District 1/12 AA preview

by Jack Holt, PA-Wrestling.com

Posted on February 20, 2020

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Regional veteran Kelly, clearly the best here, should have little trouble in his bouts. The order of finish should reflect the seeds; however upsets are frequent at this weight. Prediction: Kelly, Wynne, Leska, Utobunwa-Nwachukwu.

113
A two-man battle that could be one of the best finals of the tournament. Lavish is a regional veteran. Stayton is a stud frosh on a team that's been through the mill. Chiesa seems the best of the rest. The 4-5 quarterfinal bout could be a fun one to watch. Prediction: Stayton, Lavish, Chiesa, Miranda.

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Returning state qualifier Alderfer, who fell one bout short of medaling in Hershey, should barely break a sweat at this weight. The expected Kebuz-Horn semi could end with a bang. Miller with his PAC-12 experience, is a sleeper: Prediction: Alderfer, Horn, Miller, Kebuz

126
Prestige Points and schedule strength disparity makes hash at this weight. Tough frosh Hower should cruise to the championship, dispatching regional vets Lee and Porter on the way. Prediction: Hower, Porter, Lee, McGovern

132
Disparity in schedules makes picking the champion of this class difficult. Vizcarrando is a multiple regional qualifier: Culver went the distance with 2019 NE AAA Regional placewinner Weinberg. Prediction: Culver, Vizcarrando, Ogawa, Case

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Mays is clearly the class here. The battle for the remaining slots to regions should be hard-fought and entertaining: Prediction: Mays, Anthony, Kurlak, Hoy

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This should be a great final in this all-placer weight. Bratspis topped the defending district champ last Friday at the Bicentennials: Can he do it again? Stay tuned. Prediction: Bratspis, Muzika, Weiss, Martinez

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Returning state qualifier Schultz should have little trouble winning the title. Quigg is easily the best of the rest. Prediction: Schultz, Quigg, Burns, Marca

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Hartman, who won a title here two years ago but sat out last year's tournament, should few difficulties winning another. Snyder looks like the best of the rest. The Delciotto-Srulevich quarterfinal and likely rematch for third could be barnburners. Prediction: Hartmna, Snyder, Srulevich, Delciotto.

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Another four-man weight class. Defending champ Waltenbaugh should easily repeat. Hussie is a rising star. Prediction: Waltenbaugh, Hussie, Lapeika, Reser.

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Burnett, Bristol's first ever 100-bout winner, lacks two things in his illustrious career: A District title and a chocolate bar. He should earn the first Saturday and hopefully the second the weekend after. This is the best weight class in the tournament. Prediction: Burnett, Walter, Gradistanac, Schurr.

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The younger Muzika should have little trouble dispatching the field. Could be an entertaining and pin-filled fest for the other two slots to Wilson, with the bronze medal bout the rubber match between my predicted opponents. Prediction: Muzika, Dougherty, Levin, Valencia.

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Whittle has handled likely finals opponent Slack twice this year: I don't think the third time will be the charm. Hard to pick third here. Prediction: Whittle, Slack, Kahesay, Watt

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Returning state medalist Lawal should not get out of the first period. I expect all of the bouts to end in quick falls. This is heavyweight, so upsets are likely. Prediction: Lawal, Fisher, Megedus, Stump

Teams
Faith Christian should have no trouble repeating as champion again, although Conwell-Egan's many studs will prevent it from being a blow-out. The depth of Springfield, coming off its best dual meet season in recent memory, could challenge the Eagles for second.

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