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Prep Wrestling Notepad: Cyclones the one constant in shifting season
This week we focus more intently on the Battlefield District, and the wrestlers we expect to see at the finish in next Saturday’s district tournament.
How many questions were we able to answer by pouring over results and making a few phone calls? Not many—the Battlefield seems to be much more in flux than the Commonwealth District, with an unsure picture where several wrestlers will spend the postseason.
To be clear: Eastern View is by far the Battlefield favorite. One coach told us yesterday he could see the Cyclones winning as many as 12 weights.
106: We’ve had Courtland’s D.J. Ahalt No. 2 and Eastern View’s Yarhoski Aldiva No. 3 and in our overall rankings, but they should be flipped. Aldiva looks like a clear district favorite.
113: After Eastern View’s Bryan Ramey (No. 3 in our overall), we like Courtland’s Douglas Palacios.
120: We had Eastern View’s Brett Shurina as our No. 3 overall at 120, but Chancellor’s Joe Cafiero posted a 9–5 win against Shurina. Spotsylvania’s Terry Evans could be a factor here, too.
126: Another weight where Eastern View gets the nod—this time it’s Nathaniel Aldiva. He’s beaten Courtland’s Tim Bailey, and both have wins against Chancellor’s Vinny Cafiero.
132: This is perhaps the deepest weight class in the district, in terms of quality. But we think Chancellor’s Mark Weinstock is the pick.
138: While Tony Pritt of Eastern View will likely be the No. 1 seed, Courtland’s Tristen King and Culpeper’s Tyler Frazier are right behind. King and Frazier should see each other in a dual meet tonight at Courtland.
145: You won’t likely find a Battlefield District coach who will pick anyone but Eastern View’s Austin Jenkins here. Two questions we’ve been unable to answer: Will Spotsylvania’s Kirk Sweeney and Chancellor’s Jacob Wishon be at this weight?
152: It’s the big mystery weight. Eastern View’s Brandon Layher has some intriguing wins here, but who will other teams send to the mat?
160: Like Jenkins at 145, Eastern View’s Logan Shurina is an easy pick. Courtland’s Zach Teeple and Culpeper’s Dartagnan Dwyer should wrestle today in the Cougars’ and Devils’ fact-finding dual.
170: We think King George’s Jacob Tucker is a clear top pick—he was set this week to move into our overall top three.
182: We’re told Caroline’s Donald Harris–Smith is a good choice here, but there’s also Bryce Willems from Eastern View.
195: Chancellor’s Brandon Gallahan is our overall No. 3 and a great pick to win the Battlefield title.
220: Culpeper’s Dakota Brackenridge, we’re told, is the pick here, but we’ve not collected enough results to say with confidence. Caroline’s Neal Carter is another we’d like to see more results from.
285: Why not one more for Eastern View? This time it’s James Layher, with runners-up nods to Courtland’s Shawn Saffy, Culpeper’s Wyatt Carroll and King George’s Seth Turner.