Near miss: Cody Carbaugh of Greencastle-Antrim throws a cradle on Gettysburg’s Lane Sherman last year. Carbaugh placed fourth in the District 3-AAA
Near miss: Cody Carbaugh of Greencastle-Antrim throws a cradle on Gettysburg's Lane Sherman last year. Carbaugh placed fourth in the District 3-AAA tournament last year and returns to try to make the final step to states. (Public Opinion file/Ryan Blackwell)
WRESTLING

Shippensburg

Greyhounds

Coach: Tony Yaniello, third year, 31-9 (.775).

Last year: 18-6 (4-2 Mid Penn Colonial Division).

Starters lost: Jared Furry (P.O. Second Team); Ben Martin (P.O. Second Team); Preston Thomas; Ben McCurdy; Alex Ruquet; Elliott Speer.

Returning starters: Cary Hess (sr., 285, 28-4, P.O. First Team); Dylan Herb (jr., 220, 22-5, P.O. First Team); Brandon Stitt (sr., 195, 20-8, P.O. Second Team); Chris Williams (jr., 170, 18-10, P.O. Honorable Mention); Daquan Woods (so., 106, 6-18); Justin Evans (so., 120, 7-22); Derek Watson (so., 126, 14-16); Nathan Coldsmith (sr., 138, 13-16); Tom LaRue (jr., 152, 6-7).

Other top wrestlers: Justin Timko (sr., 160); Zane Hershey (fr., 113); Zach Mowers (so., 132); Elijah Harris (jr., 145); Devin Watson (sr., 152); Stephen Manders (so., 182).

Outlook: Yaniello said, "We have a strong group of upper weights. We're still young at the lower weights, but we do have experience there. Some of our younger kids are developing pretty well. This is my third year here and I'm looking for us to improve on last year's effort. We've tried to upgrade the schedule to get us ready for the postseason."

Notes: The Hounds open at the Cumberland Valley tournament this weekend In the Colonial Division, Northern is out and Boiling Springs, the Capital champion, has moved in Timko has previous wrestling experience, but he was a swimmer last year Hess is ranked No. 18 in the state in Class AAA at 285.


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Opener: Friday and Saturday, at Cumberland Valley Invitational.

James Buchanan

Rockets

Coach: Matt Gordon, seventh year, 53-100 (346).

Last year: 19-12 (2-4 Mid Penn Colonial Division).

Starters lost: Trevor Myers (P.O. First Team); Todd Myers (P.O. First Team); Joe Clipp; Marcus Dixon; Dalton Yorks; Devyn Hykes.

Returning starters: Austin Tucker (jr., 132, 33-7, won Section IV title, took fourth in District 3-AA, P.O. First Team); Hunter Faith (so., 120, 31-5, P.O. Second Team); Blake Egolf (so., 138, 21-10, P.O. Second Team); Casey Glunt (so., 145, 28-9, won Section IV title, P.O. Second Team); Devin Reed (jr., 285, 22-12, P.O. HM); Cameron Fox (sr., 152, 15-17).

Other top wrestlers: Kyle Lee (fr., 126); Preston Walker (fr., 182).

Outlook: "The kids I've got, I'm real happy with," Gordon said. "They are doing really well in the room and doing what they need to do to get better. But we just don't have the numbers, so it will be a down year (for dual meets). I had high expectations after last year, but we've lost six kids since the beginning of the season, including some with experience. We'll have to be a tournament team rather than a dual meet team this year, but I think next year looks brighter."

Notes: Tucker is ranked No. 18 in the state at 132 in Class AAA One likely Rocket starter, Brady Hornbaker, is recovering from a broken leg suffered in football; he may be back at the end of the season Two-year starter Marcus Dixon moved away from the area JB may forfeit as many as 6 weights.

Opener: Saturday, in J.J. Powell Mountaineer Tournament, at Philipsburg-Oseola, 8 a.m.

Greencastle-Antrim

Blue Devils

Coach: Fred Yelton, 14th year, 67-141 (.322).

Last year: 0-12 (0-6 Mid Penn Colonial Division).

Starters lost: Jake Heuer; Aaron Grossman; Dexter Miller; Mirzosan Mirsobahkodur.

Returning starters: Cody Carbaugh (sr., 113, 30-3, won Section I title, fourth in District 3-AAA, P.O. First Team); Wade Rider (sr., 120, 14-11, P.O. HM); Ryan Wolf (sr., 152, 4-13); Eric Bowen (sr., 160, 0-19); Dwight Henning (jr., 220, 2-16).

Other top wrestlers: Wyatt Binkley (fr., 106); Jared Starliper (so., 195); Juan Grazette (so., 138); Garret Langston (so., 145); Geoffrey Helfrick (jr., 145); Jensen Stoner (jr., 170); Elios Gomez (so., 182); Conor Bryant (sr., 182); Stefaun Johnson (so., 182); James Fletcher (sr., 182).

Outlook: Yelton said, "At least this year we have more bodies to work with. We have good senior leadership - they are all just super good kids. Binkley should do well at 106 (his dad, Rich, is the G-A middle school coach). We had a few other kids who might have filled some of our holes at the beginning of practice but they didn't stick."

Notes: Carbaugh just missed qualifying for states last year, taking fourth in District 3 Carbaugh starts the season ranked 11th in the state in AAA at 113 pounds Rider is an Eagle Scout The Devils lost 2 potential starters to injuries.

Opener: Dec. 13, at home vs. Gettysburg, 7.

Waynesboro

Indians

Coach: Eric Mowen, seventh year, 50-41 (.549).

Last year: 8-11 (2-4 Mid Penn Colonial Division).

Starters lost: Trey Andree (P.O. Second Team); Tyler Warner; Isaac Swink; Matt Young.

Returning starters: Jesse Smith (sr., 145, 21-12, P.O. Second Team); Colby Mowen (sr., 126, 21-14, P.O. HM); Aaron Layman (so., 120, 18-13, P.O. HM); Andrew Paterno (sr., 220-285, 18-12, P.O. HM); Kenyon Cuka (jr., 138, 14-8); Steven Egolf (sr., 182, 6-17).

Other top wrestlers: Ryan Neff (fr., 106); John Atkinson (so., 113, 2-2); Cody Frey (fr., 132); Wesley Cline (sr., 152, 1-8); Daniel Shields (so., 152); Aiden Smith (fr., 160); Patrick Wade (so., 170); Shawn Robinson (fr., 220-285).

Outlook: Eric Mowen said, "I expect this to be a year with highs and lows because our numbers are down and we are going to rely on underclassmen with very little varsity experience. We'll have to rely heavily on bonus points from our upperclassmen, who do have lots of experience. This group collectively has a great work ethic and attitude thus far. Barring injury we should be able to win some matches."

Notes: The Indians expect to start with 4 freshmen and 4 sophomores in the lineup Jesse Smith has committed to play soccer next year at Lock Haven Waynesboro has 26 freshmen wrestling either on the varsity (6) or on the middle school team, and only 20 total wrestlers on the varsity.

Opener: Dec. 15, at Muhlenberg Invitational, 9:30 a.m.

Mercersburg Academy

Blue Storm

Coach: Nate Jacklin, fifth year, 22-37 (.373).

Last year: 5-13.

Starters lost: John San Filippo (P.O. First Team); Gerverus Flagg; Brooks Lucier; Vini Nobrega; Will Appleman; Alex Kelly; David Bowes; Ben Dupont.

Returning starters: None.

Top wrestlers: Brian Nelson (fr., 106); Bryan Klass (fr., 113); Sonic Cho (sr., 120); Diego Machado (jr., 126); C.J. Sarao (post-graduate, 132); Jordan Pilsof (P-G, 138); Josh Setliff (jr., 145); Alex Stoner (so., 152-160); Jordi Shapiro (sr., 152-160); Mark Meloro (P-G, 170); Rahul Sharan (sr., 182); Kel Obineche (sr., 182); Ayo Adjibaba (sr., 195); Josh Abele (so., 220); Keen Sanders (sr., 220); Matt Alexis (P-G, 285).

Outlook: "We have no returning starters," Jacklin said. "I think we'll be stronger in the middle weights than we were last year, and I think overall we have the potential to do better than a year ago, but we can't afford injuries. Guys like Cho, Sarao, Pilsof and Setliff all have a chance to have good seasons."

Notes: Adjibaba is a Chambersburg native who had not wrestled until the season He went 3-1 last weekend at the Holloway Invitational; his only loss came because of 3 locked hands violations The Blue Storm host the Classic Duals on Saturday, an 8-team event.

Next event: Saturday, hosting the Mercersburg Classic Duals, 11 a.m.