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Seton Hill wrestling off to solid start

| Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Brian Tucker begins his second year as wrestling coach at Seton Hill with high hopes and a big challenge.

The Griffins go into the 2013-14 season in the tough Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference that features both strong Division I and II programs.

Seton Hill is 2-0 with wins against Penn State-Greater Allegheny and Penn State-Mt. Alto. The Griffins also placed fifth at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational and seventh at the Mt. Union Invitational.

“The biggest difference this season is I'm working with my first recruiting class,” Tucker said. “Seventy-five percent are my recruits.”

Heading that freshman class is Greensburg Salem graduate Zach Voytek, who placed second at 157 pounds at W&J and Mt. Union.

Back from the 2012-13 team are A.J. Fisher (141) and Brett Smith (165). Fisher placed sixth at Mt. Union, Andrew Schultz was third at 133, Christian Bosco (Penn-Trafford) was fifth at 185 and Tyler Mohlenrich was seventh at 174.

Bosco transferred from Pitt-Johnstown, while Christian Williams (Yough) was part of the freshman class.

Tucker is preparing his team for the PSAC Championship, which will be held Dec. 7 at Edinboro. The four Division I teams are Edinboro, Bloomsburg, Clarion and Lock Haven, while the Division II teams are Seton Hill, Pitt-Johnstown, Shippensburg, Gannon, Mercyhurst, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown and Millersville.

“The team is looking forward to competing against the Division I wrestlers,” Tucker said. “It shows them what we're working for. Having those teams will bring a nice crowd to the venue.”

Tucker said he expects Voytek, Schultz, Kevin Laubach (141) and Tanner Druck (149) to make an impact.

“We'll make a jump, but just in different ways,” Tucker said. “Because of that, the overall team will see success. We have great kids, character kids.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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