2021 PIAA Individual State Wrestling Championship

2021 PIAA State Qualifier Breakdown & Heatmap

2021 PIAA State Qualifier Breakdown & Heatmap

A data-driven deep dive of the 2021 PIAA State Championship qualifiers.

Mar 9, 2021 by JD Rader
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An unusual year for the Pennsylvania State Championships as the brackets will only consist of eight wrestlers instead of 16. It shall still be a great tournament, however, and still very worthy of a data-driven deep dive into the qualifiers. These qualifiers are worth it as it was even harder to qualify this year than in previous years.

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An unusual year for the Pennsylvania State Championships as the brackets will only consist of eight wrestlers instead of 16. It shall still be a great tournament, however, and still very worthy of a data-driven deep dive into the qualifiers. These qualifiers are worth it as it was even harder to qualify this year than in previous years.

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First, let's look at a heat map of all of the qualifiers. The graphic below is a map of all 208 qualifiers across both classes. 

No surprise as the Lehigh Valley leads the way. In a state historically rich with wrestling talent, the Valley rains supreme with teams like Notre Dame GP and Bethlehem Catholic.

Now, let's look take break it down by school.

AA Qualifiers By School

School

Qualifiers

Notre Dame5
Southern Columbia4
Hickory4
Benton4
Saucon Valley3
Montoursville3
Hamburg3
Ft Leboeuf3
Burrell3
St. Joseph's Catholic2
Reynolds2
Muncy2
Montgomery2
Mifflinburg2
Midd-West2
Lewisburg2
Greenville2
Forest Hills2
Chestnut Ridge2
Brookville2
Bermudian Springs2
Wyoming Area1
West Perry1
West Branch1
Tamaqua1
Sullivan County1
South Williamsport1
South Park1
Sheffield1
Saegertown1
Richland1
Pope John Paul II1
Philipsburg-Osceola1
Penns Valley1
Palisades1
North Star1
Mount Union1
Mount Pleasant1
Meyersdale1
Mercer1
Meadowbrook Christian1
McGuffey1
Marion Center1
Laurel1
Knoch1
Johnsonburg1
Hughesville1
Harbor Creek1
Halifax1
Glendale1
Girard1
Freedom Area1
Frazier1
Faith Christian1
Corry1
Conwell Egan1
Carlynton1
Cambria Heights1
Brandywine Heights1
Boiling Springs1
Blackhawk1
Bishop McDevitt1
Bishop McCort1
Biglerville1
Beth-Center1
Bentworth1
Bald Eagle Area1
Athens1
Allentown Central Catholic1

Notre Dame GP leads the way with five qualifiers followed by Southern Columbia, Hickory, and Benton with four. A total of 69 schools qualified wrestlers with 48 qualified just a single wrestler.

AAA Qualifiers By School

SchoolQualifiers
Bethlehem Catholic7
Waynesburg6
Nazareth5
Northampton4
Hempfield Area4
Seneca Valley3
Bellefonte Area3
Easton3
Council Rock North2
Manheim Township2
Williamsport2
Cathedral Prep2
Connellsville2
Delaware Valley2
Downingtown East2
Franklin Regional2
Hampton2
Interboro2
Norwin2
Spring-Ford2
West Scranton2
Abington Heights1
Solanco1
Stroudsburg1
Armstrong1
Belle Vernon1
Bensalem1
Boyertown1
Central Bucks East1
Central Bucks West1
Central Dauphin1
Central Mountain1
Chambersburg1
Chartiers Valley1
Coatesville1
Council Rock South1
Cumberland Valley1
Dallastown1
Dover1
Downingtown West1
DuBois1
Greater Latrobe1
Greensburg Salem1
Hazleton Area1
Kennett1
Kiski Area1
La Salle College1
Mifflin County1
Neshaminy1
North Penn1
Penn Manor1
Penn-Trafford1
Perkiomen Valley1
Pine Richland1
Quakertown1
Red Lion1
Selinsgrove1
State College1
Strath Haven1
Sun Valley1
Upper Darby1
WC Henderson1
Wallenpaupack1
Wilson1

BECA will be bringing the most athletes of any team to Hershey with seven. 62 teams will be represented with 37 only bringing one.

Now, let's break it down by grade.

AA Qualifiers By Grade

Freshmen - 12

Sophomores - 18

Juniors - 25

Seniors - 49

AAA Qualifiers By Grade

Freshmen - 6

Sophomores - 19

Juniors - 29

Seniors - 50