Last weekend saw one of the crown jewels of the wrestling season take place when the PIAA state championships were held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The tournament is always one of the deepest in the nation and has most weight classes with multiple, nationally ranked wrestlers. Later we’ll show just how difficult the tournament is to win, even for a returning champion. This year’s event was one of the craziest in recent memory. The AAA tournament saw a pair of wrestlers come from entirely off the radar to claim state titles, while the AA event had a peculiar call, at best, during a clash between two of the top wrestlers in the nation.
The Pennsylvania state tournament is broken up into two classes with the AAA tournament consisting of the larger schools. Each bracket contains 20 wrestlers from six regions. That can also lead to some unfortunate bracketing issues between top contenders and this year was no different.
So, we’ve combed through all 28 brackets and found some of the interesting nuggets of information that you may have missed for our Pennsylvania state recap.
106: AA Branden Wentzel (Montoursville); AAA Vincent Kilkeary (Greater Latrobe)
113: AA Gary Steen (Reynolds), AAA Ethan Berginc (Hempfield Area)
120: AA Sheldon Seymour (Troy), AAA Will Betancourt (Manheim Central)
126: AA Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame-Green Pond), AAA Kurtis Phipps (Norwin)
132: AA Brock McMillen (Glendale), AAA Kenny Herrmann (Bethlehem Catholic)
138: AA Kaden Cassidy (Bedford), AAA Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg)