HERSHEY — Ridgway senior twins Lukas and Logen McClain will end their high school wrestling careers together this weekend as both will look to land on the podium at the PIAA Class AA Championships in Hershey.
The duo were among five Elkers to qualify for states a year ago — along with older brother Colton McClain — and Logen was the only one to come away a medal as he placed seventh at 138.
Logen McClain (33-8) has been part of a stacked 145-pound weight class for the entire postseason. At the district level alone, 145 featured three returning D-9 champs. One of those, Brookville senior Caleb Hetrick, joined McClain in making it to states.
As for this weekend, McClain has his work cut out to win a second PIAA medal. He is one seven returning medalists — and one of 12 state returnees overall — in the 20-man bracket.
The Elker is in the top half of the draw and faces South Fayette senior Mike Cusick (Southwest No. 2, 36-6) in the first. Waiting the wings for the winner in the quaterfinals will likely be Palisades junior Nathan Haubert ( Southeast No. 1, 27-3), a three-time state qualifier who was fourth at 145 last year.
Also in the top half are Southmoreland senior Tyler Griffiths (Southwest No. 3, 22-6), Pequea valley junior Gabe Miller (Southeast No. 4, 38-3), Reynolds senior Hunter Michaels (Northwest No. 2, 35-7) and Montoursville freshman Dylan Bennett (Northeast No. 1, 33-11).
Griffiths is a four-time qualifier who was a runner-up last year at 132, while Miller placed third at 132.
Hetrick (32-5), a four-time qualifier and two-time medalist, is in the other bottom with a pair of other medalists in Boiling Springs junior Kollin Myers (Southeast No. 2, 40-2), and Slippery Rock senior Michael Doerflinger (Northwest No. 4, 28-7). Myers, who was a runner-up two years ago, was fifth at 126 in 2017, while Doerflinger was sixth at 138.
South Side Beaver senior Joe Demor (Southwest No. 1, 41-1), a state returnee, also is in that part of the bracket.
As for Lukas McClain (Northwest No. 2, 32-5), he is one of two area entrants at 138 along with Brookville senior Dontae Constable (Northwest No. 4, 29-8). The duo are on opposite sides of the bracket.
Lukas McClain is on the bottom and wrestles Notre-Dame Green Pond junior Nicholas Vonelli (Southeast No. 3, 34-7). Whoever wins that bout should face Northeast champ Matthew Millbrand (35-3), a returning qualifier, in the quarters.
The bottom features a handful of state returnees, with Southwest champ Caleb Dowling (34-1), a sophomore from St. Joseph’s Academy, being the lone returning medalist of that group. He was fourth as a freshman at 132.
Constable is in the top at 138, where Reynolds senior Cole Matthews (43-2), the Northwest champ, is the headliner. Matthews already has three state medals on his resume, winning a state title as a freshman before placing third as a sophomore and second at 138 a year ago.