HERSHEY — St. Marys senior Zac Becker has put together an unforgettable senior season and will look to end his high school career in style this weekend with a state medal in his first trip to Hershey for the PIAA Class AAA Championships.
Becker, who battled injuries for most of his career, entered this season with a 28-23 record. However, a healthy Becker has more showcased his talents this year, and posted more wins this year (32-5) than he had in his previous three varsity season combined.
Along the way, Becker captured the District 4/9 title at 170 pounds and finished second at regionas in Altoona. The Dutchman looks to carry that momentum into states this weekend but landed in a tough part of the draw
Becker has a first-round matchup against returning state medalist Jason Montgomery (Southwest No. 3 seed, 33-4), a senior from Bethel Park, in the bottom part of the draw. Montgomery was seventh at 160 a year ago.
The winner of that bout will most likely face Northeast camp Cade Wilson (31-4), a senior from Nazareth, in the quarterfinals. Wilson, a two-time qualifier, placed eight last year at 160 — losing 4-2 to Montgomery in their place match.
Chambersburg sophomore Luke Nichter (35-6), the Southcentral champ, also is in the bottom half at 170. Nichter was sixth as a freshman last year at 160.
The top half of the bracket is headlined by Mifflin County senior Trent Hidlay (39-0), who won a state title at 160 last year.
Hidlay, who tech falled Becker this past weekend in the regional finals, is a four-time state qualifier who was a runner-up as a sophomore. The win over Becker was the 150th of his career, which moved him to the top the Huskies’ all-time wins list.
The PIAA Class AAA Championships get underway Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Giant Center.