The Pennsylvania squad should feel right at home in the fourth annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic.
Not only have the majority of the wrestlers from The Tribune-Democrat's coverage area wrestled at the Sports Center at times throughout their careers, but four of the participants have committed to wrestle for Mountain Cats coach Pat Pecora.
North Star's Hunter Tremain leads the way for the UPJ recruits. The 195-pounder went 43-6 this season on his way to a fourth-place finish in PIAA Class AA. He finished his career with 142-32 record, making him one of six Team PA wrestlers with more than 100 victories.
He'll be joined in Pecora's recruiting class by Forest Hills' Byron Daubert, Greater Johnstown's Brock Moore and Greater Latrobe's Marino Angelicchio.
Daubert was named the District 6 Outstanding Wrestler after winning the title as a junior and was a three-time state qualifier. He went 33-15 this season and 126-43 for his high school career.
Moore was 31-10 as a senior, when he finished second in District 6 Class AAA, and went 62-27 for his career.
Angelicchio was a Class AAA state qualifier as a senior. He wrestled in the preliminary match of the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic after going 33-11 this season. Angelicchio finished his career with a 79-28 mark.
Chestnut Ridge's Jared McGill has committed to wrestle at Pitt's main campus in Oakland. McGill is the lone state champion on the Pennsylvania team after going 40-0 as a senior to increase his career record to 161-16. He is ranked fifth nationally by FloWrestling and will meet another state champion in West Virginia's Anthony Carman.
Chestnut Ridge heavyweight Dalton Seace will join McGill on a team led by Lions coach Greg Lazor. A two-time District 5 champion, Seace went 30-9 as a senior and 70-42 overall.
“Having some Ridge boys involved always makes it a little fun,” said Lazor, who recently announced his resignation as coach of one of the top programs in Pennsylvania. “To get one last hurrah with those boys, to see them out, is something that I'm looking forward to.”
Penn Cambria's Derek Brown finished two spots back of McGill in the state tournament, with a bronze medal at 170 pounds. The Clarion recruit will wrestle 175 in the Border Brawl after going 38-5 as a senior and finishing with a 131-38 career mark.
Brown has two teammates on the Pennsylvania squad. Chase Proudfit reached the PIAA tournament three times, including this season, when he went 31-13. A three-time District 6 finalist, he posted a career record of 115-58. The Panthers' J.C. Smychynsky was also a state qualifier. He went 32-11 this season to up his career record to 67-37.
Cambria Heights has a pair of teammates on Team PA, with Tyler Kirkpatrick at 152 pounds and Seth Link at 160. Each qualified for the state tournament, with Kirkpatrick going 25-10 this season and Link posting a 34-11 mark. Kirkpatrick was 80-46 for his career while Link went 106-45.
Central Cambria also has a pair of teammates in the Border Brawl. Johnathan Croft was a state qualifier as a senior and a three-time District 6 medalist. He put together a 32-12 season and went 76-34 as a Red Devil. Austin Washic, who plans to wrestle at Washington and Jefferson, went 25-10 as a senior and 80-29 for his career. He was a regional qualifier as a sophomore.
Bob Krug will join Daubert as Forest Hills' representatives after qualifying for the state tournament as a senior, when he posted a 32-17 record. Krug was 78-61 overall.
Nathan Gabriel put together a 25-10 record as a senior and was 61-31 for his career. The Bedford wrestler was a two-time regional qualifier.
Richland's Eric Wagner was a two-time regional qualifier for Richland High School. He went 21-13 as a senior and 62-56 in his career.