Day one of the Powerade is in the books. Wrestling has been conducted up to the semifinals in the championship bracket and the round of 12 in the consolations. So far, not a whole lot of upsets have taken place. Individually and from a team standpoint, most everything is going as expected. Wyoming Seminary and Lake Highland Prep have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, while Wyoming Seminary is starting to get a comfortable lead in their quest for the title. There is still the potential for a pair of huge matches as detailed below, in the Powerade Day One notes.
-All fourteen number one seeds have advanced to the semifinals
-All fourteen number two seeds have advanced to the semifinals
-120, 126, 138, 160, 182 and 195 saw all four top seeds advance.
-Four freshmen made the semi’s 106 – Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (Seneca Valley), 113 – Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland Prep), 132 – Carson Manville (Wyoming Seminary), 152 – Trey Kibe (Mifflin County)
-No freshmen were given seeds at this tournament. So out of the five unseeded wrestlers who made the semi’s, only one was a non-freshman.
-Wyoming Seminary leads all teams with five semifinalists, Lake Highland Prep has four and Belle Vernon has three. Nine other schools have two.
-Thirty-four different schools have at least one semifinalist.
-Wyoming Seminary leads the team race by twenty points over Lake Highland Prep. Wyoming Seminary still has 12wrestlers alive in the tournament, while Lake Highland Prep is the only other school with double digits (10).
-Pitt has four signees in the semis (120 – Lewis Newell, 138 – Cole Matthews, 138 – Jack Davis, 145 – Luke Kemerer)
-There will be four matches in the semis between ranked wrestlers.
-We still have the potential of two finals matches between Pennsylvania state champs at 126 (Gavin Teasdale/Sam Hillegas) and 182 (Trent Hidlay/Cody Mulligan)
-Gavin Teasdale is on pace to win a fourth title, Sam Hillegas, Cole Matthews, Josh Humphreys, and Trent Hidlay are all on track to win a second. However, Hillegas and Teasdale are at the same weight.
-Archbishop Moeller, Ohio’s Jordan Ward and Jake Thompson have the opportunity to become the first Powerade Champion from Ohio since the 2010 tournament when Walsh Jesuit’s Johnni DiJulius and Nate Skonieczny both won titles.
106: Kurtis Phipps (Norwin) vs Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (Seneca Valley)
106: Kyle Burkholder (Hempfield) vs #15 Wil Guida (St. Paul’s)
113: Beau Bayless (Reynolds) vs Christian Fisher (Mifflin County)
113: Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland Prep) vs Ryan Sullivan (Shaler)
120: Lewis Newell (Seneca Valley) vs Darren Miller (Kiski Area)
120: Doug Zapf (Downingtown West) vs Logan Macri (Canon-McMillan)
126: #2 Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan) vs Cole Rhone (Benton)
126: #11 Sam Hillegas (North Hills) vs #9 Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary)
132: #1 Joey Silva (Lake Highland Prep) vs Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic)
132: #5 Carson Manville (Wyoming Seminary) vs Jordan Ward (Archbishop Moeller)
138: #19 Cole Matthews (Reynolds) vs Noah Levett (Kiski Area)
138: #9 Jackson Henson (Waynesburg) vs #14 Jack Davis (Wyoming Seminary)
145: #9 Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield) vs Kolby Ho (DuBois)
145: #18 Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul Catholic) vs Luke Kemerer (Hempfield)
152: #17 Josh Humphreys (Parkersburg South) vs Trey Kibe (Mifflin County)
152: Brock Godzin (Belle Vernon) vs #9 Justin McCoy (Chestnut Ridge)
160: #4 Carter Starocci (Erie Prep) vs #15 Erich Byelick (Lake Highland Prep)
160: Gerrit Nijenhaus (Canon-McMillan) vs Zachary Hartman (Belle Vernon)
170: Kyle Homet (Waynesburg) vs Jason Montgomery (Bethel Park)
170: Scott Joll (Belle Vernon) vs Jared McGill (Chestnut Ridge)
182: #5 Trent Hidlay (Mifflin County) vs Darrien Roberts (Wyoming Seminary)
182: #19 Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin) vs #7 Cody Mulligan (Saegertown)
195: #1 Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville) vs Austin Cooley (Wyoming Seminary)
195: #15 Ryan Reyes (Clovis West) vs Jake Thompson (Archbishop Moeller)
220: #2 Braxton Amos (Parkersburg South) vs Dominic Deluca (Derry Area)
220: Ian Edenfield (Laurel Highlands) vs #13 Ben Goldin (Lake Highland Prep)
285: #8 Josiah Jones (Bishop McCort) vs Corey Dodson (Albert Gallatin)
285: Nathan Hoaglund (Mt. Lebanon) vs Kawaun Deboe (Erie Prep)