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Weigh-in: Strong Vincent and Northwestern

Strong Vincent

Coach (season/record): Dennis Clemente (12th/not submitted)

2011-12 overall record: 4-15

2011-12 region record: 1-10

Top wrestler lost: Maxx Swoger

Top wrestlers returning: Jared Carlson, Dijon Deboe

Assistant coaches: Scott Burbee, Andy Henry

Outlook: The Colonels were senior-heavy last season and lost every starter from 152 pounds up, including Swoger, a District 10 runner-up at 285 who went 2-2 at regionals. Carlson and Deboe lead the returnees and both had quality seasons last year. Carlson went 28-9, finished third at districts at 138 and won a pair of matches at regionals. He will move up to 145 or 152 this season. Deboe posted a solid season with a 19-12 record and a pair of tournament top-four finishes. Clemente said the Colonels will lean on those two until a crop of newcomers and younger starters matures. That group is led by Joshua Caban (projected at 120), Joshua Caban (120) and junior Chris Starocci (170), a Cathedral Prep transfer.

Schedule

December

8 at Eisenhower Tournament

11 Oil City 7

13 at Titusville 7

18 General McLane 7

28 Carr Duals: vs. Central, East

January

4 at McDowell 7

5 at Ripley (N.Y.) Tournament

9 Meadville 7

16 at Cathedral Prep 7

23 Warren 7

29 Youngsville 7

February

5 at Girard 7

Northwestern

Coach (season/record): Keith Sherman (7th/46-35)

2011-12 overall record: 8-3

2011-12 region record: 7-3

Top wrestler lost: Stephen Maskrey

Top wrestlers returning: Matt Wheeler, Sebastian Rinehardt, Garrett Behringer, Kyle Panko, Austin Miczo, Shayne Vorse, Ian Pettis, Isaac Howard, Dalton Daniels

Assistant coaches: Greg Evans, David Osterberg, Roger Sherman, Adam English

Outlook: The Wildcats are young but don’t lack experience with several starters back from last season. Matt Wheeler is the top returnee after posting a 31-11 record with a fifth-place District 10 finish and reaching the regional consolation semifinals. He’s projected at 120 pounds this season. Rinehardt, who is penciled in at 152, went 23-14 last season and was a district qualifier, as was Behringer, who went 13-14 and is expected to compete at 160. Sherman expects newcomers Isaac Merritt (projected at 145) and Bruce Copeland (113), a former PJW qualifier, to contribute right away. The Wildcats should be balanced with quality depth at several weight classes and will be a factor in the Region 2 race.

Schedule

December

8 at Greenville Duals

11 at Girard

13 Cambridge Springs

14-15 at Jamestown (N.Y.) Holiday Classic

18 at Conneaut

20 at Cochranton

January

4 Maplewood

8 Greenville

9 at Commodore Perry

16 Jamestown

19 at Howland (Ohio) Tournament

23 at Fairview

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

Grove City

No information submitted by school

Wednesday: Corry and Eisenhower

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling

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