HERSHEY, Pa. – The PIAA wrestling championships are slated to get underway on Thursday, with a number of District 9 and District 10 wrestlers looking to reach the medal stand and perhaps capture gold.
Hickory’s Louie Gill is a returning state champion in Class 2A at 106, as is Cathedral Prep’s Jake VanDee at 113 in Class 3A.
In Class 2A, the action gets underway at 9 a.m. with preliminary and first-round matches beginning at 9 a.m., with first-round consolations starting at 1:15 p.m.
In Class 3A, preliminaries and first-round matches start at 4 p.m. Thursday, with first-round consolations at 8:15 p.m.
Matt Still of D10 Wrestling will be broadcasting on the Sunny 105.7 FM Sports Stream, beginning with Thursday’s Class 2A action, with a pre-show at 8:45 a.m. Click here for the broadcast.
Here’s a look at each weight class.
Gill, the District 10 and Northwestern Region champ, comes in with a record of 39-1 and draws a first-round bye, where he will meet the winner of the preliminary round matchup between Mount Union’s Mason Beatty (35-7) and Lewisburg’s Jase Gesner (33-7). Saegertown’s Carter Beck (NW-2, 34-5) has a first-round matchup with Wyalusing’s Clayton Carr (32-6), while Cranberry’s Elijah Brosius (NW-3, 32-5) squares off with fellow freshman Seth Colb of Benton (32-5). Cael Dailey of Franklin (NW-4) has a preliminary round match against Brayden Hartranft (313-11) of Berks Catholic.
Saegertown’s Hunter Robison, who finished fifth at 106 a year ago, is 33-3 and will meet the winner of Brock Holderbaum (Chestnut Ridge, 32-6) and Aidan Gruber (Leighton, 34-9). Brockway’s Weston Pisarchick (NW-2, 32-3) will get Jack Kazalas (38-5) of Quaker Valley in the first round, while Curwensvill’s Jacob Carfley (NW-3, 24-7) gets Bald Eagle’s Lucas Fye (30-8) in the first round. Commodore Perry’s Hunter Geibel (NW-4, 25-3), gets a preliminary round match against Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Cooper Feltman (17-16).
Brookville’s Cole Householder (34-8), the NW Region champion, will get the winner of the preliminary round match between Montoursville’s David Kennedy (38-10) and Jacob Deysher of Brandywine Heights (35-11). Conneaut’s Hunter Gould (35-1, NW-2) will meet Benton’s Chase Burke (29-9) in the first round, while Reynolds’ Chase Bell (NW-3, 27-14) gets Brock Weiss (39-4) of Jersey Shore. Saegertown’s Owen Hershelman (NW-4, 27-15) gets a preliminary round match against Quaker Valley’s Logan Richey (35-11)
Brockway’s Mark Palmer (NW-1, 31-7) will meet the winner of the preliminary round match between Tim Carfelli (31-7) of South Side Beaver and Camp Hill’s Noah Doi (39-5). Fort LeBoeuf’s JoJo Przybycien (NW-2, 37-4), who finished sixth at 120 a year ago, gets Kobi Bennett (33-9) of Chestnut Ridge in the first round, while Cambridge Springs’ Gunner Gage (NW-3, 24-6), gets Trevor Husick (32-4) of Tussey Mountain. Chase Weimer (28-12) of Port Allegany has a preliminary round match against Cameron Mingee (32-9) of Littlestown.
Brookville’s Owen Reinsel (40-2), who finished fourth at 120 a year ago, will meet the winner of Berks Catholic’s Marvin Armistead (36-9) and Montour’s Peter Chacon (38-7) in the first round. Cochranton’s Jack Martinec (NW-2,31-6) gets Beth-Center’s Kyle McColllum (36-5) in the first round, while Commodore Perry’s Wyatt Lazzar (NW-3, 31-16) gets Joey Sentipal (38-5) of Burgettstown (38-5). Brockway’s Parker Pisarchick (NW-4, 29-11) will meet Blain Puchalsky (30-20) of West Perry in the prelims.
Harbor Creek’s Connor Pierce (34-0), a three-time state medalist, is aiming for gold this time around. At 34-0, he will meet the winner of the preliminary round match between Southmoreland’s Andrew Johnson (31-13) and Kole Biscoe of Southern Columbia (26-8). Hickory’s Connor Saylor (NW-2, 38-6) finished sixth at 126 a year ago and will meet Anthony Evanitsky (42-3) of Wyoming Area in the first round. Grove City’s Cody Hamilton (28-7) gets Cade Wirnsberger (38-3) of Meadowbrook Christian, while Brookville’s Brayden Kunselman (NW-4, 38-8) has a preliminary round match against Cody Wagner (27-14) of Faith Christian.
Hickory’s Carter Gill (NW-1, 35-5) finished seventh in this weight class a year ago and will see the winner of Saucon Valley’s Cael Markle (37-12) and Gage Hamilton (38-8) of Marion Center. Girard’s Story Buchanan (NW-2, 30-9) draws Jake Gilfoil (33-7) of Bishop McDevitt in the first round, while Reece Bechakas (NW-3, 28-8) of Kane gets Evan Maag (39-10) of Notre Dame-Green Pond. Reynolds’ Cam Klenke (NW-4, 26-16) gets Burrell’s Shawn Szymanski (32-9) in the prelims.
Reynolds’ Kane Kettering (NW-1, 31-8) will meet the winner of the preliminary round match between Justin Richey (35-8) of Quaker Valley and Keegan Ramsay (25-15) of ND-GP. Grove City’s Hunter Hohman (NW-2, 21-1) gets Tyler Berish (37-3) of Beth-Center in the first round, while Fort LeBoeuf’s Connor McChesney (NW-3, 32-8) draws Jack Moyer (34-7) of Chestnut Ridge in the first round. Eisenhower’s Gannon Jaquay (NW-4, 35-8) gets Dalton Clymer (24-10) of Northwest Lehigh in the prelims.
Northwest Region champion Aiden Zimmerman (24-9) of Johnsonburg will meet the winner of Derry Area’s Christian Hirak (31-7) and Alan Alexander (23-9) of Pope John Paul II. Collin Hearn (NW-2, 29-3) of Conneaut gets Luke Moore (36-8) of Chestnut Ridge in the first round, while Vito Gentile (NW-3, 29-15) of Reynolds gets Zek Dubler (35-3) of Glendale. Cochranton’s Stetson Boozer (NW-4, 31-11) gets Luke Sugalski (32-10) of Faith Christian Academy in the prelims.
Titusville’s Northwest Region champion, Brock Covell (34-5) will meet the winner of Caleb Close (37-11) of Bald Eagle and Lucas Miller (27-14) of Northwest Lehigh. Kaden Dennis (NW-2, 23-9) of Johnsonburg gets Gavin Stewart (22-8) of Marion Center in the first round, while Reynolds’ Jalen Wagner (NW-3, 30-9) draws Suds Dubler (36-3) of Glendale. Brookville’s Easton Belfiore (NW-4, 25-14) gets Lucas Lawler (29-11) of Bishop McDevitt in the prelims.
Greenville’s Cole Karpinski (NW-1, 38-0) finished sixth in this weight class a year ago and will meet the winner of the preliminary round match between Colin Neal (41-15) of Boiling Springs and Noah Foltz (31-9) of Bald Eagle. Brockway’s Seth Stewart (NW-2, 32-7) will meet Brenan Morgan (32-5) of Central Valley in the first round, while Brookville’s Jackson Zimmerman (NW-3, 23-5) gets Noah Gnibus (16-4) of Mount Pleasant. Saegertown’s Landon Caldwell (NW-4, 40-5) gets Joseph Lapenna (31-15) of ND-GP in the preliminary round.
Northwest Region champion Hayden Linkerhof (33-6) of Corry finished seventh in this weight class a year ago and will meet the winner of Jared Blobe (25-14) of ND-GP and Ceaton Hale (22-9) of Benton. Bryce Rafferty (NW-2, 35-5) of Brookville will get Dante Mahaffey (26-1) of Spring Valley, while Girard’s Abe Keep (NW-3, 34-5) gets Brody Kline (34-4) of Berks Catholic in the first round. Eisenhower’s Cael Black (NW-4, 32-3), a state medalist as a sophomore, gets Britton Spangle (34-12) of Glendale in the first round.
Corry’s Northwest Region champion, Xavier Reyda (30-4) will get the winner of Charles Sheppard (31-13) of Hamburg and Burgettstown’s Joey Baronick (29-15). Joshua Perrine (NW-2, 35-7) of Saegertown gets Tyler Pfizenmayer (40-10) of Saucon Valley in the first round, while Titusville’s Lodge Nosko (NW-3, 32-11) gets Leo Mrzika (31-10) of Faith Christian Academy in the first round. Sharon’s Mike Mazurek (NW-4, 30-7) gets Cooper Lingenfelter (18-9) of Bedford in the prelims.
CLASS 3A (Weight Classes with D9/10 wrestlers)
St. Marys freshman Aiden Beimel, the Northwest Region champion, is 27-3 and will draw the winner of the preliminary round match between Dean Houser (37-5) of Daniel Boone and Tanner Mizenko (31-12) of Canon-McMillan. Cathedral Prep’s Keegan Oler (22-8) will have a preliminary round matchup against Landon Machado (NE-4, 24-17) of Delaware Valley.
Clearfield junior Evan Davis (29-10) has a preliminary round match against Travis Clawson (SC-4) of Penns Manor, with the winner to face Tyler Chappell (SW-1, 33-4) of Seneca Valley.
VanDee (NW-2, 17-1), the defending champion at 113 pounds, draws Dante Frinzi (38-6) of Bethlehem Catholic in the first round. Clearfield’s Brady Collins (NW-3, 34-4) will battle Manheim Township’s Joshua Hillard (SC-2, 33-6) in the first round.
Bradford senior Brett Thompson (NW-3) comes in with a record of 28-6 and will square off with Brian Heard (NE-2, 34-7) of Abington Heights in the first round.
Cathedral Prep’s Kaemen Smith (NW-2, 28-3) has a first-round matchup against William Morrow (SE-2, 35-4) of North Penn.
McDowell’s Caleb Butterfield (NW-3, 30-8) will square off with West Allegheny’s Shawn Taylor (SW-2, 38-6) in the first round.
Northwest Region champion Waylon Wehler of St. Marys (33-2) will face the winner of the preliminary round match between Armstrong’s Connor Jacobs (30-7) and Northern York’s Cole Bartram (29-5). Clearfield’s Mark McGonigal (NW-2, 29-9) has a first-round matchup with Caleb Marzolino (NE-2, 32-2) over Abington Heights, while Cathedral Prep’s Kelyn Blossey (NW-3, 21-7) gets Matt Furman (31-8) of Canon-McMillan in the first round.
Clearfield’s Carter Chamberlain (NW-2, 28-8) has a first-round matchup with Aiden Hight of Chambersburg (31-6), while Meadville’s Griffin Buzzell (NW-3, 27-2) has a preliminary round match against Alex Neely (30-13) of Parkland, with the winner to get Mac Stout (SW-1, 38-0) of Mount Lebanon.
McDowell’s Troy Peterson (NW-3, 29-5) has a preliminary round match against Liam Volk-Kloss (SW-4, 21-2) of Seneca Valley, with the winner to meet Chase Levey (NE-1, 39-4) of Nazareth.
Clearfield’s Oliver Billotte (NW-2, 29-3) has a first-round matchup with Ben Stewart (SC-2, 31-8) of Central Dauphin. Wilson Spires (NW-3, 37-5) of General McLane has a preliminary round match against Jacob Pomykata (SW-4, 28-7) of Butler, with the winner to meet Julien Laventure (SE-1, 36-1) of Upper Darby.