Bedford coach Brian Creps’ team might be competing against 21 other squads as the Chevrolet Wrestling Tournament begins today, but there is one opponent he fears above all others: The weather.

“You can’t beat Mother Nature,” Creps said Thursday night after the seeding meeting for the tournament, which is set to begin at 10:30 this morning at Bedford High School. “When she says you’re not going anywhere, that’s the way it goes.”

Creps was still hopeful that all 21 schools could make it to the tournament, but worried that some – such as Northern Garrett (Md.) might not be able to participate because of snowy conditions.

Defending champion North Star has two top seeds in Joe Lascari (103 pounds) and older brother Chris (145).

Richland leads the way with three top-seeded wrestlers. They are: Tyler Morder (112), Russ Sichak (140) and Marco Pecora (171).

Penn Cambria is the only school with two returning champions. Coach Todd Niebauer has brothers Ryan and Nathan Link back this season. Ryan, who won the 103-pound title a year ago, is now the top seed at 119 pounds.

Nathan has bumped up to 130 after capturing the 112-pound championship a year ago.

Other returning champions include North Schuylkill’s Kevin Bolinsky (189) and Northern Garrett’s Brock Glotfelty (215), both of whom are top seeds again this year. Fort Cherry’s Matt Kosarik, who won the 275-pound title last season, is not entered in the tournament even though he is eighth in the latest edition of Off the Mat Rankings. Huntingdon’s Eli Norvell, who is ranked second at 145 pounds and won a state title in Delaware last season, was also scratched from the tournament.

There are still more than 40 ranked wrestlers in the tournament, however.

The 140-pound weight class has the most with six ranked wrestlers, but it was the overall depth of the 125- and 130-pound classes that had Creps raving.

The 22-man bracket at 125 pounds includes 18 wrestlers with records of .500 or better.

“That’s pretty deep,” Creps said. “Almost all the weight classes have at least two or three wrestlers who are legitimate threats to place at states.”

The top seed at 125 is Cambria Heights’ Glenn Winslow, who is one of just five seeded wrestlers with perfect records this season. Two of them, Glotfelty and Northern Bedford’s Dylan Snowberger, could meet in the 215-pound finals.

The others are Huntingdon’s Vance Meyers – who is seeded second to Beth-Center’s Aaron Hrutkay at 160 pounds despite a 23-0 record – and Central Cambria’s Alan Averi, the top seed at 285 pounds.

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