District 1/12 AA preview

by Jack Holt, PA-Wrestling.com

Posted on February 20, 2020

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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