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DIVISION I


Berwick (3A)


Coach: Ernie Yates, 25th year



Last Year: 1-5 Division I; 15-16 Overall



Key Losses: Austin Soboleski, Dalton Arner, Anthony Talanca, Jake Jola



Probable Lineup: 106: Dakota Connor, So.; 113: Aaron Preston, Sr.; 120: Troy Hernandez, So.; 126: Josh Gregory, Jr. or Tyler Buck, So.; 132: A.J. Woznock, Sr.; 138: Pete Talanca, Jr.; 145: Kevin Laubach, Sr.; 152: Zac Kyttle, Jr. or Nathan Kishbaugh, So.; 160: Trent Kowalski, Fr.; 170: Will Mastellar, Sr.; 182: C.J. Whitmire, So.;195: Dustin Hossler, Jr. or Chris Erickson, So.; 220: Tyler Ohl, Sr.; 285: Ryan Dooley, Jr.



Outlook: Yates has 27 guys in the wrestling room so the Bulldogs are not struggling with numbers this season. Where they lack depth is at the upper weights. As has been the case the last few years, the coach has a mix of youth with veteran leadership and this season could be when they get back into contention for the division championship.



Coach's Comments: They're young, but they'll learn and get better. We just don't have enough depth to come through because to compete now you have to have an experienced guy at every weight.


Coughlin (3A)


Coach: Steve Stahl, 6th year



Last Year: 5-1 Division I (co-champion), 15-3 overall



Key Losses: Frankie Mahmoud, Mark Meloro, Dom Gulius, Troy Vannucci, John Olson



Probable Lineup: 106: Nick Yankoski, So.; 113: Bobby Hawkins, So.; 120: Mike Brown, Fr.; 126: Bill Poray, Jr.; 132: Eddie Ciprich, Sr.; 138: Jerry Ryan, Sr. or Alex Schuerman, Sr. or Josh Tarnalicki, Sr.; 145: Dave Sterba, Jr.; 152: Colin Gobbler, Jr.; 160: Rico Colon, Sr.; 170: Colby Ercolani, Sr.; 182: Louis Foster, Sr. or Paul Cole, Jr.; 195: Jalel Monroe, Jr.; 220: Jordan Phillips, Sr.; 285: Brad Emerick, Sr.



Outlook: The Crusaders lost some key pieces from last year's District 2 Class 3A Duals finalist showing, but they still have five district place-winners returning from that squad. They should still be right near the top of the division standings once again when the end of the season rolls around.



Coach's Comments: Team-wise, we want to be competitive right to the end, and when the dust clears in February finish in the top of the conference. Individually, we want our top wrestlers to place at the state level.


Crestwood (3A)


Coach: Jay Konigus, 3rd year



Last Year: 3-3 Division I; 4-6 overall



Key Losses: Bob Gray, Kyle Hankinson, Andrew Brodginski, Roger Legg



Probable Lineup: 106: Dillon Miale, So.; 113: Brandon Rinehimer, Fr.; 120 and 126: Seth Korch, So. and Josh Prezkop, So.; 132: Mike Patton, So.; 138: Dan Ritz, So.; 145: Matt Hammerstone, Sr.; 152: Michael Legg, Jr.; 160: Aaron Barratta, Sr.; 170: Matt Dexter, Sr.; 182: Jay Popson, Jr.; 195: Tyler Robinson, Jr.;   220: Steffan Senczakowicz, Jr.; 285: Ty Womer, Jr.



Outlook: The Comets are young this season with just three seniors starting to open the season. But there's no questioning the talent or conditioning because the program always is at the top when it comes to those two categories. That's what will keep the team in contention for the division title.



Coach's Comments: We want to win matches. I'd be lying to you if I didn't want to win matches, but it's always the same at Crestwood where we peak at the end. We have kids that are going to win some matches. We're looking to go out there stay off our back and have that keep us in matches.


Dallas (3A)


Coach: Mike Richards, 6th year



Last Year: 5-1 Division II; 17-11 overall



Key Losses: Jordan Visneski, Bill Dixon, Dominic Chopka, Garret Artsma



Probable Lineup: 106: open; 113: open; 120: Dominic DeGraba, Sr.; 126: Aaron Klimovitch, So.; 132: Jimmy Caffrey, Sr.; 138: Cole Dixon, Fr.; 145: Steve Mingy, Sr.; 152: Logan Brace, Jr.; 160: Zach Macosky, Sr.;   170: Kris Roccograndi, Sr.;   182: Connor Martinez, Jr.; 195: open; 220: Mark Michno, Jr.; 285: Ryan Monk, So.



Outlook: Making the move to Division I and Class 3A is a big step since Dallas is a small 3A school. But they have the talent to compete in each, which will prepare the team even more for the tough postseason.



Coach's Comments: We have quite a few older guys. It's going to be a little tougher in Triple-A because we are a smaller school, but you have to step up and wrestler tougher competition. With the kids I think we're as good as anyone in the conference.


Hazleton Area (3A)


Coach: Keith Maurer, 2nd year (13th season overall)



Last Year: 3-3 Division I; 4-14 overall



Key Losses: Lucas Johnson, Tom Biesadesky, Chad Hoffman, Frank Hoffman



Probable Lineup: 106: Kienan Dalesandro, So.; 113: Ezal Pavlichko, So.; 120: Nick Kairowhich, Fr.; 126: Jonathan Caban, Sr.; 132: Larry Romanchick, So.; 138: Josh Mussoline, Sr. or Kody Masters, Sr.; 145: Hernan Aquino, So.; 152: Dan Bove, Sr. or Derek Spachman, So.; 160: Adam Fredmund, Sr.; 170: Marcos Madera, Sr.; 182: Steve Longazel, Fr.; 195: Dewel Tejeda, So.; 220: Taylor Schermerhorn, Sr.; 285: Shawn Cartwright, Sr.



Outlook: The Cougars improved last year under Maurer, who regained the program for his second stint. They now have a different roster, but there is talent on the squad and they just need to put it all together to improve on last year's showing.



Coach's Comments: It's really a funny year for me. There's a lot of mix there with no juniors and seniors who just came out this year. There's a huge mix here and we'll see what happens. Roll the dice.


Pittston Area (3A)


Coach: James Woodall, 3rd year



Last Year: 4-2 Division I; 10-6 overall



Key Losses: Pat Nallin, Jamie Scarantino, Chris Wesolowski



Key Wrestlers: Frank Ardo, Sr.; Brandon Columbo, Sr.; Eric Danaher, Jr.; Dave DeLeo, So.; Sam Falcone, Sr.; Dan Gambini, So.; Tyler Koval, Jr.; Angelo Lussi, Sr.; Tyler Lutecki, Jr.; John Minich, Sr.; Donnie Parham, Sr.; Troy Platukus, Jr.; Brad Rush, Sr.; Justin Wilk, Sr.



Outlook: The roster has had some turnover in the last two years as the 2011-12 season was down from previous seasons. The Patriots return a majority of the wrestlers from last year's team and will be ready for another run at the division and district titles.


Wyoming Valley West (3A)


Coach: Drew Feldman, first year



Last Year: 5-1 Division I (co-champion); 15-5 overall



Key Losses: Alex Kepp, Brian Dwyer, Tom Smulowitz, T.J. Evans



Probable Lineup: 106: James Wright, So.; 113: Alex Tirko, Jr.; 120: Jon Lagoski, Fr.; 126: Kyle Krasavage, Sr.; 132: Travis Roper, Jr.; 138: Derrick Simms, Sr.; 145: Nathan Cheek, Jr.; 152: Cody Cordes, So.; 160: Juan Rajo, Sr.; 170: Alan Sakosky, Sr.; 182: Trey Cowman, Sr.; 195: Brandon Baird, Sr. or Ian Moran, Jr.; 220: Baird or Moran; 285: Matt Dubaskas, Jr.



Outlook: The Spartans are tabbed by many as the favorite to claim the division title outright this season with seven district place-winners returning. While they have key seniors, there are still many underclassmen to be counted on as well and WVW is set up for the next few years.



Coach's Comments: We're excited and our expectations are really high in the wrestling room. We're setting the standards and our goals are high.


 


DIVISION II
GAR (2A)


Coach: Rick Simon, 6th year



Last Year: 0-6 Division II; 5-11 overall



Key Losses: Peter Hodgson, Andres Jones, Joey O'Day, Kenneth Reese, Kris Welkey



Probable Lineup: 106: open; 113: open; 120: A.J. Luton, Jr.; 126: Devin Reese, Jr.; 132: open; 138: Joey O'Day, Jr.; 145: open; 152: open; 160: Jamar Taylor, Jr.; 170: Nick Borum, So.; 182: Zach Gonzalez, So.; 195: open; 220: Zac Faust, So.; 285: Elijah Gresham, Sr.



Outlook: Simon only has eight wrestlers out this season so getting their first win in the WVC since the 2008-09 season may be hard to do, but the returners are quality grapplers. A.J. Luton took fourth at regionals, Zac Faust was a regional qualifier and Jamar Taylor and Elijah Gresham were district place-winners.



Coach's Comments: Even though we're low on numbers, we're excited about the tournaments we're going to be in because we have a lot of guys who are going to place.


Hanover Area (2A)


Coach: Anthony Mercadante, 2nd year



Last Year: 2-4 Division II; 4-20 overall



Key Losses: Steve Radzwilla



Probable Lineup: 106: Kyle Holmgren, Fr. or Zach Meckes, Fr.; 113: Brad Glazenski, Jr.; 120: Shane Elick, Sr.; 126: open; 132: Matt Izen, Sr.; 138: Chris Jones, Sr.; 145: open; 152: Tyler Bartnick, Sr.; 160: Anthony Eck, Jr.; 170: Matt Monahan, Sr.; 182: Tom Bogarowski, Jr.; 195: Dillon Ropietski, Sr. or Kane Rinner, Jr.; 220: Trevor Ahouse, Sr.; 285: Jimmy Theamin, So.



Outlook: Confidence is high for the Hawkeyes entering the campaign with several grapplers back from last season's squad with two district place-winners returning. Brad Glazenski was district runner-up, while Dillon Ropietski placed fourth.



Coach's Comments: I want to improve on our record from last year. I believe we have a team that could contend for the Division II title and I want to see our kids get better and improve and all of them place at districts.


Lake-Lehman (2A)


Coach: Tom Williams, 3rd year (13th overall)



Last Year: 6-0 Division II (champion); 19-2 overall



Key Losses: Jake Winters, Bryan Carter, Nick Shelley, Mark Bullock



Probable Lineup: 106: open; 113: John Tomasura, So.; 120: Mark Gray, Fr.; 126: Zeb MacMillan, Sr.; 132: Austin Harry, Jr. or Jimmy Stuart, So.; 138: Harry or Stuart; 145: Josh Sayre, So.; 152: Josh Winters, Jr. or Josh Bullock, So.; 160: Bobby Wrights, Jr. or Tommy Williams, Fr.; 170: Richard Emel, Sr. or Randy Zacharias, Jr.; 182: Derek Dragon, So. or Justin Winters, Jr.; 195: Brady Butler, Jr.; 220: Phil Hettes, So. or Alex Major, So. or Tyler Bropst, Jr.; 285: Austin Parry, So.



Outlook: The core of last year's division and district championship team remain even though key pieces graduated. Still, the Black Knights should be competing for both titles again this season.



Coach's Comments: We lost some nice leadership from last year, but we have a decent amount coming back. The kids are really working hard to live up to the standards and expectations that were set by the team last year.


Meyers (2A)


Coach: Ron Swingle, 11th year



Last Year: 4-2 Division II; 10-14



Key Losses: Sean Bergold, Vito Pasone, Jeff Nealon, Darren Stucker, Eric Carty, Dijon Townes



Probable Lineup: 106: Dan Semanek, Fr.; 113: Jose Nunez, Jr.; 120: open; 126: open; 132: Kashif Alston, Sr.; 138: Justin Elick, Sr.; 145: Geno Setta, Fr. or Sharif Alston, Jr. or Zahir Dunell, So. or Tyler Petronek, So.; 152: Johntae Nelson, Jr. or Quincy Hutchings, So.; 160: T.J. Cistrunk, So. or Edwin Vergara, So.; 170: and 182: Terry Eyerman, So. or Ray Woodson, Jr.; Miles Davis, Jr. or Sam Blankenship, Sr.; 195: Ojmanis Almonte, So. or Yakeem Adams, So. or John Mendola, So.; 220: Matt Craig, So.; 285: Kyle Krepich, Jr.



Outlook: The team lost some key pieces from last year, there's no doubt about that. But, like always, the Mohawks have talent and have pieces that can shock some teams during the duals season.



Coach's Comments: We're in an uphill battle and looking to ruin someone's day instead of being out front. We're definitely not out front. I'd rather be the hunting than the hunted. On any given night we can give anyone fits with the right matchups.


Nanticoke (2A)


Coach: Joe Ebert, 8th year Last Year: 1-5 Division II; 2-6 overall



Key Losses: Josh Allabaugh, Rich Badowski, Pedro Bracero, Kyle Hamilton, Jimmy Hauer, Klayton Kasprzyk, Brian Maslowski



Key Wrestlers: n/a



Outlook: n/a



Coach's Comments: n/a


Tunkhannock (3A)


Coach: Bob Hegedty, 4th year



Last Year: 0-6 Division I; 7-18 overall



Key Losses: Mike Pavlichko, Cole Wright, Charlie Generotti, Nate Carrasco, Casey Drake



Probable Lineup: 106: Tom Bachman, Fr.; 113: Jake Richards, Fr.; or Justin Stonier, So. or Elliott Hammersly, Fr.; 120: Bill Manley, Fr.; 126: Dakota Quick, Fr.; 132: Mike Manley, Fr.; 138: Chris Packer, Jr.; 145: Dalton Ray, Fr.; 152: Ben Siegel, Jr. or Zach Appleby, Jr.; 160: Colton Coolbaugh, Sr.; 170: open; 182: open; 195: Andrew Muckin, Sr.; 220: Alex Berlue, Jr.; 285: Stephan Lawson, Sr.



Outlook: With seven freshmen, the Tigers could be headed for a rebuilding season. But there is plenty of mat experience with the youngsters having wrestled in junior high. The team also has talented upperclassmen to make for a good mix. With such a youthful bunch, the Tigers could turn into a force in the near future.



Coach's Comments: I think having that many freshmen is good. They're all hard-working kids and having them coming back will be a nice group to work with. The freshmen are battle-tested with a lot of mat experience. Sometimes you have kids and they hang back a little, but they're working hard.


Wyoming Area (2A)


Coach: Steve Mytych, 2nd year



Last Year: 3-3 Division II; 6-8 overall



Key Losses: Nico Mazzone, Corey Popovich



Probable Lineup: 106: Shaun Vazquez, So.; 113: Patrick Heck, Fr.; 120: Charlie Johnson, Fr.; 126: Carmen Mauriello, Sr.; 132: Stephen Barush, Sr.; 138: Andy Schutz, Sr.; 145: Nick Heck, Sr.; 152: Gabe Valdes, So.; 160: Zach Briggs, Fr.; 170: Zach O'Brien, Fr.; 182: Jude Pollit-Moran, So.; 195: Shaun Whiting, Sr.; 220: Jeff Skursky, So.; 285: Carl Zielinski, Sr.



Outlook: The Warriors were streaking heading into last postseason and finished sixth at districts with five place-winners and still have five district medalists on the team. Combine them with talented underclassmen and a full lineup and Wyoming Area is a strong contender for the division title and the district championship.



Coach's Comments: The goal is to win district duals and get some guys on the state podium, especially Andy Schutz, and just keep building year after year with high expectations. Right now I think we're doing that and we're on the right track.


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