CHS off to good start
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock is enjoying the moment.
The first-year head coach is anxious to work with his young club this winter and his budding bunch received an early boost when they recently defeated perennial Colonial League power Pen Argyl.
Heading into this week's action, the Roughies have recorded wins over both Pen Argyl and Palmerton and also had a strong showing in their own tournament.
Against Pen Argyl, Tyler Youssef notched his first varsity win when he recorded a pin after he trailed 8-2 after the first two periods. The fall helped the Roughies zoom out to an 18-0 lead and they went on to a 42-39 victory.
"We had a great week," said the always enthusiastic Rusnock. "The kids have been working hard and they are buying into what we have been telling them.
"Getting those two wins was big for us. Tyler (Youseff) had a huge win for us. He and some other guys have been doing very well."
Rusnock also noted the performances of Ryan Greene, Tyler Melendez, and Satchel Stouffer, who all have been stellar in the first few matches. Greene, Melendez, and Stauffer had pins against Pen Argyl.
The Roughies also have been relatively injury free, and Rusnock expected to have Devin Green back in the lineup this weekend and Ben Nosal should be back in two weeks. Mike Shutta also returned to the lineup this week. Anthony Stahl has been battling some weight issues and is soon expected to be able to fill the void at 106 pounds.
The fast start has helped fuel further development and enthusiasm.
"We're a super, young team," stated Rusnock. "We do have some roles to fill. But these guys have responded. We're going out to win as a team. These two wins were huge and it showed these guys what they had to do to be successful.
"Regardless of what happens from here, we got a good taste of what this year will be about."
The Roughies encountered another severe test this week when they tangled with Northwestern Wednesday. They also will be involved in the touted Berwick Duals this weekend.
"Northwestern is a very good team from top to bottom," said Rusnock. "They (Northwestern) are a good measuring stick for us. We know we will see some good teams in Berwick, too. But we're off to a good start and everyone is believing in themselves right now."