec. Slippey, WB, 5-0; Cahill, BB, pinned McKee, Bg, 2:53.
182 – Corey Hazel, PV, dec. Brown, BC, 6-4; Beltz, SF, 6-4; McDonald, BB, dec. Glover, WS, 9-5; Bowlen, JM, dec. Foster, Ju, 7-1.
195 – Scott Thompson, Bl, pinned Fournier, EF, 2:57; Cahill, BB, dec. Orr, I, 12-5; Scherer, Bu, pinned McDowell, WB, 5:49; Buttry, CR, pinned Hamilton, MV, 3:05.
220 – Reynold Maines, WB, dec. Hitchens, SA, 10-4; Sever, Y, dec. Eller, S, 3-2; Smith, My, dec. Sinclair, EC, 2-1; Robb, K, dec. Oliver, U, 7-0.
285 – Allan Beattie, Bu, pinned Ness, G, 1:40; Collins, BB, dec. Winfield, SH, 3-1 OT; Beistel, Sm, maj. dec. Deitman, U, 14-5; Wolfe, JM, pinned Davis, CR, 3:16.

First Round Consolations (Bedford County results only)
106 – Bittner, MP, dec. Brode, TM, 4-2 OT.
120 – Wiles, MC, dec. Childers, NB, 7-4.
126 – Hobson, CR, dec. Harris, M, 6-3; Helsley, NB, pinned Rouser, R, 2:53.
132 – Deremer, CR, dec. Roberts, Bu, 9-2.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Statewide Regional Stat Pack

   Here are a few numbers on the upcoming regional tournament weekend across Pennsylvania.

— There are 26 schools in Class AA that have at least seven individual regional qualifiers. Below is the list of them:

12 - Lower Moreland (Southeast Regional)
11 - Boiling Springs (Southeast Regional)
11 - Chestnut Ridge (Southwest Regional)
11 - Greenville (Northwest Regional)
11 - Saegertown (Northwest Regional)
10 - Brookville (Northwest Regional)
10 - Redbank Valley (Northwest Regional)
9 - Burrell (Southwest Regional)
9 - E.L. Meyers (Northeast Regional)
9 - Reynolds (Northwest Regional)
9 - South Fayette (Southwest Regional)
8 - Archbishop Carroll (Southeast Regional)
8 - Fort LeBoeuf (Northwest Regional)
8 - Huntingdon (Southwest Regional)
8 - Jefferson-Morgan (Southwest Regional)
8 - New Hope-Solebury (Southeast Regional)
7 - Berlin Brothersvalley (Southwest Regional)
7 - Bermudian Springs (Southeast Regional)
7 - Bishop McDevitt (Southeast Regional)
7 - Brockway (Northwest Regional)
7 - Mount Pleasant (Southwest Regional)
7 - Northern Lehigh (Southeast Regional)
7 - Pope John Paul II (Southeast Regional)
7 - Port Allegany (Northwest Regional)
7 - Southmoreland (Southwest Regional)
7 - Wyalusing Valley (Northeast Regional)

—  A total of 80 freshmen qualified for one of the four regional tournaments. The Southeast Regional (Districts 1, 3, 11, 12) leads with 29 ninth-graders, followed by the Southwest (5, 6, 7) with 25, the Northwest (9, 10) with 15, and the Northeast (2, 4) with 11. By weight class, the 106-pound bracket at the Southwest Regional will include 11 freshmen, the most of any single weight in any of the four regions.

— The 15 wrestlers in the 145-pound bracket at the Southwest Regional have combined for 439 wins this season. That's the most by far of any weight in any region. In the Southeast Regional, leading the way is 132 pounds with 377 victories. The 138-pound class paces the Northwest Regional with 271 wins, and the 132-pound bracket leads the Northeast Regional at 254 wins.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Southwest Regional Bracket Analysis

   It's Class AA Southwest Regional week for the best wrestlers in Districts 5, 6 and 7. As you should know by now, the tournament will be held at Canon-McMillan High School this year. Wrestling begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with the preliminary round followed by the quarterfinals. 
   The top six placewinners at each weight qualify for the state tournament in Hershey next week. The extra qualifier means that all quarterfinal winners on Friday night are guaranteed top six finishes and thus punch their tickets to the big dance. 
   Brackets can be found at these two links - Escape Sports and pa-wrestling.comBleacher Coaches is also expected to host a live chat about the tournament tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. 
   Later in the week, I'll have a preview and predictions for Friday's Bedford Gazette.
   As time permits, which it should, I expect to jump in on the chat. For now, here's some bracket analysis:

106 Pounds
   Jefferson-Morgan's Gavin Teasdale drew the bye here and is 39-0. At the very bottom of the draw is Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett, 35-4. Certainly, a rematch of the Thomas Subaru final between these two would be highly anticipated. Burkett took Teasdale down early in the first period and pushed him to overtime before losing, 7-5. The other local is Tussey Mountain's Oaklee Brode, who gets Derry's Shawn Broadway in the opening round. That bout is in Teasdale's half of the bracket. Burkett will wrestle Mount Union's Josh Boozel in the first round.

113 Pounds
   District 6 champ Max Murin of Central Cambria took the bye. I would expect the title battle here to be between Murin, Penn Cambria's Nolan Link, and McGuffey's Gage Nicolella. Link beat Murin for the Thomas championship before Murin avenged it in the D6 final two weekends ago. In the latest Off the Mat rankings, Murin is third, Link is seventh, and Nicolella ninth. Link-Nicolella could be a good semifinal. Bedford County has three representatives with D5 champ Zach Clark, runner-up Dylan Williams, and third-place Liam Flaherty. Though Northern Bedford's Clark is a district winner, on paper Williams might have a better shot at the semifinals this week. Clark would likely get Link in a quarterfinal, while Chestnut Ridge's Williams would see either Mount Pleasant's Alex Miscovich or West Branch's Joey Couteret. Williams didn't wrestle Miscovich or Couteret at the Thomas Subaru Tournament, but they're a notch or two below Link in my opinion. Flaherty has Ellwood City's Tyler Alberts first and would see Murin next if he wins the opener.

120 Pounds
   This is a very strong weight at the top that features five of the top 12 wrestlers in the state rankings by Off the Mat. It starts with Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso, who is 36-2 and has the first round bye. Also up in his half is Burgettstown's Austin McDermitt, who was the WPIAL runner-up to Jefferson-Morgan's Brendan Howard. Howard, in the bottom of the draw, is ranked sixth and McDermitt is 10th. Glorioso-McDermitt is a likely semifinal with the other being Howard against the quarterfinal winner of Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy vs. Westmont's Carnell Andrews, a battle of highly touted freshmen who haven't disappointed in their varsity debut seasons. Howard beat McCoy in the Thomas Subaru Tournament semifinals. Andrews is ranked 11th and McCoy 12th by OTM.

126 Pounds
   Bedford's Jonathan Gabriel goes after his first regional title from the bye position at 126. He'll get the winner of Central Cambria's Ian Ostrowski and Burrell's Dillan Jeffery for his quarterfinal bout. Also in the top half of the bracket are South Allegheny's Justo Hernandez and Penns Valley's Curtis Decker. Gabriel is ranked second in the state by Off the Mat and first by PA Power. Heading the Off the Mat rankings is Forest Hills' Tristan Law, who is on the bottom half. Also there is Bentworth's Hunter Neely, the D7 champ who is ranked 10th. 

132 Pounds
   Derry's George Phillippi, a former state champion, has the bye and is at the top of this bracket. He's ranked second by Off the Mat, while other players here could include sixth-ranked Joe Swank of Berlin, ninth-ranked Adam George of Richland, 12th-ranked Shane Ging of South Fayette, 13th-ranked Jake Boozel of Mount Union, and 14th-ranked Kody Komara of Freedom. I'm also interested to see how Chestnut Ridge's Morgan Deremer does. The Lion sophomore gave Swank all he wanted in a 6-5 bout in the District 5 final, and he beat Boozel twice in the Thomas Subaru Tournament. He draws Avonworth's Darion Trimmer first, with George potentially awaiting in the quarterfinals. Everett's Ben Stover has Ging in an opening round matchup.

138 Pounds
   South Fayette's Mike Carr is unbeaten and in my view the favorite here. The bottom half is pretty loaded, with Chestnut Ridge's Derrick Claar, Southmoreland's Evan Myers, and Central Cambria's Tommy Opdenhoff among potential finalists. Claar, ranked 10th, and Myers, ranked 11th, could see each other in the quarterfinals. Northern Bedford's Carter Replogle is in the top half of the bracket and wrestles McGuffey's Luke Desmond to begin Friday's action in the weight class.

145 Pounds
   Interesting bracketing here which was alluded to by Eric Knopsnyder earlier in the week - Knop's Knotes. Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders got the bye, but lost twice to Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick who is the de-facto third seed. Somerset's Austin Hemminger won the District 5 Tournament and was a well-deserved recipient of the event's Outstanding Wrestler Award. The bottom half of the draw is intriguing, with Patrick possibly seeing Mount Pleasant's Austin Mears, a wrestler he lost to earlier in the season, in the quarterfinals. Also there are Hemminger, North Star's Tevin Mostoller, Forest Hills' Travis Templeton, and Avella's Nick Kusich. 

152 Pounds
   This weight has three of the top six in Off the Mat's rankings — South Park's Jake Wentzel, Huntingdon's Jacob Oliver, and Chestnut Ridge's Trent Crouse — who have five losses between them and were all district champions. Wentzel is on top of the bracket and drew the bye with Oliver and Crouse in the bottom half. Crouse could see Mount Pleasant's Ethan Charlesworth, ranked 13th, in the quarterfinals. This tournament has always been a problem for Crouse, but I would be stunned not to see him in the top six this weekend. 

160 Pounds
   Oddly enough, Off the Mat has numbers 2, 3, and 6 ranked here just like at 152. That begins with South Fayette's J.J. Walker, a returning state finalist. Walker is ranked second in the state and has the bye at Canon-Mac this weekend. Blairsville's Drew Doak is unbeaten and at the bottom of the bracket. He is ranked third, while Berlin's Bryce Fochtman is sixth and on Doak's side. This is a great weight that also includes Westmont's Anthony Walters, ranked eighth, Beth-Center's Jason Stay, ranked 10th, Huntingdon's Jon Wagner, ranked 12th, and Chestnut Ridge's Colby Hillegass, ranked 15th. Hillegass sees Indiana's Bobby Bell first and could get Walters in the quarterfinals. 

170 Pounds
   Four of the top 10 in OTM's rankings reside here at 170. South Park's Greg Bulsak, Cambria Heights' Levi Niebauer, Beth-Center's Anthony Welsh, and Berlin's Taylor Cahill are the top contenders to head to Hershey as a regional champion. Niebauer got the bye, with Bulsak and Cahill on a collision course for the semifinals. Welsh is in the top with Niebauer. Looking for a darkhorse? Try West Branch's Luke Slippey, who is ranked 13th and will likely see Bulsak on Friday night. Bedford's Daniel Brett, who drew Kittanning's Marco Duncan, and Everett's Wes Graham, who drew Southmoreland's Brennan Coles, are both in the top half of the bracket.

182 Pounds
   Penns Valley's Corey Hazel is ranked second in the state and has the bye at this weight. I would have him as the favorite, but beyond that, it could be pretty wide open. Jefferson-Morgan's Bill Bowlen, Beth-Center's Nico Brown, Juniata's Taylor Foster, South Fayette's Brett Beltz, and Southern Huntingdon's Scott Carbaugh are all ranked in the 8-15 range. Chestnut Ridge's Brandyn Beaver has a tough first round assignment with the ninth-ranked Brown. I wouldn't rule out Berlin's Storm McDonald or Meyersdale's Christian Hutzell from finding a place in the top six.

195 Pounds
   Blairsville's Scott Thompson and Chestnut Ridge's Conner Buttry are favorites here on their sides of the 195-pound bracket. The other district champion here is Burrell's Robert Scherer, who is in Buttry's half but hasn't had a whole lot of success with Buttry in the past. Thompson is ranked second by Off the Mat with Buttry fourth. Scherer is 11th and Berlin's Toby Cahill, in Thompson's part of the draw, is 12th. 

220 Pounds
   This is a loaded bracket with the top two ranked wrestlers, West Branch's Buzzy Maines, and Kittanning's Jake Robb. That is the likely final and perhaps a state final preview, but there are others who will vie for state berths. They include (from top to bottom in the bracket) South Allegheny's Seth Hitchens, Yough's Tom Sever, Meyersdale's Ty Smith, Westmont's Josiah Jones, and United's Tyler Oliver. In the Off the Mat Rankings, Jones is seventh, Oliver is eighth, Sever is ninth, and Hitchens is 11th.

285 Pounds
   Burrell's Allan Beattie drew the bye and is the favorite at heavyweight. He is ranked first, with Southmoreland's Jake Beistel second by OTM. Jefferson-Morgan's Ian Wolfe, United's Andrew Deitman, and Southern Huntingdon's Nick Winfield are ranked in the lower half of Off the Mat. Chestnut Ridge's Shane Davis and Berlin's Anthony Collins, first and second in District 5, could be sleeper picks. Davis gets Blairsville's Jake Smith first and could see Wolfe in the quarterfinals.

Monday, February 16, 2015

District 5 Bracket Analysis

   As you probably know by now, the District 5 brackets were released yesterday. The tournament begins on Friday at 2 p.m. with pigtails and the quarterfinals to follow. I will have a preview story and predictions for who will be the regional qualifiers from myself and Sam Shuss in Friday's Bedford Gazette. Full brackets can be found here — D5 Brackets.
   Below is some bracket analysis:

   Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett, ranked second in the state and a returning champ and sixth place medalist in Hershey, is the heavy favorite here. Hard not to see the top four seeds getting to the semifinals.

   No pigtails scheduled as of now in this bracket with Chestnut Ridge's Dylan Williams seeded first. The bottom side quarterfinals could be interesting here. Northern Bedford's Zach Clark is the second seed, but he lost to seventh seed Grant Browell of Bedford in a dual meet, 4-3.

   Another weight, another top seed for Chestnut Ridge, as freshman Justin McCoy walks in as a likely bet to win his first district title. Only McCoy (28-4) and Somerset's Quinn Cole (20-8) have more than 20 wins here.

   Bedford's Jonathan Gabriel is one of two Bedford County wrestlers that can win their third district titles this weekend. Northern Bedford's Jared Helsley is the second seed and came down recently from 132. That means we won't see another round of Helsley vs. Chestnut Ridge's Morgan Deremer, who is at 132. But we will see Round Three between North Star's Brady Gardner and Berlin's Austin Lee, in the 4-5 matchup. Gardner has two pins of Lee already this season, but the latter one came in the district duals when Lee built an early lead only to be caught in a cradle. Gardner's big win there helped the Cougars reach the D5 final.

   Berlin's Joey Swank has the top seed here with Deremer second. I think those two should get to the finals, but the battle for third is wide open in my opinion. Everett's Ben Stover (3 seed), Northern Bedford's Jon Raab (4 seed), North Star's Chris Baker (5 seed), and HOPE for Hyndman's Tanner Clites (6 seed) could all be players. Bedford's Kyle Mehle was a district finalist last year. He is seeded eighth this year.

   Chestnut Ridge's Derrick Claar looks for his third title and is at the same weight as last season. The top seed should get to the finals. Quarterfinals between Everett's Mahlon Akers and North Star's Shawn Costas, and Berlin's Kane McKenzie and Bedford's Kenny Collins, could be interesting.

   This could be one of the best weights in Windber this weekend. Top seed Brady McKenzie of Meyersdale and No. 2 Tevin Mostoller of North Star have split a pair of bouts. Somerset's Austin Hemminger, a state qualifier last year, is the third seed after wrestling mostly at 152 this season. Shade's Mike Manges is the fourth seed but does have a win over McKenzie. Northern Bedford's Ridge Hershberger, Chestnut Ridge's Levi Hobson, and Conemaugh Township's Brandon Stahl also have winning records.

   The top three seeds here — Chestnut Ridge's Trent Crouse, Somerset's Jon Fabian, and North Star's Gus Strasiser — have a combined record of 80-18, while the other six wrestlers in the bracket are 33-63. Fabian-Strasiser in the semifinals could be pretty good.

   This weight is a lot like the previous one, with Berlin's Bryce Fochtman, Chestnut Ridge's Colby Hillegass, and North Star's Dillion Charlton owning 81 wins combined. Hillegass vs. Charlton is a highlight projected semifinal.

   Berlin's Taylor Cahill and Northern Bedford's Lucas Kolinchak are likely finalists here, with a battle for third possibly between Bedford's Dan Brett, Everett's Wes Graham, and North Star's Michael Baker. Brett beat Graham at the Thomas Tournament, after the Everett wrestler had nearly pulled off the stunner of the year in a 2-0 loss to returning state finalist J.J. Walker of South Fayette.

   Meyersdale's second of three top seeds in the tournament is Chris Hutzell at 182. Berlin's Storm McDonald and North Star's Jon Thomas are second and third, respectively. McDonald beat Thomas 5-3 in the regular season dual. Keep an eye on Chestnut Ridge's Brandyn Beaver, seeded fourth.

   Hard not to see a final between Chestnut Ridge's Conner Buttry and Berlin's Toby Cahill. North Star's Hunter Conner is the only other wrestler in the draw with more than a .500 record.

   Meyersdale's Ty Smith holds down the top seed here, with Berlin's Shane Pepper second. Smith pinned Pepper early in the season, and also has a win over Somerset's Logan Eller, the third seed.

   To me, this is the one weight where there isn't a clear cut one or two choices for eventual champion. Save the best for last? Quite possibly, as Chestnut Ridge's Shane Davis, Berlin's Anthony Collins, HOPE for Hyndman's Brandon Greise, Bedford's Nate Shoemaker, Shade's Trevor Brown, and Everett's Kyle Peterson are the top six seeds in that order and are all capable of getting to Canon-Mac next week. Brown beat Collins earlier in the year, while first-year wrestler Peterson has a win over Davis. Greise might be one of the least known kids in the tournament, but he might be Hyndman's best wrestler and probably its best shot at a regional qualifier.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday's Matches

Chestnut Ridge's PIAA Class AA Team Duals Runner-Up trophy 
sits at center mat prior to Tuesday night's win over Tussey Mountain.

160 - Trent Crouse, CR, pinned Brennen Jones, 1:04.
170 - Colby Hillegass, CR, tech. fall Skyler Brumbaugh, 15-0, 3:11.
182 - Brandyn Beaver, CR, won by forfeit.
195 - Brandon Clark, CR, won by forfeit.
220 - Jon Heming, CR, dec. Brandon Cucalon, 3-2.
285 - Shane Davis, CR, pinned Chris Morales, 0:35.
106 - Aaron Burkett, CR, pinned Oaklee Brode, 4:13.
113 - Dylan Williams, CR, won by forfeit.
120 - Justin McCoy, CR, won by forfeit.
126 - Luke Hobson, CR, pinned Brennan Price, 1:12.
132 - Logan Hauck, CR, pinned Cameron McCabe, 3:36.
138 - Derrick Claar, CR, won by forfeit.
145 - Levi Hobson, CR, tech. fall Shayne Brumbaugh, 17-2, 4:04.
152 - Josh McGill, CR, pinned Nick Foster, 0:46.

(thanks to Eric Knopsnyder for this box score)
160 - Bryce Fochtman, BB, tech. fall Lee Moskey, 23-6, 4:53.
170 - Taylor Cahill, BB, pinned Gavin Brick, 0:44.
182 - Storm McDonald, BB, won by forfeit.
195 - Toby Cahill, BB, won by forfeit.
220 - Shane Pepper, BB, tech. fall Shawn Fuzenbaker, 18-3, 2:16.
285 - Anthony Collins, BB, pinned Brandon Greise, 2:32.
106 - Brian Dawson, H, won by forfeit.
113 - Kyle Boyce, BB, dec. Cameron Gibbner, 6-2.
120 - Bryce Belcher, BB, pinned Austin Sheetz, 3:34.
126 - Austin Lee, BB, dec. Robby Snyder, 2-1.
132 - Joe Swank, BB, won by forfeit.
138 - Kane McKenzie, BB, dec. Tanner Clites, 6-2.
145 - Tristan Graeff, H, won by forfeit.
152 - Nicholas Brown, BB, tech. fall Tylor Musselman, 19-4, 4:31.

132 - Levi Hughes, PO, pinned Jon Raab, 5:46.
138 - Dakota Weitoish, PO, pinned Cole Over, 2:57.
145 - Ridge Hershberger, NB, pinned Jacob Maines, 1:22.
152 - Dakota Brunner, NB, dec. Ty Laird, 10-8.
160 - Nick Patrick, PO, pinned Ethan Crawford, 1:40.
170 - Lucas Kolinchak, NB, pinned Christian Snyder, 0:41.
182 - Joe Bickle, PO, won by forfeit.
195 - Noah Quick, PO, won by forfeit.
220 - Micah Sidorick, PO, pinned Chase Ott, 4:33.
285 - Eddie Voyzey, PO, won by forfeit.
106 - Tristin Guyer, NB, won by forfeit.
113 - Zach Clark, NB, maj. dec. Matt Johnson, 9-0.
120 - Bryce Bennett, PO, dec. Trey Childers, 8-2.
126 - Jared Helsley, NB, pinned Nathan Quick, 4:38.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Review and Preview - February 9

   Now that mid-February is approaching, the individual part of the wrestling season is nearly upon us. That begins this weekend with the District 6-AA Tournament in Altoona.
   That highlights the upcoming set of days for local action. In short, let's review the past week.
   Obviously, that starts with Chestnut Ridge's performance in Hershey at the Class AA Team Duals, where the Lions became the first finalist in the smaller-school level from the District 5 and 6 area.
   I did a couple of blog entries over the weekend, as you can view below, and of course covered the journey to second place extensively for the Bedford Gazette. Also, look for tomorrow's paper as I discuss how the wrestling foundation built by Hall of Famer Jim Clark at Chestnut Ridge is being taken to another level under Greg Lazor. That's on the weekly wrestling page in my "Cheap Tilts" piece.
   In other news, Bedford had a solid win over Somerset on Saturday night. Bisons' coach Brian Creps seemed enthused by the result as his team starts preparing for the individual season.
   Here's what's going on locally this week:

Tuesday's Matches
   Tussey Mountain at Chestnut Ridge (6 p.m. start)
   Philipsburg at Northern Bedford
   HOPE for Hyndman at Berlin

Wednesday's Match
   Bedford at Greater Latrobe

   District 6-AA Tournament at Altoona