Trojan Wrestling


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Erick Shultz - Citizens Voice

Coach: Harold Shotwell

2017-18 WVC record: 3-2 (T-2nd of 6)

2017-18 team finish (Class 2A): Consolation semifinals at team districts; 11th of 15 at individual districts.

Returning regional qualifiers: None.

Graduated regional qualifiers: None.

Projected starting lineup: 106: Zach Capie; 113: Joseph Sauers; 120: Dillon Kruczek; 126: George Brown; 132: Aiden Jaskolski; 138: Trevor Grohowski; 145: Austin Cheslaw; 152: Jacob Gall; 160: Collin Kudrako-Kashatus; 170: Adam Eckhart; 182: Isaiah Johnson; 195: Zack Pelton; 220: Seth Pelton; 285: Shane Repasky.

Outlook: Nanticoke Area reached last season’s District 2 duals in its best season in a long time. Its reward? A ticket to the Class 3A level of play in the new classification cycle. But Shotwell hopes the Trojans keep the good vibes going around the program and pick up where they left off. Capie and Repasky were a place away from regionals; Brown, Eckhart and Kudrako-Kashatus were other D2 medalists. Another year under all their belts could help keep Nanticoke Area competitive despite the new playing field.

Coach’s quote: “Our attitude in the room the last two years is something that I haven’t seen since when I wrestled at Valley West when I was younger. They have that competitiveness, that grit. … They push each other to be better. We don’t have to really motivate these kids this year or last year. They’re self motivated. They had a little taste of it, and now they want more.”

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Dave Rosengrant - Times Leader

Coach: Harold Shotwell, sixth year
Last Year: 3-2 Division 2; 10-7 overall
Key Losses: Chris Maute

Probable Lineup: 106: Zach Capie, Jr.; 113: Joe Sauers, Jr.; 120: Dillon Kruczek, Sr.; 126: George Brown, Sr. or Sebastian Kryznewski, Fr.; 132: Aiden Jaskulski, Fr.; 138: Trevor Grohowski, Sr.; 145: Austin Cheslaw, Sr. or Baylie Butler, So.; 152: Jacob Gall, Sr.; 160: Collin Kudrako-Kashatus, Jr.; 170: Adam Eckhart, Jr.; 182: Isaiah Johnson, Jr.; 195: Zack Pelton, Jr.; 220: Seth Pelton, Jr. or Hunter Welch, Jr.; 285: Shane Repasky, Sr

Outlook: Finally breaking through last year and becoming a divisional contender, the Trojans are now bumping up from Class 2A and Division 2. Last year was a teaser of what this team can do. Plenty of old faces are returning to the lineup so the jump in classification shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Coach’s Comments: “There’s not really much of a difference (in Class 3A). We wrestled all the teams in the conference tournament. So it’s just building on the standards that we set for the team last year.”

The Trojans have been in Class 2A for decades. Last year, they finally got in contention for the Division 2 crown and advanced to district duals after several down years and also picked up five medals at districts, something the team hasn’t done in a while. Even though they’re now in 3A, the team’s goals stay the same, and have even become heftier.

“I think we can improve on a lot of what we did in districts. A lot of us placed in districts with half of our team, but I don’t think they were looking for what they actually can do,” said Trojans 160-pound junior Collin Kudrako-Kashatus. “We’re looking to have some district champs this year, maybe up to three district champs, nine placers, get people to regionals and maybe one person to states.

“We’re having high hopes because with the experience we have, we should be experiencing the next level. Triple-A and Double-A are different, but some people would say that Double-A is tougher because of the smaller school with more kids.”