Trojans win third consecutive
Nanticoke 33, Mt. View 21

Bob Bond (152) won by pin and Nate Jimmerson (119) picked up a win by major decision for Nanticoke, which won its third consecutive meet.
The Trojans also received five forfeits to seal the win.

Ebert is GNA coach
The assistant is named one-year replacement for Jon Kashatus.
By jpetrucci@leader.net
(Editing by GNA Webdesign)

Greater Nanticoke Area’s wrestling team got its second win of the season on Saturday.
Five days later, the Trojans officially got a new head coach.
The Greater Nanticoke Area school board appointed assistant Joe Ebert as the head coach for the remainder of the season at Thursday’s meeting. Ebert replaces first-year coach Jon Kashatus, whose letter of resignation was accepted, effective Jan. 13.
Ebert and assistant Ron Bruza ran the team since Kashatus stepped down.
The Trojans wrestling team has struggled for the better part of the last decade, despite producing a state champion, Jason Mitkowski, in 2003.
While the team, like others in the school’s athletic program, has battled numbers problems, Ebert said there are 15 wrestlers on Nanticoke’s roster.
After defeating Bishop O’Hara 36-12 on Saturday, the Trojans are 2-26 and have two dual matches remaining – tomorrow at Blue Ridge and Wednesday at home against Mountain View – before the District 2 tournament on Feb. 24-25.
“Things are going very well,” Ebert said. “The kids have a positive attitude, they work hard. I’m looking forward to getting a couple guys to regionals.”
Ebert will reapply for the position, as all coaches at the district are required, prior to next school year. If re-hired, Ebert said he would like to establish a better relationship with the Trojans football team in the hopes of recruiting more athletes to the wrestling team.
“In a smaller school, if you have good athletes, he or she has to play more than one sport,” he said. “Football players can benefit from wrestling and wrestlers can benefit from playing football.”
Ebert also said he would like to start a weekly summer clinic for his wrestlers.
Ebert spent six years as a junior high coach at GAR, including the last three as head coach, before coming to Nanticoke. Ebert is a former pro bodybuilder who helps run his family’s business, Ebert’s Health and Fitness, on New Frederick Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Wrestling Preview (Citizens' Voice)
Coaches: Jonathan Kashatus and Joe Ebert, first year.
Last year: 5-15.
103/112 - Dave Warren, So
103/112 - Brandon Jimmerson, So
119 - Nate Jimmerson, Sr
125 - Kevin Hazleton, Sr
125 - Aaron Mulhern, Fr
130 - Geary Rinehammer, Jr
135 - Mike Ignasiak, Sr
140 - Andrew Wampfler, Jr
145 - Stu Weido, Sr
152 - Bob Wentz, Sr
160 - Dan Paveletz, So
160 - Matt Prentiss, So
160 - Jason Brodginski, Sr
171 - Wes Schultz, So
189 - John Parsons, Jr
215 - Derek Smith, So
275 - Andrew Hayes, Sr
275 - Ed Berkowitz, So
Top Newcomers: Sophomores Dave Warren, 103/112; Brandon Jimmerson, 103/112; freshman Aaron Mulhern, 125; sophomores Dan Paveletz, 160; Matt Prentiss, 160; Wes Schultz, 171 and Derek Smith, 215.
Coach's Outlook: "We're glad to have Joe Ebert coaching with us. He brings a lot of knowledge to the program. We're a young team but we'll be a sleeper. Meyers will be good."

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