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Preview capsules for the 19 wrestlers competing at the state tournament

March 6, 2013 - Mitch Rupert
CANTON

GARRETT WESNESKI

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 182 pounds.

Career record: 83-31.

Season record, who beat him: 32-2, Warrior Run's Garrett Moser at the District 4 tournament; Muncy's Troy Hembury at the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Lancaster Catholic's Stephen Loisean (40-2, ranked third).

Returning state placewinners: Adam Mackie, Brandywine Heights (2012, 6th, 160); Scott Thompson, Blairsville (2012, 6th, 182); Troy Hembury, Muncy (2012, 4th, 170; 2011, 5th, 145); Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (2012, 2nd, 182; 2011, 3rd, 171; 2010, 6th, 171).

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN

BLAZE BUCKWALTER

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 182 pounds.

Career record: 116-46.

Season record, who beat him: 30-8, Dieruff's Jovon Reyes at the King of the Mountain; Parkland's Nezar Haddad at the King of the Mountain; Muncy's Troy Hembury in a dual meet; Brentsville's Zach Rosenberry at Escape the Rock; Bald Eagle Area's Aaron Varner at Escape the Rock and in District 6 Duals; Bald Eagle Area's Jake Taylor at the District 6 and Northwest Regional tournament.

State experience: 2012, 0-2, 182. First-round opponent: Parkland's Nezar Haddad (39-8, ranked third).

Returning state placewinners: Brett Harner, Norristown (2012, 3rd, 160; 201, 4th, 152; 2010, 8th, 140); Jacob Taylor, Bald Eagle Area (2012, 3rd, 170); Adam Nickelson, Belle Vernon Area (2012, 8th, 170); Tyler Greene, Easton (2012, 7th, 182).

CHAD REESE

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 152 pounds.

Career record: 61-27.

Season record, who beat him: 31-8, South Western's Bobby Wildasin at the Top Hat; Hughesville's Kyle Barnes at the Top Hat; McDowell's Ryan Dailey at the King of the Mountain; Bedford's Tanner Williams at the King of the Mountain; Bloomsburg's Brandon Conrad in a dual meet; Chambersburg's Garett Hammond at Escape the Rock; Malvern Prep's Connor Burns at Escape the Rock; Cathedral Prep's Dan Krysiak in the Northwest Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Greensburg Salem's Tyler Reinhart (37-6, ranked fourth). Returning state placewinners: Heath Coles, Norwin (2012, 4th, 145); T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley (2012, 2nd, 145); Garett Hammond, Chambersburg (2012, 1st, 145; 2011, 2nd, 135); Raymond Nicosia, Pocono Mountain East (2012, 6th, 145).

HUGHESVILLE

KYLE BARNES

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 152 pounds.

Career record: 126-21.

Season record, who beat him: 35-4, Crestwood's Matt Hammerstone in a dual meet; Saucon Valley's Travis Buddock in a dual meet; Southern Columbia's Blake Marks in the District 4 tournament; Milton's Ryan Preisch in the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: 2012, 2nd, 145.

First-round opponent: Coudersport's Kyle Bova (36-1, ranked ninth).

Returning state placewinners: Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh (2012, 8th, 145); Andrew Doak, Blairsville (2012, 7th, 152); Austin Matthews, Reynolds (2012, 2nd, 138; 2011, 2nd, 140; 2010, 8th, 130).

ZACH FRY

Grade: Freshman.

Weight class: 120 pounds.

Career record: 31-13.

Season record, who beat him: 31-13, Tri-Valley's Caleb Bordner at the Top Hat; Bald Eagle Area's Travis Giedroc at the Top Hat; Central Columbia's Steven Shannon at the Top Hat; Pleasant Valley's Sean Banco in a dual meet; Blue Mountain's Ryan Guers in a dual meet; Paramus' Joe Trovato in a dual meet; Pocono Mountain East's Daniel Ferrara in a dual meet; Montoursville's Keith Batkowski in a dual meet; Central Columbia's Lewis Williams in a dual meet; Benton's Matt Welliver in the East-Central Sectional and Northeast Regional tournaments; Wyalusing's Collin Edsell twicer in the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Northwestern's Matt Wheeler (32-4, ranked 11th)

Returning state placewinners: Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic (2012, 1st, 106; 2011, 3rd, 103); Joshua Patrick, Ligonier Valley (2012, 4th, 106); Matt Welliver, Benton' (2012, 4th, 113); Matt Williams, Pen Argyl (2010, 6th, 103); Ryan Easter (2012, 6th, 113; 2011, 5th, 103); Bryan Israel, Saucon Valley (2011, 6th, 103); Tyler Vath, Saegertown (2012, 5th, 106).

LEWISBURG

BRIAN FRIERY

Grade: Freshman.

Weight class: 106 pounds.

Career record: 32-9.

Season record, who beat him: 32-9, Mount Union's Sage Moist in a dual meet; Hughesville's Trevor Sones in a dual meet; Line Mountain's Cameron Newman in a dual meet, the District 4 tournament and the Northeast Regional tournament; Warrior Run's Zack LeBarron in a dual meet; Mifflinburg's Noah Kuba in a dual meet; Midd-West's Corey Stauffer in the South Sectional; Muncy's Angelo Barberio in the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Reynolds' Seth Hogue (30-13, ranked 14th). Returning state placewinners: Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (2012, 3rd, 106); Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (2012, 7th, 106); Devin Brown, Saegertown (2012, 3rd, 106 in Ohio).

BRANDON SMITH

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 220 pounds.

Career record: 122-15.

Season record, who beat him: 33-1, Milton's Ryan Solomon in a dual meet.

State experience: 2012, 5th, 195; 2011, 1-2, 189.

First-round opponent: Berlin-Brothersvalley's Mitchell Walker (30-11, ranked 19th).

Returning state placewinners: Cam Syphert, Cochranton (2012, 6th, 220); Ray O'Donnell, Saucon Valley (2012, 3rd, 195; 2011, 4th, 171); Evan Daley, Fort LeBoeuf (2012, 5th, 220; 2011, 6th, 285).

MILTON

RYAN PREISCH

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 152 pounds.

Career record: 90-17.

Season record, who beat him: 29-4, Cumberland Valley's T.C. Warner in the Cumberland Valley tournament; Perry's (Ohio) Tony Daily twice at the Beast of the East; Central Dauphin's Austin Rose at the Beast of the East.

State experience: 2012, 1-2, 145.

First-round opponent: Bethlehem Catholic's Mark Maloney (28-18, ranked 16th).

Returning state placewinners: Ty Herzog, Northern Lehigh (2012, 8th, 145); Kyle Barnes, Hughesville's (2012, 2nd, 145); Andrew Doak, Blairsville (2012, 7th, 152); Austin Matthews, Reynolds (2012, 2nd, 138; 2011, 2nd, 140; 2010, 8th, 130).

RYAN SOLOMON

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 195 pounds.

Career record: 138-14.

Season record, who beat him: 36-0.

State experience: 2012, 1st, 195; 2011, 2nd, 215; 2010, 6th, 189.

First-round opponent: Saucon Valley's Justin Blobe (34-11, unranked).

Returning state placewinners: None.

MONTGOMERY

ISAIAH BOBOTAS

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 160 pounds.

Career record: 91-27.

Season record, who beat him: 32-3, Canton's Tyler Cole in a dual meet; Mifflinburg's Ty Walter in the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournaments.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: South Fayette's Jared Walker (31-7, ranked 10th).

Returning state placewinners: Cody Law, Forest Hills (2012, 2nd, 160); Ty Walter, Mifflinburg (2011, 6th, 160); Evan DeLong, Kane (2012, 7th, 145); Jeric Kasunic, Benton (2012, 5th, 152); Ty Schoffstall, Tri-Valley (2012, 3rd, 152).

MUNCY

TROY HEMBURY

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 182 pounds.

Career record: 163-18.

Season record, who beat him: 39-1, Bald Eagle Area's Jake Taylor in the Top Hat tournament.

State experience: 2012, 4th, 170; 2011, 5th, 145.

First-round opponent: Boiling Springs' Kyle Taylor (32-15, unranked).

Returning state placewinners: Adam Mackie, Brandywine Heights (2012, 6th, 160); Scott Thompson, Blairsville (2012, 6th, 182); Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (2012, 2nd, 182; 2011, 3rd, 171; 2010, 6th, 171).

SKYLAR EBNER

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 195 pounds.

Career record: 117-34.

Season record, who beat him: 34-9, Bald Eagle Area's Aaron Varner at the Top Hat; Tri-Valley's Lyle Troutman at the Top Hat and the Athens tournament; Johnson City's Reggie Williams at the Athens tournament; Central Mountain's Cameron Porter in a dual meet; Greensburg Salem's Anthony Cable in a dual meet; Milton's Ryan Solomon at the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournaments; South Williamsport's Tyler Jenkins at the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Seneca's Trevor Beiter (29-3, ranked eighth).

Returning state placewinners: Ryan Solomon, Milton (2012, 1st, 195; 2011, 2nd, 215; 2010, 6th, 189).

NORTH PENN

BEN MINNICH

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 170 pounds.

Career record: 86-34.

Season record, who beat him: 33-5, Chestnut Ridge's Tyler Dilbert at the Mount Carmel tournament; Wyoming Seminary's Salvadore Diaz at the Tunkhannock Kiwanis tournament; Lancaster Catholic's Isiah Taltoan in a dual meet; Warrior Run's Dan Breech in a dual meet; Midd-West's Alex Lieberman in the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Bedford's Caleb Grimes (26-12, unranked).

Returning state placewinners: Mike Fetchet, South Fayette (2012, 5th, 160); Pete Renda, Brandywine Heights (2012, 2nd, 152; 2011, 5th, 135; 2010, 7th, 119); Dustin Conti, Jefferson Morgan (2012, 5th, 170); Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs (2012, 3rd, 170).

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

JUSTIN KNEE

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 170 pounds.

Career record: 87-46.

Season record, who beat him: 32-8, Mifflinburg's Ty Walter at the Top Hat; Donegal's Barry Sauder at the South Williamsport tournament; Montgomery's Isaiah Bobotas in a dual meet; Benton's Jeric Kasunic in a dual meet; North Penn's Ben Minnich at the West Sectional and Northeast Regional tournaments; Loyalsock's Aaron Hepburn at the District 4 tournament; Williamson's R.C. Hunter at the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Chestnut Ridge's Tyler Dilbert (38-5, ranked fourth).

Returning state placewinners: Mike Fetchet, South Fayette (2012, 5th, 160); Pete Renda, Brandywine Heights (2012, 2nd, 152; 2011, 5th, 135; 2010, 7th, 119); Dustin Conti, Jefferson Morgan (2012, 5th, 170); Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs (2012, 3rd, 170).

WARRIOR RUN

ERIC HUNT

Grade: Sophomore.

Weight class: 113 pounds.

Career record: 57-11.

Season record, who beat him: 35-5, Pottsville's Luke Gardner at the DKI tournament; Williamson's Tyrus Hamblin at the Newport tournament; Central Columbia's Taylor Johnson in a dual meet and in the East-Central Sectional tournament; Troy's Ethan Calkins in the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Ligonier Valley's Justin Patrick (33-4, ranked fourth).

Returning state placewinners: Caleb Bordner, Tri-Valley (2012, 8th, 106); Justin Patrick, Ligonier Valley (2012, 4th, 106); Korbin Myers, Boiling Springs (2012, 2nd, 106).

Zack LeBarron

Grade: Freshman.

Weight class: 106 pounds.

Career record: 35-1.

Season record, who beat him: 35-1, Line Mountain's Cameron Newman in the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Brookville's Taylor Ortz (32-7, ranked 13th).

Returning state placewinners: Austin Griffiths, Southmoreland (2012, 3rd, 106); Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown (2012, 7th, 106); Devin Brown, Saegertown (2012, 3rd, 106 in Ohio).

WILLIAMSON

Billy Barnes

Grade: Sophomore.

Weight class: 145 pounds.

Career record: 64-7.

Season record, who beat him: 35-2, Benton's Colt Cotten in the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournaments.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Blairsville's Noah Tarr (37-3, ranked fifth).

Returning state placewinners: Michael Racciato, Pen Argyl (2012, 1st, 138; 2011, 1st, 135; 2010, 3rd, 130); Colt Cotten, Benton (2012, 4th, 132; 2011, 4th, 119; 2010, 5th, 112).

LOGAN EVERETT

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 126 pounds.

Career record: 142-16.

Season record, who beat him: 36-2, Southern Columbia's Kent Lane in the District 4 tournament; Wyoming Area's Andrew Schutz in the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: 2012, 5th, 120; 2011, 1-2, 106.

First-round opponent: Boiling Springs' Kyle Shoop (36-8, ranked seventh).

Returning state placewinners: Ryan Dielh, Trinity (2012, 1st, 113; 2011, 1st, 112 in West Virginia; 2010, 1st, 103 in West Virginia); Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic (2012, 2nd, 120; 2011, 5th, 112).

TREVOR MCWHORTER

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 132 pounds.

Career record: 83-19.

Season record, who beat him: 35-5, Troy's Nick Bruce in a dual meet; Central Columbia's Jesse Shannon in a dual meet; Western Wayne's Morgan Fuller in a dual meet; Mifflinburg's Cole Walter in the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournaments.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Annville-Cleona's Jeffrey Inman (40-4, ranked seventh).

Returning state placewinners: Ian Brown, Hanover (2012, 4th, 126; 2011, 4th, 103); Nick Zanetta, Keystone Oaks (2012, 2nd, 126); Austin Harry, Lake-Lehman (2012, 8th, 126); Jason Nolf, Kittanning (2012, 3rd, 113; 2011, 1st, 103); Cole Walter, Mifflinburg (2012, 3rd, 120); Karl Lightner, Smethport (2012, 6th, 126).

 
 

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