Some of the details for the postseason for high school wrestling are starting to come out, and there will be some big changes.

The details including dates for the team championships are still being considered, but it was reported that they state dual meet tournament will be wrestled after the individual tournaments are completed.

Despite having the date set for Saturday, February 20, District 5 has not finalized its postseason plans, but District 6 has for the individual championships.

In class AA, District 6 will have sectionals, something that it has not had in many years. There will be four sectional tournaments with the top two wrestlers advancing to the District 6-AA Tournament.

Here is the breakdown of dates for District 6:

Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Sectionals (Top two advance to districts, will wrestle for a true second) Saturday, Feb. 20 – District 6-AA Tournament Saturday, Feb. 27- Class AA Southwest Regional Tournament Saturday, March 6 — Super Regional Tournament Friday, March 12 — PIAA Championships

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The Sections for District 6-AA will be broken up as follows:

Section 1: Bellwood-Antis, Huntingdon, Juniata Valley, Mount Union, Southern Huntingdon, and Tyrone. Section 2: Bald Eagle Area, Moshannon Valley, Phillipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, Saint Josephs, and West Branch. Section 3: Cambria Heights, Central, Central Cambria, Claysburg-Kimmel, Glendale, Penn Cambria, and Portage. Section 4: Blairsville, Bishop McCort, Forest Hills, Marion Center, Richland, United, and Westmont Hilltop.

There appears to be a push that there will only be eight wrestlers at max at weight at each tournament, and that the tournaments will be wrestled all in one day.

That brings up several questions including how many wrestlers at each weight from each district will go to regionals, and how many from each region will go to the super regionals. There will be four from each super regional that will go on to states.

Because of the threat of COVID-19, they will wrestle for true seconds at many of the postseason tournament that advance to the next tournament, in case one or more of the wrestlers test positive for it.

According to Pennlive, here is the preliminary schedule for the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 12 (The timetable below is tentative and assumes either a three or four-mat set-up at Giant Center. If the PIAA were to use fewer mats, the schedule would require adjustments): 9 a.m.: 106-138-Pound Quarterfinals 10:30 a.m.: 106-138-Pound Semifinals and First-Round Consolations 1 p.m.: 145-285-Pound Quarterfinals 2:30 p.m.: 145-285-Pound Semifinals and First-Round Consolations 6 p.m.: All Second-Round Consolations 7:45 p.m.: Class 2A Parade of Champions 8 p.m.: All Championship and Consolation Finals

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The PIAA AAA championships will be on Saturday, March 13, and would run the same schedule.

The details including dates for the team championships are still being considered, but it was reported that they state dual meet tournament will be wrestled after the individual tournaments are completed.

Basketball

Like wrestling, the details for the District 5 basketball playoffs have not been announced.

For the PIAA state tournament, it will be run like the football state tournament in that only the district or subregional champions will take part in the tournament.

That is quite a change from last year in basketball. In District 7, 70 teams (35 boys and girls) qualified for the PIAA playoffs in the six classifications. However, only 12 will qualify this year.

Four of the teams in the Bedford Gazette coverage area will be competing with District 6. Claysburg-Kimmel’s boys and girls teams will be class AA, while Bedford’s teams will be Class 4A

In AA, eight teams qualify for the District 6 Tournament. There are 13 boys’ teams and 12 girls’ teams.

The 6-AA boys’ and girls’ champions will play the District 10 champion in a state quarterfinal.

In 4A, Bedford and Somerset are District 5 teams that will compete in District 6. There are six 4A girls’ teams and eight 4A boys’ teams. There will be four teams that make the District 5/6-4A playoffs for girls and five for the boys.

The 6-4A girls’ champion will play the District 3 champion in a state quarterfinal, while the boys’ champion will play the District 10 champion in a state quarterfinal.

The District 5-A girls’ champion will play the District 10-A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

The District 5-2A girls’ champion will play the District 9-2A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

The District 5/8-3A girls’ champion will play the District 9-3A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

The District 5-A boys’ champion will play the District 10-A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

The District 5-2A boys’ champion will play the District 9-2A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

The District 5/8/9-3A boys’ champion will play the District 7-3A champion in a PIAA first-round game.

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Teams in District 5 or its subregional for each classification are:

Girls’ A – Berlin, Fannett-Metal, Forbes Road, Johnstown Christian, Rockwood, Shade, Shanksville Stonycreek, Southern Fulton, and Turkeyfoot Valley. Girls’ 2A – Conemaugh Township, McConnellsburg, Meyersdale, North Star, Northern Bedford, Tussey Mountain, and Windber. Girls’ 3A — Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Perry Traditional (District 8), and Westinghouse (District 8). Boys’ A – Berlin, Fannett-Metal, Forbes Road, Johnstown Christian, Salisbury Elk Lick, Shade, Shanksville Stonycreek, Southern Fulton, and Turkeyfoot Valley. Boys’ 2A – Conemaugh Township, Everett, McConnellsburg, Meyersdale, Northern Bedford, Rockwood, Tussey Mountain, and Windber. Boys’ 3A – Chestnut Ridge, North Star, Perry Traditional (District 8), Westinghouse (District 8), Brookville (District 9), Kane (District 9), and Moniteau (District 9).

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The PIAA first-round games will be played on March 16-17, while the quarterfinals are March 19-20

The PIAA championships are scheduled for March 25-27 in Hershey.

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