The Powerade has high school wrestling street cred and is considered one of the biggest tournaments of the season.
But that isn’t the only event on the slate. The MyHouse Trojan Wars has gained steam since its inception is on the rise as a high-profile event that is a must-see for wrestling fans in the East.
Below is a Fan Guide previewing this year’s Trojan Wars. It includes a schedule, seeds, returning champions, and five storylines to follow in the two-day tournament.
Pigtails: 10 a.m.
Round of 32: 1 p.m.
Consolation pigtails: 4 p.m.
Round of 16: 4:30 p.m.
Consolations: 6:30 p.m.
Consolations: 9 a.m.
Quarterfinals: 10 a.m.
Consolation Round of 8: Noon.
Semifinals and Consolations: 1:30 p.m.
Seventh place and Consolations Semifinals: 2:30 p.m.
Third and Fifth-place: 4 p.m.
Parade of Champions and Finals: 6 p.m.
RETURNING CHAMPIONS (Winning weight in parentheses)
Cole Wilson, 120, Northeastern (113)
Kollin Myers, 145, Boiling Springs (138)
Clayton Ulrey, 160, Lower Dauphin (152)
Gaige Garcia, 195, Southern Columbia (170)
TOP SEEDS AT EACH WEIGHT
106: 1. Erik Roggie, St. Christopher’s; 2. Michael Dolan, Spring Mills; 3. Ethan Reneger, Robinson; 4. Evan Maag, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 5. Noah Clawson, Carlisle; 6. Ethan Herr, Donegal; 7. Easton Toth, Forest Hills; 8. Dom Findora, Downingtown West; 9. Raif Barber, Boiling Springs.
113: 1. Adam Jacob, East Pennsboro; 2. Josh Bauman, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 3. Ruston Dzielak, Cumberland Valley; 4. Jeffery Russell, Shippensburg; 5. Luke Hart, St. Christopher’s; 6. Mason Casey, Garden Spot; 7. Jackson Arrington, Forest Hills; 8. Thomas Gradwell, Northeastern; 9. Kole Briscoe, Southern Columbia.
120: 1. Ryan Crookham, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 2. Cole Wilson, Northeastern; 3. Caydin Wickard, Boiling Springs; 4. Ben Monn, Cumberland Valley; 5. Joshua Pence, Robinson; 6. Nate Smith, Bishop McDevitt; 7. Bailey Gimbor, Hamburg; 8. Ayden Miller, Cambridge Springs; 9. Noah Marrone, Washington; 10. Noah Hunt, Warrior Run.
126: 1. Dalton Gimbor, Hamburg; 2. Dylan Ramsey, Shippensburg; 3. Cole Grove, Chambersburg; 4. Rafael Portillo, Carlisle; 5. Brandon Chletsos, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 6. Dominic Chaclas, Unionville; 7. Justin Gessner, Lewisburg; 8. Joshua Graff, Garden Spot; 9. Tylor Herzing, St. Marys; 10. Kevin Schork, St. Christopher’s; 11. Dylan Bowers, Donegal.
132: 1. Chase Shields, Bishop McDevitt; 2. Richie Markulics, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 3. Ty Varndell, Cambridge Springs; 4. Patrick Edmondson, Southern Columbia; 5. Tyler Dilley, St. Marys; 6. Timmie Dieter, Sherando; 7. Ethan Hardy, Washington; 8. Liam Gordon, Robinson; 9. Hunter Dodson, Spring Mills; 10. Clay Baker, Spring Grove; 11. Byron Daubert, Forest Hills; 12. Kyle Vernon, Hamburg.
138: 1. Tyler Williams, Souderton; 2. Connor Alexander, St. Christopher’s; 3. T.T. Elhajj, Lower Dauphin; 4. Colton Jumper, Carlisle; 5. Jack Coulson, Boiling Springs; 6. Nick Vonelli, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 7. Cade Reichart, Cumberland Valley; 8. Heath Rudolph, Sherando; 9. Gino Girard, Robinson; 10. Spencer Runshaw, Chambersburg.
145: 1. Kollin Myers, Boiling Springs; 2. Tyler Martin, Bishop McDevitt; 3. Tate Nichter, Chambersburg; 4. Erik Gibson, Forest Hills; 5. Thomas Dressler, Spring Grove; 6. T.J. Henry, Penn Charter; 7. Connor Trowbridge, Souderton; 8. Gavin Eanes, Sherando; 9. Luke Sainato, Gettysburg; 10. Page Karsteter, Fairfield; 11. Brock Moore, Greater Johnstown.
152: 1. Andrew Cerniglia, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 2. Sammy Toggas, Evangel Christian Institute; 3. Alex Bittner, St. Marys; 4. Colton Zimmerman, Carlisle; 5. Matthew Park, Robinson; 6. Seth Runshaw, Chambersburg; 7. Quinn McPartland, Sherando; 8. Jameson Knotts, St. Christopher’s; 9. Hunter Gregoris, Big Spring; 10. Bob Krug, Forest Hills.
160: 1. Clayton Ulrey, Lower Dauphin; 2. Dylan Reinert, Gettysburg; 3. Anthony Hinson, Spring Grove; 4. Derek Berlitz, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 5. Talon Pisarchuk, Archbishop Wood; 6. Colton Foltz, Sherando; 7. Tristin Hoskin, Robinson; 8. Caden Morrison, West Perry; 9. Ryan Weyandt, Forest Hills; 10. Paulie Mastrogiovanni, Bangor.
170: 1. Luke Nichter, Chambersburg; 2. John Crawford, Strath Haven; 3. Coy Bastian, Selinsgrove; 4. Nick Kostyak, Boiling Springs; 5. Isaiah DeJesus, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 6. Loudon Hurt, St. Christopher’s; 7. William Small, Donegal; 8. Brendan Hamilton, Hamburg.
182: 1. Jackson Turley, St. Christopher’s; 2. Tyler Mousaw, Unionville; 3. Jacob Lucas, Cumberland Valley; 4. Tucker Klump, Notre Dame-Green Pond; 5. Conor Wogan, Washington; 6. Mason Rodgers, Forest Hills; 7. Camden Rice, Spring Grove; 8. Joseph Ostrowski, Robinson.
195: 1. Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia; 2. Bruno Stolfi, Souderton; 3. Ben Weidenhammer, Hamburg; 4. Joey Schrader, Bangor; 5. Sammy Barber, Greater Johnstown; 6. Nicholas Yannutz, Solanco; 7. Blaise Zeiders, Selinsgrove; 8. Wayne Derkotch, Penn Charter.
220: 1. Thomas Mukai, Robinson; 2. Nate Schon, Selinsgrove; 3. Nick Nittoli, Bangor; 4. Nathan Siffler, St. Marys; 5. Dakotah Snyder, Lewisburg; 6. Dustin Swanson, Garden Spot; 7. Preston Zachman, Southern Columbia; 8. Jake Moyer, Fairfield.
285: 1. Kyler Wuestner, Lower Dauphin; 2. Damon James, Boiling Springs; 3. Alex Hazard, Robinson; 4. Raul Shatzer, Waynesboro; 5. Lear Quinton, Southern Columbia; 6. Seth Worley, Spring Grove; 7. Deshawn Lee, Sherando; 8. Lucas Donovan, Big Spring.
STORYLINES TO WATCH
Individual star power: There are plenty of high-ranking wrestlers scattered across the 14 weight classes. A total of 43 wrestlers from Class 2A and 40 more in Class 3A from the PA Power Wrestling rankings are scheduled to compete in this week’s MyHOUSE Trojan Wars at Chambersburg High School. Breaking it down, there are 13 top-five ranked Class 2A competitors and eight top-five Class 3A-ranked wrestlers in the field. This could be a preview of things to come at Hershey’s Giant Center in March.
Speaking of state flavor …: A trio of state runner-up finishers from last year’s PIAA Championships are in the field this weekend. Bishop McDevitt’s Chase Shields (132), Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers (145), and Chambersburg’s Luke Nichter (170) are the top seeds in their respective weights. There is also a pair of state third-place finishers present. Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Richie Markulics (132) and Southern Columbia’s Gaige Garcia (195) will be competing. Markulics is seeded No. 2 at his weight, with Garcia leading the way in the upper weight.
Stacked weight: If you are looking for the best weight of this tournament, you won’t have to go far. The 132-pound bracket is loaded. State runner-up Chase Shields, who is ranked No. 2 at the weight by PA Power Wrestling, is at the top of the list with No. 3-ranked Richie Markulics, of Notre Dame-Green Pond, lurking as the No. 2 seed. Cambridge Springs’ Ty Varndell is ranked No. 2 at 138 and is the third seed this weekend. He placed fourth in the state a year ago. Southern Columbia’s Patrick Edmondson, ranked fifth in the state, is the fourth seed in a weight that has star power and depth.
Who is No. 1: Southern Columbia is the top-ranked Class 2A team in the state according to PA Power Wrestling, and probably should be. The Tigers placed second in the state a year ago to Reynolds, who checks in at No. 2. But if you didn’t know what happened a year ago and just look at the seeding for this year’s Trojan Wars, you would think Notre Dame-Green Pond held the top spot. The Crusaders have 10 wrestlers seeded in the 14 weight classes, including Ryan Crookham (120) and Andrew Cerniglia (152). It will be interesting to see how these two squads stack up against each other in an individual tournament.
Injury bug: Injuries have forced Smyrna, Del., to withdraw from the tournament on Wednesday night. That means Joey Natarcola, last year’s Trojan Wars 106-pound champion, won’t be able to defend his title. Despite the loss of the Delaware squad, there is still some out-of-state flavor in the field. Virginia schools Sherando, J.W. Robinson, and St. Christopher’s are slated to compete, and West Virginia’s Washington and Spring Mills are in the field. There are also 21 schools from District 3 will be involved in wrestling action.