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2021-22 Mercury Staff-By-Staff Wrestling Previews –

Head coach: Tony Haley, second 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 6-1 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Probability Babb, Sr., 152; Nick Montayne, Sr., 160; Dom Sheridan, Sr., 145; Luke Heimbach, Jr., 113, Ryder Gheris, So., 145-152; Gavin Sheridan, So., 120.
Outlook: The Bears’ roster is bolstered by the presence of freshmen Beck Babb (132), Brody Coleman (106) and Shane Stankina (126). … Probability Babb (14-6) positioned eighth at 138 in final 12 months’s PIAA Class AAA event after scoring a 3rd within the East AAA Tremendous Regional. Sheridan (12-4) was third at 106 within the South East AAA Regional, and Heimbach (10-5) fifth at 113. … “We wish to compete for a PAC title,” Haley mentioned. “Nevertheless, we should get by Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts and Perkiomen Valley to get there. As for the district, we would like to get again within the high 4 and qualify for the staff state duals. We’ve got an excellent mixture of expertise and youth. We might want to fill in a few of our heavier weight courses and keep damage free. It’s nice simply being again within the room and hopefully get a full season in.”
Daniel Boone
Head coach: James Hogan, fifth 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 5-2 Berks Convention (Division 1), 13-8 general.
Wrestlers to look at: J.T. Hogan, Sr., 152; Colin Leahy, Sr., 285; Gavin Richard, Sr., 126; Tucker Hogan, So., 171; Dean Houser, So., 106.
Outlook: Tucker Hogan (18-3) certified for the 2021 West AAA Tremendous Regional at 172. J.T. (17-2) was fourth on the South Central AAA Regional at 138. … With 82 profession wins to his credit score, J.T. is in place to affix the Mercury protection space’s 100-win performers this winter. … Richard (120) and Leahy (285, 15-4) additionally certified for the regional’s first stage in 2021. … “Dean, Gavin, J.T. and Tucker ought to all attain the state podium,” Coach Hogan mentioned. “All of them have the flexibility. We’ve got some younger guys who’re going to take their lumps, however they’ve to achieve success scoring bonus factors and protecting matches shut. All of them have to come back collectively for us to have staff success.”
Hill Faculty
Head coach: David Hoffman, fourth 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 0-0 (No season outdoors Nationwide Prep Open).
Wrestlers to look at: Kelvin Griffin, Sr., 145; Joey Asterino, Jr., 132; Luke Cawley, Jr., 285; Kade Davidheiser, Jr., 126; Colby Isabelle, Jr., 160; Hunter Sloan, Jr., 120, Robert Pavlek, Fr., 120, Zak Zindle Fr., 170.
Outlook: The Blues’ roster is bolstered by the addition of freshmen Robert Pavlek and Zak Zindle, a NUWAY Nationwide Champion (freestyle and folkstyle) and NHSCA Center Faculty Nationwide Runner-up. … Griffin is presently ranked No. 12 within the nation. His credentials embrace being a Tremendous 32 Placewinner, fourth at Beast of the East, an NHSCA Junior Nationwide champ, a Nationwide Prep runner-up and three-time Nationwide Prep All-American. … Davidheiser is a Nationwide Prep Champion and two-time Nationwide Prep All-American; Isabelle is an NHSCA Sophomore Nationwide runner-up, a Nationwide Prep All-American, Maine state champion and New England Champion. Sloan was fourth at Nationwide Preps and an NHSCA Sophomore All-American. … “The Hill Faculty wrestling staff enters the season ranked quantity eight within the nation amongst prep colleges and can anticipate a number of wrestlers to compete for particular person Nationwide Prep titles,” Hoffman mentioned. “ Hill has compiled an especially aggressive schedule, with partial groups entered on the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, Beast of the East and Escape the Rock. This 12 months’s staff has a pleasant mixture of returning veterans and proficient freshman and has taken yet one more step to returning this system to nationwide prominence.”
Head coach: Mark Harner, second 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 0-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 4-5 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Grant Baker, Sr., 145; Brody Borkowski, Sr., 160; Eddie Carbajal, Sr., 138; Josh Cancro, Jr., 215; Damian Moser, Jr., 285; Levi Borkowski So., 172; Isaiah Peoples, So. 189; Joe Simko, So. 120.
Outlook: The Warriors’ roster is bolstered by the presence of freshmen Ryan Hayes (106) and Matty Shumaker (152). … Borkowski (6-5) and Moser (7-4) every gained bouts eventually 12 months’s District 1-AAA Part North Match. … Baker posted a 7-2 file at 145 his junior 12 months. … “We must be a lot improved over final season,” Harner mentioned.
Head coach: William Evans, first 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: Staff didn’t compete in 2020-21 season.
Wrestlers to look at: Chris Carter, Sr., 189-215; Todd Picard, Sr., 189-215; Eric Whitt, Sr., 285; Doug Cawley, Jr., 113-120.
Outlook: Carter, Picard and Cawley are all returning Eagle grapplers whereas Whitt is a brand new face in this system. “There’s some robust underclassmen on the lighter weights that I really feel shall be contributors this 12 months,” Evans mentioned. “We’re nonetheless attempting to get stronger in our center weights, however because the season goes on we’ll see enchancment there.” … Evans shall be joined on his teaching employees by assistants Wealthy Maggio, Brandon Parker and newcomer Gabe Lacovino. … “I really feel like this must be a great season for Norristown wrestling,” Evans mentioned. “We’re coming off of a 12 months the place we didn’t compete as a result of COVID issues. Constructing in the direction of the put up season is what our focus shall be on, and I feel we now have some wrestlers who’re going to make some noise there.”
Owen J. Roberts
Head coach: Steve DeRafelo, nineteenth 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 2-2 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 7-2 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Matt Englehardt, Sr., 126-132; Vincent Langford, Sr., 152-160; Frankie McCoy, Sr., 215; Bryce Schmoyer, Sr., 132-138; Mason Karkoska, Jr., 138-145; Brady Quinn, So., 113-120; Dillon Bechtold, So., 171-182; Sam Gautreau, So., 138-145; Dyson Neil, So., 138-145.
Outlook: Englehardt (7-5) and Karkoska (9-3) had been the furthest advancers of the Wildcats’ returnees from 2021. Each reached the District 1-AAA Part South event earlier than bowing out within the comfort semifinals. … “We’re enthusiastic about getting again on the mats,” DeRafelo mentioned. “We’ve got been working laborious to organize to compete to the most effective of our means. We’ve got a variety of children who made nice strides within the off season. We shall be trying to our seniors to supply the management wanted to proceed to develop. We nonetheless have a variety of work to do if we hope to be aggressive within the PAC, the most effective wrestling league in District One. The PAC is loaded high to backside with proficient coaches and excellent wrestlers. There shall be a variety of groups competing to be on the high of the PAC. It’s laborious to recollect a time when the PAC was so aggressive.”
Perkiomen Valley
Head coach: Dave Thomas, second 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 1-2 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 7-2 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Luke Ricci, Sr., 145-152; Grant Euker, Jr., 215; Kelly Kakos, Jr., 138; Gavin Pascoe, Jr., 152-160; Cole Euker, Fr., 285; Luke Hanlon, Soph., 113; Aiden Stratton, Soph., 126-132.
Outlook: Kakos (17-5) and Grant Euker (13-3) had been District 1-North champions final 12 months at 132 and 189, respectively. Kakos was a Southeast AAA Regional runner-up, third on the East AAA Tremendous Regional and eighth on the PIAA Class AAA Championships. … Thomas has excessive hopes for his top-end group. “I anticipate Ricci, Grant Euker, Kakos (and) Gavin Pascoe to make it to PIAA Particular person Championship in March,” Thomas mentioned.
Head coach: Brad Clark, first 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 3-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 3-6 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Kael Gilbert, Sr.; Mason Koch, Sr.; Owen Koch, Sr.; Justin Myers, Sr.; John Volpe, Sr.; Jake Geiger, Jr.
Outlook: Clark takes cost of the Phantom mat program from youthful brother Brandan Clark, who was the top coach for the reason that 2017-18 season. Brad had earlier head-coaching stints at Pottstown (2016-17) after serving one 12 months as assistant coach, and Methacton (2017-19). … Owen Koch positioned sixth at 172 within the 2021 South East AAA Regional. … “We glance to proceed the success that was constructed over the previous couple of years,” Clark mentioned. “We wish to win our aspect of the PAC and finish the 12 months with a possible state qualifier.”
Pope John Paul II
Head coach: Chris Sheetz, third 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 0-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 0-9 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Alan Alexander, Sr.; Nick Togno, Sr.
Outlook: Alexander positioned sixth at 152 within the 2021 PIAA Class AA Championships. He was additionally a champion within the District 1/12-AA event, third within the South East AA Regional and fourth within the East AA Tremendous Regional. He was PJP’s lone returning wrestler to advance by the post-season. … Golden Panthers, with 9 wrestlers on their roster, greater than doubled the dimensions of their staff from 2020-21.
Head coach: Jeff Madden, 14th 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 2-3 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Matt Bechtel, Sr., 145; Shane Caffrey, Sr., 160; Landon Shivak, Sr., 172; Trenton Allen, Jr., 138; Dominic DeMeno, Jr., 215; Dominic Sithens, Jr., 152; Bryce Caffrey, So., 126; Nathan Gillin, So., 132.
Outlook: Allen and DeMeno had been among the many Falcons’ qualifiers for the 2021 District 1-AAA Part North event. … “I be ok with the way in which the fellows have been working,” Madden mentioned. “They’re doing a superb job. The seniors are establishing themselves, and the remainder of the fellows are pulling alongside. Even our juniors are doing a pleasant job serving to to drag the youthful guys alongside.” … Seeing motion in solely 5 twin matches throughout the 2020-21 season, Pottsgrove is trying ahead to a season that kicked off on the Pottstown Invitational over the weekend.
Head coach: Nick Wade, fifth 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 2-3 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 2-9 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Mia Bumbarger, Sr., 145-152; Jonah Grice, Sr., 126; Devon Inexperienced, Jr., 160-172; Malachi Jones, Jr., 132.
Outlook: Bumbarger competed within the 2021 MyHouse PA State Women Championship, ending sixth at 147. She went 3-3 within the event at Spooky Nook Sports activities. … “We’re excited to have some new faces within the room,” Wade mentioned. “We shall be inexperienced with regards to varsity mat time, however our wrestlers are already proving to be keen and capable of put within the work. We’re intrigued about some wrestlers that sadly missed final season and are able to show themselves this season. We’ll proceed to get a bit of higher every day and are excited to compete.” Junior Devin Inexperienced was the squad’s high finisher on the Pottstown Invitational on opening weekend with a third-place end at 172.
Head coach: Tim Seislove, twenty third 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 10-0 Pioneer Athletic Convention, 14-1 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Ryan Lepore, Sr., 152; Dom Ortlip, Sr., 120; Anthony Attilio, Jr., 152; Cole Smith, Jr., 113; Quinn Smith, Jr., 126.
Outlook: Cole Smith (19-4) was each a District 1-AAA Part South and South East AAA Regional champion at 106. He ended up sixth within the East AAA Tremendous Regional. … Ortlip (19-5) was a bit champ at 113 and third on the South East AAA Regional. … The Rams graduated a state champion, Joey Milano, and PIAA runner-up, Jack McGill, from a staff that was a bit and regional staff champion, a District 1-AAA staff titlist and third place within the PIAA Class AAA Duals. … “We misplaced an excellent group of seniors final 12 months,” Seislove mentioned. “Proper now, we’re working laborious and are hoping to be aggressive in an at all times robust PAC league.”
Higher Merion
Head coach: Chris Falcone, second 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 1-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 1-10 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Nick Hutchinson, Sr., 189; Jacob Kruszynski, Sr., 145-152; Jeifer Perez Hernandez, Sr., 172; James Shore, Sr., 215; Casey Lamey, Jr., 145-152.
Outlook: Lamey returns to the wrestling scene after being away from it a pair years. … “We simply wish to compete and provides our greatest effort on the mat,” Falcone mentioned. “We’ve got one motto, and that’s ‘work as laborious as doable and simply present up when it’s time to wrestle’. This staff is devoted to turning into higher as people, and higher as a staff general. We nonetheless might must forfeit a number of weight courses, so our backs are in opposition to the wall; however I imagine that the staff will wrestle to the most effective of their means. I’m anticipating to get Casey Lamey to the Regional Match and if he can keep wholesome and hold progressing beneath assistant Coach Tim Harner’s steering, then he would possibly be capable to make that journey to Hershey.”
Higher Perkiomen
Head coach: Steve Adam, fourth 12 months.
Final 12 months’s file: 5-0 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 10-8 general.
Wrestlers to look at: Tommy Fehnel, Sr., 126; Matt Milkowich, Sr., 113; Gabe Coddington, Jr., 138; Tommy Flud, Jr., 189; Shane Freeh, Jr., 126; Tyler Hoffer, Jr., 132; Roy Cobb, So., 126; Brandon Godshall, So., 113; Branden Rozanski, So., 106; Gabe Tulone, So., 106.
Outlook: Milkowich (27-11) positioned fourth on the District 1-AAA Match, because the Indians’ highest-placing returnee final season. … UP is coming off back-to-back Frontier Division regular-season titles, each occasions posting 5-0 data. “Having a full line-up this season ought to enable Higher Perk to compete for the PAC Frontier Division title,” Adam mentioned.
– Compiled by Jeff Stover

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