The PIAA Class AA Championships begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in Hershey. Here's how one wrestling writer sees the three-day tournament playing out:
103: 1. Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, 2. Ryan Easter, Bedford, 3. Jason Nolf, Kittanning, 4. Joseph Byers, Boiling Springs (The Cruz-Nolf semifinal should be a dandy.)112: 1. Zain Retherford, Line Mountain, 2. Nick Roberts, North Star, 3. Evan Link, Penn Cambria, 4. Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic (Terrific weight class. It's hard to pick against one of Line Mountain's best.)119: 1. Jimmy Gulibon, Derry, 2. Randy Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, 3. Colt Cotten Benton, 4. Nate Giorgio, Schuylkill Valley (Gulibon collects third title.)125: 1. Mason Beckman, Reynolds, 2. Cody Wheeler, Towanda, 3. Geoff Alexander, Shady Side Academy, 4. Ben Rager, Central Cambria (Beckman headed to Lehigh.)130: 1. Dylan D'Urso, Reynolds, 2. Dave Makara, Burrell, 3. Coltin Fought, Benton, 4. Arty Walsh, Schuylkill Valley (Any one of the top four can win this weight.)135: 1. Ronnie Garbinsky, Tyrone, 2. Jeremy Landowski, Burrell, 3. Michael Racciato, Pen Argyl, 4. Adam Matthews, Reynolds (Garbinsky avenges Southwest Regional final loss.)140: 1. Luke Frey, Montoursville, 2. Travis Erdman, Line Mountain, 3. Travis Shaffer, Derry, 4. Austin Matthews, Reynolds (Frey headed to Penn State.)145: 1. Nick Hodgkins, Wyomissing, 2. Zach Beitz, Juniata, 3. Cody Copeland, Greenville, 4. Michael Innes, Chartiers-Houston (Hodgkins collects second title.)152: 1. Nick Carr, South Fayette, 2. Zach Strickland, Muncy, 3. Anthony Risaliti, Central Cambria, 4. Mike Pavasko, Steel Valley (Carr meets 2010 finalist Kyle Dehaut of Bethlehem Catholic in first round.)160: 1. Cody Wiercoch, Charleroi, 2. Travis McKillop, Burrell, 3. Tyler Gargano, Hickory, 4. Casey Fuller, Western Wayne (Wiercioch avenges Southwest Regional final loss.)171: 1. Nate Brown, Lewisburg, 2. Wes Phipps, Grove City, 3. Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell, 4. Sam Guidi, Fort Cherry (Brown also headed to Lehigh.)189: 1. Jordan Kitta, Southmoreland, 2. Stephen Cermuga, Commodore Perry, 3. Ryan Hembury, Munch, 4. Jacob Shields, Brookville (Kitta edges '10 champ Cermuga.)215: 1. Eric Laytos, Lackwanna Trail, 2. Brian Beattie, Burrell, 3. Matt Mongera, Seneca, 4. Garth Lakitsky, Tamaqua (Mongera and Lakitsky are undefeated.)285: 1. John Rizzo, Richland, 2. Jeff Tarley, Beth-Center, 3. Joel Yahner, Brockway, 4. Aaron Schultz, Towanda (Another reversal of Southwest Regional final)Team: 1. Burrell, 2. Bethlehem Catholic, 3. Reynolds, 4. Muncy (Bucs have four projected finalists.)
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