HERSHEY — When the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships start Thursday, Brockway will have a pair of competitors hitting the mats inside the Giant Center with hopes of capturing a state medal.
Sophomore Anthony Glasl (120 pounds) has already been through the states experience, placing sixth last year at 106, while senior Garrett McClintick (182) is making his first trip to Hershey after third last week at regionals.
Glasl (33-4) landed in a tough portion of the draw in the top-half of the bracket where there are four returning state medalists and two others wrestlers who have been to state.
The Rover opens with a first-round bout against Wilson junior Marckis Brantford (15-5), a state returnee who placed third at the Southeast Region. The reward for the winner is a likely quarterfinal meeting with defending state champ Jaret Lane (Northeast No.1, 44-1) of Southern Columbia.
On top of his 113-pound title a year ago, Lane was fifth as a fresman and a runner-up two years ago.
The two other returning medalists in the top half — Notre-Dame Green Pond junior Richie Markulics (Southeast No. 2, 31-4) and Reynolds’ Andrew Ischo (Northwest No. 3, 28-10) — actually meet in the first round. Markulics is a two-time medalist who was sixth at 113 in 2017, while Ischo was seventh at 120 last year.
St. Joseph’s Academy freshman Zack Witmer (40-2), the Southwest champ, also looms in the top half.
The bottom at 120 features three returning medalists in Bishop McDevitt junior Chase Shields (Southeast No. 1, 37-4), Fort LeBoeuf senior Isaac Crowell (Northwest No. 1, 34-5) and Westmont-Hilltop senior Derrick Christie (Southwest No. 3, 29-8).
Crowell and Christie, who were sixth and eighth at 113, respectively last year could meet in the quarterfinals, with Shields — a time-medalist — being a possible semifinal opponent for the winner. Shields was a state runner-up at 113 last year.
McClintick (33-6) landed on the bottom at 182 and faces returning state qualifier Kyle Myers (Southwest No. 2, 31-5) of West Branch in the first round. The victory will most likely wrestle Northeast champ Gaige Garcia (41-2), a sophomore from Southern Columbia, in the quarterfinals. Garcia finished fifth at 170 as a freshman.
Also in the bottom are Fort LeBoeuf junior Julian Goring (Northwest No. 2, 27-5), who placed fourth at 182 last year, and Camp Hill senior Luca Colestock (36-3), a returning qualifier who is the Southeast champ. Goring and Colestock could meet in the quarterfinals.
The top half of the bracket at 182 looks to be all about returning state champ Cody Mulligan (36-3), the Northwest Region champ from Saegertown. Mulligan, a four-time qualifier, also was sixth as a sophomore. The only other medalist back in the top is Mahoney senior Matt Lewandowski (Southeast No. 3, 32-3), who was sixth last year at 170.
The PIAA Class AA Championships get underway Thursday at 9 a.m. in Hershey.