Individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 28, 2017 | 113 pounds

113 pounds  1. So. Sean Pierson (19-5) Nazareth 2. Fr. Kenny Herrmann (29-12) Bethlehem Catholic 3. So. Marckis Branford (29-6) Wilson 4. So. Travis Jones (27-10) Phillipsburg 5. So. Richie Markulics (35-2) Notre Dame NJSIAA state qualifier: Jones PIAA...

Individual wrestling rankings for Feb. 28, 2017 | 113 pounds

113 pounds 

1. So. Sean Pierson (19-5) Nazareth

2. Fr. Kenny Herrmann (29-12) Bethlehem Catholic

3. So. Marckis Branford (29-6) Wilson

4. So. Travis Jones (27-10) Phillipsburg

5. So. Richie Markulics (35-2) Notre Dame

NJSIAA state qualifier: Jones

PIAA 3A Northeast Regional qualifiers: Herrmann, Pierson, Santiago 

PIAA 2A Southeast Regional qualifiers: Branford, Markulics, Rosengrant

Honorable mention (in alphabetical order): Sr. Dan Belfonti (15-6) Northern Lehigh; Fr. Harrison Bernhard (19-12) Northwestern Lehigh; Fr. Christopher Clifford (17-11) Central Catholic; So. Tal-Rees Flemming (26-7) Liberty; Fr. Evan Klimas (17-14) North Hunterdon; Jr. Colby Koshinski (24-15) Voorhees; Fr. Logan Nauta (14-13) Warren Hills; Jr. Logan Ninos (24-15) Northampton; So. Nick Rosengrant (23-6) Saucon Valley; Sr. Diego Santiago (19-7) Easton; So. Caleb Staub (18-5) Whitehall

Comments:  Branford dropped here from 120 and won the D-11 2A title, beating Bernhard (6-2) and Rosengrant (9-7 OT) along the way and enters here at No. 3. Markulics lost 5-4 to Tri-Valley frosh Cal Schoffstall in 2A semifinals – amazingly, Notre Dame is 0-9 in 2A semis the last two seasons (yet 9-0 in the next bout, go figure) – and that costs him some spots here. Pierson was third in D-11 3A, with two wins over Herrmann and one over Santiago, and he stays No. 1 easily. Santiago wound up fifth at D-11 3A and Jones, fourth at Region 3, slips in the top five. Potentially still a lot of movement here, one of the more wide-open classes.

Brad Wilson may be reached at bwilson@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradwsports. Find Lehigh Valley high school sports on Facebook.

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