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2021-22 Wrestling Preview: Jim Thorpe Olympians

Head Coach: Dan Heaney (1-year)

Assistant Coaches:
Brian Schwartz
Tim Robb
Ben Warren
Blake Yurchak
John McGowan

Team Name: Jim Thorpe Olympians

Sport: Wrestling

League: Schuylkill League

2020-21 Record: 7-15

Key Players Lost: Derek Hunter – 2021 District Runner-up

Key Returning Wrestlers:
Gabe Heaney
Caleb McDemott
Jared Newhall
Camron Tinajero
Ridge Snyder
Maximus Fitzpatrick
Sal Capria
Gavin Dechert

Returning Wrestler stats:

Sr. – Gabe Heaney  – 152
Last season record: 25-4
Career: 75-30
District 11 AA 3rd @ 152

Sr. – Caleb McDermott – 189
Last season record: 9-5 (He had a season ending injury) 
Career: 50-32

Sr. – Jared Newhall – 172
Last season record: Did not compete, sustained a season ending injury during football
Career: 47-30

 Jr. – Ridge Snyder – 126
Last season record: 16-11
Career: 33-30

Key Newcomers:
Henry Snyder – 106
Noah Geiser
Jayden Lucena-Kenny
James O’Neill
Tanner Yurchak
Ricky Kenna
Max Pfeifer
Eric Irizarry
Nikolas Schwartz – 145 (14-7 JHS)
Owen Acker
Dawson Meckes
Rafael Dinarte
Jayden Mantilla
Jake Geiser
Cael Heaney
Aiden Sterling – 160 (16-1 JHS)
Andrew Sveda
Angel Cintron
Jonathan Flores
Marcus Muffley
Jayden Mantilla
Zachary White
Blake Carroll – (215 JHS)

Former Wrestlers Competing In College:
Will Schwartz – Ursinus
Austin Williams – Delaware Valley
Ethan Mordaunt – Millersville

Outlook: “We had a strong turnout this season, with 30+ wrestlers coming out for the team. They are by a core group of experienced wrestlers” said Dan Heaney. “Seniors Gabe Heaney, Caleb McDermott and Jared Newhall all have significant varsity experience, as does Snyder, Capria, Fitzpatrick and Dechert. The team has been working hard in preparation for the season and looking is forward for the opportunity to compete.”

“I think we are in a good spot right now. We have a strong group of seniors as well as a group of underclassmen who saw significant varsity action last year, we are hoping to build on that foundation.  We believe we can be competitive in our league and  have a few wrestlers with the ability to advance in the post-season. We are looking forward to having as close to a normal season as possible.”

“Gabe is the only wrestler on pace to hit 100 wins this season.  Both Caleb and Jared were on pace to 100, however, injuries in their Junior year put a damper on that.”

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