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2021-22 Wrestling Preview: Palmerton Area Blue Bombers

Head Coach: Justin Petersen

Assistant Coaches: Zack Christman, Josh Rake, Junior Ortiz, Jake Christmant, Dillon Massington

Team Name: Palmerton Blue Bombers
Sport: Wrestling
League: Colonial League
2020-21 Record: 2-9
Key Wrestler Lost: Colton Stroup
Key Returning Players:
Dennis Lombardi (12) 145/152, 10-7 District 4th
Jeremy Mooney (12) 172/189, 6-9
Westin Horn (12) 126/132, 4-11
Colyn Mertz (12) 189, 3-8
Daniel Lucykanish (11) 145/152, 5-7
Aaron Gardner (12)
Key Newcomers:
Derek King (9) 132/138
Josh Merkel (9) 113/120
Jameson Trainer (9) 126/132
Aidan Ortiz (9) 120/126
Bryce Smith (9) 120/126
Dillon Lombardi (9) 132/138
Caleb Gafney (9) 138/145
Ashton Solt (9) 106
Brandon Burkhardt (10) 172/189 (Junior High as a Freshman)
Seth Koch (10) 145/152 (Junior High as a Freshman)
Gretchen Schaible (10) 126/132 (First year)
Issac Ramos (11) 132/138 (Opted out last year due to COVID)
Ethan Page (12) 172/189 (Opted out last year due to COVID)
Matt Garey-Hendricks (12) 215/285 (Opted out last year due to COVID)
 2021-22 Outlook: Very young team that has shown a great work ethic in the off season. Many of the young kids show a passion for the sport and a willingness to get better. That is something we haven’t seen in the past. We also have some solid veterans returning that can make a splash in postseason.

Overall, the numbers are good, which is the first step in having a successful season. Excited to work with this group to continue to get better throughout the year and compete.

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