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MERCERSBURG WRESTLING

Location:               Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Conference:             Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference
Head Coach:             Rick Hendrickson (5th year, 13th year overall)
Assistant Coaches:      Ron Tebben, Chris Thoren, Jason Bershatsky
1997 Record:            22-6
1997 Postseason:        5th, Pennsylvania Independent Schools State Tournament
                        15th, National Prep Tournament

OUTLOOK:
The numbers all point to a highly successful season for the Blue Storm. 9 returning starters. 11 returning letterwinners. 6 wrestlers who won 30 matches or more. 5 returnees who will move up from competent junior varsity action. 5 returning state champions and state placewinners. 6 returning conference champions. 2 returning National Prep placewinners and 7 National Prep Tournament qualifiers. Three seniors who are being actively recruited for college careers. And, some impact newcomers who fit into the right weight classes. But numbers don1t tell the whole story, according to Coach Rick Hendrickson. 3We have a good deal of experience, but only four seniors. We also have several kids who are coming off good seasons last year, but they have grown into different weight classes. And, as usual, any significant injuries will hurt us,2 states the coach about the upcoming year, in typically cautious fashion.

LIKELY LINEUP:
Mercersburg1s strength has traditionally been its lightweights, and this year will be no different. Josh Grahe, a freshman with a strong junior league background, will set the pace for Mercersburg at 103 pounds. He will be followed in the lineup by state placewinner Bob Rarig and two-time state champion and National Prep placewinner Eric Sheffield. Brad Codrea, a former conference champion, will also contribute in the lighter weights. Next comes 30 match winner Flynn Corson and Jeremy Berry, who won the state title and placed 6th at National Preps as a freshman. Newcomers Matt Pagett, Cara Fraver, and Byron Chiu will fill in the lightweights. Anchoring the middle weights is Patrick Lykins, a two-time state placewinner, who will likely be the first senior in the lineup; followed by Andy Vanderlinde, who placed fourth and third in the Florida Class 5A state tournament the last two years. Tim Laddbush, who finished fourth at the state tournament his first two years, finishes the middle weights. In addition, Luke Swetland, Aaron Chiu and Justin Trenta move up after two years of successful junior varsity competition, as does Patrick Thompson. The upper weights are stronger than in the last four years, with Tyrone Neal, a three time Maryland state champion, anchoring that section of the lineup. He is joined by sophomore Josh Pipic, who won the Tri-State Reserve Tournament championship last season. Experience should also serve well at the top, as Jaime Pradera returns to defend his conference title and improve upon his state tournament finish, when he fell just one match short of placing. Trevor Budny completes the lineup, having improved to 14 victories as a sophomore after just five wins as a freshman. Other possible contributors in the upper weights are Gian Alonso, Yoon Chung, Ryan Fay, and Patrick Smith.
ROSTER:
Wrestler                Grade   Weight     Home                    Notes/Past Achievements
Alonso, Gian            10      152-160    Miami, FL               New
Berry, Jeremy           10      135-140    St. Marys, WV           State champ, 6th @Nationals
Budny, Trevor           11      275        Rydal, PA               Returning letterman
Chiu, Aaron             11      145-152    Hagerstown, MD          5-2 junior varsity
Chiu, Byron              9      125-130    Hagerstown, MD          New
Chung, Yoon             12      152-160    Seoul, Korea            New
Codrea, Brad            12      119-125    Allentown, PA           Conference champ
Corson, Flynn           11      125-130    Blue Bell, PA           Conference champ, 30 wins
Fay, Ryan                9      152-160    Glenshaw, PA            Experienced junior wrestler
Fraver, Cara            11      119-125    Waynesboro, PA          New
Grahe, Josh              9      103-112    Williamsport, MD        Experienced junior wrestler
Laddbush, Tim           11      145-152    Greencastle, PA         4th, 4th state tournament
Lykins, Patrick         12      135-140    Gainesville, GA         2nd, 3rd state tournament
Neal, Tyrone            12      160-171    Edgewater, MD           3x Maryland state champion
Pagett, Matt             9      112-119    Tega Cay, SC            New
Pipic, Josh             10      160-171    Powell, OH              Junior Varsity area champ
Pradera, Jaime          11      189-275    Vizcaya, Spain          Conference champ
Rarig, Bob              11      119-125    Orrtanna, PA            5th state tournament
Sheffield, Eric         11      119-125    Mercersburg, PA         2x state champ, 8th,4th natl1s
Smith, Patrick           9      160-171    Charleston, WV          New
Swetland, Luke          11      130-135    Bogota, Colombia        4-4 junior varsity
Thompson, Patrick       10      145-152    Mercersburg, PA         3-5 junior varsity
Trenta, Justin          11      152-160    Herndon, VA             10-2 junior varsity
Vanderlinde, Andy       12      140-145    Jacksonville, FL        3rd, 4th Florida state tourney

SCHEDULE:
                               
NOVEMBER
22      Sat     Williamsport, Wilson  Scrimmage                 HOME

DECEMBER
3       Wed     South Hagerstown, JB Scrimmage                  HOME
6       Sat     Catoctin Duals                                  @ Catoctin-Thurmont, MD
10      Wed     Martinsburg, RMA                                @ RMA-Front Royal, VA
13      Sat     Mercersburg Invitational (21st Annual)          HOME
17      Wed     Bowling Brook, The Academy                      HOME
20      Sat     Loyola, Gilman, Gonzaga                         @ Loyola-Baltimore, MD

JANUARY
10      Sat     Mercersburg Duals                               HOME
14      Wed     St. Stephens/St. Agnes, Riverdale Baptist       @ St. Stephens/St. Agnes
17      Sat     Church Farm Tournament                          @ Paeoli, PA
21      Wed     Keyser, Grafton                                 @ Keyser, WV
24      Sat     Valley Forge Invitational Tournament            Valley Forge, PA
28      Wed     M.A.C. Individual Tournament                    @ St. James
30      Fri     Catoctin, South Hagerstown                      @ South Hagerstoown
31      Sat.    Valley Forge, Haverford, TBA                    @ Valley Forge

FEBRUARY
4       Wed     M.A.C. Team Tournament                          @ Maret
7       Fri.    Hedgesville, Frankfort, Wilson                  @Hedgesville, WV
14      Sat     Hill, Germantown Academy                        HOME

20-21   Fr-Sa   Pennsylvania Independent Schools                @ Westtown School
                State Tournament
27-28   Fr-Sa   National Prep Tournament                        @ Lehigh University


Junior Varsity Tournaments/Matches
Mercersburg Invitational Tournament                     Dec. 13
Frankfort JV Tourney                                    Jan. 10
Church Farm JV Tournament                               Jan. 17
Tri State Reserve Championship Tournament               Feb. 14
Dual Meets vs. Timber Ridge, MSD                        TBA
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