Ten’s not bad but it could have been better.
I was able to correctly predict 10 of the 14 champions and 20 of the 28 finalists from the North Coast Section wrestling championships this past weekend at Newark Memorial High School.
Eleven No. 1 seeds won titles. The non-No. 1 seeds who won NCS championships were James Logan’s Jacob Gire (No. 3 at 125), De La Salle’s Nick Pica (No. 4 at 189) and Ferndale’s John Thurston (No. 3 at 275).
As expected, 189 and 275 were the most wide open divisions. At 189, the No. 4 seed defeated the No. 2 seed (Antioch’s Jake Bingham) in the final. The heavyweight division was even wilder. The championship match was between the No. 3 and 4 seeds. No. 1 seed Matt Zonfrello of College Park lost in the first round as evidence of how much parity existed.
What results surprised you the most and why?