HANOVER
   Head coach: Dave Cataldo.
   2011-12 record: 14-10, 5-3 YAIAA II.
   Key losses: Derek Wolford, Tony Aguilar, Zack Martin.
   Athletes to watch: Giuliano Graziosi, sr., 113; Ian Brown, jr., 138 pound; Tyler Shafer, jr., 145.
   Outlook: The Nighthawks have little room for error, considering their lack of depth at the lighter weights.

They do return a strong core of middleweights, highlighted by Brown, who finished fourth in the PIAA Class AA Championships at 132 pounds. He'll be joined by Shafer at 160 and Graziosi at 113 as top returners.

The Nighthawks, however, have lost their three heaviest wrestlers in Derek Wolford, who finished second in the state last year at 195; Justice Forbes; and Tony Aguilar.

  
SOUTH WESTERN
   Head coach: Brad Zeigler.
   2011-12 record: 12-5, 8-2 YAIAA I.
   Key losses: Jerome Beers, Brandon Lookenbill, Colton Rebert, Tyler Cornbower.
   Athletes to watch: Devin Ackerman, sr., 285; Aram Moffitt, sr., 195-220; Brandon Huff, jr., 132-138, Cole Sterrett, jr., 126.
   Outlook: Huff symbolizes the Mustangs this season.


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A broken elbow nearly kept him out the entire season last year, but he began training for this season after being cleared when the season ended. Many of his fellow Mustangs are hoping to overcome injuries for a good season.

They forfeited the final match of their dual meet against Spring Grove, which gave them a loss that cost them a chance at the YAIAA Division I title. Zeigler said the defeat motivated the team, which has 32 wrestlers, eight more than last season.

They are without junior Logan Feeser, whom Zeigler said wasn't on his roster. Feeser made the second day of the Class AAA individual state tournament at 106 pounds.

  
DELONE CATHOLIC
   Head coach: Frank Sneeringer.
   2011-12 record: 3-11, 1-7 YAIAA II.
   Key losses: None.
   Athletes to watch: Matt Lentz, sr., 170; Joe Post, jr., 182.
   Outlook: Delone Catholic is quite young this season. The Squires feature just two seniors and one junior, compared to nine sophomores and one freshman, in the first year under Sneeringer.

They won't be able to fill out all of the weight brackets, and several wrestlers will have a late start because the football team went deep into the Class A football playoffs.

Sneeringer, however, is optimistic a team that returns two sectional qualifiers can develop as it gains experience.

  
LITTLESTOWN
   Head coach: Kerry Ferguson.
   2011 record: 7-16, 2-6 YAIAA II.
   Key losses: Alec Warner, Ryan Vaughn.
   Athletes to watch: Josh Vaughn, sr., 182; Jordan Matthews, soph., 132; Zach MacLeod, soph., 285.
   Outlook: The Thunderbolts have an influx of sophomores, who represent 10 of the 17 wrestlers on the team. There are three seniors and four juniors.

Ferguson believes there will be improvement as the Thunderbolts gain experience. Josh Vaughn is their leading returner after he went 14-14 last season.

  
NEW OXFORD
   Head coach: Dave Conaway.
   2011 record: 3-8, 3-7 YAIAA I.
   Key losses: Shaun Jacoby, Brody Honeycutt.
   Athletes to watch: Joel Zepp, sr., 138; Austin McMaster, sr., 120; Slade Storm, jr., 145; Lake Laughman, jr., 113.
   Outlook: The Colonials return eight letterwinners and will add three freshmen into the starting lineup. Conaway hopes the younger wrestlers will overcome any stumbles and mesh well with his older group.

Storm, Laughman, Zepp and McMaster lead the eight returners. The others are Guy Mitchman, Shane Huff, George Bell and Charlie Hoffman.

  
SPRING GROVE
   Head coach: Tony Miller.
   2011 record: 18-4, 10-0 YAIAA I champion.
   Key losses: Levi Luckabaugh.
   Athletes to watch: Tyler Miller, sr., 152; Zach Clingan, jr., 106; Michael Hartman, jr., 145.
   Outlook: Spring Grove won the YAIAA Division I title last year with a young team. Another year of experience could help the Rockets contend deep into the Class AAA state team tournament.

They have nine district qualifiers returning, including four juniors who went that far as sophomores. Headlining that group are Mason Bentzel, Clingan and Dakota Laughman. The team also hopes to send wrestlers to the individual state tournament.

  
GETTYSBURG
   Head coach: Perry Smith.
   2011 record: 17-9, 3-3 Mid-Penn Colonial.
   Key losses: Jordan Stouch, Chase Balderas, Darren Hartzell.
   Athletes to watch: Clay Kocsis, sr., 152; Josh Boehner, jr., 120; Jesse Stouch, jr., 126; Scott Six, jr., 160.
   Outlook: Former Fairfield wrestler Kocsis gives Gettysburg the eighth-place finisher in the Class AA state tournament at 152 pounds. After he transferred to Gettysburg, it appears he'll wrestle at that weight for the Warriors.

The Warriors should be strong in the middleweights. They return Jesse Stouch (126) and Six, both of whom reached the district tournament. They'll need those guys to wrestle well because the Warriors don't have much depth in the lower and upper weights.

  
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS
   Head coach: Dave McCollum.
   2011 record: 28-4, 8-0 YAIAA II champion.
   Key losses: Brad Farley, Tyler Fitzkee, Jon Jimenez.
   Athletes to watch: Brock Linebaugh, sr., 195-220; Ted Marines, jr., 126-132; Austin Jackson, jr, 138; Tristan Sponseller, jr., 170-182.
   Outlook: After a record-setting season, the Eagles lost a lot of talented seniors. They still return four state qualifiers and have 35 wrestlers this season.

The returning group is highlighted by junior Sponseller, who finished third in the Class AA state tournament. At 93 wins, he appears a lock to win his vaunted 100th match this season. Marines, Jackson and Linebaugh also made the state tournament a year ago.

The Eagles could start four freshmen in their lineup.

  
BIGLERVILLE
   Head coach: Bob Gano.
   2011 record: 20-7, 7-1 YAIAA II.
   Key losses: Danny May, Trevor Hernandez, Laike Gardner.
   Athletes to watch: Tyler Lieberum, sr., 160; Trevor Stover, sr., 285; Joe Hurda, jr., 220.
   Outlook: Gone is Laike Gardner, the winningest wrestler in school history. Coming back is a strong lineup with strength in the heavier weights.

Lieberum barely missed qualifying for the Class AA state tournament and went 34-12 last season. He will be joined by Stover, who finished fifth at heavyweight despite an injured knee, and Hurda.

Colton McKinney takes Gardner's spot at 132. Jasper Hankey is another wrestler to watch at 138.

  
FAIRFIELD
   Head coach: E.J. Small.
   2011 record: 8-24, 3-5 YAIAA II.
   Key losses: Clay Kocsis, Zach Harris.
   Athletes to watch: Cameron Scalio, sr., 138, Jacob Miller, sr., 220; Nick Mort, jr., 160.
   Outlook: The Green Knights lost state qualifier Kocsis to transfer, but the Green Knights hope to have a few more wrestlers -- namely Mort, Scalio and Miller -- reaching the PIAA tournament.

They will be thin at the lower weights, however. Nicole Small returns, but Fairfield's expected 119-pounder has already broken his wrist. As it stands, the Green Knights won't have anyone at three of the four lowest weight classes.

Fairfield is looking forward to its match against Hanover, which may determine third place behind Bermudian Springs and Biglerville in YAIAA Division II. The Green Knights' goal this season is also to send three or four wrestlers to regionals and the state tournament.

-- Daniel Paulling