WPIAL playoff appearance goal for Thomas Jefferson grapplers
By Ray Fisher
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson's varsity wrestling team is a blend of balance and experience in 2012-13.
Head coach Rudy Nesbitt greeted five seniors, five juniors, six sophomores and five freshmen to the varsity team this season.
“I'm thrilled with the numbers we have, which are the most we've had since I began coaching here six years ago,” Nesbitt said. “If all our kids fall into the right weight classes, we should have a very successful season.”
Nesbitt anticipates senior leadership from the likes of Thor Henze, Steve Hess, Greg Incardona, Jason McKown and Jake Prosser.
The junior class is represented on the team by Brendan Cusick, Byron Minous, Connor Rittiger, Robert Schwartz and Will Stoffel.
James Barrickman, Nick Burkett, Braden Flinn, Marco Marinelli, David Morgan and Kyle Senich are sophomores; while Jackson Bucy, Dom Devine, Kolton Karwowski, Tyler Newman and Dillon Visari are the top freshmen prospects.
“Our goal is to get to the playoffs this year and crack the top 10 in the WPIAL,” Nesbitt said. “We have our whole starting lineup (back) except for our only senior last year, Tyler Toboz.”
The Jaguars kick off their 2012-13 campaign Saturday at the Hampton Duals, and will host their first home match Wednesday against Belle Vernon.
“We worked very hard this past year going to the Edinboro summer camp, lifting weights and (participing in) open mat throughout the summer,” Nesbitt said. “We have a very tough schedule this year due to the new alignments, but I believe we will handle business on our end.”
One of Nesbitt's assistants is Bob Marlow, who also is head coach of the Jaguars' successful freshman program.
“I can tell you that we are excited about TJ wrestling, and optimistic about success for many years to come,” Marlow said. “My teams have gone undefeated in dual matches for the past four years. All of that talent is now loaded throughout the varsity lineup.”
Thomas Jefferson faces a daunting section schedule this year due to the WPIAL's realignment process.
“The schedule has become incredibly tougher,” Marlow said. “We were put in the same section as powerhouses Connellesville and Albert Galletin, and (with) the likes of Belle Vernon and Ringgold.”
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Elizabeth Forward wrestler earns redemption at Chartiers-Houston tournament
- Mt. Pleasant looks to replace key wrestlers
- Franklin Regional wrestling team eyes WPIAL, PIAA titles
- Penn-Trafford wrestling banks on depth, experience
- Burrell wrestling confident streaks will continue
- Experienced Plum grapplers hopes to make waves in new season
- Connellsville wrestling routed by Latrobe in opener
- Norwin wrestling counts on experienced underclassmen
- Fox Chapel wrestlers look turn to things around following losing season
- Eastern Area wrestling tournament a big start to wrestling season
- Gateway grapplers eye strong season