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Meet the 17 wrestlers from the Sun-Gazette coverage area competing at the PIAA Championships this weekend

March 7, 2012 - Mitch Rupert
Central Mountain

JOEY MILLER

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 138 pounds.

Career record: 100-66.

Season record, who beat him: 32-11, Line Mountain’s Seth Lansberry at the Top Hat; Massillon Perry’s (Ohio) Mitchell Newhouse at the King of the Mountain; Biglerville’s Laike Gardner at the King of the Mountain; Line Mountain’s Seth Lansberry at the King of the Mountain; Bald Eagle Area’s Matt Dillon in a dual meet; Line Mountain’s Seth Lansberry at Escape the Rock; Delaware Valley’s Anthony Colletta at Escape the Rock; Quakertown’s Tyler Seislove at the Red Raider Rumble; Exeter Twp.’s Mike Kern at the Red Raider Rumble; Shikellamy’s Matt Neff in dual meet; General McLane’s Tim Wheeling at the Northwest Regional.

State experience: 2011, 0-2, 130.

First-round opponent: LaSalle College’s Matt Cimato (45-2, ranked 3rd).

Returning state placewinners: Colomon Chisko, Cannon-McMilan (2001, 3rd, 130); Matt Cimato, LaSalle College (2011, 3rd, 140); Steve Spearman, Erie McDowell (2010, 1st, 130; 2009, 3rd, 125); Chris Vassar, Cedar Cliff (2010, 4th, 103).

DILLON GAVLOCK

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 152 pounds.

Career record: 97-39.

Season record, who beat him: 21-1, Erie Cathedral Prep’s Garrett Chase in the Northwest Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Central Bucks West’s Seth Ehlo (38-1, ranked 8th).

Returning state placewinners: Garrett Peppleman, Central Dauphin (2011, 5th, 152); Tyler Manion, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (2011, 6th, 140); Casey Kent, LaSalle College (2010, 3rd, 125); Seth Ehlo, Central Bucks West (2010, 8th, 135).

BRIAN BRILL

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 160 pounds.

Career record: 153-11.

Season record, who beat him: 38-0.

State experience: 2010, 5th, 140; 2011, 1st, 152.

First-round opponent: West Cheser Henderson’s Charlie Grab (37-7, ranked 12th).

Returning state placewinners: Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale (2011, 1st, 160); Brett Harner, Norristown (2011, 4th, 152; 2010, 8th, 140).

BLAZE BUCKWALTER

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 182 pounds.

Career record: 86-36.

Season record, who beat him: 33-9, Red Lion’s Korey Eberley at the Top Hat; Erie McDowell’s Khlique Harris at King of the Mountain; Bellefonte’s Nicholas Shawley at King of the Mountain; Brentsville’s Zach Rosenberry at Escape the Rock; Delaware Valley’s Martin Strenk at Escape the Rock and at PIAA Duals; Hollidaysburg’s Laret Miller at the District 6 tournament; Bald Eagle Area’s Brad Grieb at the District 6 tournament; Hollidaysburg’s Laret Miller at the Northwest Regional tournamnt.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Central Bucks West’s Chris Jastrzebski (34-0, ranked 7th).

Returning state placewinners: Ryan Burnheimer, Westmont-Hilltop (2011, 6th, 189); Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area (2011, 5th, 189).

Hughesville

KYLE BARNES

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 145 pounds.

Career record: 91-16.

Season record, who beat him: 37-0.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Boiling Springs’ John Vaughn (35-17, ranked 15th).

Returning state placewinners: Zach Beitz, Juniata (2011, 3rd, 145; 2010, 5th, 125; 2009, 2nd, 112).

DEREK EARNEST

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 285 pounds.

Career record: 64-24.

Season record, who beat him: 30-5, Mifflinburg’s Nazar Mironenko at Top Hat, in a dual meet and at the Northeast Regional tournament; Central Columbia’s Alex Shiber in a dual meet; Midd-West’s Jake Heintzelman in the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Chartiers-Houston’s Nate Grandelis (34-10, ranked 5th).

Returning state placewinners: Quinon Hixson, Northern Bedford (2011, 7th, 285).

Lewisburg

PATRICK OSTROWSKY

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 182 pounds.

Career record: 47-15.

Season record, who beat him: 31-5, Caravel Academy’s (Del.) Ryan Wolfe at the Tiger Classic; Curwensville’s Chad Desmett in a dual meet; Muncy’s Skylar Ebner in a dual meet; Benton’s Jake Mankey at the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Greenville’s Tyler Landfried (38-4, ranked 4th).

Returning state placewinners: Wes Phipps, Grove City (2011, 2nd, 171; 2010, 3rd, 160; 2009, 5th, 160); Dakota DesLauriers, Burrell (2011, 3rd, 171; 2010, 6th, 171); Tyler Landfried, Greenville (2011, 8th, 171); Dylan Evans, Pen Argyl (2011, 5th, 189).

BRANDON SMITH

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 195 pounds.

Career record: 86-19.

Season record, who beat him: 31-4, Milton’s Ryan Solomon in a dual meet and in the West Sectional, District 4 (medical forfeit) and Norheast Regional tournaments.

State experience: 2011, 1-2, 189.

First-round opponent: Moshannon Valley’s James Stodart (39-1, ranked 9th).

Returning state placewinners: Ryan Solomon, Milton (2011, 2nd, 215; 2010, 5th, 189); Ray O’Donnell, Saucon Valley (2011, 4th, 171); Jordan Kitta, Southmoreland (2011, 8th, 189); Derek Wolford, Hanover (2011, 6th, 189).

Milton

RYAN PREISCH

Grade: Sophomore.

Weight class: 152 pounds.

Career record: 60-11.

Season record, who beat him: 33-2, Northampton’s Cole Sheptock at the Hurricane Classic; Towanda’s Zack Ripic at the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Coudersport’s Kyle Bova (32-3, ranked 12th).

Returning state placewinners: Cody Copeland, Greenville (2011, 2nd, 145; 2010, 3rd, 130); Pete Renda, Brandywine Heights (2011, 5th, 135; 2010, 7th, 145).

RYAN SOLOMON

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 195 pounds.

Career record: 98-11.

Season record, who beat him: 31-1, Wyoming Seminary’s A.J. Vizcarrondo at the Hurricane Classic.

State experience: 2011, 2nd, 215; 2010, 5th, 189.

First-round opponent: Mapletown’s Kyle Gray (25-7, ranked 10th).

Returning state placewinners: Ray O’Donnell, Saucon Valley (2011, 4th, 171); Jordan Kitta, Southmoreland (2011, 8th, 189); Derek Wolford, Hanover (2011, 6th, 189).

Montgomery

GARRETT SHNYDER

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 170 pounds.

Career record: 117-32.

Season record, who beat him: 36-9, Muncy’s Troy Hembury in a dual meet, at the North Penn tournament and at the Northeast Regional tournament; Selinsgrove’s Eric Eaton at the Selinsgrove tournament; Benton’s Jeric Kasunic in a dual meet; Northern Lebanon’s Ryan Daub in a dual meet; Wyalusing’s Dan Frankenfield at the District 4 tournament; Milton’s Donald English at the West Section tournament and the District 4 tournamentô

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Bermudian Springs’ Tristan Sponseller (44-2, ranked 5th).

Returning state placewinners: Elliot Riddick, Bethlehem Catholic (2011, 4th, 160); Troy Hembury, Muncy (2011, 5th, 145).

Montoursville

DAVID BATKOWSKI

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 138 pounds.

Career record: 102-19.

Season record, who beat him: 37-1, Hughesville’s Kyle Barnes at the Top Hat.

State experience: 2011, 6th, 130.

First-round opponent: Tri-Valley’s Blake Bowman (37-10, ranked 13th)

Returning state placewinners: Michael Racciato, Pen Argyl (2011, 1st, 135; 2010, 3rd, 130); Austin Matthews, Reynolds (2011, 2nd, 140; 2010, 8th, 130); Ty Dively, Claysburg-Kimmel (2011, 4th, 125).

Muncy

TROY HEMBURY

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 170 pounds.

Career record: 119-15.

Season record, who beat him: 39-1, Central Mountain’s Nathaniel Powers at the Top Hat.

State experience: 2011, 5th, 145.

First-round opponent: Northern Lebanon’s Ryan Daub (38-10, ranked 15th).

Returning state placewinners: Elliot Riddick, Bethlehem Catholic (2011, 4th, 160).

North Penn

NATHAN STETTLER

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 220 pounds.

Career record: 118-33.

Season record, who beat him: 36-4, Lackawanna Trail’s Eric Laytos in a dual meet and the Kiwanis Tournament; Alfred-Almond’s (N.Y.) Travis Harvey in a dual meet; Central Columbia’s Eric McCracken at the District 4 tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Bethlehem Catholic’s Josh Alpha (28-10, ranked 7th).

Returning state placewinners: John Rizzo, Richland (2011, 1st, 285; 2010, 1st, 285; 2009, 5th, 215); Eric Laytos, Lackawanna Trail (2011, 7th, 215; 2010, 1st, 215); Matt Mongera, Seneca (2011, 4th, 215; 2010, 2nd, 215); Evan Daley, Ft. LeBouef (2011, 6th, 285).

Warrior Run

JARED WATSON

Grade: Senior.

Weight class: 126 pounds.

Career record: 100-18.

Season record, who beat him: 38-3, Blue Mountain’s Cody Kievman in a dual meet; Towanda’s Dale Maynard at the District 4 tournament; Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry at the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Tri-Valley’s Hunter Harner (33-10, ranked 15th).

Returning state placewinners: Jimmy Gulibon, Derry Area (2011, 1st, 119; 2010, 1st, 112-AAA; 2009, 1st, 103-AAA); Corey Bush, Ridgway (2011, 8th, 119; 2010, 4th, 103); Arty Walsh, Schuylkill Valley (2011, 5th, 130; 2009, 1st, 112); Ben Rager, Central Cambria (2011, 5th, 125); Ian Brown, Hanover (2011, 4th, 103); Zane Heller, Bethlehem Catholic (2011, 8th, 125).

Williamson

TYRUS HAMBLIN

Grade: Sophomore.

Weight class: 106 pounds.

Career record: 60-11.

Season record, who beat him: 33-2, Wyalusing’s Brandon Kelley in a dual meet; Line Mountain’s Cameron Newman at the Northeast Regional tournament.

State experience: First-time qualifier.

First-round opponent: Kane’s Cody Blankenship (31-4, ranked 5th).

Returning state placewinners: Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic (2011, 3rd, 103).

LOGAN EVERETT

Grade: Junior.

Weight class: 120 pounds.

Career record: 103-12.

Season record, who beat him: 33-3, Ligonier Valley’s Josh Patrick at the Conemaugh Township tournament; Mifflinburg’s Cole Walter in the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournaments.

State experience: 2011, 1-2, 103.

First-round opponent: South Side Beaver’s Nate Reckner (38-5, ranked 8th).

Returning state placewinners: Nick Roberts, North Star (2011, 1st, 112; 2010, 3rd, 103; 2009, 1st, 103); Brad Farley, Bermudian Springs (2011, 8th, 112; 2010, 2nd, 103); Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic (2011, 5th, 112); Bryan Israel, Saucon Valley (2011, 6th, 103).

 
 

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