Cambria Heights Wrestling

Cambria Heights’ Levi Niebauer (right) controls Chestnut Ridge’s Colby Hillegass in this 160-pound bout during the PIAA Southwest Regional tournament on Feb. 28, 2014, at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

Bedford

Coach:Brian Creps, 11th season

Career record: 149-33

District/ Class: 5- AA

2013-14 record: 10-3, 8-0 in LHAC

Returning starters:12 Coach’s outlook: “As a team, we are looking to repeat as the LHAC champions. We have many experienced wrestlers back. We are looking to improve and become better wrestlers. Jonathan Gabriel is returning after a strong sophomore season. He finished with a record of 29-6 and was the state runner-up at 113 pounds.”

Roster

Seniors:Kenneth Collins (138), Kyle Mehle (120), Nate Shoemaker (220), Noah Winesickle (120), Ty Zimmerman (152).

Juniors: Noah Baughman (106), Daniel Brett (152), Uriah Costal (145), Brayden Crawley (160), Jonathan Gabriel (126), Jeffery Hartman (132), Devon Karns (138), Matt Kline (170), Ryan Wertz (152), Tanner Wigfield (220), Cole Yingling (160).

Sophomores:Grant Browell (113), Jorge Canales (220), Vinny Fernandez (190), Billy Haygood (170), Jacob Mehle (152), Caleb Rush (220), Malachi Sipes (138), Joe Sokel (132).

Freshmen:None.

Berlin Brothersvalley

Coach:Jason Cornell, 10th season Career record: 86-90 District/Class: 5-AA 2013-14 record: 16-2, 5-0 in WestPAC

Returning starters:10 Coach’s outlook: “The Berlin Mountaineer wrestling team heads into the 2014-15 season with very high expectations and looks forward to facing the strong competition in District 5. The Mountaineers plan to build upon the 2013-14 campaign in which they finished 16-2. Although the program has lost a very important group from last season, the cabinet is far from being empty in Berlin, and it should prove to be yet another successful season on the mountain.”

Roster Seniors:Lucas Bracken (285), Taylor Cahill (160), Tyler DeArmitt (145), Bryce Fochtman (160), Kane McKenzie (138), Shane Pepper (220).

Juniors:Nick Brown (160), Tristan Brant (220), Anthony Collins (285), Braden Fochtman (152), Ryan Landis (195), Storm McDonald (182), Brody Moore (182), Joe Swank (132), Ryan Tressler (138),

Sophomore:Toby Cahill (195).

Freshmen: Bryce Belcher (113), Andrew Hoover (106), Austin Lee (126), Shawn Yanosky (120).

Cambria Heights

Co- coaches:Mike Eckenrode, sixth season; Steve Makin, first season at Cambria Heights.

Career records:74-41; 1-10 in LHAC

District/ Class:6- AA

2013-14 record: 11-3, 5-2 in LHAC

Returning starters:8

Coach’s outlook:“We are excited about the season this year. State placewinner Levi Niebauer will be our anchor this year. He is surrounded by a core of solid wrestlers. We hope to be in contention for the Laurel Highlands and look to send a few more wrestlers to states.”

Roster

Seniors:Michael Dautlick (120), Eric Kuskoski (138), Jason McDevitt (160), Tony Mezzelo (220), Levi Niebauer (170), Dalton Waksmunski (195).

Juniors:Alex Albright (285), Austin Gill (152), Dennis Link (182).

Sophomores:Bryce Campbell (113), Hunter Campbell (106), Brody Mezzelo (132), John Williams (170).

Freshmen:Ben Williams (126), Ben Yahner (145).

Central Cambria

Coach:Robert Nikolishen, seventh season

Career record:51-84

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 10-10

Returning starters: 7

Coach’s outlook:“We plan on being better than .500 this year as a team and have high expectations for great performances during the postseason.”

Roster Seniors:Aaron Averi (285), Alex Croft (182), Gabe Seymour (170/182), Tom Howell 220.

Juniors:Dyland Barsuk (126), Kerry Kirsch (145), Hunter Kish (132), Chase Lazration (120), Noah Long (132), Tom Opdenhoff (138), Ian Ostrowski (126), Sean Snyder (138), Bryce Thompson (160).

Sophomores:Brad Casper (113/120), Caliber Castel (160/170), Wyatt Copsky (145/152), Gabe Folckemer (138), Nate Kaschalk (182/195), Max Murin (113-120).

Freshmen:None

Chestnut Ridge

Coach:Greg Lazor, seventh season

Career record: 269-76 (126-34 at Chestnut Ridge)

District/Class:5-AA

2013-14 record: 20-5

Returning starters: 8

Coach’s outlook:“I am excited about the season. District 5 is looking strong this year, with Berlin, Bedford, Northern Bedford and Somerset all having strong teams. We figure to be in the mix at the end of the year, but we have a long way to go to reach our goals. Hopefully, with a lot of work and a little luck, we will be ready at the end of the season.”

Roster Seniors:Trent Crouse (160), Shane Davis (285), Joel Evans (285), Jon Heming (220), Colby Hillegass (170), Luke Hobson (126).

Juniors:Brandyn Beaver (170), Draven Bollman (113), Aaron Burkett (113), Conner Buttry (195), Brandon Clark (182), Blake Dunlap (120), Landon Keisinger (220), Josh McGill (160).

Sophomores:Jimmy Barefoot (106), Morgan Deremer (138), Kyle Nichols (182), Dylan Williams (106).

Freshmen:Seth Harbaugh (106), Levi Hobson(145), Justin McCoy (126).

Conemaugh Township

Coach:Jarod Feathers, eighth season

Career record:Not provided

District/ Class:5- AA

2013-14 record: 3-7

Returning starters: 6

Coach’s outlook:“ Conemaugh Township boasts a roster likely to feature a new, young core of Indians. With only one senior, leadership will be pertinent to help lead this group of underclassmen. Dedication, sacrifice and hard work are the words that are going to be used in the wrestling room to have a successful season.”

Roster Senior:Roger DeArmitt (195).

Juniors: Barry Blank (132), Aaron Griffith (120).

Sophomores:John Claycomb (138), Dylan Drenner (195), Jake Grosik (170), Gabe Slezak (106), Brandon Stahl (145), Colton Stahl (152), Nathaniel Thomas (120).

Freshman:Josh Derricott (113).

Forest Hills

Coach:Jake Strayer, fourth season

Career record: 30-26

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 8-7, 4-4 in LHAC

Returning starters: 10

Coach’s outlook: “This season we do not have a lot of depth, but we do have a lot of experience, with six seniors returning. We are hoping the experience pays off for the depth we lack. As most teams, we are always hoping to be in the team race at the end of the regular season and advance more wrestlers to the individual state tournament.”

Roster Seniors:Jacob Colbert (160), Joshua Gould (138/145), Jake Keiper (113/120), Triston Law (132/138), Tanner McCall (120), Travis Templeton (145/152).

Juniors:Blake Custer (160/170), Zackary Kline (285), Gage McCall (106), James Nevins (182), Jacob Sewalk (145/152), Evan Wess (126).

Sophomores:Hayden Block (195/220), Corey Katrancha (138), Jimmy Kleinman (160), Nathan Wingard (138).

Freshmen:None

Greater Johnstown

Coach:Willie Harris, first season

Career record: 0-0

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 1-8

Returning starters: 6

Coach’s outlook:“(We are looking to) gain our respect back.”

Roster Seniors:Nathan Allen (220), Austin Freeman (182), William Gomez (152), Nathan Litvan (195), Gary Walker (220).

Juniors:Abdullah Battle (120), Ameer Connor (145), Mark Corson (152), Mariah Harris (152), Kobe March (170), Justin Rowe (126).

Sophomores:Terry Brandon (170), Teshon Carter (132), Kristian Fleming (138), Tre Hall (145), Exree Loe (160), Lorenzo Miller (220), Matthew Oppy (138), Ethan Shaffer (113).

Freshmen:None.

Ligonier Valley

Coach:Brian Matson

Career record: 13-16

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 5-10, 2-2 in Heritage Conference

Returning starters:4

Coach’s outlook:“Coming into the 2014-15 season, we are looking to rebuild with an infusion of youth. We will be a young team, composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores. In terms of expectations, we always expect to be successful. (Assistant coach Tom) Brown and I want to instill in the young guys that are just starting their high school wrestling careers and attitude and expectation of winning. We know that there will inevitably be growing pains throughout the season, but we are not willing to lower our expectations of these young men simply because they are young and lack varsity experience. They will be held to a high standard on the mat, in the classroom and in all aspects of their daily life.

“We do have some holes, presently, in our upper weights, and this may impact our success in dual matches. We are combing the hallways and searching for a few more athletes to fill these spots, but oftentimes it is difficult to convince the bigger guys to take on the grueling challenge of a sport that is as tough as wrestling. My experience is that the bigger guys tend to gravitate to softer sports such as football and would rather loaf around the weight room than bust their butt in the wrestling room. Hopefully, coach and I will be able to find a few young men that like to challenge themselves.

“Individually, we will certainly have some guys that experience varying levels of success. My expectations, looking ahead to the end of the season, is that we will have four or five regional qualifiersand possibly several state qualifiers.

“Beyond that, we will have to see how fast our underclassmen can ascend the varsity wrestling growth curve.”

Roster Seniors:Max Caldwell (132/138), Tyler Smith (138/145).

Juniors:Dalton Clark (132/138), Nate Hockenberry (145/152), Hayden Kuzemchak (138/145), Gordon Matson (138/145), Nathan Trottier (170/182).

Sophomores:Brenden Linebarger (152/160), Dylan Miller (138/145), Nate Porterfield (145/152), Devin Rice (195/220).

Freshmen:Dakota Auman (120/126), Alex Caldwell ((126/132), Nick Huskey (106/113), Robby Patrick (145/152), Logan Pirl (106/113).

Meyersdale

Coach:Mike Swick, seventh season overall

Career record:Not provided District/Class: 5-AA 2013-14 record: 7-8, 2-3 in WestPAC Returning starters: 6

Coach’s outlook:“(We are) ready to be back. We have a very young group, with only two seniors. What our seniors lack in quantity, they make up in quality. (We) will have to rely on returning limited varsity experience. This is a solid, hard-working, ready-tomix- it-up group. We'll be tested early by North Star and Berlin right off the bat. That will be a good measuring stick to see where we're at and where we need to be.”

Roster Seniors:Brady McKenzie (138/145), Ty Smith (195/220).

Juniors:Brock Ackerman (138/145), Blake Brenneman (195/220), Jeremy Carter (145/152), Zack Stewart (126/132), Kendall Swick (152/160).

Sophomores:Cole Baer (285), Lucas Carnell (106/113), Dylan Harvey (220/285), Chris Hutzell (170/182), Jesse Livengood (170/182), Cody Welker (220/285).

Freshmen:Easton Broadwater (132/138), Trevor Gnagy (126/132), Tanner Krause (170/182), Kyle Sigler (126/132), Dylan Smith (120/126).

North Star

Coach:Tim Rosa, third season

Career record: 19-13

District/ Class: 5- AA

2013-14 record: 8-6, 4-1 in WestPAC

Returning starters: 7

Coach’s outlook:“This season’s North Star Cougars expect to be very competitive throughout the season. The Cougars have an experienced group of seniors that will be looked upon for leadership and guidance on and off the mat. The coaching staff is extremely excited to get the season kicked off and see what this group can accomplish.”

Roster Seniors:Adrian Cortes (132/145), Shawn Costas (132/138), Michael Baker (138/145), Tevin Mostoller (145/152), Jon Thomas (170/182), Paul Tretter (195/220), Brady Vinisky (285).

Juniors:Brady Gardner (126), Gus Strasiser (160/170), Dillion Charlton (160/170), Josh Nemchik (220/285).

Sophomores:Chris Baker (132/138), Sam Lepley (120), Zach Shaffer (132/145).

Freshman:Keaton Furry (106/113).

Penn Cambria

Coach:Todd Niebauer, 13th season

Career record: 104-102

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 9-10

Returning starters: 9

Coach’s outlook:“We can be very competitive if we stay healthy and continue to work hard. It is evident who put their time in over the summer, and hopefully that pays off for us.”

Roster Seniors:Mike Eckenrode (145), Eric Jaap (126), Nolan Link (113), Jake Wineland (220).

Juniors:Austin Farabaugh (152), Dominic Farabaugh (152), Jacob Driskel (160), Garrett Link (195), Dane Myers (138), Zak Stevens (132).

Sophomores:Kam Bryant (132), Darion Conrad (220), Braden St. Clair (195), Jake Wilkinson (138).

Freshmen:Jarred Stoy (120), Brock Talko (120).

Portage

Coach:Mike Fox, first season

Career record: 0-0

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 1-10, 1-4 in WestPAC

Returning starters: 4

Coach’s outlook:“The squad only returns four starters from last season, but we should get some help from the six sophomores on the team this year. Last year, our kids wrestled tough when we only had six kids on the team. We are hoping to increase the participation little by little each year and keep the program moving in the right direction. We have received awesome support from the board, administration, staff, boosters and parents.”

Roster Seniors:Brandon Vocco (285), Kevin Nagle (152/160), Bryan Husar (145/152).

Juniors:Quentin Evans (170/182), Marshall McCabe (160/170), Brady

Ratsosky(145/152).

Sophomores: Andrew Kolenovic (113/120), Jesse Husar (113/120), Alex Gageby (120/126), Caleb Lutz (126/132), Dylan Plummer (138/145), Jordan Beyer (195).

Freshmen:None.

Richland

Coach:Mike Naglic, third season

Career record: 3-19

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 0-8

Returning starters: 4

Coach’s outlook:“(We are looking to) improve each and every day and get as many wrestlers through to the postseason and on to Hershey. Last year, we had four wrestlers make it to the Southwest Regional tournament and two wrestlers to the state tournament.

“This year, our goal is to improve on those numbers.”

Roster Seniors:Hunter Cober (160), Adam George (132), Brennen Mikulsky (145), Stephen Rouser(126), Killian Snopko (285).

Juniors:Curtis Hockensmith (195), Dan Verhovsek (152), Ben Saloga (138).

Sophomore:Jake Horsley (220).

Freshman: Riley Holsinger (106).

Shade

Coach:Shaun Gregory, second season

Career record:0-11

District/Class: 5-AA

2013-14 record: 0-11, 0-5 in WestPAC

Returning starters:4

Coach’s outlook:“The wrestlers and I are eager to get back onto the mat. We gained a few more wrestlers from the end of last season. We are still building a team that is hungry to take care of business. Based on what I see in the mat room, I believe that we have a chance to have several district contenders. As of right now, I see a lot of leadership and the drive to win in the mat room.”

Roster Seniors:Mike Manges (145/152), Luke Sirbaugh (195/220), Trevor Brown (285).

Juniors:Teddy Dunagan (182), Greg Gill (195/220), Austin Lawson (145/152), Travis Sparks (160).

Sophomore:Nick Serrano (138).

Freshmen: None.

Somerset

Coach:Brian Barron, eighth season

Career record: 72- 45

District/Class: 5-AA

2013-14 record: 9-4, 6-1 in LHAC

Returning starters: 8

Coach’s outlook:“(We are) looking forward to a good season and postseason.”

Roster Seniors:Logan Eller (220), Jon Fabian (145), Katherine Luteri (113), Bailey Phillips (145), Daniel Talley (152), Sheldon Wagner (160).

Juniors:Zachery Halle (160), Nicholas Holto (195), Nathan Zanoni (285).

Sophomores:Morgan Bell (138), Quinn Cole (120), Jack Hause (220), Austin Hemminger (152), Jansen Hemminger (132), Lane Lohr (160), Chase Marple (182), Zacheriah Tinkey (126), Hunter Zimmerman (126).

Freshman:Derek Talley (106).

United

Coach:Tim Riskus, third season

Career record: Not provided

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 9-7

Returning starters: 12

Coach’s outlook: “We are in a really good position for this season. We have seniors and six juniors coming back to our starting lineup. We have a great deal of experience holding the middle weight classes; our lower weights have finally grown into their weights; and we still have our powerful upper weights. We are hoping to battle our way back to district duals and expect a better outcome this season.”

Roster

Seniors:Andrew Deitman (285), Grant Ingalls (182), Anthony Michaels (170), Warren Lowther (126), Derrick McLaughlin (285), Tyler Oliver (195), Cody Thacker ((182), Devon Walker (138), Josh Young (160).

Juniors:Arick Betts (145), Caleb Bracken (152), Kolt Jarvis (132), Brent Mack (160), Caleb Walls (106), Levi Walls (120), Noah Walls (113),

Sophomores:None.

Freshman: None.

Westmont Hilltop

Coach:Matt Beaujon, 10th season

Career record: 116-29

District/Class: 6-AA

2013-14 record: 6-5, 4-2 in LHAC

Returning starters: 10

Coach’s outlook: “The LHAC is a tough conference, up and down. We must mature fast and continually improve if we aim to compete.”

Roster

Seniors:Mark Barbera (160), Drake Dorian (145), Eric Johncola (220), Nick Mical (152), Noah Rastall (145), Hussein Sbeitan (285).

Juniors:Trent Blackburn (145), Jake Dorian (160), Connor Imler (220), Corey Kosis (132), John Roman (132), Jon Roseman (160),

Sophomores:Alec Alt (132), Levi Cook (195), Mike Koslin (220), Braden Rosemas (120), Taylor Smitherman (285), Larry Weslager (145).

Freshmen:Carnell Andrews (132), Derrick Christie (113), Clayton Dorian (132), Josiah Jones (285), Treazure Toney (113), Anthony Walters (182).

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