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Bald Eagle Area vs. Westmont Hilltop preview

District 6 Class AAA Team Tournament First Round

No. 6 Bald Eagle Area (9-4) at No. 3 Westmont Hilltop (8-2)

When: 7 p.m. tonight 

The skinny: Westmont Hilltop ousted Bald Eagle Area 42-31 in last year’s semifinals. Both teams return some key pieces. Westmont Hilltop 182-pounder Ryan Burnheimer (20-3) and heavyweight Josh Duplin (24-1) are returning state placewinners. BEA’s Jake Taylor (24-1) is among the state’s top 170-pounders and Nate Sharkey (17-4) fits nicely into the 220-pound weight class. …BEA has defeated Downingtown West 40-39 and Shikellamy 37-33 in its past two meets despite not filling all 14 weights because of injuries. Westmont Hilltop has won three straight meets since falling to Somerset 35-18 on Jan. 17. The Hilltoppers also lost to Bedford 48-19 on Dec. 15. Tonight’s meet could be tight. Eight Eagles and 10 Hilltoppers own winning records. …Westmont Hilltop is returning to Class AA next season.  

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