Fox Chapel wrestlers look turn to things around following losing season
Coach Ron Frank and his wrestlers at Fox Chapel Area High School are looking to bounce back from last year's 7-9 record.
Frank is confident his young squad will be ready to turn things around.
“That was our first losing record in a dozen years,” the coach said. “Part of the reason was our youth and inexperience. We started five freshmen. They gained much valuable experience.”
The Foxes will have to replace last year's seniors Tyler Lever, Jared Rice, Adam Novacic, Drew Davis and Artie Newman, and this year's senior class is a thin one.
“We won't have many seniors but the experience and depth have improved over last season,” Frank said. “There are still many decisions to be made as far as how the starting lineup will look when the season begins. We'll start having matches to select a starting lineup soon.”
Seniors on the squad are Richie Giovanetti at 195, Corey Mahon at 170, Cody Springel at 145 and Cameron Ferguson at 170.
Giovanetti and Mahon posted identical records of 18-14 last season.
The team will also be bolstered by the return of junior Pat Imhof (126), who sat out due to injury last year, and junior Ian Moritz (138) who transferred from Central Catholic.
Returning letterwinners include sophomores Andrew Kopco (120, 11-14), Austin Pisano (132, 11-15), Derrin Dietz (145, 16-16), Tristan Houser (160, 17-13) and Darius Booker (132), along with juniors Tyler Heasley (152, 26-12) and Jon Fisher (182).
Freshman Vaun Flotta will be at 106, freshman Mitch Zuckerman will wrestle at 113, sophomore Matt Rogowski is at 132 and freshman Billy Myers and sophomore Kevin Crates will be at 138.
The battle for the starting nod at 145 will be between Springel, junior Dan Cupps, and sophomores Mike Duray and Brenden Whelan.
Along with Heasley at 152 will be juniors Matt Silverman and Aiden Carlier, sophomore Dylan Peterle and freshman Jimmy Michel.
Freshman David Uebing, sophomore Wahed Firoz and junior Shane Faulkner will be at 160.
Freshman Mike Mahon will wrestle at 182 while junior Darnell Foster joins Giovanetti at 195.
Freshman Alex Patsko is at 220 and fellow freshman Jared Pegher is at 285.
“We have a group that is willing to work hard to reach our goals,” Frank said. “We're looking forward to the season.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.