Nanticoke finds success
DAVE ROSENGRANT Notebook - Times Leader
During the middle years of last decade, the Nanticoke
wrestling and football programs were the butt of jokes all around
Enter Ron Bruza.
He turned around the football program as head
coach this past season and has been a helper in the wrestling teams
transformation going from the midst of controversy and struggling
to find athletes to a legitimate contender for the Wyoming Valley
Conference Division II championship.
Trojans head wrestling coach Joe Ebert tabbed
Bruza as assistant coach when he took over six years ago. Their relationship
goes deeper than just wrestling since Ebert married Bruzas sister.
The football team proved it wasnt a pushover
any longer with a four-win season in 2010. The wrestlers flexed their
muscles last week at the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament
when they finished in eighth place out of 24 teams and had six medalists.
Hes a big name at Nanticoke,
Ebert said about Bruza last week at the event in Tunkhannock. He
did a lot for me in the room. And now that we have football in the
room, were starting to get more guys out. Football and wrestling
Perhaps the biggest contributor for the Trojans
so far this season has been 130-pounder James McMoore, who defeated
District 2 Class 2A runner-up Nick Heck, from Wyoming Area, twice
at the tournament. Kyle Koviack, a 171-pounder, is a returning regional
qualifier for Nanticoke. The top finisher for Nanticoke at last weeks
event was 103-pounder Joe Brady, who placed third.
This is kind of the team Ive been
waiting for, Ebert added.
The wait is over, and with a thriving junior
high program as well, the Trojans appear to be here to stay for years
The Trojans have a bye today and begin their
WVC DII season next Wednesday with a meet against GAR.
Wyoming Valley Conference Wrestling capsule
Coach: Joe Ebert, 6th year Last Year: Division II: 1-4, Overall: 6-12
Key Losses: Joe Bond
Probable Lineup: 103: Joe Brady, So.; 112: Kyle Gavrish,
Fr.; 119: Joe Lacomy, So.; 125: Josh Allabaugh, Jr.; 130: James McMoore,
Sr.; 135: Klayton Kasprzyk, Jr.; 140: Zack Weidow, So.; 145: Maurice
Wood, So.; 152: Mike Colatosti, So.; 160: Kyle Hamilton, Jr.; 171:
Kyle Koviack, Sr.; 189: Pedro Bracero, Jr.; 215: open; 285: Alex Leiby,
Outlook: The Trojans enter the season in a position
to vastly improve from previous years with a full lineup. They also
have a regional qualifier returning in Kyle Koviack to lead the way.
Combine the senior with grapplers who have been in the program for several
years at the elementary, junior high or varsity levels
and Nanticoke could be a dark horse to claim the division, especially
if other teams continue to take the Trojans lightly.