High School Wrestling

2020-21 Powerade Invitational Preview and Predictions


photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com

Typically the Powerade Invitational is held one of the last few days of the calendar year and ends up being the toughest regular-season tournament in Pennsylvania. Of course, nothing was normal in December of 2020 and not much has changed in January; however, we do have the Powerade a month later. It still holds the title as the state’s best in-season tournament, though there are limited opponents from out-of-state. A few strong Ohio teams have been retained, while others from surrounding states were forced to cancel. Even so, there will be a ton of excellent matches. 

The Powerade is where I like to say Pennsylvania flexes its muscles on other states. It’s not unusual for a multi-time state champion to enter the Powerade and find themselves on the losing end of a match against a kid that has never qualified for the PA state tournament. As we will document in the preview, there are plenty of wrestlers in this event that made the podium in 2019, yet were unable to make it to Hershey. This tournament will be different as most of the out-of-state competition cannot attend. That still leaves fans with plenty to talk about as many of the state’s top wrestlers will clash in hopes of a Powerade title. This edition of the Powerade will feature three returning champions and 11 state champions. Here’s who you need to look for at each weight class, along with predictions for the top-four in each bracket. 

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