There is no shortage of heavy-hitting matchups that jump out while scanning through the pre-seeds for Escape The Rock in Holland, PA, this weekend.
Over the last few years, we have seen big-time matches such as when Jake Woodley, now a true freshman at Oklahoma, took out John Borst, now a true freshman at Virginia Tech, in the 2017 finals. And this year has the potential to bring the heat as well.
5) 120: No. 14 Jared Lane, Southern Columbia vs. Shane Hanson-Ashworth, CRS
These guys come in as the No. 1 and 3 seeds of this year’s tournament, with Lane being the top dog.
Hanson-Ashworth poses a threat to the FloNational champ and All-American with his ability to attack from a low level. But if this match was to go in Lane’s favors, it will be because of his top game. Lane has the ability to throw legs and stretch guys out. Meanwhile, Hanson-Ashworth hasn’t always had the most success getting off bottom, so there could be an opportunity for Lane.
4) 160: Zack Hartman, Belle Vernon vs Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon Mac
This will be a rematch of the Powerade semifinals in which Hartman was able to shut out Nijenhuis. Obviously, the sophomore out of Canon Mac will be seeking some revenge if he gets the chance to meet Hartman again — this time it would be in the finals.
3) 113: No. 5 Anthony Clark, Delbarton vs No. 8 Lucas Byrd, Cincinnati LaSalle
This is just a really good match. That’s really the only way I can explain this one. Byrd has a go-for-it type of approach to things, and Clark is simply tough to beat.
2) 138: No. 5 Quinn Kinner, Kingsway vs No. 2 Ryan Anderson, Bethlehem Catholic
This bout will not be short on action. Anderson is like a little tank that doesn’t go in reverse. The pressure he puts on his opponents is his biggest offensive weapon. However, Kinner can match that pace with a big move. We’ve seen him hit a pretty deadly headlock in the past, so be on the lookout for this one to have a lot of back-and-forth action.
1) 126: No. 1 Pat Glory, Delbarton vs Logan Macri, Canon Mac
Don’t let the lack of a ranking next to Macri’s name fool you. He’s tough. He will be Glory’s biggest test should they meet in finals.