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Blue Devil grapplers look to new coaching

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Malacki Harper returns for the Devils to wrestle 138-145.

Malacki Harper returns for the Devils to wrestle 138-145.

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Malacki Harper returns for the Devils to wrestle 138-145.

Zachary Cunningham, Staff Writer

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There are going to be some big changes in the Blue Devil wrestling program this season as varsity head coach, Ron Wilson, and junior high head coach, Rich Davinsizer, both resigned from their positions earlier this year. Wilson was the program’s only coach to produce 100 career wins.

Mr. Tim Anderkovich, the seventh grade geography teacher and the eighth grade history teacher in the middle school, has taken over as the varsity head coach. Mr. Anderkovich has been with the program for quite some time at both the junior high and varsity levels, and he is finally taking on the responsibilities of head coach.

Mr. Anderkovich’s goals for this season are: to improve everyday and every match, and to be successful as a team and as individuals. Filling out a lineup will be a concern for the program once again.

“We should be competitive in tournaments, but dual meets are going to be rough because we give up too many forfeits,” said Mr. Andrekovich.

Freshman Ty Noon made his way up to the varsity ranks and will wrestle 126-132. He is one of ten underclassmen the Devils will rely on to fill out the lineup.

Mr. Andrekovich said the rest of the lineup should shape up like this:

120-126 Yejune Park

120-126 Bailey Kudlawiec

126-132 Ty Noonan

120-126 Paulino Cuevas

132-138 Derrick Noonan

132-138 Dominick Faith

138-145 Malacki Harper

152-160 Noah Martin

160-170 Nick Watters

170 Colton Gority

182 Trentin Whaley

195-220 Collin Younker

220 Drake Halverson

285 Evan Pellegrine and Aaron Bowman

The junior high team’s new head, Ryan Blazier, is also very excited to get the season started. Coach Blazier was one of Mr. Hescox’s assistant coaches for the elementary program last year and is planning on going back to school to get a teaching degree. He also wants to see each of his wrestlers improve throughout the year and he wants to end with a winning recorded.

Overall, the new coaches for the Bellwood-Antis wrestling teams hope to improve their program and make it stronger.

The season starts this weekend with a tournament at Conemaugh Township.

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