20180307-ce-sp Becker celebrate vs Weaver

St. Marys’ Zac Becker runs over to high-five his coaches as he celebrates a quarterfinal-round win against Central Mountain’s Tanner Weaver at the Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament this past weekend in Altoona. Becker finished second at 170 pounds to give the Dutchmen their lone state qualifier this year.

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.

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