With Tyrone head coach Terry Tate heading into his third season at the helm of the wrestling program, he is looking for improvement from last year’s 3-12 record.
Like many small schools around the area and the state of Pennsylvania, Tyrone has had a problem with filling out every weight class in the past. Last year, the Eagles didn’t put a full lineup on the mat all season. This year, Tate says the lineup is pretty close to full and it isn’t out of the question that Tyrone could have every weight filled down the road.
But as for right now, Tate has liked what he’s seen so far in the past couple weeks.
“The preseason has been going very well,” Tate said. “I have had many of the wrestlers in the weight room as well as the wrestling room during this offseason and preseason.”
Tate and the Eagles do not have a lineup filled out with some wrestle-offs and some final roster decisions yet to take place, but the Eagles should have some familiar faces on the mat this season.
Returning from last year’s team are sophomore regional qualifier Hunter Walk, along with fellow sophomores Tommy Hicks, Noah Sprankle, and Alex Weaver, junior Mason Walls, and seniors Brandon Ixtepan and Jack Lewis.
“I look for all of our kids to step up and be leaders,” said Tate. “Many of them need to lead by example and start a fire in the room to get everyone buying in and looking to contribute in whatever way they can.”
Walk ended the year at 23-14 last year, which included a win at the Southwest AA Regional Tournament. Weaver and Walls added 15 and 11 wins last year, while Hicks also had a dozen wins.
“We have a very young team and a strong foundation,” said Tate. “All of the wrestlers have at least three years experience and many have much more.”
Tate set out a team goal to qualify for the District 6 Team Duals this season, which are held at the end of January. However he also sets goals for each individual as well.
“I set goals for each individual as well based on their capabilities and their potential,” Tate said. “All of the kids know what they need to do to achieve these goals and so far the room has been full of hard working wrestlers who are trying to better themselves and one another every practice.”
Tate will be assisted by Kyle Dolan and Jason Walls.
Tyrone will open the season on Tuesday in a home dual meet against Bellefonte. They will also take part in the Panther Holiday Classic at Penn Cambria next weekend.
Seniors: Brandon Ixtepan (138), Jack Lewis (195), Braeden Nevling-Ray (220), Aric Reader (184). Juniors: Mason Walls (120). Sophomores: Parker Allen (285), Anthony Dalesio (182), Tommy Hicks (170), James Pfahler (285), Noah Sprankle (145), Hunter Walk (113), Alex Weaver (152). Freshmen: Zack Lash (160), Ashton Sipes (106).
12/11 vs. Bellefonte
12/14 at Panther Holiday Classic, TBA
12/15 at Panther Holiday Classic, TBA
12/18 vs. Penns Valley
12/19 at Ligonier Valley
12/28 at Trojan Wars Tournament, TBA
12/29 at Trojan Wars Tournament, TBA
1/3 at Huntingdon
1/8 at Clearfield
1/10 at Hollidaysburg
1/12 at Husky Duals, TBA
1/15 at Bald Eagle Area
1/22 vs. Philipsburg-Osceola
1/25 at Ultimate Warrior Tournament, 10 a.m.
1/26 at Ultimate Warrior Tournament, 8 a.m.
1/31 vs. Bellwood-Antis
2/5 vs. Central
2/9 vs. Moshannon Valley, 1 p.m.
All meets begin at 7 p.m. unless noted.