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Red Lion’s Corey Shane, top, pins New Oxford’s Matthew Poust during their 132-pound match on Thursday.

Red Lion’s Corey Shane, top, pins New Oxford’s Matthew Poust during their 132-pound match on Thursday. (BILL KALINA —

The uphill climb for Red Lion to return to the top of the mountain in York-Adams Division I is still on track.

It began a season ago, when the Lions came out of nowhere to place fourth in Division I and qualify for the District 3-AAA team tournament, marking the program’s best season in a handful of years.

All but six starters return this season, leading some to feel Red Lion could be a serious contender in Division I for the first time since 2009 — so long as the Lions take that next step forward.

On Thursday night, the next step was proving it could hang with another Division I contender when an experienced and talented New Oxford club came to town.

The Lions fell behind early, losing the first two bouts and four of the first six, before turning a corner at the midway point and not looking back, leading to a 38-20 win over New Oxford.

“We came into this match saying: ‘Last year they beat us. They creamed us. We gotta take it to ‘em,'” Red Lion heavyweight Jared Schell said.

Schell is one of five returning Red Lion starters who finished a win shy of qualifying for the individual District 3-AAA tournament last season. And he was involved in one of a number of rather entertaining bouts Thursday night.

With the host Lions trailing, 9-0, through two bouts, Schell defeated New Oxford’s Brock Hartman, 5-2. That win came despite Schell missing practice all week battling bronchitis.

“I lost to him (Hartman) once (last year) at the Cumberland Valley tournament. First period he took a headlock and I didn’t see it coming and I just got pinned,” Schell recalled. “This year I came out with a new mindset thinking ‘I know what he’s coming back for. I know he’s gonna try for the headlock. All I have to do is get in, shoot for the leg and I have the match.’ I pushed him to the second period. Thought I had it. Third period I was getting dead because of my throat and my sickness getting to me. I just pushed the limits, just pushed him until he couldn’t move.”

Schell’s effort served as a good example for what was to come. Down 17-9 to New Oxford, Red Lion’s Corey Shane (138), another returning starter who was a win away from districts last year, was tied, 8-8, in the third period before putting the shoulders of Matthew Poust on the mat for the pin, pulling Red Lion to within 17-15. Red Lion then won five of the last six bouts by pin, two major decisions, pin and decision to pull out the win in what was the Lions’ league opener.

The Colonials are now 0-2 in league action with tough losses to South Western and Red Lion.

League action doesn’t pick back up again for Red Lion until the second week of January, so the Lions have another few weeks yet to get ready for Division I heavyweights South Western and Spring Grove. And at least one Red Lion wrestler in particular feels Thursday’s effort against New Oxford should catch the attention of the Mustangs and Rockets.

“Yeah. South Western should be paying attention to us,” Schell said. “And anyone else that thinks they can beat us.”

Jesse Stermer (138) and Luke Joines (160) and Jake Frock (106) also had pins for Red Lion.


West York 57, Eastern York 21: At West York, the Bulldogs rolled behind pins from Gavin Toomey (132), Cole Rinehart (138), Allen Stauffer (145), Ryan Narber (160) and Daniel Myers (182). Eastern got pins from Scott Elliot (220) and Lucas Barshinger (285). Barshinger got his fall in just 25 seconds, while Myers needed only 21 seconds.

Spring Grove 62, Northeastern 15: At Manchester, the Rockets cruised behind pins from Aaron Gunarich (120), Trent Baker (145), Marcus Kehr (160), Hunter Sterner (195) and Owen Jacobs (285). Northeastern got pins from Cameron Aucker (138) and Blaine Yinger (220).

Dover 36, Gettysburg 33: At Gettysburg, the Eagles outlasted the Warriors in a tight York-Adams Division II match. Dover improved to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the division. Gettysburg fell to 0-2 in the division.

—Reach John Walk at

Hanover rolled to a 54-10 non-divisional wrestling victory over Eastern York on Wednesday night in Wrightsville.

The Nighthawks received pins from Nicholas Miller (285), Travis Golden (132) and Dylan Stair (182) to secure the win.

For the Golden Knights, Dakota Mackley (152) picked up a pin.


Littlestown 54, York Tech 21: At Spry, the Thunderbolts received pins from Adam Smith (160), Matt Guilday (195), Daniel Arnett (220), Josh Trousdale (106) and Zachary MacCleod (285) to earn the victory. For the Spartans, Ryan Knisley (126) picked up a pin.

South Western 43, Kennard-Dale 24: At Hanover, the Mustangs received pins from Seth Janney (220), Ben Doll (106), Cory Stanton (138) and Nate VanCampen (170) in the triumph. For the Rams, Harley Eagle (195), Andrew Barnett (120) and Austin McNamee (145) each picked up pins.


Nick Shields first exploded onto the high school wrestling scene in the 2011-2012 season.

As a freshman competing at 106 pounds, the Dallastown wrestler placed third at the District 3-AAA Tournament and went 1-2 at states to finish with a 33-13 record.

A year later, Central York’s Dylan Chatterton very much followed in the footsteps of Shields. As a freshman wrestling at 106 pounds in the 2012-2013 season, Chatterton placed third at districts and finished fifth at states, posting a 31-4 individual record in the process.

This season, Shields and Chatterton are arguably two of the best returning prep wrestlers in York County, with three District 3-AAA bronze medals between them and a combined 142-39 record. But they’ve competed at different weight classes the past two seasons, which makes the 2014-15 campaign all the more intriguing, since both Shields and Chatterton are wrestling at 145 pounds.

“We weren’t the same weight the last two years. But with me jumping up four or five weight classes I’ll probably have the opportunity to face him. So it should be a great match,” Chatterton said during an interview last week.

The much-anticipated bout could have happened Thursday night at the earliest, but Thursday’s Dallastown-at-Central match was pushed back until Jan. 10. It may not matter, though. Because Shields and Chatterton will likely either square off next month or wait to do so until the postseason, where they’ll likely meet up in the sectional tournament and possibly again in the district tournament, should they make it that far.

Friendship: But this promising showdown is more than just a dream match for local wrestling fans. Really, it’s a meeting between a pair of standouts whose relationship on the mat began years ago and eventually bloomed into a friendship.

“We’ve always been wrestling growing up,” Shields said last week. “We probably became good friends about two years ago through Modern Day Gladiators (wrestling club). We just kind of became friends through that.”

Both have also been through humbling experiences on the mat. For Shields, a senior, he’s been trying to recapture the magic he had as a freshman. Shields made it back to districts as a sophomore but came up one match short of qualifying for states when he lost to Spring Grove’s Zack Clingan, 4-2, in the consolation rounds.

“Probably the main reason I lost that was he (Clingan) wrestled a better match than I did,” Shields said. “He controlled more. So it was a bit of a scramble.”

Shields reached districts as a junior last year but went 1-2, losing to Northern York’s Jonathan Ross, 6-0, and Oley Valley’s Joey Fick, 4-0, to again miss qualifying for states. However, he did finish the year with an impressive 27-6 record.

“Same with last year I wrestled two great kids. Jon Ross and Joey Fick. They just beat me technique-wise,” said Shields, who is 9-0 this season and 19 wins why of the century mark for his prep career. “We were probably same strength and same conditioning. But they came out with better technique.”

Cutting weight an issue: For Chatterton, he captured the district bronze medal again as a sophomore at 113 pounds last season, but lost both of his bouts at states following a fifth-place finish at states a year before. Now a junior, Chatterton blames his performance at states last season on cutting weight.

“Definitely a lesson learned to say the least,” said Chatterton, who is 8-0 this season and 31 wins shy of the century mark for his career. “I was definitely burned out come district time. At districts I didn’t have the best performance by any means, but I was able to pull it off and go to states. But that’s not my goal. Ultimately, it’s to be high on that podium. To be first. I was exhausted. I was definitely burned out from the weight cuts. Pulling it from October to March, it was just too much for my body to handle.”

Moving up: So Chatterton hit the weight room and packed on some muscle over the offseason, bumping up five weight classes to 145 pounds this winter, which should result in a match with Shields at some point this season. It would be the first meeting of the wrestlers since junior high.

“It was a good, hard battle,” Chatterton recalled of that previous match. “I wrestled him in his basement this past summer, just play-wrestling. He’s a great wrestler and I’m looking forward to it.”

— Reach John Walk at


DOVER — It isn’t very often in high school wrestling when the heavyweight match is the highest scoring bout of the night.

But, in a back-and-forth York-Adams League opener between Division II contenders York Suburban and Dover on Thursday night, a highly entertaining contest at 285 pounds between the Trojans’ Adoniyah Johnson and the Eagles’ Jordan Irvin proved pivotal.

Johnson gained early control but lost his advantage several times when Irvin reversed him in the first period. And while it seemed like Johnson had the momentum late, he couldn’t overcome his early deficit and fell, 19-15.

Those three points helped turn the tide for the home-standing Eagles, who also got pins from Matthew Rodriguez (106) and Brandon Rodriguez (120) to a score a 40-25 triumph.

Like pretty much everyone else in the gym, Dover coach Brad Brosius enjoyed the Johnson-Irvin bout — especially the outcome.

“That was a big match for us,” he said. “It could have gone either way.”

Irvin led 13-4 midway through the second period before Johnson started to mount a comeback. The Suburban heavyweight scored four take downs, but was unable to get any back points, as Irvin fended him off.

The momentum from that outcome carried over when Matthew Rodriguez dominated his bout from the whistle at 106. The Eagles standout was close to a pin in the first period, but was able to finally get six big points for his club 42 seconds into the second period.

His brother, Brandon, sealed the victory with a pin of Suburban’s Colin Shelton at the 5:08 mark two bouts later. The Trojans, who like the Eagles moved some wrestlers up a weight class, had to forfeit the final bout of the night.

Brosius is hoping his club will battle rival West York for the division crown in the final league contest of the season, but he knows his squad has some room to improve before then.

“We weren’t quite sure what we were going to see tonight,” he said. “We have a young team and we’re pretty inexperienced. So this was the first dual meet of the season and tonight we got a little better feel for where we’re at. We got a lot of room for improvement, but the kids really wrestled well.”

The match was deadlocked five times throughout the night, the final time coming when Irvin scored his decision to even things up 22-22. Suburban raced out to leads of 10-0, 16-10 and 22-19 before the Eagles claimed four of the final five contests.

Liam McWilliams (160) had Suburban’s lone pin, while teammate Anders Thoman won the first match of the night at 132 by forfeit. Matthew Lehman (152) and Calvin Anderson (170) won by pin for Dover, while Hunter Failor won the final bout of the evening at 126 by forfeit.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


The 126-pound bout was already pretty much decided.

Spring Grove senior Hunter Miller was likely on his way to getting a technical fall over Central York’s Rusty Novelas.

Ever the opportunist, longtime Rockets’ coach Tony Miller took advantage of a quick break in the bout to get Hunter Miller’s attention and share a word of advice.

“Ah, just a little trick to get out,” Tony Miller said when asked what he was telling Hunter Miller. “Just trying to help him out. Just give him something while he’s out there.”

Hunter Miller then proceeded with the bout, and instead of a technical fall, pinned Novelas a moment later. It was one of seven Spring Grove pins on the night, as the Rockets easily defeated Central York, 60-17, in Thursday night’s York-Adams Division I opener.

Hunter Miller is one of nine first-year starters for the Rockets. For any other program tasked with filling nine holes in a lineup, this season would likely be termed a rebuilding one. For the Rockets, who have won or shared the York-Adams Division I title the last six seasons, it’s more like a reloading season.

Sure, gone to graduation are seven District 3-AAA qualifiers, three of whom accounted for a gold, a silver and a bronze medals at districts last season — in addition to helping the Rockets reach the semifinals of the District 3-AAA Team Tournament.

But their replacements are wrestlers such as Hunter Miller, a senior with a ton of talent who has been chomping at the bit to get his shot on the big stage.

“Miller is someone who’s been behind somebody and we’ve just had so many talented wrestlers (in front of him the last few seasons),” Coach Miller said.

Hunter Miller has been a bright spot early on this season for Spring Grove, after taking first place last weekend at the individual Solanco Tournament. Teammate Dalton Rohrbaugh did the same at 106 pounds.

“He (Hunter Miller) is unbeaten right now. That’s pretty impressive,” Coach Miller said.

Although Thursday marked a good start for an inexperienced but talented Spring Grove roster, Coach Miller admits he still has some things he’d like to teach his wrestlers.

“You’re always still trying to get better. And we’re trying to get better the whole way through the year, especially now up until Christmas, it’s day-by-day,” he said. “There’s a lot of things we haven’t even taught, that we haven’t even gotten to yet.”

Fortunately for the Rockets, their schedule works out quite well. They won’t have to face experienced teams such as New Oxford, Red Lion and South Western until January. As a result, it gives Miller and his coaching staff roughly a month of teaching time before Spring Grove has to face its toughest challengers, all of whom are aiming to dethrone the Rockets from Division I supremacy.

“We have Northeastern next. We gotta go there,” Miller said. “Then we have holiday tournaments and then you get into January and it all happens there. And then before you know it, it’s gonna be over and on to the postseason.”

Isaiah Dickson (170 pounds), Xavier Musti (138), Dylan Chatterton (145) and Steven Clawson (152) accounted for the four bouts won by Central, which has eight starters back this season from a team that went 3-6 in league competition a year ago.


Hanover 54, York Tech 27: At Spry, The Nighthawks captured the divisional victory by receiving pins from Ricardo Salazar (120), Caleb Garland (126), Travis Golden (132), Zach Barnes (138), Nick Seymour (152), Justin Barnes (160), Cody Gladfelter (170), Josh McClintock (220) and Nick Miller (285). For the Spartans, Kyle Ilgenfritz (182), Kyle Chesnavage (195) and Kameron Bly (106) each captured pins.

Kennard-Dale 50, Eastern York 24: At Wrightsville, the Rams got pins from Mike Bracey (126), Wade Rose (132) and Nathan Stewart (160) en route to the win. Eastern got pins from Dakota Mackley (152), Lucas Barshinger (220) and Scott Elliot (285). The Golden Knights were hurt by three forfeits.

Dallastown 61, Northeastern 9: At Dallastown, the Wildcats cruised, helped by four forfeit wins. The Wildcats got pins from Nick Shields (145), Cameron Green (160), Bailey Druck (170) and Jordan Burns (220). Blaine Yinger had a pin at 285 for Northeastern.

Susquehannock 39, Gettysburg 27: Susquehannock welcomed Gettysburg to the York-Adams League by pulling off a 39-27 upset at Gettysburg on Thursday night. Susquehannock won just one league match last season, so Thursday’s win in the Division II opener has already matched last year’s win total. Susquehannock has 11 returning starters this season while Gettysburg has just four returning starters from a team that went 8-3 last year. Aside from the score, no other information about the match was provided.

—Reach John Walk at


Dave Gable, left, works out with his son Clay in this file photo from Dave Gable’s tenure as the head varsity wrestling coach at Dallastown. Gable

Dave Gable, left, works out with his son Clay in this file photo from Dave Gable’s tenure as the head varsity wrestling coach at Dallastown. Gable has returned to coaching and is leading the Wildcats’ junior high team. (FILE PHOTO)
Neil Barnes

Neil Barnes

The list reads like an introduction to an all-star wrestling roster.

Brad Lloyd is the York Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee, stemming partly from his accomplishments as a wrestler at Red Lion (District 3 champion in 1983, third at states in 1984) and Lock Haven (three-time NCAA Division I All-American, finishing second in the nation at 177 pounds in 1989, all-time program leader in career wins). He was also the Red Lion High head coach from 1992 until 1997.

Neil Barnes is the former Millersville University wrestling coach who previously won a PIAA state title at Dallastown in 1993, became a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion in 1997 and a was two-time NCAA qualifier at Lock Haven, and twice dodged death in battles with acute lymphocytic leukemia and bacterial meningitis.

Mike Diliberti is the former Red Lion wrestler who had coached York Tech the last three seasons, steering the Spartans to a pair of two-win York-Adams League seasons in each of the last two years, something that hadn’t been done by a York Tech squad since 2000.

And then there’s Rob Jansen, a former Dallastown and York College wrestler with 11 years of coaching experience.

All four of these names aren’t part of any wrestling roster, though. Rather, this foursome makes up part of Dallastown’s junior high and high school coaching staff this season. Lloyd is a junior high assistant and Barnes and Diliberti are varsity assistants under Jansen, who is the new Dallastown varsity coach. This group is aiming to get the Wildcats back to the glory days of winning York-Adams League titles and District 3 championships, like they did when Dave Gable was the varsity wrestling coach.

Gable’s role: This task is all the more interesting when you add in this last nugget of information: Gable is now Dallastown’s junior high head coach. Well, actually this is Gable’s second year in that position, having returned to help, albeit in a smaller role, the program he coached to 257 wins, 12 York-Adams League titles and two District 3 championships, in addition to sending 40 kids to states before he stepped down as varsity coach in 2009.

“He knows everything and everybody,” Jansen said of Gable. “So he’s been very helpful with knowing who to talk to for things with equipment and other things. He knows everything about this program. Of course it helps you.”

Jansen is Dallastown’s third varsity coach in as many years. He is replacing John Childress, who resigned over the summer after one year at the helm because of family and work responsibilities. Jansen, a 1999 Dallastown grad, moved up to the varsity staff last year to help Childress, leaving open the junior high post.

“When Childress took over (as varsity coach) last year, he (Gable) took over the junior high team. He’s got a son who’s coming into junior high next year. So it was one of those special things,” Jansen said. “He (Gable) was the senior high coach when his first son, Clay, was in junior high and he didn’t get to see a lot of Clay’s matches in junior high.”

Gable also helps out with the Dallastown youth team, which his younger son, Brooks, wrestles for.

Dallastown’s junior high and high school teams practice next each other in the high school’s wrestling room, as they were doing again after school Wednesday. Gable, who was the first-ever Dallastown wrestler to eclipse 100 wins and who is still a biology teacher at the high school, declined an interview request, saying: “I’d prefer to blend into the background. I had my time.”

Looking to get back on top: It’s not like Dallastown has tanked since Gable stepped down in 2009. As a matter of fact, the Wildcats have gone a combined 42-21 overall and 35-13 in league competition the last five years, three times finishing in the top three of the Division I standings and appearing in the District 3 tournament, while also sending six wrestlers to states.

Still, Dallastown has finished outside of the top two spots in the Division I standings four times in the last five years. The Wildcats finished outside of the top two in the division only five times in the 20 years when Gable steered the ship.

But those were the years when sports such as lacrosse weren’t part of the landscape and kids didn’t specialize in one sport as much as they do today, which Jansen lists as possible reasons why he has two starters in his lineup this year who have never wrestled before and a few starters who are the only wrestlers on the roster at their weights. So Dallastown, like many high school wrestling programs these days, does have its challenges in terms of numbers and depth.

But the Wildcats hope to overcome those obstacles — this season and possibly in coming years — by having the current crop of Dallastown grapplers learn from an impressive and knowledgeable coaching staff that includes some of the best coaches and some of the best wrestlers in York County history.

— Reach John Walk at

In a meeting of pupil vs. student on Tuesday night, the pupil came out ahead.

The Eastern York wrestling team earned a 42-30 victory over York Tech in Spry. Eastern is coached by Dan Garner. Tech is coached by Karl Oswald. Garner wrestled for Oswald when Oswald was the head coach at Eastern.

The Golden Knights got pins from Damian McKinsey (160), Conner Barshinger (182), Lucas Barshinger (195), Scott Elliot (220) and Jacob Sowers (285). Tech got pins from Travis Keiser (132) and Davin Pifer (145).

Central York’s Dylan Chatterton has made a big jump up in weight this season.

One thing hasn’t changed, however.

Chatterton is still winning.

The junior won District 3-AAA bronze medals in each of the last two years, at 106 pounds as a freshman and at 113 pounds as a sophomore. He advanced to the state tournament both seasons, finishing fifth as a freshman.

He started his 2014-2015 season over the weekend at Bullet Invitational at Brandywine Heights with a championship – at 145 pounds. Chatterton went 3-0, winning with a first-period pin and a technical fall before earning a 5-2 decision in the championship match over Central Dauphin’s Koltyn Eason.

Another Central York wrestler, Xavier Musti, finished second at 138, finishing 2-1. He lost in the finals to Central Dauphin’s Zach Elvin, 5-1.

Three other Panthers finished the event with 3-1 marks – Tyler Colon (160), Isaiah Dickson (170) and Nathaniel Stephens (220).


Central York’s Dylan Chatterton, top, has won a pair of District 3-AAA bronze medals. He will return to the Panthers this season.

Central York’s Dylan Chatterton, top, has won a pair of District 3-AAA bronze medals. He will return to the Panthers this season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
Tony Miller, left, the head coach of perennial York-Adams Division I power Spring Grove, has a relatively inexperienced roster this season.

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:

Division I:

Central York:

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.”

New Oxford:

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.”

Red Lion:

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.”

South Western:

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.

Spring Grove:

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.”

Division II


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.”

Eastern York:

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.

West York:

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.”

York Suburban:

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.”

Division III:

Bermudian Springs:

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.”

Delone Catholic:

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.”

York Tech:

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.”


The full season preview on all 21 York-Adams League wrestling teams will be published in The York Dispatch later this week.

And the actual kickoff to the season for nearly a dozen league squads is less than a week away.

So I thought it might be a good time for a quick refresher on several changes taking place this season across the league, District 3 and the PIAA.

District 3 requirement: Let’s start with the postseason District 3 team tournaments.

To qualify for the District 3 team tournaments, teams must now wrestle a minimum of eight dual meets. This is to avoid situations such as last year when Solanco had the No. 7 seed in the District 3-AAA team tourney despite having a record of just 5-1, while 14 other teams in the tournament had wrestled at least 10 regular-season duals.

New layout in York-Adams League: The District 3 requirement has a direct tie to the York-Adams League this season.

Teams will go from wrestling 8-to-10 league matches a season down to six. This is a result of Gettysburg joining the league and the league splitting from two divisions into three divisions of seven teams each. Each team will face each divisional opponent once for a total of six league dual matches, meaning teams will need to schedule additional non-league dual matches to meet the District 3 qualification requirement of at least eight duals wrestled.

Division layouts: As for the division layouts across the league, Division I will largely stay the same, with Spring Grove, South Western, New Oxford, Northeastern, Dallastown, Red Lion and Central York.

Moving out of Division I and into Division II will be Susquehannock, Dover, Kennard-Dale and West York, who will be joined by Eastern York, York Suburban and Gettysburg. Division III is basically the old Division II without Eastern and Suburban: Hanover, York Tech, Fairfield, Biglerville, Bermudian Springs, Littlestown and Delone Catholic. The first night of league duals is scheduled to be held Dec. 11.

Sectional concerns: On a related note, I’ve heard from maybe all but a handful of York-Adams League coaches thus far, and some of them have brought up a good point on how difficult it will be to determine seeding for the postseason individual sectional tournament — held to determine who advances to the individual District 3 tournament — as a result of league wrestlers not facing each other in the regular season as often as they did in years past.

“For sectionals it will be very difficult to determine seeding between the divisions if you did not wrestle the other team,” third-year Red Lion coach Christopher Schell said. “It may be a long sectional meeting this season.”

State tournaments: At its May 21 meeting, the PIAA Board of Directors approved the expansion of the individual postseason brackets for each weight class, for both the Class AAA and Class AA state tournaments.

As a result, in Class AAA, the South Central (District 3, where York-Adams League wrestlers compete) and Southeast regions will send four to five wrestlers to the state tournament — the fifth berth will alternate year-to-year between those regions. The fifth berth this season goes to the Southeast region, meaning District 3 will advance four AAA wrestlers to states this season.

In years past, the top three qualifiers from the South Central region went to the state tournament. That was up until two years ago, when the PIAA awarded the South Central region the fourth berth because Middletown moved up to Class AAA to give the South Central region the most teams of the five wrestling regions in the state. Now, the top four wrestlers from the South Central region will advance to states no matter what, and the top five will go every other year.

The season will officially start this weekend for more than half of the league’s teams competing at various tournaments.

Have fun trying to keep all of these changes in mind as we move forward in another exciting high school wrestling campaign.

— Reach John Walk at


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