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Friday, January 27, 2012

Thomas Automotive Tournament preview

What: Thomas Automotive Tournament.

Where: Bedford High School.

When: Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday with quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Semifinals at approximately 10:30 Saturday morning with finals around 6:15 p.m.

Online: Follow all weekend at with live streaming video and a live chat.

Who's in: Shade.

Who's out: Fort Cherry, Hyndman.

Familiar faces: Bedford, Berlin Brothersvalley, Beth-Center, Blairsville, Cambria Heights, Central, Chestnut Ridge, Claysburg-Kimmel, Conemaugh Township, Everett, Huntingdon, Jefferson-Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Newport, North Star, Northern Bedford, Northern Garrett (Md.), Penn Cambria, Richland, Somerset, Tri-Valley, Tussey Mountain, Tyrone and West Branch.


Returning champions: 103-Zach Swarrow, Beth-Center; 125-Ty Dively, Claysburg-Kimmel; 130-Ty Schoffstall, Tri-Valley; 145-Noah Tarr, Blairsville; 152-Sam Scheib, Tri-Valley; 160-Tyler Dibert, Chestnut Ridge; 285-John Rizzo, Richland

Weight to watch: 152 pounds. How's this for depth: Wolf Otten, a District 5 champion last season and 100-match winner, is the 12th seed. Tri-Valley's Ty Schoffstall is sixth in the Pennsylvania Wrestling Rankings, Conemaugh Township's Cory Berchick is 10th, Somerset's Josh Darr is 20th and Shade's Wolf Otten is 21st. Off the Mat rankings doesn't include Darr or Otten, but has Blairsville's Drew Doak at No. 12 and Bedford's Tanner Williams at No. 16. Even the early rounds should have good matchups here.

Name to know: At this point in the season, it's hard to come up with someone that is still an unknown but can still do some damage. The closest I can come is Blairsville's Drew Doak. He's a freshman 152-pounder, which is a tough weight to break in at, and he's in what I see as the tournament's toughest weight class. But he's 24-4 on the season, with losses to Cody Copeland - the top 152-pounder in Class AA - Conemaugh Township's Cory Berchick and two state-ranked AAA wrestlers from District 7. Doak's already beaten fifth-seeded Matt Sollenberger of Northern Bedford, but the sixth seed might be to his benefit, as it would keep him away from Tri-Valley's Schoffstall until the finals.


  1. That was really nice of you to write that Eric. See ya up there, should be a great tournament! Where is there to go in Bedford tonight after wrestling for fun?? haha

  2. I will be following the action from Texas! Go Drew!