As district tournament weekend approaches, here are some points of interest around the state.
- On a local chat Tuesday night, questions were asked regarding the 160 and 170 pound brackets for the District 5 Tournament. Although not officially confirmed (and it may not be until Friday), Bedford's Caleb Grimes is likely to be at 170. HOPE for Hyndman's Richard Moskey is staying at 160 and should still be the fourth seed. Moskey and Grimes were originally placed in the 4-5 quarterfinal matchup at 160.
- Tri-Valley senior Ty Schoffstall is in the District 11-AA Tournament, at least as of the pre-tournament brackets. Feared lost for the season with an ankle injury, Schoffstall is slotted at the top of the 160-pound bracket. He is 23-2 but hasn't competed since January 18 when he was forced to default out of the final at the Schuylkill League Tournament. Schoffstall finished third in the state last season.
- Former Somerset wrestler Michael Sutton captured a District 10-AAA championship this past weekend, wrestling for General McLane. Sutton is at 152 this season and is 26-3. Last year at 160, he was a district champion and state qualifier for the Golden Eagles.
- Canon-McMillan senior Cody Wiercioch is the first wrestler named to the Pennsylvania team that will wrestle a United States All-Star team in the annual Dapper Dan Classic on March 17 at the University of Pittsburgh. Wiercioch, a Pitt recruit, has a career record of 157-5 and is aiming for his third state championship this postseason. The other members of the PA team are expected to be announced after the state tournament.
Remember to pick up a copy of Friday's Bedford Gazette that will have a full preview and predictions for this weekend's district action at Windber.