Today, local grapplers get back to work in the Class 2A sectional tournaments. This weekend starts the long grind to Hershey and the quest for a state title.
The Section 1 tournament takes place at Meadville High School, beginning at 4 p.m. while Sharon hosts the Section 2 competition. That start time there is 5:15 p.m.
Saegertown brings a bunch of wrestlers to sectionals with Kenny Kiser leading the way at 138. Kiser returns to sectionals with three first place finishes already in his storied career.
Alex Kightlinger (126) and Jaden Reagle (132) also return as champions from last year’s sectionals.
At 160, Landon Caldwell also is a top seed after posting a 27-6 record in his sophomore season.
Out of Cochranton, Shane Peterson won as a freshman at 106 back in 2017. He’ll have one last shot for the title now at 126 after finishing as the runner-up a year ago.
His teammate Jack Martinec also placed second last year. At 120, Martinec enters with a 26-5 record and a bye.
Joey King grabbed a silver last year for Maplewood and now begins another quest for a title as the top seed at 220 pounds.
For Union City, Marshall VanTassel also is a top seed at 195 after finishing second last season.
Cambridge Springs enters sectionals with three second-seeded grapplers. Ayden Miller (138), Colton Smith (160) and Eli Mosconi (170) are all vying for titles for the Spa.
Down in Mercer County, Conneaut Area, Jamestown and Lakeview all begin their sectional runs.
At 120, Jamestown junior Chase McLaughlin returns as a Section 2 champion. McLaughlin posted a 29-1 record in the regular season.
Junior Trevor Tursky is the lone top seed for Conneaut. He enters with a 26-2 record at 195.
Junior Brady Gould has a bye into the quarterfinals as the second seed at 138 following a 21-7 campaign.
For Lakeview, Ryan O’Polka (138) posted a 20-8 record this season. Isaac DeVault at 220 had a 24-9 record for the Sailors.