D-10 Mat Musings: Sharon

   December 8, 2014 1:16 am

Dave Ciafre, one of the true deans of District 10 wrestling, returns for his 28th season at Sharon. The Mercer County school, as it has for decades, will host the brunt of the district’s Class AA team and individual tournaments come February. Ciafre will do so with plenty of new faces in the Tigers’ starting…

D-10 Mat Musings: Seneca

   December 8, 2014 12:05 am

Hudson Harrison returns for his second season as Seneca’s wrestling coach. Harrison took over for the Bobcats from veteran coach Jack Yaple, who died April 29, 2013, at age 62. Among those Harrison guided last season were Adam Fish, former District 10 Class AA champion, Chris Hibbler and Tory Pusateri. The juniors are all scheduled…

D-10 Mat Musings: Saegertown

   December 7, 2014 2:50 am

Saegertown senior Tyler Vath has one season left to add to his already outstanding career at the Crawford County school. Vath is already a three-time Section 1-AA, District 10 and Northwest Region gold medalist. He’s also medaled in the top eight of his three trips to Hershey’s Giant Center for the PIAA Class AA tournament….

D-10 Mat Musings: Reynolds

   December 7, 2014 1:40 am

The 2013-14 Reynolds Raiders reached a PIAA Class AA team final for the seventh time since 2005. Their current team has eight starters who competed at Hershey in that championship match against Bethlehem Catholic. Reynolds, with Casey Taylor back for his fourth season as coach, has a solid sophomore class in Gage Bayless, Cole Rickert,…

D-10 Mat Musings: Oil City

   December 7, 2014 12:29 am

Alex Hargenrader and Trent Zdarko were among the key graduates from an Oil City wrestling team that finished 4-9 in duals for 2013-14. Zdarko was the District 10 Class AAA champion at 170 pounds. The Oilers are only scheduled to return four students who competed in that same meet. Cam Myers and Nick Dobson about…

D-10 Mat Musings: Northwestern

   December 6, 2014 2:10 am

Northwestern’s new wrestling coach this season is actually its old coach. Greg Evans, who held that position before Keith Sherman took over seven seasons ago, returns after Sherman accepted a job in Ohio. The 2014-15 season will be the 18th for Evans in charge at Albion, although he previously assisted Sherman. Evans expressed hope that…

D-10 Mat Musings: North East

   December 6, 2014 1:02 am

Ryan Mitchell takes over North East’s coaching duties from Dana Gorton, who oversaw the Grapepickers’ wrestling fortunes for their previous two seasons. There are three notable holdovers from Gorton’s tenure. Senior Andrew Phelps was a seventh-place medalist in the 220-pound division of last season’s PIAA Class AA tournament. Phelps advanced to states out of the…

D-10 Mat Musings: Mercer

   December 6, 2014 12:01 am

Preston Hoover is the most successful returning Mustang for a Mercer wrestling team that’s scheduled to welcome return five starters from its 2013-14 team. Hoover, a middleweight, is expected to surpass 100 career victories between now and the postseason. Other starters back for coach Rick Whenry and his assistants are Chris Micsky, Ben Shaffer, Rodney…

D-10 Mat Musings: Meadville

   December 5, 2014 2:39 am

Barry Anderson returns for his seventh season as coach of Meadville, which will host its 36th annual Tool ┬áCity Tournament on Jan. 2 and 3. Expect nine Bulldogs who started with last season’s team to be in the meet’s brackets that weekend. They include seniors Aaron Ehrgott and Luke Carr, plus junior Kyle Luben. Meadville…

D-10 Mat Musings: McDowell

   December 5, 2014 1:30 am

McDowell won the District 10 Class AAA team title in Tom Lenox’s first season as head coach. Lenox was an assistant to former coach Shane McChesney. Charlie Lenox, son of the Trojans’ team leader, is one of five notable returnees from their 2013-14 team. He was a District 10 and Northwest Region champion as a…

D-10 Mat Musings: Maplewood

   December 5, 2014 12:08 am

John Parker takes over as coach of a Maplewood wrestling team that lost eight students to graduation. That list includes Isaiah Stearns, last season’s Section 3-AA victor at 195 pounds, and twins Jake and Jeremy Parsons. Probable returnees for the Tigers this winter are juniors, Brandon Morton, Kyle Nuhfer and Darin Free; and sophomore Kenyon…

D-10 Mat Musings: Lakeview

   December 4, 2014 2:22 am

No District 10 wrestling program sustained a bigger loss to graduation than Lakeview. The 2014-15 season will be their first of the post-Sam Breese era. The heavyweight won his last high school match in last season’s PIAA Class AA final, which also made him a back-t0-back state champion in that weight class. Lakeview will carry…

D-10 Mat Musings: Jamestown

   December 4, 2014 1:16 am

Jamestown saw one of the talented Messai brothers, Mohammed, ┬áplus William and Jason Shappee lost to graduation. The Muskies do welcome back Faris Messai, a junior, to a lineup that will be aided by first-year coach Rob Miller and assistants Justin Ferguson and Kurt Schuhlen. Hunter Goodlin, Messai’s classmate, is the other significant veteran back…

D-10 Mat Musings: Iroquois

   December 4, 2014 12:11 am

Steve Simmer returns for his 10th season in charge of the Iroquois Braves, who went 4-11 in duals for 2013-14. Iroquois has struggled to field a full lineup for the brunt of Simmer’s tenure. He does have one notable returnee to work with in Kyle Laniewicz. The senior has qualified for two previous District 10…

D-10 Mat Musings: Hickory

   December 3, 2014 3:56 am

The 2014-15 season will be Carl Wombacker’s 34th as coach at Hickory. It also will be his last. Wombacker wrote in his preseason capsule that he plans to retire when the last Hornet leaves a mat sometime in late February or early March. Hickory is 371-172-2 in duals with him in charge. Hickory, which will…