Catty hopes future bright for wrestlers
Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock is optimistic his wrestlers' recent performances at the PIAA state tournament can further solidify a foundation as well acting as springboard for the future.
Both senior Satchel Stauffer (220) and sophomore Ryan Greene (132) both were eliminated in the opening round and the first round of consolations, Rusnock believes they both can impact the future of the program.
"We're hoping Ryan (Greene) can come back next year and be a leader for this team," said Rusnock. "Getting to the state tournament is a remarkable achievement and accomplishment and Ryan should be proud. He is the type of wrestler who can build on the situation and can be some leader to the team.
"Satchel is a phenomenal young man who had a great season. The success he had couldn't have happened to a better kid. He was a leader and a kid who really grew in many ways. He is a very humble kid who will be missed."
Rusnock was appreciative of his wrestlers' contributions at Hershey. Stauffer was the victim of a fall from Zach Stafford of Cambridge Springs in 2:39 of his opening match and then dropped an 8-3 decision to Ty Smith in the opening consolation round.
Greene lost a close 5-4 decision to Damion Trimmer of Avonworth in the opening round and then suffered a 15-5 major decision to Jude Mattocks of Sagertown in the consolation.
"Satchel had a really tough kid in his first match as he was all of 220 and a big boy," said Rusnock. "But Satchel isn't afraid of anybody. He had a great fight and we wouldn't have expected anything less from him. In his second match, he was winning, but the other kid got a take down late and some other points on him.
"Ryan had a close one in his first match, and his second kid was really good. It really was a great experience for both of them."
Losing only Stauffer and fellow senior Mike Shutta to graduation, Rusnock is anxious to have a solid core returning.
He is also enthusiastic about incoming freshmen Sebastian Gibbs, Dylan Gino, Malik Shariff, Andrew Kalynich, and Claudio Cruz, all of whom excelled in a recent junior high tournament.
"We have some good talent coming up," said Rusnock. "All of these kids have really done well in the junior high program. They can fill all of the fields and will come in and compete for our spots. "We're looking forward to these guys joining the program. We also have a good crop of seventh graders who are very tough.
"We'll be ready to go for next season."