The Centre County football season ended Saturday afternoon.
Less than eight hours after Jack Haffner’s final run, I studied “Tom Elling’s 2011-12 Pennsylvania Wrestling Handbook,” the November issue of “Pennsylvania Wrestling Newsmagazine,” last year’s brackets and random newspaper articles.
Yes, wrestling season is approaching.
My first priority involved constructing PIAA Class AAA and AA dual meet rankings. I’m a sucker for rankings and now that I have a blog I couldn’t help but compiling my own.
Please throw headgear this way if you disagree.
2011-12 Preseason Dual Meet Rankings
1. Canon-McMillan — Full disclosure. I attended Peters Township High School, which shares a border with Canon-McMillan, and my family had a Canonsburg mailing address. But, seriously, look at this lineup. The Big Macs didn’t need Cody Wiercioch to occupy this spot. Of course, Chris Mary and crew will gladly take him.
2. Central Dauphin — Ran into CD coach Jeff Sweigard during a football game on Oct. 28 and his blood was pumping when we started discussing wrestling. His passion is awesome. So are the Rams’ lightweights.
3. Easton — The Red Rovers return a PIAA champion in Mitch Minotti and some physical lightweights. Nazareth and Northampton are rebuilding, so Easton is easily the class of the Lehigh Valley in Class AAA.
4. La Salle College — Talk about a school that has benefited from the Catholic League’s move into the PIAA. The football team plays for state titles. The wrestling team places athletes on the PIAA podium.
5. Chambersburg — Gotta love Trojan heavyweight Dawson Peck. He looks like he should be playing power forward. He’s one of two state finalists anchoring this rising program’s lineup.
1. Betlehem Catholic — This might be the best Class AA team of the past decade. Would enjoy watching this group wrestle Canon-McMillan. The mega-dual would be a toss-up.
2. Fort LeBoeuf — Northwest part of the state is loaded with talented wrestlers and teams this season. The Bison are competing to become District 10’s best team with...
3. Reynolds — Transition from Brian Hills to Casey Taylor should be a smooth one. Hills groomed Taylor to follow him as head coach.
4. Pen Argyl — If it weren’t for Bethlehem Catholic, this would be eastern Pennsylvania’s top Class AA team. The Knights are loaded up top.
5. (tie) Brookville and Mifflinburg — Hearing good things about young wrestlers at both schools. Raiders and Wildcats are primed for a return to their dominating ways.