Southeastern Pa. Wrestling Teams to Watch
Owen J. Roberts: The only area school with two returning state medalists is led by seniors Demetri D'Orsaneo and Derek Gulotta.
Garnet Valley: The Jaguars finished last season undefeated in the Central League. Among the returners are junior Ben Tuohey, who placed third at districts, and sophomore Matt Marino. In his rookie campaign last winter, Marino placed fourth at districts.
Boyertown: The Bears aim to defend last season's district and regional titles. Led by Jordan Wood, the Bears will also try to improve from their 13th place finish at last season's Class AAA championship.
Spring-Ford: The Rams will rely on Ryan Hayes to lead them again this year. Spring-Ford finished as the runner-up in the last season's District 1 tournament.
Council Rock South: The Golden Hawks are the defending Suburban One National and District 1 Class AAA champions. Sophomores Riley Palmer and Zack Trampe, along with senior Ben Kenis are coming off strong years.
Lower Moreland: The Lions earned last season's Bicentennialtitle. Among the returners are Dmitri Bourlako, Joe Chalhoub, Patrick Giordano, and John Chung.
Southeastern Pa. Wrestlers to Watch
Pat Finn, Pottsgrove: Finished as the runner-up at last year's 285-pound Class AAA championship. The senior was one of just three area wrestlers to finish in the Top 2 at the state competition.
Jordan Wood, Boyertown: In the 220 and 285-pound weight classes, the junior registered a 41-2 season last year and has won District 1 Class AAA titles in both of his first two seasons with the Bears.
Kordell Rush, Pennridge: Rush is one of the area's top wrestlers at 106 pounds. The junior will be looking to defend his regional title this winter.
Ryan Hayes, Spring-Ford: The senior hit 40 wins last spring, and also recorded runner-up titles at sections, districts, and regionals.
Riley Palmer, Council Rock South: The sophomore went 40-9 last season. He earned section and district titles at 106 pounds.
Dustin Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen: He placed eighth at states last season, and third at districts. The senior is off to a good start this season at 120 and 126 pounds.
Idris White, Father Judge: The senior earned section and district titles in each of the past two years. Last season, he made the state tournament for the first time.
- Avery Maehrer