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D9 Class AA wrestling: Previewing the weekend at CUP

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Fans Guide-Class 2A wrestling

By Rich Rhoades

By the numbers, the heavy ammunition will be out in full force at Clarion University’s Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium starting Friday at the District 9 Class AA Wrestling Tournament.

The top four finishers in each of the 14 weight classes advance to next weekend’s Northwest Regional Tournament in Sharon.

To note:

— Six returning state medalists are back, including state runners-up Kyle Bova of Coudersport and Evan Delong of Kane. Brookville has a trio of medalists back with Brock Zacherl (4th), Zach Vroman (5th) and Dalton Zimmerman (6th). Redbank Valley’s Willie Gruver was 7th. Two other state qualifiers are back: Brookville’s Tate Ortz and Kane’s Cody Blankenship.

— 19 wrestlers own state rankings by Mark Dugan’s Off the Mat, including No. 1s Zacherl (138), Bova (160) and Delong (170). Other high-ranked wrestlers: Brookville’s Vroman 3rd at 145 and Brodie Zacherl 5th at 160, although he’s at 152 and No. 7 Zimmerman; Kane’s Blankenship No. 5 at 126; Redbank Valley’s Gruver No. 4 at 120. Brookville has seven of the district’s 19 ranked wrestlers (top 16).

— Brookville’s Brock Zacherl and Zach Vroman, Coudersport’s Bova and Kane’s Blankenship and Evan Delong are looking for their third district title.

— Other returning D9 champs

106: Ortz, Brookville (now at 113)

113: Blankenship, Kane (now at 126)

126: Jake Lancaster, Curwensville (now at 138)

138: Brock Zacherl, Brookville

145: Zach Vroman, Brookville

152: Kyle Bova, Coudersport (now at 160)

160: Evan Delong, Kane (now at 170)

170: Anthony Benson, Brockway

220: Cal Haines, Redbank Valley

— Top seeds:

106: Ryan Carlson, Brockway

113: Tate Ortz, Brookville

120: Willie Gruver, Redbank Valley

126: Cody Blankenship, Kane

132: Dalton Zimmerman, Brookville

138: Brock Zacherl, Brookville

145: Zach Vroman, Brookville

152: Brodie Zacherl, Brookville

160: Kyle Bova, Coudersport

170: Evan Delong, Kane

182: Zach Bruce, Cranberry

195: Nate Moore, Kane

220: Cal Haines, Redbank Valley

HWT: Ben Carrillo, Redbank Valley

— More on the numbers: 16 teams are sending 189 wrestlers to districts (11.8 per team avg). Three teams have full lineups: Clarion, Redbank Valley and Smethport. Johnsonburg (6), Keystone (7) and Oswayo Valley (5) combine to account for 18 of the 35 “no entries” in the tournament.

— 69 wrestlers enter the tournament with losing records. That’s 36.5 percent of the field.

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