WHERE — Giant Center, Hershey
SCHEDULE — Thursday: Preliminary round, 4 p.m.; First-round consolations, 7:15 p.m.
Friday: Quarterfinals, 1:30 p.m.; Second-round consolations, 3:15 p.m.;
Saturday: Semifinals and Third-round consolations, 9 a.m.; Fourth-round consolations, 11:30 p.m. All place bouts and championship finals wrestled simultaneously starting at 7 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE — Medals, of course. Top-eight finishers in each 16-man bracket receive a medal.
COVERAGE — Live bracket updates on www.piaa.org. Finals aired on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Check your local listings.
126 Pounds: Shae Bloom, DuBois, So., 32-4
126 Pounds: Noah Cline, Clearfield, Jr., 28-9
Bloom won last weekend’s regional title in Altoona while Cline finished third. Bloom goes to states for the second time in as many years. He was one win shy of a top-eight medal place last year as a freshman. He was ranked No. 22 in the state by PA Power Rankings. If he wins his opener against Dan Martioccio of Council Rock South, he’ll likely face No. 4 Zach Valley of Northampton. Defending state champion Sam Krivus of Hempfield is on the other side of the bracket. Cline opens with Rodney Sunday of Dallastown. Sunday was fifth last year at the same weight.
132 Pounds: Joel Bowers, Punxsutawney, Sr., 28-2
He’s making his third trip to states and looking for his first win. He was 0-2 at 126 last year. He’s on the opposite side of the bracket as defending 132 champion Tyler Smith of Franklin Regional. He’ll open with Bensalem’s Tommy Stokes in the first round. Also on the other side of the bracket is Nazareth’s Chase Zemenak, who was sixth at 126.
138 Pounds: Kaleb Young, Punxsuawney, So., 29-1
Young, 1-2 as a freshman at 126 a year ago, makes his second trip to states and will open with Easton’s James Saylor. Two state runners-up are in the bracket, one of them on the same side of Young. Cumberland Valley’s Patrick Duggan was second at 132 last year. On the other side is last year’s 126 runner-up Michael Kemerer of Franklin Regional.
195 Pounds: Tom Sleigh, DuBois, Sr., 32-0
The winningest wrestler in DuBois history with 135 wins is ranked No. 1 in the state by PA Power Rankings. He was third a year ago at 170 and makes his fourth trip to Hershey. He’ll likely meet No. 2 Jan Johnson of Governor Mifflin in the quarterfinals. On the other side of the bracket are five returning state qualifiers, one of them a state medalist in Jovon Reyes of Dieruff.
HWT: Jacob Verchick, Clearfield, Sr., 28-8
He opens with Mount Lebanon’s Zeynul Zaynullayez, ranked No. 15 by PA Power Rankings. While only five returning qualfiers and three medalists return to the bracket, on the other side of Verchick’s draw is three-time state champion Thomas Haines of Solanco. No. 2 Shane Kuhn of Kiski Area is also on Haines’ side of the bracket.