Power rankings: Spring Grove back in familiar territory
Sophomore Michael Wolfgram takes on role of elder statesman. Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com
It's hard to know what to expect out of York-Adams wrestling teams this season.
There are a few clear-cut contenders at the top, but most teams in the league are trying to rebuild after losing seniors or looking to take a step forward after showing some promise. As a result, there are numerous squads that could make this preseason power rankings list.
Here's how it stands right now entering the season:
Honorable mention: Delone Catholic (8-6), Biglerville (14-6), Central York (10-5), New Oxford (10-6)
5. Dallastown (7-10): They may be coming off a losing season, but the Wildcats will be a team to watch this winter. Dallastown lost a number of close matches last season and brings back a talented and experienced core. Senior Bryce Shields (195 pounds), junior Dalton Daugherty (120), senior Drake Pew (160) and senior Cameron Green (182) were all District 3 Class 3A qualifiers last season. If the Wildcats can put a solid group around those four, they'll be formidable.
4. Kennard-Dale (12-6): New coach Tad Harbert takes over a team with high expectations after winning back-to-back Division II titles. But success might not come as easy for the Rams this season. Kennard-Dale has a number of competitors to replace this season, including 126-pound state qualifier Michael Bracey. Seniors Andrew Barnett (132 pounds last season) and Austin McNamee (170) will highlight the team's lineup this winter. Both wrestlers finished third at sectional's last season.
3. Red Lion (7-5): A program on the rise the past few years, Red Lion will try to take another step forward and challenge Spring Grove in Division I this season. The Lions have a new coach in Albert Gleichauf, but bring back an experienced lineup highlighted by four-year starters Dylan Gurreri (152 pounds last season), Zach Shaffer (182), Riley Seredych (120) and Corey Shane (132). One hole is at 285, where District 3 Section V second-place finisher Jared Schell has graduated.
2. Bermudian Springs (20-3): The Eagles have owned Division III in recent years, and that trend should continue this season. Longtime coach Dave McCollum's squad has 11 wrestlers with varsity experience, including PIAA medalist Ashton West (152) and state qualifiers Austin Clabaugh (132), Landon West (113) and Noah Fleshman (195). After missing the state dual meet tournament by one spot for the second straight season despite a number of injuries, Bermudian will be determined to make it this year. The Eagles' match against District 3 rival Boiling Springs on Jan. 28 should once again be one to mark on the calendar.
1. Spring Grove (12-3): The Rockets were the class of the YAIAA last season, and could easily be just as good this winter. After losing just one dual meet during the regular season in 2015-16 and claiming the Division I title, Spring Grove brings back nine letterwinners. That group is highlighted by 120-pounder and PIAA bronze medalist Dalton Rohrbaugh, but the Rockets have solid wrestlers throughout the lineup. Chance Jackson (138 pounds), Ryan Daughtery (170) and Nate Young (220) are just a few competitors head coach Tony Miller said will be expected to have strong seasons. While the Rockets are hoping to send a few more guys to the individual state tournament, they're also hoping to make the PIAA dual meet tournament after coming one win short last season.