As he wrestles at the state tournament in Hershey this weekend, Catasauqua's Ryan Greene is back on the big stage after a few years away.
Greene and teammate Satchel Stauffer, who will wrestle at 132 and 220 pounds respectively, will represent the Roughies at the state tournament. It is the first trip to the big top for Greene, a sophomore, and Stauffer, a senior.
Greene finished sixth at regionals, while Stauffer was third. His finish was the highest since Luke Garner won the same regional bracket in 2012.
Catasauqua's wrestling team will enter this week's PIAA Southeastern Regional at Wilson West Lawn with a trio of three grapplers, looking to further extend a prosperous season.
Sophomore Ryan Greene (132), and seniors Mike Shutta (152), and Satchel Stauffer (220) will begin their new journey Friday night. Head coach Kyle Rusnock is optimistic his wrestlers can be one of the top six in their respective weight classes to earn a ticket to states at Hershey the following weekend.
Last year, Jake Rusnock, Zack Bradley, and Rhaine Sziy advanced to the regional tournament.
Catasauqua sophomores Ryan Green and Ben Nosal both had busy afternoons and new experiences when they participated in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual tournament last weekend at Freedom High School.
They both also have endured through injuries in the process.
Greene, a 132-pounder, was back on the district stage after he was eliminated in the third round of consolations last year, while Nosal was making his first appearance in the limelight.
When they enter the PIAA District 11 Class 2A individual championships this weekend at Freedom High School, Catasauqua's wrestlers will be monitoring the present as well as keeping an eye on the future.
Beginning Friday night, the Roughies will nearly fill a full lineup with few seasoned upperclassmen and handful of budding underclassmen.
Head coach Kyle Rusnock is optimistic all outcomes will lead to a productive future.
Last season, Amarys Moten decided to take a different approach to her basketball game. She also was exposed to a new phase on and off the court in her junior year.
"During my first two years, I probably didn't take the game as serious as I should have," recalled Moten. "Softball always has been my real passion. I liked playing basketball, but I didn't have the same passion for it.
"Last year, I really wanted to work on my skills. I wanted the year to be a better one for me. It was more of a serious year for me, and I really wanted to play well all the time."
Catasauqua's Mike Shutta realizes he will have a challenge in the 152-weight class this coming weekend in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championships.
The senior will be locking arms with some of the better grapplers in the area.
In fact, Shutta has already tangled with some of the wrestlers he expects to see at districts, and has improved his assurance because of it.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder believes his team's season began to take a downward spiral after they dropped an opening-game to Nazareth.
But he also saw a follow-up 78-47 defeat to Bangor as a further sign of trouble to come.
As a result, the Roughies never could recover and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
Heading toward the postseason tournaments, Catasauqua's wrestling program continues to take some vital steps along the way.
The Roughies participated in the Coal Cracker Classic last weekend and two of the grapplers placed in the top three in their weight classes. Overall, the Roughies finished sixth in the 12-team field.
Seniors Satchel Stauffer (220) and Mike Shutta (152) finished second and third respectively in their weight classes. Also, Ben Nosal (182) picked up three wins and Anthony Stahl (106) notched a pair of victories.
Satchel Stauffer hasn't been bothered by too many things during this wrestling campaign.
The Catasauqua senior has taken this season in stride. His 24-4 overall record and reputation as one of the better wrestlers in the district at his 220-pound weight bracket has served as a perfect testimony.
He recently placed second in the annual Coal Cracker Invitational last weekend in one of the more recognized tournaments in Schuylkill County. It can be a catapult for the remainder of the season.
With an overall new cast, Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock has been pleased with his team's progress this season.
The Roughies will enter this week with a 4-4 dual meet record and will participate in the annual Coal Cracker tournament. Catty also has meets with Pius X and Wilson left on their schedule before they will grapple in the district individual championships in a few weeks.