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Carson: Preview of the District 6 Class AAA wrestling tournament


ALTOONA – The wrestling tournament trail gets underway Saturday at the District 6 Class 3A championships in Altoona.

Action kicks off with quarterfinals beginning at 10:30 a.m. The top four in each weight class advance to the Northwest Regionals, also in Altoona, March 4-5.

Mifflin County leads the way for our local teams, with 11 wrestlers seeded in the top four of their respective weight classes.

Nic Allison (113), Kyler Everly (160), Trey Shoemaker (189), and Jaxson Pupo (285) received top seeds. Parker Kearns (152) and Anson Wagner (215) have second seeds, while third seeds went to Hunter Johnson (120), Blake Aumiller (132), and Deakon Schaeffer (145). Jacob Cunningham (138) and freshmanAvery Aurand are fourth seeds.

Allison will try to become the fifth wrestler in county history to capture four district titles – joining Ken Whitsel, the Hidlay brothers, Hayden and Trent, and Trey Kibe. He enters the tournament with a 118-16 career record with 68 falls.

Everly looks to become a two-time champion and a three-time finalist. The Husky senior won it in 2020 and came in second last year.

Returning district champion Casey Smith earned the top seed at 120 for Juniata. Twin brother and 2021 regional qualifier Taylor Smith is the second seed at 126, as is freshman Joey Bomberger at 106. Older brother Josh Bomberger is seeded third at 160, while Amelia Smith (113), Daniel Painter (132), Jonathan Kauffman (215), and Jordan Cruz (285) earned fourth seeds.

Bellefontes Jude Swisher, a two-time state placer, is the top seed at 145. The Penn recruit is 33-1 on the season, 129-18 for his career, and ranked first in the state. The Red Raider senior is a returning district champion and a three-time district finalist.

Earning second seeds for Bellefonte is Garrett Choates (113) and Aidan OShea (132). The third seeds went to Cameron Garcia (106), Noah Weaver (126), Gage Long (138), Addison Shawley (215), and Tyler Putnam (285). At 152, Nate Smith is the fourth seed. Choates and OShea were district runner-ups a year ago.

Injury depleted State College has two number one seeds in Pierson Manville (138) and Nicholas Pavlechko (215), ranked number one by PA Power Wrestling. Manville is a returning district champ.

Freshman Asher Cunningham (120), Braden Newby (172), and Carter Weaverling (189) are number two seeds. Jacob Campbell is the fourth seed at 126. The Little Lions are without the services of Hayden Cunningham and Eric Weaver because ofinjury.

Mifflin County and Central Mountain are the frontrunners for the team title. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats in the regular season (48-21) and in the finals of the District 6 Duals (42-24).

With only four entrant at 152, Kearns and Nate Smith are guaranteed to advance to the Northwest Regionals.

District 6 Class AAA Seeds

Mifflin County

106: Styers Oden, 6th

113: Nic Allison, 1st

120: Hunter Johnson, 3rd

126: Colby Seiler, 5th

132: Blake Aumiller, 3rd

138: Jacob Cunningham, 4th

145: Deakon Schaeffer, 3rd

152: Parker Kearns, 2nd

160: Kyler Everly, 1st

172: Avery Aurand, 4th

189: Trey Shoemaker, 1st

215: Anson Wagner, 2nd

285: Jaxson Pupo, 1st


106: Joey Bomberger, 2nd

113: Amelia Smith, 4th

120: Casey Smith, 1st

126: Taylor Smith, 2nd

132: Daniel Painter, 4th

138: None

145: None

152: None

160: Josh Bomberger, 3rd

172: Harrison Mummah, 7th

189: Lane Peiper, 8th

215: Jonathan Kauffman, 4th

285: Jordan Cruz, 4th

State College

106: Jonathan Coates, 5th

113: None

120: Asher Cunningham, 2nd

126: Jacob Campbell, 4th

132: None

138: Pierson Manville, 1st

145: None

152: None

160: Josh Hershbine, 5th

172: Braden Newby, 2nd

189: Carter Weaverling, 2nd

215: Nicholas Pavlechko, 1st

285: Shane Focht, 5th


106: Cameron Garcia, 3rd

113: Garrett Choates, 2nd

120: None

126: Noah Weaver, 3rd

132: Aidan O’Shea, 2nd

138: Gage Long, 3rd

145: Jude Swisher, 1st

152: Nate Smith, 4th

160: Grady Garrison, 6th

172: Nash Irwin, 6th

189: Wyatt Lowry, 5th

215: Addison Shawley, 3rd

285: Tyler Putnam, 3rd

Ranked Wrestlers at District 6 Class AAA Tournament


Luke Hileman, Altoona, Sr. (No. 13)


Nic Allison, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 9)


Asher Cunningham, State College, Fr. (No. 5)

Hunter Johnson, Mifflin County, Jr. (No. 19)

Casey Smith, Juniata, Jr. (No. 20)

Derek Keen, Central Mountain, Sr. (No. 21)


Dalton Perry, Central Mountain, Fr. (No. 5)

Taylor Smith, Juniata, Jr. (No. 25)


Luke Simcox, Central Mountain, So. (No. 3)

Aidan O’Shea, Bellefonte, Sr. (No. 18)

Blake Aumiller, Mifflin County, So. (No. 25)


Pierson Manville, State College, So. (No. 3)

Taylor Weaver, Central Mountain, Sr. (No. 19)


Jude Swisher, Bellefonte, Sr. (No. 1)

Griffin Walizer, Central Mountain, So. (No. 11)

Deakon Schaeffer, Mifflin County, So. (No. 23)


Luke Sipes, Altoona, Fr. (No. 13)

Parker Kearns, Mifflin County, So. (No. 24)


Kyler Everly, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 12)


Aaron Sleeth, Hollidaysburg, Sr. (No. 22)

Braden Newby, State College, Sr. (No. 25)


Trey Shoemaker, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 10)


Nicholas Pavlechko, State College, So. (No. 1)

Anson Wagner, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 15)


Jaxson Pupo, Mifflin County, Sr. (No. 13)

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