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Class AA Southwest Regional preview capsule

PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional

When: Friday -Saturday

Where: Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown

Schedule: Friday  — 1 p.m. preliminaries, 4 p.m. quaterfinals and first-round consolations, 7 p.m. second-round consolations; Saturday — 11 a.m. semifinals, third-round consolations and consolation semifinals; 5 p.m. finals and place bouts

Local qualifier: Penns Valley — Matt Swartz, Sr., 170, 31-3

The skinny: Swartz, Penns Valley’s lone entry, finished third at last month’s District 6 Class AA Championships to earn his first regional berth. He wrestles Kittanning junior Zac Croyle (22-15) in the preliminaries. The winner faces undefeated Jefferson-Morgan junior Dustin Conti (40-0) in the quarterfinals. United senior John Blankenship (30-0), the District 6 champion, is on the bottom half of the bracket. ...Derry Area senior 126-pounder Jimmy Gulibon (18-1), Kittanning sophomore 113-pounder Jason Nolf (36-0), North Star senior 120-pounder Nick Roberts (37-1, 120) and Richland senior 220-pounder John Rizzo (35-1) give the region serious  star power. The quartet owns a combined seven state titles. Guliborn, a Penn State recruit and three-time state champ, returned from a knee injury last weekend to win his fourth WPIAL title. Gulibon defeated Keystone Oaks’ Nick Zanetta 11-4 in the finals. ... District 6 Claysburg-Kimmel and Cambria Heights, District 5 Bedford and Chestnut Ridge, and District 7 Jefferson-Morgan, Burrell and Chartiers-Houston are among the team title contenders.

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