WEST GROVE - Avon Grove wrestling got itself on the map a bit last winter thanks to a state medal run by Edgar Garcia and an impressive showing by Caleb Edwards in the postseason.
At a school not known for its wrestling, Garcia and Edwards are doing their best to change that.
At the Bob Henry Classic at Avon Grove High on Saturday afternoon, Garcia (113 pounds), Edwards (182), Kevin Edwards (106) and Garrett Compton (145) went undefeated, helping the Red Devils to a second-place finish behind Hamburg, in the eight-team round robin tournament.
Nick Prange went undefeated at 170 pounds for Octorara, and Thomas Hatzipavlides (145) was the top finisher for West Chester Rustin, at 4-1. Garcia broke the school record for career wins, while Caleb Edwards was named Outstanding Wrestler.
"I felt a little out of shape, but after today I should be able to pick it up a little more in the practice room,' said Caleb Edwards, who reached regionals as a junior.
Like his freshman brother Kevin, the elder Edwards went 5-0 to start the season. His best wins came against Penncrest's Liam Frank with an 11-4 decision, and Hamburg's returning regional qualifier, Cody Miller, 3-1.
"Last year, heading into the postseason, I was a little injured and wasn't as confident,' Caleb said. "Over the offseason I became mentally a lot stronger than I was before.'
Prange led the way for the Braves, who also got a solid performance from Troy McBride (3-2 at 145). Prange has reached regionals the last two years at 182 and 170 pounds, respectively, but its certified to wrestle at 160 as a senior.
"He's definitely put in the time,' Octorara Mark Durante said of Prange. "There are still things to work on, but he's following the plan and listening and doing things the right way. We're kinda in the middle with weight, whether to go 160 or 70, but I like what I saw (Saturday).'
Rustin is in its second year of rebuilding and has a competitive group of underclassmen. Freshman Brett Kaliner (106) went 4-1, losing to Kevin Edwards, 6-4. Jon Reardon (113), the second of four freshmen in the lineup, went 2-1 with his only loss a 7-2 decision to Garcia.
Hatzipavlides earned a fall against McBride and dropped his bout against Compton.
"Leadership is always important,' Rustin coach Brad Harkins said. "Thomas and Matt Ricci are kids that are gonna help our younger kids. Our kids have the right mindset to put in work and dedication to make it happen.'
The Red Devils have six seniors in their starting lineup, but in a deep Ches-Mont National Division, it will take a strong effort to land near the top. Garcia says the added skill in the room this year has elevated everyone.
"The intensity is up in the room,' Garcia said. "The conditioning and drilling, it's all intensified. It's great to see kids with more talent willing to work hard.'
Avon Grove also got strong performances from senior Quentin Willis (4-1 at 138), junior Zach Swank (3-2 at 152), and sophomores Ryan Hoffman (3-2 at 220) and Vince Walls (2-1 at 285).
Garcia's three wins gave him 103 for his career, two more than previous leader, Steve Jones, who's held the record since 1991.
"It's a great accomplishment and I'm looking forward to winning more matches,' Garcia said. "It's only a number, and the record doesn't mean much if I don't turn them into big wins.'