2022 PA States

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At long last, the annual previews and predictions that are 100% guaranteed to be wrong – or your money back!

As usual, this will be many posts:
- An overview of the field
- One post per weight, to keep posts shorter and for easier replies
- I’ll (badly) predict the finals for each weight; after that is gravy

Also a caution I wish weren’t necessary: please do not pollute this thread with transfers, HS/youth recruiting, Hartman, and the like. I’m considering nuking the entire thread into orbit. Stick to the wrestling and everyone will be happy.
 

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Returning state finalists:

AA 106: Gill (S1)
AA 113: Bradley (S2)
AA 120: Pepe (S1), Hornack (S2)
AA 126: Johnson (S2)
AA 132: Chletsos (S2), Bollman (S2)
AA 138: Crookham (2x S1), Biscoe (S2)
AA 152: Arrington (2x S1)
AA 160: Mackay (S1)
AA 172: Lawrence (S1)
AA 215: Pitzer (2x S1)
AA 285: Robell (S2)
AAA 113: Williams (S1), Jacaruso (S2), Nasdeo (S2)
AAA 120: Kilkeary (S1)
AAA 126: Van Dee (S1), Shindledecker (S2)
AAA 132: Church (S1)
AAA 138: Kasak (S1)
AAA 145: Solomon (S2, S1)
AAA 172: Welsh (2x S2)
AAA 189: Stout (S2)
AAA 285: Kinney (S2)
 

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Welcome to PA, where you can be a senior Big Ten commit and still not advance past regionals.

List of D1 college commits below. That said, if you look thru the brackets, an astounding number of seniors appear to be uncommitted – and not just seniors, but regional champ seniors and returning placewinner seniors. I’m sure I’m missing some, but even so this is a lot.

B10:
Nebraska: Van Dee (AAA 126)
Ohio State: Wililams twins (AAA 113/120), Kilkeary (AAA 120), Welsh (AAA 172)
Penn State: Nasdeo (AAA 113), Haines (NLWC/not competing)
Rutgers: Chletsos (AA 132)
Wisconsin: Coy (not competing)

ACC:
NC State: Hohman (AAA 120), Solomon (AAA 145), Arrington (AA 152)
Pitt: Priest (AAA 138), Laffey (AAA 152), Pletcher (AAA 152), MacKay (AA 160), Keslar (AAA 160), Stout (AAA 189), Pitzer (AA 215),
Virginia Tech: Church (AAA 132)

B12:
Air Force: N. Tocci (AAA 113), Biscoe (AA 138), LeFevre (AAA 145)
West Virginia: Watters (AAA 145)

EIWA:
Army: Karpinski (AA 189)
Bucknell: Bower brothers (AAA 132/145), Linkerhof (AA 215)
Columbia: McChesney (AAA 285)
Cornell: E. Gibson (not competing)
Drexel: D’Agostino (AAA 172)
F&M: Leiphart (AAA 120), Arciuolo (injured/not competing)
Harvard: D. Frinzi (AAA 126)
Lehigh: Reinsel (AA 132), Crookham (AA 138), Morlacci (AAA 160)
Navy: Colajezzi (AAA 160)
Penn: Swisher (AAA 145), Cruise (AAA 285)
Princeton: H. Garcia (AA 160)

MAC:
Buffalo: C. Gill (AA 145), Kranitz (AAA 160)
Clarion: Toth (AA 138), Cutchember (AA 189), Tustin (AAA 285)
George Mason: Howe (AA 120), Stoneking (AAA 138), Maag (AA 145)
Lock Haven: Wagner (AA 145)
Kent State: Houpt (AAA 120), Finnerty (AAA 215)

SoCon:
Campbell: Phaturos (AAA 126)
VMI: Shippey (AAA 132)

Football:
Bloomsburg: Crews (AAA 285)
CUP: Laventure (AAA 285)
Edinboro: Enders (AA not competing/injured)
IUP: Weightman (AAA 215)
Kent State: Garcia (AA early enrolled/not competing), BIllotte (AAA 285)
Lebanon Valley: Gallagher (AAA 285)
 

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PSU/M2 connections (I’m probably missing several):

AA 126: S. Johnson (Muncy)
AA 189: Karpinski (Greenville)
AA 285: A. Johnson (Muncy)
AAA 106: Desmond (Beca)
AAA 113: Nasdeo (Williamsport) -- COMMITTED
AAA 120: A. Cunningham (State College)
AAA 126: Perry (Central Mtn)
AAA 132: Simcox (Central Mtn)
AAA 138: Kasak (Beca), Manville (State College)
AAA 145: Swisher (Bellefonte)
AAA 152: Sipes (Altoona)
AAA 172: McGonigal (Clearfield)
AAA 215: Pavlechko (State College)
 

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For something a little lighter …

Best names:
AAA 160 – Stetson Boozer.
AAA 172 – Suds Dubler. This is actually @Cowbellman ‘s stage name.
AA 215 – Kirk Bearjar. How does he make the bear fit in there?

Cael count = 5
Cael Dailey (AA 106)
Cael Markle (AA 145)
Cael Black (AA 215)
Cael Nasdeo (AAA 113)
Cael McIntyre (AAA 120)

Feel good story:
Deven Jackson (West Perry, AA 113) is a double amputee. He’s a SR and has placed at states before.
 

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AA 106 seeds:
1 – Louie Gill, NW-1, Hickory SO, 39-1, S1
2 – Parker Sentipal, SW-1, Burgettstown SO, 39-3
3 – Aaron Seidel, SE-1, Northern Lebanon FR, 45-1
4 – Colton Wade, NE-1, Sullivan County FR, 33-3

Others – top half:
Ayden Smith, SE-2, NDGP SO, 36-9

Others – bottom half:
Seth Kolb, NE-2, Benton FR, 32-9

College commits: (none)

Defending champ Gill is the only returning placer and the overwhelming favorite. His only loss of the year was up 2 weights to a state qualifier.

Prediction:
1 – Gill
2 – Seidel
3 – Smith
 

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AA 113 seeds:
1 – Gavin Bradley, NE-1, Athens SR, 35-1, S6-S7-S2
2 – Landon Bainey, SW-1, West Branch SO, 37-1, S6
3 – Hunter Robison, NW-1, Saegertown SR, 33-3
4 – Gauge Botero, SE-1, Faith Christian FR, 41-6

Others – top half: (none)

Others – bottom half:
Branden Wentzel, NE-2, Montoursville JR, 38-3, S1-S3
Deven Jackson, SE-2, West Perry SR, 31-3, S4

Wentzel and Bradley have been ranked 1 and 2 in PA for most of the year, and have split matches in the postseason.

Prediction:
1 – Bradley
2 – Wentzel
3 – Botero
4 – Jackson
5 – Robison
6 – Bainey
 

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AA 120 seeds:
1 – Jaden Pepe, NE-1, Wyoming Area JR, 41-0, S1
2 – Chris Vargo, SW-1, Bentworth SO, 27-2, S3
3 – Adam Schweitzer, SE-1, NDGP SR, 33-10, S7
4 – Cole Householder, NW-1, Brookville FR, 34-8

Others – top half:
Cooper Hornack, SW-3, Burrell SO, 38-8, S2
Coen Bainey, SW-2, Bald Eagle Area JR, 33-4, S4
Eric Howe, SE-3, Lancaster Catholic SR, 43-2 (George Mason)

Others – bottom half:
Ross Dull, SW-4, Chestnut Ridge SR, S7
Brock Weiss, NE-2, Jersey Shore SO, 39-4

Only in PA: Pepe vs. Hornack in the quarters.

Prediction:
1 – Pepe
2 – Vargo
3 – Bainey
4 – Schweitzer
 

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AA 126 seeds:
1 – Scott Johnson, NE-1, Muncy JR, 37-1, S2 (M2 trainee)
2 – Mark Palmer, NW-1, Brockway SR, 31-7
3 – Trent Hoover, SW-1, Penn Cambria SO, 32-6
4 – Chase Hontz, SE-1, Faith Christian FR, 31-8

Others – top half:
JoJo Przybycien, NW-2, Fort LeBoeuf SO, 37-4, S6
Dylan Granahan, NE-4, Benton JR, 31-15

Others – bottom half:
Kaden Milheim, NE-2, Warrior Run JR, 40-6
Robert Gardner, NE-3, South Williamsport SR, 36-5, S8

The 3 best guys in the state have met at D4s and NE Regionals. Johnson is the favorite.

Prediction:
1 – Johnson
2 – Milheim
3 – Gardner
 

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AA 132 seeds:
1 – Owen Reinsel, NW-1, Brookville SR, 40-2, S4-S4 (Lehigh)
2 – Brandan Chletsos, SE-1, NDGP SR, 37-9, S6-S3-S2 (Rutgers)
3 – Connor Heckman, NE-1, Midd-West JR, 39-4, S7
4 – Calan Bollman, SW-1, Chestnut Ridge JR, 37-6, S2

Others – top half:
Ethan Kolb, NE-2, Benton JR, 31-12, S7-S7
Mason Barvitskie, NE-3, Southern Columbia SO, 35-7, S5

Others – bottom half:
Kyle McCollum, SW-3, Beth Center SR, 36-5, S8

This is a good AA weight, and also a good likely final. Chletsos is the favorite despite his W-L record – he’s faced a strong schedule.

Prediction:
1 – Chletsos
2 – Reinsel
3 – Bollman
4 – Kolb
5 – Barvitskie
 

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AA 138 seeds:
1 – Connor Pierce, NW-1, Harbor Creek SR, 34-0, S7-S7-S4
2 – Easton Toth, SW-1, Forest Hills SR, 35-5 (Clarion)
3 – Ryan Crookham, SE-1, Saucon Valley SR, 13-0, S1-S1 (Lehigh)
4 – Cameron Milheim, NE-1, Warrior Run FR, 38-8

Others – top half:
Kole Biscoe, NE-4, Southern Columbia SR, 26-8 (Air Force)

Others – bottom half:
Anthony Evanitsky, NE-3, Wyoming Area FR, 42-3
Connor Saylor, NW-2, Hickory JR, 38-6, S6
Cade Winsberger, NE-2, Meadowbrook Christian JR, 38-3, S6 (Bucknell coach’s son)

Pierce is a good wrestler, but Crookham won’t be challenged until he faces Jesse Mendez at Dapper Dan.

Prediction:
1 – Crookham
2 – Pierce
3 – Milheim
 

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AA 145 seeds:
1 – Connor Harer, NE-1, Montgomery SO, 43-0, S5
2 – Eric Alderfer, SE-1, Faith Christian SR, 33-8, S8-S4
3 – Carter Gill, NW-1, Hickory SR, 35-5, S6-S7 (Buffalo)
4 – Ty Watson, SW-1, Penns Valley SO, 37-0

Others – top half:
Evan Maag, SE-2, NDGP SR, 39-10, S5 (George Mason)

Others – bottom half:
Noah Teeter, SW-3, Forest Hills SR, 28-3, S7
Kaiden Wagner, NE-2, Lewisburg SR, 32-4, S5 (Lock Haven)

Harer has been dominant this year, beat state #2 Wagner decisively at regionals.

Prediction:
1 – Harer
2 – Wagner
3 – Maag
4 – Alderfer
5 – Gill
6 – Watson
 

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AA 152 seeds:
1 – Jackson Arrington, SW-1, Forest Hills SR, 35-2, S1-S3-S1, NC State
2 – Devon Deem, NE-1, Montgomery SR, 42-2, S4
3 – Andrew Christie, SE-1, Bishop McDevitt JR, 39-4
4 – Kane Kettering, NW-1, Reynolds SR, 31-8

Others – top half:
Michael Duggan, SE-2, Boiling Springs JR, 43-7, S3

Others – bottom half: (none)

Arrington will graduate with 1 career loss in Hershey, to some Levi Haines guy – is he any good?

Prediction:
1 – Arrington
2 – Deem
3 – Duggan
4 – Christie
 

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AA 160 seeds:
1 – Grant MacKay, SW-1, Laurel JR, 37-2, S1 (Pitt)
2 – Holden Garcia, SE-1, NDGP JR, 37-9, S6 (Princeton)
3 – Robbie Schneider, NE-1, Lackawanna Trail JR, 44-3
4 – Aiden Zimmerman, NW-1, Johnsonburg JR, 24-9

Others – top half:
Alan Alexander, SE-6, Pope John Paul II SR, 23-9, S6

Others – bottom half:
Luke Moore, SW-3, Chestnut Ridge SR, 36-8, S7

MacKay vs Garcia should be one of the best finals this year … but this would’ve been Levi’s weight, and Southern Columbia JR Wes Barnes (4th at 189 last year) is injured and missed the postseason.

Prediction:
1 – MacKay
2 – Garcia
3 – Schneider
 

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AA 172 seeds:
1 – Rune Lawrence, SW-1, Frazier SO, 33-3, S1
2 – Jacob Jones, SE-1, Saucon Valley JR, 42-3, S4
3 – Garrett Garcia, NE-1, Southern Columbia SO, 35-3
4 – Brock Covell, NW-1, Titusville JR, 34-5

Others – top half:
Nolan Lear, NE-2, Benton SR, 38-5, S5-S3

Others – bottom half: (none)

Defending champ Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite. Nationally ranked Lear might be the 2nd best guy at the weight, and Lawrence pinned him earlier this year.

Prediction:
1 – Lawrence
2 – Jones
3 – Lear
4 – Garcia
 

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AA 189 seeds:
1 – Cole Karpinski, NW-1, Greenville SR, 38-0, S6 (Army; M2 trainee)
2 – Isaac Cory, NE-1, Montoursville SR, 37-6, S7
3 – Jacob Scheib, SE-1, Tri-Valley JR, 41-4
4 – Patrick Cutchember, SW-1, Quaker Valley SR, 41-4, S7 (Clarion)

Others – top half:
Ty Csencsits, SE-2, Saucon Valley SR, 29-8, S8

Others – bottom half: (none)

Southern Columbia’s Gavin Garcia would’ve been here, until he enrolled early at Kent State for football. Without him, this is a weak weight.

Prediction:
1 – Karpinski
2 – Cory
3 – Cutchember
4 – Scheib
 

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AA 215 seeds:
1 – Dayton Pitzer, SW-1, Mount Pleasant SR, 41-0, S1-S1 (Pitt)
2 – Hayden Linkerhof, NW-1, Corry SR, 33-6, S7 (Bucknell)
3 – Brad Morrison, SE-1, West Perry SR, 44-1
4 – Nicholas Woodruff, NE-1, Wyalusing SR, 35-1

Others – top half:
Dante Mahaffey, SE-3, Saucon Valley SR, 26-1, S6
Cael Black, NW-4, Eisenhower SR, 32-3, S6

Others – bottom half:
Damon Backes, NE-2, Mount Carmel SR, 29-4

Pitzer has only seen the 2nd period 3x all year. He will pin his way thru Hershey (!) and reach 100 career falls (!!) – despite missing an entire year to injury (!!!).

Prediction:
1 – Pitzer
2 – Morrison
3 – Linkerhof
4 – Mahaffey
 

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AA 285 seeds:
1 – Riley Robell, SE-1, Bishop McDevitt JR, 36-1, S2
2 – Matt Watkins, SW-1, Tussey Mountain SR, 33-3
3 – Austin Johnson, NE-1, Muncy FR, 38-1 (M2 trainee)
4 – Xavier Reyda, NW-1, Corry SR, 30-4

Others – top half:
Emmanuel Ulrich, NE-2, Mifflinburg JR, 29-3, S5

Others – bottom half:
Leo Muzika, SE-2, Faith Christian SR, 31-10

Robell’s weight to lose. Johnson is a serious threat if his tank holds up – he was a 2021 Fargo double AA (FR 4th, Greco 2nd) at 220 as an incoming freshman.

Prediction:
1 – Robell
2 – Johnson
3 – Ulrich
4 – Muzika
5 – Watkins
 

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AAA 106 seeds:
1 – Nate Desmond, NE-1, Beca FR, 35-2 (M2 trainee)
2 – Luke Willochell, SW-1, Latrobe FR, 40-4
3 – Aiden Beimel, NW-1, St. Mary’s FR, 27-3
4 – Eren Sement, SE-1, Council Rock North FR, 36-5
5 – Liam Flanagan, SC-1, Central Dauphin SO, 31-5

Others – top half:
Nico Fanella, SW-2, Indiana FR, 31-1

Others – bottom half:
Luke Sirianni, NE-2, Abington Heights JR, 36-1, S6

Desmond is a legitimate PA 4x champ contender. FULL COURT PRESS !!!!

Sirianni and Willochell are next best, with a common opponent: Willochell beat Flanagan 3-0, Sirianni beat him 14-6.

Prediction:
1 – Desmond
2 – Sirianni
3 – Willochell
 

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AAA 113 seeds:
1 – Kaedyn Williams, SC-1, Manheim Township SO, 24-1, S1 (Ohio State)
2 – Zach Jacaruso, NE-1, Delaware Valley JR, 36-1, S2
3 – Cael Nasdeo, NW-1, Williamsport JR, 30-3, S2 (Penn State)
4 – Tyler Chappell, SW-1, Seneca Valley JR, 33-4, S3
5 – Tony Burke, SE-1, Council Rock North SR, 34-5, S7

Others – top half:
Nic Allison, NW-2, Mifflin County SR, 33-3, S8
Tahir Parkins, NE-2, Nazareth FR, 31-4

Others – bottom half:
Carson Wagner, NE-4, Northampton JR, 25-7, S6-S5
Nico Tocci, SC-2, Warwick SR, 38-3 (Air Force)
Darius McMillon, SW-2, Peters Township FR, 29-3

This is the craziest weight at states this year, with 3 returning state finalists and 7 returning medalists. Then add top freshman Parkins (2nd at Beast of the East), Tocci (beat Williams at districts), and McMillon (brother of state finalist Donovan, now Florida safety).

Going with Jacaruso, who is notoriously difficult to score upon and beat NJ state champ Anthony Knox (the Bassett-slayer).

Our guy: Nasdeo has a brutal draw – Wagner is a long-time nemesis, then Tocci, then Jacaruso.

Prediction:
1 – Jacaruso
2 – Williams
3 – Nasdeo
4 – Parkins
5 – Tocci
6 – Wagner
7 – Chappell
8 – McMillon
 

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AAA 120 seeds:
1 – Mason Leiphart, SC-1, Dover SR, 34-0, S3 (F&M)
2 – Vinny Kilkeary, SW-1, Latrobe JR, 42-2, S1-S3 (Ohio State)
3 – Cael McIntyre, NE-1, Beca JR, 30-8, S6
4 – Carmen Cortese, SE-1, West Chester Henderson JR, 31-7
5 – Asher Cunningham, NW-1, State College FR, 32-6 (M2 trainee)

Others – top half:
Charlie Bunting, NE-2, Nazareth JR, 27-4
Troy Hohman, SW-2, Penn Trafford SR, 29-3, S4 (NC State)
Jacob Houpt, SW-3, Canon-McMillan SR, 34-5, S5-S4 (Kent State)
Sean Logue, NE-3, Father Judge SR, 18-1, S7

Others – bottom half:
Kamdyn Williams, SC-2, Manheim Township SO, 17-4 (Ohio State)
Mason Ziegler, SE-2, Quakertown SO, 40-5, S7

Another tough weight. Hohman’s 3 losses were all to Kilkeary. Williams is injured and defaulted in the regional final.

Prediction:
1 – Kilkeary
2 – Hohman
3 – Leiphart
4 – McIntyre
5 – Williams
6 – Cunningham
7 – Houpt
8 - Ziegler
 

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AAA 126 seeds:
1 – Karl Shindledecker, SC-1, Chambersburg SR, 21-1, S3-S2
2 – Cannon Hershey, SE-1, Oxford SR, 36-0
3 – Ethan Lebin, SW-1, Hempfield JR, 30-7
4 – Dalton Perry, NW-1, Central Mountain FR, 37-2 (M2 trainee)
5 – Braxton Appello-Fries, NE-1, Nazareth SR, 31-12, S7-S6

Others – top half:
Maddox Shaw, SW-2, Thomas Jefferson FR, 37-5
Zander Phaturos, SW-3, Waynesburg SR, 33-8 (Campbell)

Others – bottom half:
Gunnar Myers, NE-3, Wallenpaupack SO, 41-2, S5
Jake Van Dee, NW-2, Erie Prep SR, 17-1, S2-S1 (Nebraska)
Dante Frinzi, NE-2, Beca SR, 38-6, S5-S4 (Harvard)

Only in PA: Van Dee vs. Frinzi in Round 1.

Another brutal weight. Perry pinned returning champ Van Dee at regionals. Shaw made Powerade finals.

Prediction:
1 – Van Dee
2 – Shindledecker
3 – Frinzi
4 – Shaw
5 – Perry
 

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AAA 132 seeds:
1 – Mac Church, SW-1, Waynesburg JR, 34-2, S3-S1 (Virginia Tech)
2 – Luke Simcox, NW-1, Central Mountain SO, 35-4 (M2 trainee)
3 – Matt Repos, SC-1, Central Dauphin JR, 37-2, S4-S7
4 – Kollin Rath, NE-1, Beca FR, 20-1
5 – Collin Gaj, SE-1, Quakertown FR, 41-5

Others – top half:
Braden Bower, NW-2, Williamsport SR, 34-3 (Bucknell)

Others – bottom half:
Nate Shippey, SE-3, Interboro SR, 26-5, S8 (VMI)
Chad Ozias, SW-2, Connellsville SR, 35-7, S8

Church is the obvious favorite. Rath is dangerous – his only loss was 1-0 to AA favorite Chletsos.

Prediction:
1 – Church
2 – Simcox
3 – Rath
4 – Repos
5 – Bower
 

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AAA 138 seeds:
1 – Tyler Kasak, NE-1, Beca JR, 40-0, S5-S1 (M2 trainee)
2 – Briar Priest, SW-1, Hempfield SR, 35-2, S1 (Pitt)
3 – Dominic Findora, SE-1, Downingtown West SR, 43-4, S4
4 – Pierson Manville, NW-1, State College SO, 34-3 (M2 trainee)
5 – Aliazer Alicea, SC-1, Manheim Township SR, 30-6

Others – top half:
Kelly Kakos, SE-2, Perkiomen Valley JR, 37-4, S8
Colton Stoneking, SW-2, Waynesburg SR, 38-10, S5 (George Mason)

Others – bottom half: (none)

2 returning state champs! Kasak won Ironman, Beast of the East, Bethlehem Holiday Classic, Escape the Rock.

Prediction:
1 – Kasak
2 – Priest
3 – Manville
4 – FIndora
 

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AAA 145 seeds:
1 – Finn Solomon, SW-1, Franklin Regional SR, 37-2, S2-S1 (NC State)
2 – Jude Swisher, NW-1, Bellefonte SR, 38-1, S3-S3 (Penn; M2 trainee)
3 – Andrew Harmon, NE-1, Beca JR, 16-1, S7
4 – Chance Babb, SE-1, Boyertown SR, 39-6, S8
5 – Michael Trainor, SC-1, Octorara SR, 35-4 (Shippensburg)

Others – top half:
Riley Bower, NW-2, Williamsport SR, 41-8, S6 (Bucknell)

Others – bottom half:
Ty Watters, SW-2, West Allegheny JR, 31-3 (West Virginia)
Reagan LeFevre, SC-2, Hempfield SR, 34-5 (Air Force)

Solomon is a 2x state finalist, and lost to Swisher and Watters this year.

Predictions:
1 – Solomon
2 – Swisher
3 – Watters
4 – Harmon
5 – Bower
 

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AAA 152 seeds:
1 – Dylan Evans, SW-1, Chartiers Valley JR, 29-4, S8-S4
2 – Dagen Condomitti, NE-1, Northampton JR, 30-1, S7
3 – Caden Dobbins, SC-1, Dallastown SR, 37-2
4 – Luke Sipes, NW-1, Altoona FR, 33-1 (M2 trainee)
5 – Bekhruz Sadriddinov, SE-1, Council Rock South SO, 38-8

Others – top half:
Jack Pletcher, SW-4, Latrobe SR, 41-8 (Pitt)
Dominic Frontino, SC-2, Shippensburg JR, 19-1
Dominic Wheatley, NE-3, Nazareth JR, 33-14, S7
JT Hogan, SC-3, Daniel Boone SR, 30-2

Others – bottom half:
Kelin Laffey, SW-2, Pine Richland SR, 27-2 (Pitt)
William Morrow, SE-2, North Penn SR, 35-4, S8
Nico Taddy, SW-3, West Allegheny JR, 36-5, S4

Good potential Evans-Condo final. Sipes will have a say in the top half.

Prediction:
1 – Condo
2 – Evans
3 – Sipes
 

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AAA 160 seeds:
1 – Jared Keslar, SW-1, Connellsville SR, 34-3, S4-S4 (Pitt)
2 – Chase Barlow, SE-1, Strath Haven SR, 32-2, S7
3 – Ryan Garvick, SC-1, Central Dauphin SO, 37-3
4 – Kyler Everly, NW-1, Mifflin County SR, 34-3
5 – Ryan Fairchild, NE-1, Nazareth SR, 33-8

Others – top half:
Matt Colajezzi, SE-2, Council Rock South SR, 39-2, S4 (Navy)
Enzo Morlacci, SW-4, Kiski SR, 32-6 (Lehigh)

Others – bottom half:
Landon Muth, NE-2, Beca JR, 24-8, S8
Chase Kranitz, SW-3, Norwin SR, 33-6, S5 (Buffalo)

Wavered on this one a lot. Keslar should be favored, but Barlow has been very tough.

Prediction:
1 – Keslar
2 – Barlow
3 – Colajezzi
4 – Muth
 

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AAA 172 seeds:
1 – Rocco Welsh, SW-1, Waynesburg JR, 42-1, S2-S2 (Ohio State)
2 – Dom D’Agostino, SE-1, Interboro SR, 40-2, S6 (Drexel)
3 – Tucker Hogan, SC-1, Daniel Boone SO, 40-1
4 – Waylon Wehler, NW-1, St. Mary’s JR, 32-2
5 – Luke Thomas, NE-1, Beca JR, 29-6

Others – top half: (none)

Others – bottom half:
Mark McGonigal, NW-2, Clearfield SR, 29-9 (M2 trainee)

Welsh is the clear favorite. Hogan was PJW champ 2 years ago.

Prediction:
1 – Welsh
2 – Hogan
3 – D’Agostino
 

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AAA 189 seeds:
1 – Quinn Collins, SE-1, Central Bucks East SR, 39-1, S6
2 – Sonny Sasso, NE-1, Nazareth JR, 42-0, S7
3 – Mac Stout, SW-1, Mount Lebanon SR, 38-0, S2 (Pitt)
4 – John Miller, SC-1, Exeter SR, 41-2
5 – Trey Shoemaker, Mifflin County SR, 36-4

Others – top half: (none)

Others – bottom half: (none)

Paper-thin weight after the top 4 guys. Sasso and Stout are the best 2, but will face each other in the semis due to Stout’s lack of prestige points (missed the postseason due to injury last year) – or if you prefer, due to Sasso not finishing top 6. Collins is also nationally ranked. Miller placed at Super 32.

Prediction:
1 – Stout
2 – Collins
3 – Sasso
4 – Miller
 

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AAA 215 seeds:
1 – Carl DiGiorgio, SE-1, Central Bucks West SR, 33-2, S5
2 – Brian Finnerty, SW-1, Thomas Jefferson SR, 40-1 (Kent State)
3 – Chase Levey, NE-1, Nazareth SR, 39-4
4 – Samuel Rodriguez, SC-1, Gettysburg SR, 35-2
5 – Nick Pavlechko, NW-1, State College SO, 28-3 (M2 trainee)

Others – top half:
Cole Weightman, SW-2, Belle Vernon SR, 9-2, S6-S8 (IUP FB)

Others – bottom half: (none)

Pavlechko won Escape the Rock, beating DiGiorgio 8-2 along the way. His losses were to Pitzer, Johnson, and Seminary's Darrah.

Prediction:
1 – Pavlechko
2 – Finnerty
3 – DiGiorgio
4 – Levey
 

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AAA 285 seeds:
1 – Sean Kinney, NE-1, Nazareth SO, 36-2, S2
2 – Billy McChesney, SW-1, Greensburg Salem SR, 34-0, S7-S4 (Columbia)
3 – Julian Laventure, SE-1, Upper Darby SR, 36-1, S6 (CUP FB)
4 – Trevor Gallagher, SC-1, Gettysburg SR, 39-5 (Lebanon Valley FB)
5 – Charles Crews, NW-1, Williamsport SR, 37-6 (Bloomsburg FB)

Others – top half:
Noah Tustin, SW-2, Waynesburg SR, 39-13, S6 (Clarion)

Others – bottom half:
Matthew Cruise, NE-2, Easton SR, 34-6, S5 (Penn)
Oliver BIllotte, NW-2, Clearfield SR, 29-3, S8 (Kent State FB)

Solid weight behind a clear top 3. Look for Crews to make noise in his first trip to states – he beat Gallagher, majored Tustin, beat Billotte 3x, and pinned Birchmeier.

Prediction:
1 – Kinney
2 – Cruise
3 – McChesney
4 – Crews
5 – Billotte
 

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That was a great read!! Just a quick thought on AA 106. I do not see Gill as the "overwhelming favorite". First off it is a travesty him and Smith is a quarterfinals match! They had a very close match earlier this year which from what I remember I thought Smith looked better even though he lost. I am picking Seidel in the finals over Gill(as long as Gill beats Smith). His top game is elite with his tilts and that will be the difference in the match. That is my prediction.
 

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Great stuff Jefe, appreciate the time put in.
Hopefully someone is gonna post our M2 and recruit‘s results. We actually used to have a (pinned?) thread fo just that.
 
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El-Jefe

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That was a great read!! Just a quick thought on AA 106. I do not see Gill as the "overwhelming favorite". First off it is a travesty him and Smith is a quarterfinals match! They had a very close match earlier this year which from what I remember I thought Smith looked better even though he lost. I am picking Seidel in the finals over Gill(as long as Gill beats Smith). His top game is elite with his tilts and that will be the difference in the match. That is my prediction.
Seidel is a very good prospect. He beat Smith by a similar score. Maybe it turns out this way. I still think Gill is a big favorite, but far stranger things happen in Hershey.

106 is often hard to predict because there are so many freshmen. And AA weights are often hard to predict because the talent is thinner and they don't get invited to better tournaments.

Put that together and predicting AA 106 is usually like spitting into the wind.