2021-22 Mercury Staff-By-Staff Wrestling Previews – papreplive.com

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Boyertown
Head coach: Tony Haley, second yr.
Final yr’s document: 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 6-1 total.
Wrestlers to observe: Likelihood 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). … Likelihood Babb (14-6) positioned eighth at 138 in final yr’s PIAA Class AAA match 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 want to compete for a PAC title,” Haley stated. “Nevertheless, we should get via Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts and Perkiomen Valley to get there. As for the district, we would love to get again within the prime 4 and qualify for the staff state duals. We have now an awesome mixture of expertise and youth. We might want to fill in a few of our heavier weight lessons 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 yr.
Final yr’s document: 5-2 Berks Convention (Division 1), 13-8 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 hitch 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 stated. “All of them have the power. We have now 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 yr.
Final yr’s document: 0-0 (No season outdoors Nationwide Prep Open).
Wrestlers to observe: 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 at the moment 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 faculties and can count on a number of wrestlers to compete for particular person Nationwide Prep titles,” Hoffman stated. “ Hill has compiled a particularly aggressive schedule, with partial groups entered on the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, Beast of the East and Escape the Rock. This yr’s staff has a pleasant mixture of returning veterans and gifted freshman and has taken yet another step to returning this system to nationwide prominence.”
Methacton
Head coach: Mark Harner, second yr.
Final yr’s document: 0-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 4-5 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 received bouts eventually yr’s District 1-AAA Part North Event. … Baker posted a 7-2 document at 145 his junior yr. … “We must be a lot improved over final season,” Harner stated.
Norristown
Head coach: William Evans, first yr.
Final yr’s document: Staff didn’t compete in 2020-21 season.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 will probably be contributors this yr,” Evans stated. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to get stronger in our center weights, however because the season goes on we’ll see enchancment there.” … Evans will probably be joined on his teaching employees by assistants Wealthy Maggio, Brandon Parker and newcomer Gabe Lacovino. … “I really feel like this must be a very good season for Norristown wrestling,” Evans stated. “We’re coming off of a yr the place we didn’t compete attributable to COVID issues. Constructing in the direction of the submit season is what our focus will probably be on, and I believe we now have some wrestlers who’re going to make some noise there.”
Owen J. Roberts
Head coach: Steve DeRafelo, nineteenth yr.
Final yr’s document: 2-2 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 7-2 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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) have been the furthest advancers of the Wildcats’ returnees from 2021. Each reached the District 1-AAA Part South match earlier than bowing out within the comfort semifinals. … “We’re enthusiastic about getting again on the mats,” DeRafelo stated. “We have now been working exhausting to arrange to compete to one of the best of our capacity. We have now various youngsters who made nice strides within the off season. We will probably be trying to our seniors to offer the management wanted to proceed to develop. We nonetheless have a number of work to do if we hope to be aggressive within the PAC, one of the best wrestling league in District One. The PAC is loaded prime to backside with gifted coaches and excellent wrestlers. There will probably be various groups competing to be on the prime of the PAC. It’s exhausting to recollect a time when the PAC was so aggressive.”
Perkiomen Valley
Head coach: Dave Thomas, second yr.
Final yr’s document: 1-2 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Liberty Division), 7-2 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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) have been District 1-North champions final yr 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 count on Ricci, Grant Euker, Kakos (and) Gavin Pascoe to make it to PIAA Particular person Championship in March,” Thomas stated.
Phoenixville
Head coach: Brad Clark, first yr.
Final yr’s document: 3-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 3-6 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 yr 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 stated. “We want to win our aspect of the PAC and finish the yr with a possible state qualifier.”
Pope John Paul II
Head coach: Chris Sheetz, third yr.
Final yr’s document: 0-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 0-9 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 match, third within the South East AA Regional and fourth within the East AA Tremendous Regional. He was PJP’s lone returning wrestler to advance via the post-season. … Golden Panthers, with 9 wrestlers on their roster, greater than doubled the dimensions of their staff from 2020-21.
Pottsgrove
Head coach: Jeff Madden, 14th yr.
Final yr’s document: 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 2-3 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 have been among the many Falcons’ qualifiers for the 2021 District 1-AAA Part North match. … “I be ok with the best way the fellows have been working,” Madden stated. “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 through the 2020-21 season, Pottsgrove is trying ahead to a season that kicked off on the Pottstown Invitational over the weekend.
Pottstown
Head coach: Nick Wade, fifth yr.
Final yr’s document: 2-3 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 2-9 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 Ladies Championship, ending sixth at 147. She went 3-3 within the match at Spooky Nook Sports activities. … “We’re excited to have some new faces within the room,” Wade stated. “We will probably be inexperienced with regards to varsity mat time, however our wrestlers are already proving to be keen and in a position to put within the work. We’re intrigued about some wrestlers that sadly missed final season and are able to show themselves this season. We are going to proceed to get a bit higher every day and are excited to compete.” Junior Devin Inexperienced was the squad’s prime finisher on the Pottstown Invitational on opening weekend with a third-place end at 172.
Spring-Ford
Head coach: Tim Seislove, twenty third yr.
Final yr’s document: 10-0 Pioneer Athletic Convention, 14-1 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 awesome group of seniors final yr,” Seislove stated. “Proper now, we’re working exhausting and are hoping to be aggressive in an all the time powerful PAC league.”
Higher Merion
Head coach: Chris Falcone, second yr.
Final yr’s document: 1-4 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 1-10 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 need to compete and provides our greatest effort on the mat,” Falcone stated. “We have now one motto, and that’s ‘work as exhausting as potential and simply present up when it’s time to wrestle’. This staff is devoted to changing into higher as people, and higher as a staff total. We nonetheless might should forfeit just a few weight lessons, so our backs are towards the wall; however I consider that the staff will wrestle to one of the best of their capacity. I’m anticipating to get Casey Lamey to the Regional Event and if he can keep wholesome and preserve progressing below assistant Coach Tim Harner’s steering, then he may have the ability to make that journey to Hershey.”
Higher Perkiomen
Head coach: Steve Adam, fourth yr.
Final yr’s document: 5-0 Pioneer Athletic Convention (Frontier Division), 10-8 total.
Wrestlers to observe: 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 Event, 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 stated.
 
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