CATAWISSA RR — Two of the state’s top wrestling teams will meet tonight at Southern Columbia when Muncy makes a trip down Route 54 to meet the Tigers in Catawissa.
Southern, which has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the state in Class 2A, is currently ranked second behind last year’s PIAA Team Wrestling Champion, Reynolds.
Muncy, which finished fourth in the state as a team last year, is just one spot back from the Tigers in the rankings, according to PAPowerWrestling.com.
Last year, Southern outlasted Muncy, 36-32, during one of the most dramatic dual meets of the year. The two teams then both advanced to the semifinals of the state team wrestling championships, albeit on opposite sides of the bracket, before Muncy fell to Reynolds a round shy of the finals. Southern fell to Reynolds in the finals.
In tonight’s match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. and has been moved to Southern Columbia’s main gymnasium due to the anticipation of a capacity crowd, 13 state-ranked wrestlers will be on display for area wrestling fans to enjoy.
Southern has seven ranked wrestlers — Kole Biscoe (No. 3 at 113 pounds), Patrick Edmondson (No. 4 at 132 pounds), Shane Miller (No. 19 at 160 pounds), Cade Linn (No. 5 at 170 pounds), Gaige Garcia (No. 1 at 195 pounds), Preston Zachman (No. 21 at 220 pounds) and Lear Quinton (No. 10 at 285 pounds).
Muncy, on the other hand, has six ranked wrestlers, with most of its strength emanating from the middleweights. The top wrestlers on the team are Bryce Vollman (No. 18 at 126 pounds), Mario Barberio (No. 16 at 138 pounds), Christian Good (No. 18 at 145 pounds), Coleman Good (No. 10 at 152 pounds), Ty Nixon (No. 21 at 160 pounds) and Mike Kustanbauter (No. 13 at 182 pounds).