Tony Miller, left, the head coach of perennial York-Adams Division I power Spring Grove, has a relatively inexperienced roster this season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
It’s old news by now.
Everyone knows Gettysburg is the newcomer to the York-Adams League, causing changes in the divisional alignments across all sports. Some changes are minor. Others major. For those on the wrestling circuit, it’s the latter. The league now has 21 schools with wrestling programs, resulting in the league going from two divisions to three, with each division now made up of an equal seven teams.
Never before has the league had this many teams and divisions in wrestling. Of course, it means each team has better odds at winning a division title. The schedule goes from 8-to-10 league duals down to six. The monumental shift has led to the league looking as competitive as ever. Well, it does heading into this season anyway.
The newly-formed Division III is stacked with Class AA heavyweights Bermudian Springs and Biglerville, but they’ll get a challenge from the experienced rosters of Delone Catholic and Littlestown.
West York and Dover appear to be the favorites to win Division II, although Eastern York is primed for a bounce-back campaign, while York Suburban has been on the rise in recent seasons. However, every Division II coach sounds concerned about the lack of depth beyond their starting lineups, leading some to feel the division will come down to whichever team stays healthy.
Lastly, thanks to a depleted Spring Grove roster and veteran-laden teams in New Oxford, Red Lion and South Western, the Division I crown truly does seem to be up for grabs.
With all of this in mind, here’s a look at every team in the York-Adams League:
Head coach: Reggie Stancil (first year).
Last year’s record: 3-6 league, 5-9 overall.
Key losses: Sam Butler (126), Jacob Robison (106), Ryan Benedict (126), Pedro Tavarez (145/152), Richard Blaine (145).
Key returners: Dylan Chatterton (113, District 3-AAA third place, PIAA qualifier), Xavier Musti (132, finished one win shy of districts last year).
Other returners: Rusty Novelas (120), Tyler Colon (160), Zachary Emswiler (170), Andrew Borsa (182), Nathaniel Stephens (220), Todd Horner (heavyweight).
Outlook: After only two years at the helm, Chris Yentzer resigned from the Central York head coaching post to go across the Susquehanna River and become an assistant at NCAA Division II Millersville University.
He replaces former Millersville assistant Biff Walizer, who some might remember as the former Red Lion coach who steered the Lions to four York-Adams Division I titles. Millersville’s head coach is Todd Roberts, a former Dallastown and York College wrestler.
Taking over for Yentzer at Central York is Reggie Stancil, who was Central’s junior high coach the last two years. Stancil was a prep wrestler for Harry S. Truman High School in Bucks County in the late 1980s before wrestling his senior year for Blair (N.J.) Academy in 1989. He later played football and wrestled at Wilkes University.
Central, now on its third head coach in four years, returns eight starters from a team that won three league matches a year ago. The standout on this bunch is junior Dylan Chatterton, a two-time state qualifier with a pair of district bronze medals who is expected to bump up a few weight classes from 113 pounds.
Head coach: Rob Jansen (first year).
Last year’s record: 6-4 league.
Key losses: Rodney Sunday (126, District 3-AAA champ, PIAA fifth place), Wes Hoover (138, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Key returners: Nick Shields (132 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier), Bailey Druck (170, District 3-AAA qualifier), Bryce Shields (145).
Other returners: Gerald MacDonald (106), Jake Jansen (160), Jordan Burns (195).
Outlook: John Childress is out as head coach after only a year at the helm, making Rob Jansen Dallastown’s third coach in as many seasons. He has a roster featuring only six returning starters in a tough division of experienced opponents. Seniors Nick Shields and Bailey Druck, both district qualifiers a year ago, will guide the way this time around. Shields, a three-time district qualifier who reached states as freshman, is 23 wins away from the century mark for his career.
Quote: Jansen: “We have a relatively young team, but they are a dedicated group. We have some weight classes that are a little thin, but overall it is a strong squad.”
Head coach: Matt McFarland (second year, career 9-1 league record).
Last year’s record: 9-1 league, 15-2 overall.
Key losses: Lake Laughman (120, District 3-AAA qualifier), Slade Storm (138, District 3-AAA qualifier), Charlie Hoffman (182, District 3-AAA fifth place) Shane Hoff (160).
Key returners: Zurich Storm (106 last year, District 3-AAA third place, PIAA qualifier), Nolan Poust (145, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Other returners: Noah Richley (106/113), Michael Rudisill (120/126), Kevin Moser (132/138), Guy Nitchman (170), Joey Hoffman (195), Dalton Smith (220), Brock Hartman (285).
Outlook: McFarland took over as the Colonials’ head coach last season and led the program to its best season since 2010 by finishing in a tie with South Western and Spring Grove for first place in Division I and making an appearance in the District 3-AAA Team Tournament. McFarland only lost four starters from that squad, but three of them were district qualifiers. Still, 10 starters are back this year, including district qualifier Nolan Poust and district bronze medal winner and state qualifier Zurich Storm. So the Colonials look like a Division I contender again.
Quote: McFarland: “We are looking to continue to learn, improve and grow every day. We are coming off a disappointing early end to our dual-meet season last year and we are looking to go deeper into the district team tournament this year.”
Head coach: Michael Muraco (third year, career 4-16 league record).
Last year’s record: 0-10 league, 1-14 overall.
Key losses: Darrion Latimore (160, District 3-AAA qualifier), Anthony Leese (heavyweight, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Key returners: Cameron Aucker (126), Blaine Yinger (220, one win shy of districts, 20-15).
Outlook: It’s been an uphill battle for the Bobcats’ wrestling program since bumping up from Division II to Division I in 2010. Northeastern had finished with a winning league record and in the top half of the standings in its final three years competing in Division II. Since joining Division I, the Bobcats are 13-27 in league competition the last four seasons, including last year’s 0-10 mark, mostly caused by a depleted roster. Things don’t appear to be getting any easier for Northeastern with the loss of five starters to graduation, two of them district qualifiers. Two starters are back this year (Cameron Aucker and Blaine Yinger) alongside two wrestlers (Levi Eisenhart and Peter Gordineer) who were starters a couple years ago.
Quote: Muraco: “I do like the new division alignment as it allows for more tournaments.”
Head coach: Christopher Schell (third year, career 8-9 league record).
Last year’s record: 6-3 league, 14-4 overall.
Key losses: Ryan Sprenkle (132, one win shy of districts, 16-13), Austin Holloway (160, one win shy of districts, 21-13), Mike VanOver (195), Morgan Schaszberger (113, 13-11, injured just before sectional tournament).
Key returners: Jacob Frock (106 last year, one win shy of districts, 18-12 record), Corey Shane (120, one win shy of districts, 15-13), Cody Stern (138, 7-7), Dylan Gurrerri (145, one win shy of districts, 20-10), Zach Shaffer (170, one win shy of districts, 12-17), Anthony Moser (220, District 3-AAA qualifier), Jared Schell (heavyweight, one win shy of districts, 23-9).
Other returners: Riley Seredych (113), Jac Gemmill (138, 7-5), Jesse Stermer (127, 13-12), Luke Joines (152), Stone Hill (182, 14-13).
Outlook: Following its 2-8 league mark in the 2012-13 season, Red Lion came out of nowhere last season to place fourth in Division I (highest finish in three years), beat rival Dallastown (first time in seven years) and qualify for the District 3-AAA Team Tournament (first time in four years). All but four starters are back this year, including one district qualifier, five others who finished a win shy of districts and three others who notched plus-.500 individual records. So if those returning wrestlers are any better this year, one would assume the Lions should be in contention for the Division I title, something the program hasn’t had a taste of since 2009, when Red Lion split the division crown with Spring Grove and South Western. Third-year coach Christopher Schell is a bit concerned about the lack of depth on his roster, but is again aiming for the Lions to return to the postseason.
Quote: Schell: “South Western and New Oxford will battle for the Division I title with Dallastown and Spring Grove. Hopefully Red Lion is in the mix.”
Head coach: Nate Murren (first year).
Last year’s record: 9-1 league, 14-8 overall.
Key losses: Cole Sterrett (126, District 3-AAA qualifier), Branden Huff (132, District 3-AAA qualifier), Logan Bowman (195, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Key returners: Chase Mowery (106 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier), Derek Wilson (113, District 3-AAA fourth place, PIAA qualifier), Owen Wherley (120, District 3-AAA third place, PIAA qualifier), Gage Thomas (152, District 3-AAA qualifier), Seth Janney (220, District 3-AAA fifth place).
Other returners: Camden Brown (170), Gunner Holtz (182), Cory Stanton (138), Michael Harris (160), Skylar Brown (heavyweight).
Outlook: Brad Zeigler was the coach at South Western for just three seasons, compiling a 35-16 career record, including a 26-4 mark in league competition. Last season was arguably the best of those three, with the Mustangs handing Spring Grove its first league loss in five years, leading to a three-way split with the Rockets and New Oxford for the Division I crown. Zeigler quietly resigned over the offseason, but said recently to expect great things out of new coach Nate Murren, who inherits a roster with 10 returning starters, five of them district qualifiers. Looks like South Western has the talent in place to again challenge for the division crown.
Head coach: Tony Miller (18th year, career 123-19 league record).
Last year’s record: 9-1 league, 20-4 overall.
Key losses: Alec Zorbaugh (113, District 3-AAA qualifier), Zach Clingan (120, District 3-AAA champ, PIAA qualifier), Dakota Laughman (132, District 3-AAA qualifier), Michael Hartman (145, District 3-AAA third place, PIAA seventh place), Mason Bentzel (152, District 3-AAA runner-up, PIAA seventh place), Trey Baker (182, District 3-AAA sixth place), C.J. Sterner (285, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Key returners: Levi Witmer (126 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier), Marcus Kehr (160, District 3-AAA qualifier), Hunter Sterner (195, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Other returners: Tahlon Crooks (106), Joshua Cribbs (220 last year).
Outlook: A year ago this time, the first sentence for the outlook of the 2013-14 season for the Rockets went like this: “Spring Grove, winners of six straight division titles, lost eight of 14 starters from the Rockets’ most successful team in program history.” What did the Rockets do as a result last season? South Western handed Spring Grove its first league loss in five years. But the Rockets still tied for the Division I title, reached the semifinals of the District 3-AAA Team Tournament and notched a 20-4 overall record, in addition to sending 10 wrestlers to the individual district tournament, three of whom reached states. So let’s keep this in mind when examining the current Spring Grove roster, which only features five returning starters, three of them district qualifiers. Of course, there were questions about last year’s team, too, and we saw how that played out.
Quote: Miller: “We are a young team this year. Our goal each week is to get better.”
Head coach: Brad Brosius (third year, career 10-10 league record).
Last year’s record: 4-6 league, 11-7 overall.
Key losses: Logan Ambrose (160, District 3-AAA qualifier), Cameron Beckman (285, District 3-AAA qualifier), Dan Bisking (220), Brian Lehman (182), Zach Pelkey (138).
Key returners: Brandon Rodriguez (106 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier), Cameron Palmer (120, District 3-AAA qualifier),
Other returners: Calvin Anderson (145), Austin Richcreek (195), Jordan Irvin (220), Tyler Becker (106), Nate Stauffer (132), Ian Flohr (170).
Outlook: Dover lost a pair of District 3-AAA qualifiers (Logan Ambrose and Cameron Beckman) to graduation but bring back eight starters, seven of them upperclassmen and two of them district qualifiers (Brandon Rodriguez and Cameron Palmer). As a result of the new division alignment, the Eagles are moving down from Division I to Division II, where they’re a heavy favorite to win the division title, although third-year coach Brad Brosius is concerned about the lack of depth on his roster beyond the starting lineup.
Quote: Brosius: “If we stay healthy and get wrestlers in the right weight class we should be competing for the division title.”
Head coach: Dan Garner (ninth year, career 37-38 league record).
Last year’s record: 4-4 league, 7-6 overall.
Key losses: Avery Ennis (113), Clayton Miller (170), Ben Adinolfi (182), Kalil Grimes (Hwt.).
Key returners: Dakota Mackley (138, one win shy of districts), Conner Barshinger (152, one win shy of districts), Lucas Barshinger (195, District 3-AAA qualifier), Lee Dice (heavyweight, one win shy of districts).
Other returners: Johnny Vidal (106), Aiden Himes (120), Daulton Lauer (132), Damian McKinsey (160), Jacob Sowers (220).
Outlook: A year ago, Eastern coach Dan Garner entered the 2013-14 admittedly in rebuilding mode with just four returning starters. So the Golden Knights were expected to take a step back from the previous three successful seasons in which they posted a combined 18-6 league record. Still, Eastern managed to avoid a losing season in league competition — something that has not happened out in Wrightsville since 2009 — and instead posted a .500 record in league meets last season. And now that the Knights have 10 starters back this year, they’re aiming high. As a result of the new division layout, however, Eastern faces a bump up in competition, which might put a damper on expectations.
Quote: Garner: “We have a good core group of wrestlers who have wrestled together for a number of years looking at competing for the division title. This year will be a unique challenge for us as the only AA team in a AAA Division.”
Head coach: Chris Haines (second year).
Last year’s record: 8-3 overall.
Key losses: Alex Fata (126), Collin Holt (138), Conner Smith (145), Josh Boehner (152, District 3-AAA qualifier), Kevin Fortney (160), Benjamin Wingerd (182), Scott Six (220, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Key returners: Chase Mueller (132 last year), Jake Sharrah (170, District 3-AAA qualifier), senior Giovani Alvarado (285 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier).
Other returners: Kyle Weishaar (195).
Outlook: Second-year coach Chris Haines will attempt to follow up on his success as a first-year coach a season ago, when he steered the Warriors to an 8-3 mark and sent four grapplers to the District 3-AAA Individual Tournament. Fortunately, three of those wrestlers are back this year. Unfortunately, they’re three of just four returning starters for Gettysburg this season. As a result, Haines has some work to do in rebuilding his starting lineup, in addition to moving the program into the York-Adams League. On a side note, junior Chase Mueller started for Bermudian Springs as a freshman two years ago before moving into the Gettysburg Area School District, so he’ll be back in somewhat familiar territory in the York-Adams League.
Quote: Haines: “We have a young team with a few veteran wrestlers. The sooner the new wrestlers adjust to high school wrestling the quicker the team will experience success.”
Head coach: Mike Balestrini.
Last year’s record: 2-8 league, 9-9 overall.
Key losses: Patrick Scarborough (152, District 3-AAA qualifier), Chance Marsteller (170, District 3-AAA champ, PIAA champ).
Key returners: Andrew Barnett (106 last year, District 3-AAA qualifier), Michael Bracey (113, District 3-AAA runner-up, PIAA qualifier, 30-9 overall), Nathan Stewart (145, one win shy of districts, finished 23-7 overall), Elliot Stauffer (160, 19-11 overall).
Other returners: Michael Payan (138), Troy Jones (126), Austin McNamee (132), Robbie Jones (182), Cody Gladstone (220).
Outlook: In four years of having the best wrestler in the state on the K-D roster, the Rams gathered a combined total of six league wins, getting no more than two league wins in two of those four seasons. Now the undefeated four-time District 3 and PIAA champ Chance Marsteller is gone to graduation, currently competing for NCAA Division I powerhouse Oklahoma State. Still, Marsteller generated interest in wrestling among the K-D youth. Unfortunately it might be a few years yet until those youngsters get up to the varsity ranks. In the meantime, fourth-year starter Nathan Stewart, who finished a win shy of districts a year ago, and returning district qualifiers Andrew Barnett and Michael Bracey will attempt to lead as the top guns at K-D. One would think the Rams would be aided a bit by moving down into Division II, but they’ll still have to face West York and Dover in addition to going up against quality opponents such as Eastern, Gettysburg and York Suburban.
Head coach: Brad Keeney (second season at Susquehannock, third year overall, career 5-25 league record).
Last year’s record: 1-9 league.
Key losses: Zach Holloway (138, District 3-AAA qualifier), Tyler White (182, District 3-AAA qualifier), Adam Dell (heavyweight, 18-9 record).
Key returners: Alexander Holloway (106 last year, 14-6 record), Collin Riley (132, 18-10), Ray Wenger (170, 19-10).
Other returners: Michael Younkin (113), Dakota Hess (120), Conner Hinkle (126), Alan Bull (145), Tucker Devilbiss (152), Marshall Lechlinski (160), Rulbeing Quiles (195), Richard Myers (220).
Outlook: A couple pieces of good news for the Warriors coming into the year. First, they have 11 starters back. Second, thanks to the move down from Division I to Division II, they no longer have to compete with heavyweights Spring Grove and South Western or light heavyweights Dallastown, New Oxford and Red Lion. Now for the bad news. Despite the bump down to Division II, Susquehannock still has a mountain to climb against Division II favorites Dover, West York and contenders Eastern York, Gettysburg and York Suburban.
Head coach: Brian Gross (eighth year, career 21-45 league record).
Last year’s record: 5-5 league.
Key losses: Kyle Narber (170, District 3-AAA sixth place), Austin Denoncourt (220).
Key returners: Cole Rinehart (120 last year, 17-12 record), Sam Sterner (138, 17-11), Garrett Stauffer (145, District 3-AAA qualifier), Nathan Gardner (152, one win shy of districts), Ryan Narber (160, one win shy of districts, 16-9), Jake Ciechoski (195, one win shy of districts, 13-8).
Other returners: Ashtyn Stamatiades (113), Dan Myers (182), Hunter Schievert (heavyweight).
Outlook: West York put up a combined 17-13 league record as a member of Division I the last three seasons, often being competitive with some of the best teams in the division. Now in the newly-formed Division II with nine returning starters — one of them a district qualifier, three others who finished a win shy of districts and two others who posted plus-.500 individual records — West York is the favorite to win the division crown, a pinnacle this program hasn’t reached since 1999.
Quote: Gross: “I think whoever can field a full lineup on a weekly basis and avoid injuries will come out on top (of Division II). I like the new division. It gives us all a chance to win a division title. Can’t speak for other teams but it has been 15 years since West York has won a title. If that does not excite you, I don’t know what will.”
Head coach: Matt Gentzyel (fourth year, career 13-11 league record).
Last year’s record: 5-3 league.
Key losses: Tyler Zarcone (106), Austin McMillan (113, 25-9 record), Steven Gomez (132), Valetin Oettinger (170), Ch’aim Smith (220, District 3-AAA sixth place).
Key returners: Colin Shelton (106 last year, 22-10 record), Dustin Knaub (126, one win shy of districts, 26-8), Matt Hudak (138), David DeAlva (160, 14-11), Liam McWilliams (160), Will Peters (182, one win shy of districts, 20-11), Daniel Strong (heavyweight, 18-15).
Outlook: Matt Gentzyel has done wonders with this program in his three years as head coach. Following a 3-5 league record in Gentzyel’s debut season in 2011-12, Suburban went 5-3 in league matches each of the next two years, marking the first time since 1998 the Trojans registered back-to-back winning seasons in league competition. Now Suburban will take a step up in competition in the newly-formed Division II, with its league schedule losing Class AA heavyweights such as Bermudian Springs, Biglerville and Delone Catholic, and gaining quality AAA opponents such as Dover, West York and league newcomer Gettysburg. The Trojans return seven starters from last year’s lineup, five of them entering their third year as starters and one of them (Liam McWilliams) starting for the fourth year in a row. Gentzyel’s teams always put up a fight. Don’t expect any different this year.
Quote: Gentzyel: “The new divisional alignment will be competitive and give us an overall harder schedule. I am interested in how our wrestlers will respond. We should be in all of our division matches.”
Head coach: Dave McCollum.
Last year’s record: 8-0 league, 28-4 overall.
Key losses: Dalton Becker (113, District 3-AA third place), Austin Jackson (138, District 3-AA sixth place), Ted Marines (145, District 3-AA third place), Jared Spahr (152, District 3-AA qualifier), Tristan Sponseller (195, District 3-AA champ, PIAA champ).
Key returners: Austin Clabaugh (106 last year, District 3-AA runner-up), Jarod Miller (120, District 3-AA qualifier), Ashton West (126, District 3-AA qualifier), Briton Shelton (wrestled at 160 last year, District 3-AA champ, PIAA fourth place), Colton Dull (182, District 3-AA runner-up, PIAA seventh place), Sam McCollum (220, District 3-AA champ, PIAA eighth place).
Other returners: Noah Fleshman (132), Cody Rowland (170), Brady Linebaugh (heavyweight).
Outlook: The Eagles have won 42 straight York-Adams League matches over the course of winning the last five Division II titles. Although seven teams move from Division II down to the newly-formed Division III, Bermudian’s road to another undefeated league campaign and division title might have actually been made a little easier with quality AAA opponents York Suburban and Eastern York bumping up to Division II and leaving the league schedule of the Class AA Eagles. Bermudian, meanwhile, returns nine starters, six of them district qualifiers, and the Eagles again look like they’ll be back on top of the division and make another postseason run — last year’s team reached the District 3-AA semifinals.
Head coach: Nathan Becker (second year, career 7-1 league record).
Last year’s record: 7-1 league, 17-8 overall.
Key losses: Ryan Kuhn (113, District 3-AA qualifier), Jasper Hankey (138, District 3-AA runner-up, PIAA qualifier), Dustin Grubbs (170, District 3-AA third place).
Key returners: Brady Mentzer (120 last year, District 3-AA qualifier), Nate Newberry (126, District 3-AA third place), Scott Cooper (132, District 3-AA fourth place), Nate Mentzer (220, District 3-AA fifth place), Juan Martinez (heavyweight, District 3-AA qualifier).
Other returners: Brock Asper (145), Alex King (152), Michael Southerly (160), Victor Lopez (195).
Outlook: The Canners a year ago finished as the Division II runner-up to Bermudian Springs and were just one spot shy of making the District 3-AA Team Tournament. Second-year coach Nathan Becker brings back nine starters, five of them entering their third year as starters. Becker said to also keep an eye on six newcomers, including Biglerville football standouts Ben Hurda and Colton Sentz.
Quote: Becker: “The new divisional alignment presents very little change for our program, specifically.”
Head coach: Frank Sneeringer (third year, career 7-9 league record).
Last year’s record: 6-2 league, 12-6 overall.
Key losses: Joe Post (195, District 3-AA qualifier).
Key returners: Antonio Ugarte (113, District 3-AA sixth place), Brian Shermeyer (138, District 3-AA qualifier), Mark Evich (145, District 3-AA qualifier), Lucas Shull (152, District 3-AA qualifier), Josh Sneeringer (160, District 3-AA fifth place), Damian Rodriguez (182, District 3-AA qualifier), Michael Rider (220, District 3-AA qualifier).
Other returners: Noah Russell (106), Alex Little (132), Jake Kadis (170).
Outlook: It was once commonplace to expect the Squires to be a respectable team on the mats and be in the upper tier of teams in the former Division II. Then the program went through a bit of a funk for three seasons, going a combined 6-18 from 2010 through 2013. So Sneeringer got this program back on a winning track last season by taking a relatively young roster and steering it to six league wins and a third-place finish in Division II. Ten starters, seven of them district qualifiers, return this season. As a result, Delone could very well challenge Biglerville and Bermudian for the division crown, just like old times.
Head coach: Bruce Kocsis.
Last year’s record: 0-8 league, 0-21 overall.
Key losses: David Stone (145), Nick Mort (170, District 3-AA champ), Brett Harris (285, District 3-AA runner-up).
Key returners: Indy Mills (138 last year).
Outlook: Following a trio of 3-5 seasons, the Green Knights took a step back last year with a winless campaign. With their only two district qualifiers gone to graduation and just one notable starter back for a program that’s struggled to field a roster in recent years, it could be another down season for Fairfield.
Head coach: Kurt Brenner (second year, career 2-6 league record).
Last year’s record: 2-6 league.
Key losses: Ian Brown (132, District 3-AA champ, PIAA champ, 39-0), Stanton Loveless (138), Tyler Shafer (145, District 3-AA champ, PIAA seventh place), Logan Hamm (182), Ben Krentler (195).
Key returners: Caleb Garland (120 last year, District 3-AA runner, PIAA qualifier), Travis Golden (126, District 3-AA runner-up, PIAA qualifier), Cody Gladfelter (170, District 3-AA qualifier).
Other returners: Zach Barnes (138), Eli Hart (138), Austin Bryson (152), Josh Ledbetter (160), Aaron Bowman (220), Nick Miller (heavyweight).
Outlook: The Nighthawks have eight starters back, but only two are seniors. Still, second-year coach Kurt Brenner feels his team should be competitive this year. Three returners are district qualifiers, including Caleb Garland, who finished as runner-up in districts and reached the state tournament last year. If everything falls into place for Garland, he could reach 100 career wins as a junior this season.
Quote: Brenner: “Looking to build a solid base with a very young team while getting to the District 3 playoffs.”
Head coach: Kerry Ferguson (seventh year, career 16-36 league record).
Last year’s record: 2-6 league, 3-15 overall.
Key losses: Sam Watkins (106 last year, District 3-AA qualifier), Zach Mace (heavyweight).
Key returners: Ian McClure (132, District 3-AA qualifier), Jordan Matthews (145, District 3-AA qualifier), Adam Smith (152, District 3-AA qualifier), Matt Guilday (195, District 3-AA fifth place).
Other returners: Anthony Brown (113), Brandon Mullican (126), Jeremy Gazmen (138), Anthony Minoglio (160), Connor Geiman (170), Dan Arnett (182), Zach MacLeod (heavyweight).
Outlook: Littlestown has tallied a losing league record six years in a row. Keep this mind when tracking the Thunderbolts this season, because they appear to have what it takes to put an end to this losing streak. Why? First off, Littlestown has 12 returning starters, the most of any team in the league. Secondly, this is a rather veteran roster, with two juniors and nine seniors — one of them is Zach MacLeod, who was a District 3-AA qualifier two years ago but missed most of last year due to an injury. Third, four of the returning starters were district qualifiers last year. Add all of this up and one would think the ‘Bolts should match up well with Fairfield, Hanover and York Tech, which would get them to at least a .500 league record. A possible upset of any one of the remaining three division opponents would put them over the hump.
Quote: Ferguson: “We have a lot of seniors on the team and they realize this is their last chance to achieve any goals they have set for themselves at the high school level.”
Head coach: Karl Oswald (first year at York Tech, career 161-151 league record).
Record last year: 2-6 league, 6-17 overall.
Key losses: Kyle Bly (138, 12-12 record), Brandon Nikolaus (145, 11-9).
Key returners: Sam Hoover (106, 21-8 record last year), Adoniyah Johnson (195, 13-14).
Other returners: Brennon Stauffer, Sean Lamont, Kyle Chesnavage, Carlos Rivera-Otero, Ryan Knisley, Louis Rivera.
Outlook: After coaching the Spartans the last three years, Mike Diliberti left to become an assistant at Dallastown, where he currently works full-time as a teacher. Diliberti’s 5-19 league record in three seasons at Tech might not look like much, but the Spartans notched two league wins each of the last two years. That hadn’t been done by a Tech squad since 2000. Although Diliberti is gone, the Spartans are left in good hands. Taking over the head job is Karl Oswald, who previously coached Eastern York for 28 seasons from 1979 through 2007, compiling a career record of 161-151-2 in league competition and notching 19 seasons with a plus-.500 league record, winning one Division II title (1990) and nabbing six second-place finishes in Division II. Oswald stepped down from that post in 2007 to focus all of his efforts on being the Golden Knights’ athletic director, a job he retired from three years ago. He’d been assisting Diliberti the last three years at Tech, which this year returns eight starters, led by sophomore Sam Hoover, who went 21-8 at 106 pounds a season ago.
Quote: Oswald: “Bermudian Springs always has a competitive team and will be very strong again. Delone Catholic was very strong last year, and should be a very good squad again, as well as Biglerville.”