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Nanticoke (3)

Kyle Sorber (132) – Grade: 12 Record: 21-12 First round: He gets Collin Edsell, a sophomore from Wyalusing with a record of 36-3 and the No. 2 seed from District 4. Notes: The No. 3 seed from District 2, Sorber will be wrestling at regionals for the first time.

Kyle Gavrish (145) – Grade: 12 Record: 18-14 First round: Milton junior Zack Bennett (27-7), who is the No. 2 seed from District 2. Notes: Gavrish placed third at districts last weekend to improve on his previous best showing of sixth at the event to reach regionals for the first time.

Derek Fisher (170) – Grade: 11 Record: 26-10 First round: Bloomsburg senior Brandon Conrad (27-4), who is the third seed from D4. Notes: He was runner-up at districts and will participate at regionals for the first time.

Trojans are making a case to contend next year
Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@timesleader.com

Just last year, the Nanticoke wrestling team was flailing in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division II standings with no conference victories. And at one point in the season, the Trojans entered a dual with nine open weight classes.
That meant the team knew, even before the meet started, they had no chance of winning. The Trojans saw a team like GAR with just six wrestlers the entire season take the drive to Nanticoke and win a WVC dual for the first time in two years.
This was just a few seasons after the Trojans appeared to be on the rise, but instead they took a few steps backwards.
What a difference a year — and a new coach — makes. Harold Shotwell, a longtime friend of the program, and junior high coach took over the team.
R ight away, he made a difference, boasting a full lineup in Nanticoke’s season-opening win over Loyalsock. It was the first time in years the Trojans had 14 wrestlers in the lineup. Less than a month later at the WVC Tournament, Nanticoke was one of just four of the 14 conference teams with 13 or more entries into the event.
Sure they’ve had some hard times, falling to the top teams in the division, but the Trojans finally broke a long drought in the division when they knocked off Wyoming Area in a dual last week. Yes, the same Warriors squad that produced two state qualifiers last season and has a trio of grapplers this season that will strongly contend for a berth at states in a little more than a month.
It was a huge boost for a Nanticoke program, which consists of just two seniors, and with strong postseasons from the underclassmen, will be in position to contend next year not only for a berth in the District 2 Class 2A Duals Tournament, but perhaps for the division

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Nanticoke Area (AA)

Coach: Harold Shotwell (first year)

Last year: 0-6 (Division 2), did not qualify (team D2), eighth (individual D2)

Regional wrestlers returning: None

Regional wrestlers graduated: Maurice Wood (152)

Projected lineup: 106: Dave Jones, So. 113: Nelvin Villafranca, So. 120: Josh Brady, So. 126: Krystal Daniele, So. 132: Kyle Sorber, Sr. 138: Pat Bova, So. 145: Kyle Gavrish, Sr. 152: Anthony Edwards, Sr. 160: Jacob Havey, So. and John Keefe, So. 170: Derek Fisher, Jr. 182: Mike Stephanick, Sr. 195: Blake Balderrama, Jr. 220: Giacomo Bova, Sr. 285: Ryan Zakarauskas, So.

Shotwell's outlook: "I'm hoping that with a full lineup this year, we can turn a few heads in the conference and be a little more physical than we've been in previous years."