Breaking down the PIAA Class 2A wrestling championships
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 10:01 AM
PIAA Class 2A Championship
When: March 10-12
Where: Giant Center, Hershey
• Thursday: Preliminaries and first round, 9 a.m.. First round of consolations, 1:15 p.m.
• Friday: Quarterfinals and second round of consolations, 9 a.m. Third round of consolations, 11:45 a.m. Semifinals and fourth round of consolations, 7:30 p.m. Fifth round of consolations, 9 p.m.
• Saturday: Parade of Champions, 1:45 p.m. Finals and consolation finals, 2 p.m.
Radio: TribHSSN Live; WJPA-AM 1450
Pairings and live results: FloArena
The skinny: The top eight finishers in each of the 13 weight classes earn medals. Also a team champion will be crowned.
Weight class breakdown
Regional champions: SW: Parker Sentipal (Burgettstown, so., 39-3); SE: Aaron Seidel (Northern Lebanon, fr., 45-1); NW: Louie Gill (Hickory, so., 39-1); NE: Colton Wade (Sullivan County, fr., 33-3).
WPIAL wrestlers: Sentipal.
2021 champion: Louie Gill, Hickory.
Watch out for: Gill is looking for his second-consecutive title. Sentipal won’t face him until the finals, but he must get past Seidel in the semifinals. Smith placed fourth.
Regional champions: SW: Landon Bainey (West Branch, so., 37-1); SE: Gauge Botero (Faith Christian Academy, fr., 41-6); NW: Hunter Robinson (Saegertown, sr., 33-3); NE: Gavin Bradley (Athens, sr., 35-1).
WPIAL wrestlers: Jack Kazalas (Quaker Valley, so., 38-5), James Walzer (Montour, sr., 23-15).
2021 champion: Jaden Pepe, Wyoming Area.
Watch out for: Bradley finished second at 113 in 2021, while Bainey finished sixth and Robinson finished fifth. Bradley is seeded No. 1.
Regional champions: SW: Chris Vargo (Bentworth, so., 27-2); SE: Adam Schweitzer (Notre Dame-Green Pond, sr., 33-10); NW: Cole Householder (Brookville, fr., 34-80; NE: Jaden Pepe (Wyoming Area, jr., 37-1).
WPIAL wrestlers: Vargo, Cooper Hornack (Burrell, so., 38-8), Logan Richey (Quaker Valley, jr., 35-11).
2021 champion: Brett Ungar, Notre Dame-Green Pond.
Watch out for: Pepe, who won the 113 title in 2021, is seeded No. 1 and Vargo, a third-place finisher, is second. Other returning placewinners include Coen Bainey (fourth at 113), Hornack (second at 106) and Schweitzer (seventh at 113).
Regional champions: SW: Trent Hoover (Penn Cambria, so., 32-6); SE: Chase Hontz (Faith Christian Academy, fr., 31-8); NW: Mark Palmer (Brockway, sr., 31-7); NE: Scott Johnson (Muncy, jr., 37-1).
WPIAL wrestlers: Tim Cafrelli (South Side Beaver, sr., 31-7), Gaven Suica (Burgettstown, so., 29-7), Dylan Bruce (Elizabeth Forward, sr., 26-6).
2021 champion: Joey Fischer, South Park.
Watch out for: Johnson, the 2021 126-pound runner-up, is seeded No. 1. Returning placewinners include South Williamsport senior Robert Gardner (sixth at 113) and Fort LeBoeuf sophomore JoJo Przybycien (sixth at 120).
Regional champions: SW: Calan Bollman (Chestnut Ridge, jr., 37-6); SE: Brandan Chietsos (Notre Dame-Green Pond, sr., 37-9); NW: Owen Reinsel (Brookville, sr., 41-2); NE: Conner Heckman (Midd-West, jr., 39-4).
WPIAL wrestlers: Joey Sentipal (Burgettstown, jr., 38-5), Kyle McCollum (Beth-Center, sr., 36-5); Peter Chacon (Montour, jr., 38-7), Niko Ferra (Burrell, jr., 34-18).
2021 champion: Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills.
Watch out for: Reinsel placed fourth at 120 and is seeded No. 1. Heckerman is seeded third after placing seventh at 132. McCollum returns as an eighth place winner at 132.
Regional champions: SW: Easton Toth (Forest Hills, sr., 35-5); SE: Ryan Crookham (Saucon Valley, sr., 13-0); NW: Connor Pierce (Harbor Creek, sr., 34-0); NE: Cameron Milheim (Warrior Run, fr., 38-8).
WPIAL wrestlers: Ambrose Boni (Central Valley, sr., 34-3), Jamison Poklembo (Mt. Pleasant, so., 36-10), Rudy Brown (Burgettstown, so., 34-12), Andrew Johnson (Southmoreland, sr., 31-13).
2021 champion: Brock McMillen, Glendale.
Watch out for: Pierce is seeded No. 1. He placed fourth at 132 in 2021. Keep an eye on Crookman. Toth is a two-time state qualifier. Don’t discount Boni, Poklembo, Brown and Johnson.
Regional champions: SW: Ty Watson (Penns Valley, so., 38-0); SE: Eric Alderfer (Faith Christian Academy, sr., 33-8); NW: Carter Gill (Hickory, sr., 35-5); NE: Conner Harer (Montgomery, so., 43-0).
WPIAL wrestlers: Chase Frameli (Jefferson-Morgan, so., 33-5), Shawn Szymanski (Burrell, sr., 32-9).
2021 champion: Levi Haines, Biglerville.
Watch out for: Harer is undefeated and seeded No. 1. He placed fifth at 138 in 2021. Alderfer is seed No. 2 after he placed fourth at 138. Gill placed seventh at 145. Frameli could make some noise.
Regional champions: SW: Jackson Arrington (Forest Hills, sr., 35-2); SE: Andrew Christie (Bishop McDevitt, jr., 39-4; NW: Kane Kettering (Reynolds, sr., 31-8); NE: Devon Deem (Montgomery, sr., 42-2).
WPIAL wrestlers: Tyler Berish (Beth-Center, jr., 37-3), Justin Richey (Quaker Valley, sr., 35-8), Isaiah Pisano (Hopewell, so., 31-8), Conor Johnson (Mt. Pleasant, sr., 19-21).
2021 champion: Grant MacKay, Laurel.
Watch out for: Arrington is a two-time state champion (2019 and 2021) and a third-place finisher in 2020. Duggan finished third at 152 and Deem placed fourth at 152.
Regional champions: SW: Grant MacKay (Laurel, jr., 37-1); SE: Holden Garcia (Notre Dame-Green Pond, jr., 37-9); NW: Aiden Zimmerman (Johnsonburg, jr., 24-9); NE: Robert Schneider (Lackawanna Trail, jr., 44-3).
WPIAL wrestlers: MacKay, Christian Hirak (Derry, sr., 31-6), Damian Barr (Burrell, sr., 22-9), Braedon Welsh (Fort Cherry, fr., 38-10).
2021 champion: A.J. Corrado, Burrell.
Watch out for: MacKay returns as the No. 1 seed after winning the 152 title in 2021. Garcia, who placed sixth at 160, is seeded second. Keep an eye on Hirak.
Regional champions: SW: Rune Lawrence (Frazier, so., 33-3); SE: Jake Jones (Saucon Valley, so., 42-3); NW: Brock Covell (Titusville, jr., 34-5); NE: Garrett Garcia (Southern Columbia, so., 35-3).
WPIAL wrestlers: Lawrence, Mason Diemert (Quaker Valley, sr., 34-9).
2021 champion: Rune Lawrence, Frazier.
Watch out for: Lawrence is seeded No. 1 after winning the 160-pound state title as a freshman. Suds Dubler only lost 2-1 to Lawrence in the SW Regional finals. Diemert is good enough to place in the state tournament. Jones placed fourth at 172 in 2021.
Regional champions: SW: Patrick Cutchember (Quaker Valley, sr., 41-4); SE: Jacob Scheib (Tri-Valley, jr., 41-4); NW: Cole Karpinski (Greenville, sr., 38-0); NE: Isaac Cory (Montoursville, sr., 37-6).
WPIAL wrestlers: Cutchember, Noah Gnibus (Mt. Pleasant, sr., 16-3), Cole Clark (Burrell, sr., 34-15).
2021 champion: Cael Crebs, Montoursville.
Watch out for: An injury kept Cutchember from competing in the 2021 tournament. He placed seventh in 2020. He is seeded fourth. Karpinski is seeded No. 1 after placing sixth at 189, while Saucon Valley senior Ty Csencsits placed eighth at 189. Gnibus can reach the 100-win milestone with a good tournament.
Regional champions: SW: Dayton Pitzer (Mt. Pleasant, sr., 41-0); SE: Brad Morrison (West Perry, sr., 45-1); NW: Hayden Linkerhof (Corry, sr., 33-6); NE: Nick Woodruff (Wyalusing, sr., 35-1).
WPIAL wrestlers: Pitzer, Vitali Daniels (Bentworth, so., 29-6), Anthony Govern (Southmoreland, sr., 37-8).
2021 champion: Dayton Pitzer, Mt. Pleasant.
Watch out for: Pitzer is looking for his third PIAA title. An injury his sophomore season ended his chances at being a possible four-time champion. Linkerhof, seeded No. 2, placed seventh at 215 in 2021. Saucon Valley senior Dante Mahaffey (26-1) placed sixth in 2021. He’s on Pitzer’s side of the bracket. Govern, who recently reached the 100-win mark, looks to be on the podium by tournament’s end.
Regional champions: SW: Matt Watkins (Tussey Mountain, sr., 33-3); SE: Riley Robell (Bishop McDevitt, jr., 37-1); NW: Xavier Reyda (Corry, sr., 30-4); NE: Austin Johnson (Muncy, fr., 38-1).
WPIAL wrestlers: Cameron Carter-Green (Washington, sr., 26-4), Joey Baronick (Burgettstown, so., 29-15).
2021 champion: Nathan Taylor, Brookville.
Watch out for: Robell is seeded No. 1 after placing second in 2021. Keep an eye on Carter-Green and Baronick as they attempt to reach the podium. Johnson, seeded third, has one loss.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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