Coming off of their second straight 5-1 season, coach Bob Hedgedty and the Tunkhannock Area Tigers wrestling team look to start this year strong.
Hegedty, an Elk Lake grad who is in his tenth year at the helm of the Tigers grappling program, lost some senior experience when David Gavek, Connor Munley, Sam Rice, and Thomas Perry graduated.
But senior Tommy Traver, who finished fifth at Regionals last season and boasts a 119-19 record, along with David Evans (70-15) return to guide the team.
Hegedty also feels freshmen up-and-comers Nick Marabell and Owen Woods will make an impact.
“We are trying to get the younger kids caught up to speed, we expect to stay competitive and compete for a district title,” said Hedgety.
Though inexperience will be an issue for the Tigers, Hegedty looks to seniors Traver, Logan Hegedty, Dustin Henry, and exchange student Andrzei Swietek to step up.
In a very competitive Wyoming Valley Conference, the Tigers don’t have any rivals, though their only loss last year was to an undefeated Crestwood team.
The team practices after school in the mat room and will begin their season on Saturday, December 8 at the Pottsville Duals.
Roster: Seniors Logan Hedgedty, Dustin Henry, Andrzei Swietek, and Tommy Traver. Juniors Tyler Chesla, Alex Dailey, David Evans, Ethan Munley, Brett Sickler, and Harry Thrash. Sophomores Brittnie Cahoon, Lucas Carpenter, Connor Elgin, Sean Meder, Matt Rosental, and Jhamal Zacharias. Freshmen Tyrese Konen, Jaden Kozlowski, Nick Marabell, Jeffery Meader, Logan Slivinski, Billy Parry, Aiden Lakata, Damon Kingston, Frank Scranta and Owen Woods.
Schedule: Dec. 8 Pottsville Duals; Dec. 14-15 at Penn Cambria Duals in Altoona; Dec. 20 at Towanda, 7 p.m.; Dec. 28-29 hosting Tunkhannock Holiday Tournament; Jan. 4 Valley Conference Tournament; Jan. 9 at Hanover, 7 p.m.; Jan. 12 at Souderton Duals in Lansdale; TBD vs. Lake-Lehman, 7 p.m.; Jan. 16 at Wyoming Area, 7 p.m.; Jan. 18-19 New Oxford Invitational Tournament; Jan. 23 vs. Meyers, 7 p.m.; Jan. 30 District Duals; Feb. 2 District Duals, Feb. 4 vs. Honesdale (Varsity Only/ Military Appreciation Night), 7 p.m.; Feb. 14 vs. Dallas (Varsity Only), 7
p.m.; 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.