Citizens Voice Wrestling Preview

Nanticoke Area

• Coach: Harold Shotwell

• 2016-17 WVC record: 0-5 (6th of 6)

• 2016-17 team finish: Did not qualify for team districts; 14th of 15 at individual districts.

• Returning regional qualifiers: None.

• Graduated regional qualifiers: None.

• Projected lineup: 106: Zach Capie, so., Joey Sauers, so.; 113: Capie, Sauers; 120: George Brown, jr.; 138: Chris Maute, sr.; 145: Austin Cheslaw, jr.; 152: Adam Eckhart, so.; 160: Collin Kudrako-Kashatus, so.; 170: Isaiah Johnson, so.; 182: Zack Pelton, so.; 195: Seth Pelton, so.; 220: Shane Repasky, jr.

• Outlook: The Trojans are looking for their first WVC dual victory since 2013-14 and are on the right path. An influx of freshmen who filled some vacant weight classes return with a year of wrestling under their belts. With again one senior (Chris Maute), sophomore Isaiah Johnson is already a team leader after taking sixth at districts. Classmates like Zach Capie, Adam Eckhart and Collin Kudrako-Kashatus are others who could make an impact this season.

Times Leader Wrestling Outlook

Nanticoke (2A)

Coach: Harold Shotwell, fifth season

Last Year: 0-5 Division 2, 3-15 overall

Key Losses: Megan Kocher,

Probable Lineup: 106: Zach Capie, So.; 113: Joe Sauers, So.; 120: open; 126: George Brown, Jr.; 132: open; 138: Chris Maute, Sr.; 145: Austin Cheslaw, Jr; 152: Keeghan Kester, Jr.; 160: Adam Eckhart, So.; 170: Zack Pelton, So.; Isaiah Johnson, So.; Colin Kashatus, So.; 182: see 170; 195: Seth Pelton, So.; Hunter Welch, So.; 220: Shane Repasky, Jr.; 285: Sheik Ali, Jr.

Outlook: Shotwell is seeing things he hasn’t seen in his tenure as coach of the Trojans having a motivated bunch that wants to stop the losing. The Trojans haven’t won a match in the division since January, 2014 having dropped 16 straight duals dating back to then. This team is different, and with four double-digit winners returning, expectations have changed.

Coach’s Comments: “Once we get the allowances after the holidays, we’ll be close to filling a lineup, and that’s a big step for a program like us. We should be hopefully very competitive. The attitude in the room, and of the kids, this year is night and day from last year. The attitude is something we’ve been lacking the last few years. This year, they’re practicing harder and they’re working harder. They’re more of a team this year than just individuals. They’re working together as a whole where in previous years when unity wasn’t there. We’re hoping this is a nice stepping stone for the next two, three, four five years.”