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2023-24 Wrestling Preview: Pottsville HS

Head coach: Gary Keener (11th season)

Assistant Coaches: Sam Julian, Ryan Green, Michael Peleschak

Team Name: Pottsville Area Crimson Tide

League: Schuylkill (Division 1)

Key Losses: Connor Demcher, Blake Bender, Dalton Monger

Last Season Record: 17-1

Returnees: Chris Dembinsky JR 114-121, Kevin Dinu JR 152-160, Kory Gilbert SR 215-285, Jasir Jones JR 285, Nick Kunstek SR 160-172, Edward Martinez SR 139-145, Parrish McFarland SR 152-160, Terrell McFarland SO 172-189, Lukas McNamara JR 189-215, Drew Seaman JR 215-285, John Snyder SR 139-145, Luke Sterns SR 133-139, Cole Wagner SR 114-121, Tahlil White JR 215-285, Brayden Evans JR 172-189
Newcomers: Stephen Karinch FR 107, Brett Holley SO 121-127, Colin Kline FR 121-127, Sean Pinho SO 127-133, Ronald Peleschak FR 145-152, Richard Ramos SR 152-160, Kaiden Renn SO 152-160, Cole Cesari SO 285, Khamari Bailey FR 139-145, Ryan Beltz FR 139-145, Jacoby Hay SO 189-215, Pete Scharadin SO 139-145, Brayden Shappell FR 172-189

2023-24 Outlook: Nick Kunstek recently signed with Ohio State University and put together a strong offseason. He finds himself in the national rankings to start the season with an All-American finish in Fargo, ND. Parrish McFarland comes off of a strong football season and has already achieved 100 wins in his high school career.

Terrell McFarland is a talented underclassman who advanced to the state tournament last season. Luke Sterns also returns to the lineup after winning a league title last season. We look for all of them to make a strong contribution to the team along with others that have varsity experience and some good up-and-coming wrestlers from the junior high. Our team goals include finishing on top of the league division standings and winning the league tournament. We also want to be noticed within District XI which we all know has many hammers at the AAA level.

We will participate in the King of the Mountain at Central Mountain, the Ralph Wetzel Holiday Classic at Hatboro Horsham, and the Brooke Open in West Virginia. Martz Hall will also play host to two dual meet tournaments the annual Case Flynn and Mats on the Mecca events

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