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STAFF PHOTO/ALICE STUFFLE Breakdowns and technique are focal points of many early practices. Here Cullen Ratchford starts a round against Michael Bluhm.

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STAFF PHOTOS/ALICE STUFFLE Max Bluhm and Braeden Clarke are gaining valuble experience at a recent varsity practice.

With only three wins last season in Lackawanna League’s Division 2, the Lackawanna Trail wrestling team is again looking towards the future.

“We are still rebuilding, but should be competitive in the league this season,” said head coach Keith Youtz.

The Lions took wins over division foes Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Elk Lake in the 2017-18 campaign, and looks to better that this year.

Youtz added that Western Wayne or Scranton Prep will be the teams to watch this year. Western Wayne won the division title last year, running an eight win, undefeated season.

With four freshmen on the roster, the team will have to lean on the experience of the upperclassmen.

The curtain opens on the Lion’s season on Saturday Dec. 7 at the Bloomsburg University Tournament in Bloomsburg.

Roster: Seniors Cody Moyle, Colin Mulhern, and Bryce VanFleet. Juniors Cullen Ratchford and Tynell Bracero. Sophomores Dalton Klinges, Ricky Davis, and Kyle Austin. Freshmen Cole Henry, Michael Bluhm, Kody Cresswell, and Mason Zajac.

Schedule: Dec. 7-8 at Bloomsburg University Tournament; Dec.12 at Elk Lake, 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 at Lackawanna League Tournament at Wallenpaupack; Dec. 19 vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m.; Dec. 28-29 at Trojan War Tournament at Chambersburg; Jan. 5 at Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley; Jan. 9 vs. Scranton Prep, 7 p.m.; Jan. 12 hosting Lackawanna Trail Tournament; Jan. 16 vs. Montrose, 7 p.m.; Jan. 18 at Blue Ridge, 7 p.m.; Jan. 23 at Western Wayne, 7 p.m.; Jan. 25-26 at Coal Cracker Tournament at Panther Valley; Feb. 13 vs. West Scranton, 6:30; Feb. 22-23 District 2 AA Districts at Kingston Armory; March 1-2 Northeast AA Regionals at Williamsport; March 7-9 PIAA AA States at Hershey.