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Weigh-in: Saegertown, Girard and Sharpsville

Saegertown

Coach (season/record): Jim Mulligan (5th/49-9)

2011-12 overall record: 11-2

2011-12 region record: 8-1

Top wrestlers lost: Justin Mitchell, Branden Stafford, Josh Tomiczek, Jerod Young

Top wrestlers returning: Dylan Auck, Quinton Ross, Bing-Bong Elizon, Tyler Vath, Nick Monico, Lucas Smith, Garrett Zuver, Matt Humes, Lance Neuscheler, Aaron Jackson, Andrew Boylan, Jeremy Mitchell, Dylan Reynolds, Brock Henderson, John Macken, James Sowers

Assistant coaches: Adam Horne, Steve Tomiczek, Pat Bradshaw, Larry Lee, Brett Vath, Luke Harrison

Outlook: The Panthers had an outstanding 2011-12 season, with the only two losses coming to PIAA Class AA third-place finisher Fort LeBoeuf. Although they lost several quality wrestlers from that team, plenty of talent returns led by Vath, who went 42-4 last season, won district and regional titles and finished fifth in the state at 106 pounds. He is slated to move up to 120. Dylan Reynolds went 31-8 last season and finished fifth in the district at 160 for Cambridge Springs. He is expected to compete at 182 this season. Overall, the Panthers have a good mix of seniors and underclassmen, and enough quality depth to compete for a region title and factor into the D-10 Class AA team race.

Schedule

December

11 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30

13 at Union City 7:30

14-15 Jarvis Memorial Tournament (Athens)

18 Harbor Creek 7:30

20 at Seneca 7:30

28-29 at Powerade Tournament (Canon-McMillan)

January

3 Iroquois 7:30

4-5 at Tool City Tournament

9 Corry 7:30

15 Conneaut 7:30

16 at North East 7:30

18-19 at Brookville Ultimate Duals

21 Eisenhower 7:30

February

6 Youngsville 7

Girard

Coach (season/record): Dave Onorato (4th/12-47)

2011-12 overall record: 9-12

2011-12 region record: 0-8

Top wrestlers lost: Eric Miller

Top wrestlers returning: Trevor McCray, Gage Dalton, Christian Bock, Vitaliey Kleschevinikov, Dan Daugherty

Assistant coaches: Ed Onorato, Jason Johnson

Outlook: Onorato has gradually rebuilt Girard’s program and as he begins his fourth season expects to field a competitive lineup with a few wrestlers who have the potential to make deep postseason runs. At the top of that list is McCray, who is 80-24 in his career and put together a 33-7 season in 2011-12, when he was one of three District 10 qualifiers for the YellowJackets. The other returning D-10 qualifiers are Christian Bock, who went 20-19 last season, and Dan Daugherty, who was 15-19 last year. McCray projects at 138 or 145, with Bock at 160 or 170 and Daugherty at 195 or 220. Dalton is penciled in at 132 or 138, with Kleschevinikov at 170 or 182. Freshman Brendan Kohan should slide in at 152 or 160 after an accomplished junior career.

Schedule

December

8 at Eisenhower Tournament

11 Northwestern

15 at Region Duals (Cambridge Springs)

20 at Commodore Perry

28 at Lakeview Duals

January

9 at Fairview

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

18-19 at North East Tournament

23 Conneaut Lake

30 Union City

February

5 Strong Vincent

9 at North East

Sharpsville

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Schedule

December

11 Lakeview 7:15

13 Franklin 7

15 at Pymatuning Valley Laker Shaker Tournament

20 Sharon 7:15

January

5 at West Middlesex Duals 8 a.m.

9 Grove City 7:15

11-12 at Slippery Rock Tournament

19 at Clearfield Bison Duals

22 at Cochranton 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)

30 at Jamestown 7:15

February

7 Greenville 7:15

Tuesday: Maplewood, Lakeview and West Middlesex

– John Dudley

Posted in: Weigh-in, Wrestling

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