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2012-13 Harford County wrestling preview

Kyle Moore

Aberdeen

Head coach: Kyle Brown (fourth year)

2012-2013 record: N/A

Top returning wrestlers: Adric Turner, Sr., (220); Daniel Velez, Sr., (132)

Key newcomers: N/A

Outlook: "I hope to have a solid season. We have some experience returning and I expect them to really carry the team," Eagles head coach Kyle Brown said.

Bel Air

Head coach: Craig Reddish (21st year)

2012-13 record: 25-4

Top returning wrestlers: John Cross, Sr., (152); Cyler Crawford, Sr,.(220); David Reagan, Jr., (106); Cameron Watts, Jr., (138); Grant Fleming, Sr., (170); Gavin Rupprecht, Sr., (113); Ryan Beveridge, Sr., (132); Brady Stafford, Jr., (126)

Key newcomers: Sam Guo, Sr., (138/145); Tanner Paul, Sr., (145); Pablo Chavarri, Jr., (160); Nick Kutz, Jr., (195); Jack Jenkins, So., (182); Dakota Crawford, So., (285)

Outlook: The 2014 Bobcat wrestling team returns 11 starters from last year's squad. Numbers continue to grow and depth is the key to this year's success, according to Bobcats head coach Craig Reddish, who enters the year just two wins shy of 300 in his career. "We have plenty of senior leadership and the team is coming together well," Reddish said. "The goal is to compete for the divisional and tournament crown, qualify for the regional duals and qualify as many wrestlers to the state tournament as possible.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Mike Zacharda (10th year)

2012-13 record: 10-9

Top returning wrestlers: Mike Ritz, Sr., (126); Nick DiMattia, Sr., (132); Mike Zito, Sr., (138); Spencer Hellman, Sr., (145); Doug Thier, Sr., (195); Alan Dorsey, Sr., (285)

Key newcomers: Jake Hellman, Fr., (106); Ed Tomascovis, Jr., (106); Anthony Potter, Fr., (106); Jamison Bishop, Fr., (113); Jade Raccioppi, Sr., (120)

Outlook: "We will be a strong dual meet team and have several wrestlers that will place high in individual tournaments," Mustangs head coach Mike Zacharda said. "I expect to get three, maybe four guys into the state tournament. We have a great core of wrestlers that are highly motivated and very coachable."

Edgewood

Head coach: AJ Ford (fifth year)

2012-13 record: 6-13

Top returning wrestlers: Shawn Kluchinsky, Sr., (160); Samuel Cantler, Sr., (195); James Brennan, Sr., (220)

Key newcomers: Patrick Murphy, Sr., (152); TaeVaughn Buie, So., (152); Breal Madison, So., (113)

Outlook: N/A

Fallston

Head coach: Andy Amasia (25th year)

2012-13 record: N/A

Top returning wrestlers: Austin Rutkowski, Sr., (182); Alex Helm, Sr., (285); Eric Baranoski, So., (126)

Key newcomers: N/A

Outlook: "We lost seven starting seniors from last year's team, however we have several great returners and some good young wrestlers to take their place," Cougars head coach Andy Amasia said. "We should be competitive in the UCBAC." The Cougars are defending UCBAC and Class 1A-2A East region champions.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Mike Mazza (second year)

2012-13 record: 7-27

Top returning wrestlers: Tyler Butler, Jr., (145); Andrew Butler, Jr., (152); Andy Schwarz, Jr., (106); Brendan Hayes, So., (120); Andrey Kalwa, So., (138)

Key newcomers: Johnathan Lechert, Fr., (120)

Outlook: "We are looking forward to improving from last season with a dedicated and experienced coaching staff. Mark Jacovitte, Rick Malanga, Jay Ucci, John Watson and Kyle Moore," Cobras head coach Mike Mazza said. "Our guys are setting individual and team goals on and off the mat. The end of the season outcome will be determined on how well we can 'master the basics.'" 

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Joshua Foy (fourth year)

2012-13 record: 4-15

Top returning wrestlers: Jacob Sweigart, So., (145); Jacob Nuce, Sr., (138); Shane Andrews, Jr., (120); Zach Schulz, Jr., (170)

Key newcomers: Luke Butler, Fr.,(113); Leonard Moore, Fr., (132); Allen Raab, Fr., (152); Jordan Stewart, Jr., (160); Dayvone Coates, Jr., (182)

Outlook: "We lost a core group of seniors last year, but have some talented freshman coming in and are looking to keep building the team and send as many as possible to regionals and states," Warriors head coach Joshua Foy said.

John Carroll

Head coach: Keith Watson (11th year)

2012-13 record: 32-1

Top returning wrestlers: CJ Skokowski, (113); Austin Smith, (120); Zach Dwyer, (126); Chris Almony, (170); Christian Scott, (182); Hunter Ritter, (195); Andy Reininger, (220)

Key newcomers: Mike McCabe, (106); Scott Miser, (132); Ricky Denu, (285); Chris Truitt, (285)

Outlook: "With the strength of schedule being what it is, the key to me may be durability," Patriots head coach Keith Watson said. "We wrestle seven of the top 25 teams in the U.S. one way or another. If we stay healthy and last year's back-up varsity wrestlers continue to improve, this could be John Carroll's best team ever."

Joppatowne

Head coach: Kelly Bryant (third year)

2012-13 record: N/A

Top returning wrestlers: Tariq Moore, Sr.; Keddrick Johnson, Sr.; Coty Piechock, Sr.; Nick Burton, Sr.

Key newcomers: Kevin Moran, Sr.; Ryan Beeghley, Jr.; Michael Roecker, Jr.; Ryan Brown, So.; Francis Ibe, So.; Trevon Marglin, So.; Axel Nieves, So.; Bryce Pospisil, So.; Terrence Smith, So.; Elijah Velasquez, So.; Shoneta Richburg, Sr.

Outlook: "Well it's finally here, another year of Joppatowne wrestling and we are ready to go," Mariners head coach Kelly Bryant said. "This year is full of fresh faces we have three new captains this year who are all seniors."

North Harford

Head coach: Gerald Christian (seventh year)

2012-13 record: 8-6

Top returning wrestlers: Trevor Smith, Jr., (138)

Key newcomers: Austin Mitchell, Fr., (120)

Outlook: Hawks head coach Gerald Christian says his team is gearing up to win the UCBAC's Susquehanna (lower) Division. 

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Ryan Arist (14th year)

2012-13 record: 27-9

Top returning wrestlers: Eric Eckstein, Sr., (220); Jake Nikkila, Jr., (132); Chase Tallon, Sr., (126); Connor Allmon, So., (120)

Key newcomers: Collin McDonald, So., (113); Brian Whitby, Sr., (285); Juan Bustamante, So., (152); Lawrence Swartz, Sr.,(145); Josh Holbrock, Sr., (160); Brent Iwanowski, Jr., (120/126)

Outlook: The Huskies have a small core group of returners with solid experience who will anchor the team, highlighted by Eckstein and Nikkila, who are both returning state qualifiers. "The test will be if the new kids with only JV experience can step up and compete at the next level to give our team success," Huskies head coach Ryan Arist said. Heavyweight Mark Reuter (28-9 last year) is out for most of the season with a football injury, so Arist is looking for senior Brian Whitby to fill those shoes. Transfer Collin McDonald will add depth to the lower weights coming off a solid ninth grade year.

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