Coach: Pete Ventresca, ninth year.
Last year's record: 6-3 PAC-10, 18-8 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Eddie Kriczky, Sr., 132/138; Cody Richmond, Sr., 170; Gregg Harvey, Soph., 152/160; Garrett Mauger, Soph., 113/120; Lucas Miller, Soph., 126; Jordan Wood, Soph., 220.
Outlook: The Bears have a core of wrestlers with post-season experience, headed by Wood's state runner-up finish last year. Kriczky was a state qualifier, Harvey a district champ who missed states by one match, Richmond a regional qualifier who came up one match short of states, and Mauger and Miller both district qualifiers. ... "This promises to be an exciting year for us,' Ventresca said. "We have a great nucleus of talented returning wrestlers that we were able to build on with the addition of several talented, but unproven, freshmen.'
Coach: Kevin Oswalt, first year.
Last year's record: 2-5 Berks Conference, 7-19 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Owen Powell; Jeff Yohn; Christian Fernandez; Shayne Bookman; Kurt Gheer.
Outlook: Oswalt takes over the Blazer mat program from Matt Shutt, who was at the helm the previous four years. ... Fernandez (middleweight) and Powell (lightweight) were accorded Honorable Mention on The Mercury's 2012-13 All-Area wrestling team. ... "We are practicing hard, and placing high expectations for ourselves and the team,' Oswalt said. "We are currently young. We have three seniors that will make a huge impact on our team. Our goals are to be competitive in each match. We want to get better each week. To be successful this season, we need to stay healthy and focused on wrestling.'
Coach: Mark Pearson, fifth year.
Last year's record: 11-10 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Grady Craig, Sr., 138/145; Nick Flanigan, 160/170; John Hill, Sr., 220; Josh Lucas, Sr., 152/160; Chad Saunders, Sr., 145/152; Brent Waterman, PG, 138/145; Cameron Dewey, Jr., 182/195; Kostya Golobokov, Jr., 285; Zach Sheehan, Jr., 126/132; Dymir Davis-Carruth, Fresh., 170/182; Xavier Friel, Fresh., 120.
Outlook: Saunders, with a career record of 78-26, is closing in on the 100-win mark. ... The Blues return four wrestlers who qualified for the National Prep tournament last year (Golobokov, Flanigan, Hill, Saunders). Saunders claimed a silver medal in 2011, and Flanigan was eighth in 2013. ... Golobokov was second in USA Wrestling's Northeast Regional last spring. ... Sheehan and Waterman won five Maine state titles between them. ... "Hill should be much improved this year,' Pearson said.
Coach: A.J. Maida, sixth year.
Last year's record: 5-4 PAC-10, 16-7 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Devin Bradley, Sr., 182/195; Tahar Ferradji, Sr., 220; Tracey Green, Sr., 285; Colin Peters, Sr., 138; Jacob Qawasmy, Sr., 152; Jack Ryan, Sr., 160; Cody Rupp, Sr., 132; Joe Staley, Sr., 138/145; Eric Straup, Sr., 126.
Outlook: Green is coming off a stellar junior campaign that saw him go 38-6 at 285, with a Southeast Regional championship and sixth-place finish at states to his credit. ... "At this point,' Maida said, "we hope to fill all of our weight classes and show that we can compete with what have been some of the top teams in the PAC-10 and District One over the last several years. We have strong senior leadership who know what it's like to work hard, and I think they are eager to show what type of off-season they put in.'
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Coach: Steve DeRafelo, 11th year.
Last year's record: 9-0 PAC-10, 20-2 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Bryson Cahill, Sr., 220; Colby Frank, Sr., 126/132; Will Gondy, Sr., 145/152; Alec Pupo, Sr., 126/132; Dallas Strus, Sr., 160/171.
Outlook: Frank is a returning state medalist, placing eighth in the Class AAA bracket's 126-pound weight class last year. He had a 29-7 record and Southeast Region title to his credit. ... "We are looking for big things from our seniors,' DeRafelo said. "We graduated nine starters from last year's squad. We are looking for a number of our hard-working and talented underclassman to step in this season. The kids have been working hard to prepare themselves to compete at a high level. We will need to be ready to go as the PAC-10 is an outstanding league. We look forward to watching our team mature and compete in the league.'
Coach: Tim Walsh, seventh year.
Last year's record: 2-7 PAC-10, 10-10 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Luke DiElsi, Sr., 220/285; Nick Giangiulio, Sr., 160/170; Brian Marshall, Sr., 106/113; Tyrell Robinson, Sr., 138/145; Alec DellaDonna, Jr., 182/195.
Outlook: Giangiulio is a returning regional champ, and DiElsi was a regional qualifier. ... "Right now, we are working on filling our lineup,' Walsh said. "With some wrestlers missing the first week of practice due to the success of the football team, we are trying to work with our young kids to get them caught up to speed. We ask all of our kids to compete and work hard to try and improve each day. With close to 40 wrestlers on our roster, we hope it will provide competition for starting spots in our lineup. We hope to remain competitive in our very strong league.'
Coach: Mike Sidlo, first year.
Last year's record: 1-8 PAC-10, 3-14 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: D.J. Brock, Sr., 145; Paul Hossler, Sr., 220; Damien Davido, Jr., 132; Tommy Hammaker, Jr., 138; Brenningan Myers, Jr., 160; Trey Romance, Jr., 152; David Rosati, Jr., Garrett Serwatka, Jr., 126; Mark Cermanski, Soph., 138; Max Shepherd, Soph., 106; Tanner Romance, 152.
Outlook: Sidlo takes over the Phantom mat program from Joe Youngblood, who was at the helm the previous three years. ... Serwatka and Rosati are coming off District qualifying seasons while Trey Romance and Cermanski are looking to build on strong seasons from a year ago. ... "We're going to take things one day at a time this season and look to get better with each opportunity we have to step foot on the mat,' Sidlo said. "We have a good number of wrestlers that have been in the program a few years now, so we're hoping to see some guys turn the corner.'
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Coach: Selden Staples, fourth year.
Last year's record: 0-9 PAC-10, 0-17 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Kirk Cherneskie, Sr., 182.
Outlook: Cherneskie, the Golden Panthers' captain, comes back from a 2012-13 season that saw him go 24-9 and win a District 1-AA title at 182. ... "Our numbers are up,' Staples said, "but PJP is a young and inexperienced team. There's good intensity and enthusiasm in the room. Hopefully, better numbers and a good work ethic will pay dividends.'
Coach: Jeff Madden, sixth year.
Last year's record: 3-6 PAC-10, 7-9 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Nico Demetrio, Sr., 152; Evan Weneck, Jr., 160; Pat Finn, Jr., 285.
Outlook: The Falcons' roster includes a number of sophomores with varsity-level experience: Ethan McCarrick (106), Kylif Underwood (113), Nate Miller (126), Tyler Van Horn (132), Wyatt Porter (182) and Chris DeFrancesco (195). ... Madden's goal for the coming season: "Continue to work hard to improve and compete in our league.'
Coach: Brad Bechtel, second year.
Last year's record: 4-5 PAC-10, 22-9 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Patrick Bohn, Sr., 152; Darien Hain, Sr., 160; Robbie McCoy, Sr., 113; Josh Slody, Sr., 220; Alex Humma, Jr., 195; Bubba Gephart, Soph., 120; Logan Pennypacker, Soph., 113; Mason Pennypacker, Soph., 126; Bryant Wise, Soph., 132; Ray Bumbarger, Fresh., 285; Eddie Butler, Fresh., 170; Clifton Ford, Fresh., 126; Isaiah Mayes, Fresh., 138; Ernest McCalvin, Fresh., 160.
Outlook: Hain, a returning PAC-10 champion, and Wise are both coming off 30-win seasons in 2012-13. Logan Pennypacker, Bohn and Josh Slody were all 20-win performers. ... "We have a solid core of returning wrestlers, and a few promising freshman coming in that should see varsity time,' Bechtel said. "We are looking to stay healthy all year and try to be competitive in the extremely tough PAC-10.'
Coach: Tim Seislove, 15th year.
Last year's record: 8-1 PAC-10, 20-4 overall. Wrestlers to watch: Josh Boyer, Sr., 285; Adam Dombrosky, Sr., 138; David Moran, Sr., 170; Nick Perri, Sr., 220; Mason Romano, Sr., 195; Nick Suero, Sr., 106; Taylor Westlake, Sr., 160; Nick Beauchamp, Jr., 132; Jon Cooper, Jr., 145; Ryan Hayes, Jr., 113; Frank Krauss, Jr., 152; Danny Krieble, Jr., 182; Jimmy Frank, Soph., 106; Hunter Mitch, Soph., 120; Matt Krieble, Soph., 120.
Outlook: Though graduating blue-chip wrestlers like Tyler McGuigan (PIAA state qualifier) and Sean Hennessey (100-match winner), the Rams return a sizeable core of candidates with solid post-season experience. Hayes (30-10), Krieble (23-130 and Jon Cooper (26-15) all advanced to the AAA Southeast Regional tournament while Beauchamp (14-18), Dombrosky (30-14), Krauss (22-14), Westlake (7-6), Romano (28-10), Perri (22-16) and Boyer (25-12) were all District 1-AAA qualifiers. ... "Right now, we are working hard to put together a line up that will be competitive,' Seislove said. "Our league is going to be very tough.'
Coach: Tom Hontz, 24th year.
Last year's record: 7-2 PAC-10, 20-9 overall.
Wrestlers to watch: Casey Cook, Sr., 182; Justin Crossley, Sr., 220; Dan Jordan, Sr., 138; Eric Miller, Jr., 126; Dustin Steffenino, Jr., 113; Trevor Weeks, Jr., 170.
Outlook: Steffenino, whose sophomore season was highlighted by a 41-8 record and fourth-place finish in the AAA Southeast Regional at 106, heads an Indian roster depleted by the graduation of several stars. ... Hontz is looking for Chris Kramer, Mike Felix, Tyler Livingstone and Crossley to "surprise some people,' and for newcomers like Mahlon Schaffer and Jacob Folk to "contribute a great deal,' and Mike Lockhoff to have a productive year. "It's going to be tough this year,' Hontz said. "The league is stacked, and we lost quite a few outstanding individuals last year. We will try to be competitive, but realistically we will need to battle to finish .500 this year.'
—Compiled by Jeff Stover