Kiwanis tourney showcases 22 teams
Tunkhannock is hitting the mats this year under coach Bob Hegedty and returns contenders Justin Stonier, Chris Packer, Ben Siegel and Andrew Muckin to the mat. The Tigers also welcome newcomer freshman Dalton Ray.
Lackawanna Trail enters the tournament under first-year coach Mike Petherick and will return senior Jeremy Greenley to the mat, and welcome newcomer Justin Barber.
The Warrior team, of second-year coach Joe Ofalt, enters the tournament with strong wrestlers in Derrick Smith, Mason Maye and Isaiah Ofalt. The team will look to improve upon its 20th place finish last year.
The Blue Ridge Red Raiders of coach Zach Edwards, bring with them a district champion in Zach Edwards, along with returnee Lewis Esposito.
Coughlin, now in its sixth year at the tournament, is coached by Steve Stahl, Kiwanis gold medalist Bob Hawkins, a sophomore, along with junior Bill Poray and seniors Eddie Ciprich and Brad Emerick.
The GAR Grenadiers, who took 18th overall last year, will be led by Kiwanis medalist AJ Luton and heavyweight Elijah Gresham, who are under the direction of coach Rich Simon.
Lake-Lehman will hit the mats at the Kiwanis Tournament and bring with them a pair of 2011 Kiwanis champions in Jimmy Stuart and Austin Harry. The Knights also return junior Brady Butler and sophomore John Tomasura.
Mahonoy Area brings with them a group of young wrestlers in sophomores Alex Clark, Zack Chiao, Dominick Streisel, Zane Houser and Corbin White, along with juniors Alex Witiszen, Robert Wozniak, Austin Forte, Steve Bolusky and seniors matt Kimmel and Jonathon Deesing.
The Meteors enter the tournament with returning standout Nick Moore, under first-year coach Dominic Lucenti. The Meteors look to boost a 23rd place finish from 2011.
The Greater Nanticoke Trojans, coached by Joe Ebert, will make an appearance at this year’s tournament and bring strong wrestlers in Maurice Wood and Pedro Bracero.
The North Penn Panthers of Blossburg come to the mat this year with Section 7 medalist Nathan Kriner, and returning seniors Ben Minnich, Ben Jackson, Lucas Groover and Nick Roupp.
The Northeast Bradford Panthers hope to contend for a title after taking 15th last year. They bring with them returnees Austin Saxor and Cody Clark.
Pocono Mt. East
Pocono Mountain East returns to the lineup after taking second as a team last year and are returning 2011 Kiwanis medalists Joe Fogle and Danny Johnson, along with standout Mohamed Moustafa.
Scranton’s Knights are returning this year after taking eighth overall last year and bring with them returnees in junior Shane Jennings, along with sophomore contenders Kazim Bakriev and Niyaz Bakradze.
Scranton Prep coach Marty Flynn will bring top wrestler Pat Creedon, a district bronze medalist, along with district fifth place medalist Ryan Rudalavage to the Kiwanis tournament this year.
Strasburg (Va.) Rams are a new entry to the Kiwanis Tournament, and is coached by former Warren County (Va.) wrestler Trey Kirkland, who wrestled at the tournament in high school.
The Valley View Cougars finished 14th in the team standings last year and return senior Troy Uhrin along with senior’s Kevin Kozlowski, Mike Cipilewski, Aishan Arter and Frank Swaha.
Warren County, Va.
Warren County coach Matt Wadas, a Tunkhannock graduate and son of former Tunkhannock coach Frank Wadas, brings with him Kiwanis Kiwanis runner-up Terrance Thompson, along with Jeffery Budwash and Zach Poehler.
The Wildcats, under coach Dan Terenzio return brothers Morgan Fuller and Beau Fuller, both district medalists, along with senior Ronnie Mrsich and junior Conner Rosensweet.
The Wyalusing Rams, 2011 Kiwanis champs, bring with them sectional medalist and Kiwanis runner-up Brandon Kelley, third place medalist Dylan Otis and standouts sophomore Justin Haley and senior Tyler Fenton.
The Wyoming Area Warriors are a fourth-year team to the tournament lineup, and will come looking to make an impact with district medalist Nick Heck, and Carmen Mauriello.
The Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament will welcome members of the Wyoming Seminary wrestling “B” team to the fray this year.