It’s been a memorable season so far for the Corry Beaver wrestlers and now comes the time for the cream to rise to the top.
The Section 1-AA Tournament is this weekend at Meadville High School with the top seven finishers advancing to the District 10 Class 2A Tournament.
Lucas Munsee (106) and Matt Petrilla (182) are No. 1 seeds, Nick Lapinski (145) and Hayden Linkerhof (195) at No. 2. Linkerhof (31-4) is seeded behind Union City’s Marshall VanTassel (26-2).
No. 3 seeds are Dylan Gourley (160) and hwt. Xavier Reyda. Seeded fourth are Shawn Proctor (220), Kayden Reyda (113), Damion Kinney (120) and Derek Hurd (126).
“All or our kids set their own goals for the postseason,” noted coach Mark Munsee. “As a team, I want to move as many kids to the next week as possible.
“It is all about work ethic, desire and dedication to the sport at this point,” he claimed. “If they want to keep climbing the ladder to the next level each kid must prepare and compete to the best of their ability and good things will happen.
What will it take to win a team section title?
“I think we will need at least 13 place winners and that might not even be good enough,” said Munsee. “We will also need multiple finalists. General McLane brings a host of quality wrestlers and Saegertown will also be competing for the team title. I think we should have most of the other teams covered.
“Everyone who competes has a chance to be champion,” he admitted. “Our best shots have to be Lucas, Nick, Matt and Hayden. If Derek or Shawn have good weekends, they might find themselves in the finals.
“We have some bumps and bruises for sure, we just wrestled 14 dual matches in 13 days,” Munsee pointed out. “It is getting late in the season and I am sure most teams have to battle through with injuries. All we can do is patch them up the best we can and hope for the best.
“Brady Steele injured his shoulder and is unable to compete so that opened up the door for Owen Warren,” he said. “It will interesting to see how he does.”
Another interesting item to watch is Lucas Munsee looking for a section title.
His dad and coach, Mark, was a section champ in 1985 and his brother Nathan won in 2014.
“Nate and I were both section champions and it would certainly be awesome if Lucas could add his name to the list,” Mark admitted. “If Luke could somehow find his way to the top of the podium that would be great. Not very many families can claim that.”
Union City’s Nick Kaday is No. 3 at 170 and Austin Jaquith fourth at 160.
Preliminaries start Friday at 4:15 p.m. followed by the quarterfinals and consolation preliminaries.
Saturday’s wrestling resumes at 9 a.m. with consolation round 2. Then come the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals. The consolation semis end the session.
At 4 p.m. will be the third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches.
The parade of champions is at 6 p.m. with the finals to follow.
All three sessions cost $6 with an all-season pass for $18.
Corry’s section lineup
106-Lucas Munsee 33-4
113-Kayden Reyda 19-5
120-Damion Kinney 21-16
126-Derek Hurd 26-10
132-Lucas Peterson 15-16
138-Trey Proper 13-18
145-Nick Lapinski 33-6
152-Owen Warren 0-1
160-Dylan Gourley 25-10
170-Austin Sacchetti 17-13
182-Matt Petrilla 29-6
195-Hayden Linkerhof 31-4
220-Shawn Proctor 25-11
285-Xavier Reyda 25-13
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