He has 10 letter winners back from last year's 9-5 team, which went undefeated (5-0) in the WestPAC. Unfortunately, Nick Roberts is not among that group. Roberts' run as one of the most decorated wrestlers in local high school wrestling history came to an end after capturing his third PIAA state title last season.
Roberts took his talents to Ohio State, which leaves North Star with only one returning wrestler who placed in the District 5 tournament last season. That would be Tevin Mostoller, who went 25-19 and took third at districts last season as a freshman.
North Star lists Tayte Mostoller, Tevin Mostoller, Thomas Miller, Ray Burley, Austin Connor, Luke Lepley, Kevin Horner, Mason Jamieson and Lenny Beeman as key returning wrestlers.
"The North star wrestling program enters the season with a young squad and a motivated group of athletes," said Rosa. "The team will be anchored by two seniors, Austin Connor and Tayte Mostoller. These two wrestlers will be relied upon to lead not only on the mat, but in the practice room on a daily basis. The coaches are also looking for some strong leadership from three-year starter Luke Lepley and district medalist Tevin Mostoller. This is a young, but talented group of young men who are expected to be extremely competitive throughout the year. The starting lineup will be made up of mostly underclassmen who will get stronger and tougher as the season progresses."
North Star's assistant coaches are Chad Codispoti, Chad Kaltenbaugh, Lou Lepley and Chris Graboski.
Shade celebrated 10 years of having a varsity wrestling team last season. They also had their first state qualifier in James "Wolf" Otten, but he is gone to graduation.
Four starters are back for second-year head coach Adam Bourdess. The Panthers went 2-11 as a team last season.
Shade's Roster includes seniors Matt Orner (182), Jim Kostick (152), Devid Dietz (132) and Cody Edwards (215), juniors Phil Aikey (171) and Jason Havyer (195) and sophomores Mike Manges (125), Blake Sheehan (106), Matt Naylor (120) and Trevor Brown (215).