HS Wrestling Previews: Boiling Springs' Kollin Myers

Boiling Springs’ Kollin Myers, left, will look to get back to the success the Bubblers had after a not-so-great last season.

Big Spring Bulldogs

Coach: Nate Gutshall (3rd year)

Classification: 3A

Last year: 13-5 (6-0)

Postseason: Lost to Central Dauphin in District 3 Class 3A Team Championships consolation semifinals.

Key returners: Blake Barrick, sr., 195; Hunter Gregoris, jr., 126-132; Christian Ruff, sr., 220; Ridgely Snyder, jr., 138; Ryan Adams, sr., 160; Kyle Brobst, sr., 170.

Opener: Saturday at Trojan Kickoff Duals, Chambersburg, noon

Breakdown: Tucker Brough (125-40, sixth at states, District 3 Class 3A title, District 3 sectionals title, regionals title), Britain Shields (110-44, state appearance, District 3 Class 3A bronze, District 3 sectionals title, fourth at regionals), Chance Rayhart (92-49, sixth at sectionals) and Hunter Adams (silver at sectionals) are all huge blow to the Bulldogs, who come into the season with a strong heavyweight group, but a much younger class in the lower weights. Barrick (95-23, state appearance, District 3 Class 3A title, silver at sectionals, regionals title) and Gregoris (bronze at sectionals) are back to help lead the squad to the postseason.

Boiling Springs Bubblers

Coach: Rodney Wright (14th year)

Classification: 2A

Last year: 7-4 (4-2)

Postseason: Lost to Bishop McDevitt in District 3 Class 2A Team Championships quarterfinals.

Key returners: Mason Herrera, so., lightweight; Jack Coulston, jr., middleweight; Zach Martin, sr., middleweight; Collin Nester, sr., lightweight; Colby Tennyson, jr., middleweight; Andrew Stafford, so., lightweight; Peyton Stauffer, jr., middleweight; Kaiden Karper, sr., middleweight; Austin Taylor, sr., heavyweight; Lucas Shoop, sr., middleweight; Kollin Myers, jr., middleweight; Andrew Uhler, jr., middleweight; Nick Kostyak, jr., middleweight; Eric Wilson, jr., heavyweight.

Opener: Friday at Cumberland Valley Kickoff, 4

Breakdown: The big goal this season for the Bubblers will be limiting injuries and staying healthy. Graduate Jalin Hankerson (90-30, district appearance, silver at sectionals) battled injuries all year, then forfeited in states. With Hankerson, Tristan Hanshaw (District 3 Class 2A fourth place, silver at sectionals) and Cameron Palmer (79-45, state appearance, District 3 Class 2A bronze, District 3 sectionals title, fifth at regionals) all lost to graduation, Boiling Springs turns to wrestlers like Myers (82-17, fifth at states, District 3 Class 2A silver, District 3 sectionals title, bronze at regionals) and Taylor (81-43, state appearance, District 3 Class 2A silver, District 3 sectionals title, bronze at regionals) to help lead the team. With a solid piece of the core still in tact, the Bubblers will use the early part of the season to get back to Boiling Springs wrestling success.

Shippensburg Greyhounds

Coach: Tony Yaniello (6th year)

Classification: 3A

Last year: 11-4 (5-1)

Postseason: Lost to Cumberland Valley in District 3 Class 3A Team Championships consolation semifinals.

Key returners: Eddie Ocker, sr., 152; Sterling Shetter, sr., 160; Cole Forrester, sr., 195; Ian Reed, sr., 138; Philip Torres, sr., 145; Colten Runshaw, jr., 106; Jeffrey Russell, so., 106; Dylan Ramsey, so., 120; Colton Musser, so., 182.

Opener: Friday at Cumberland Valley Kickoff, 4

Breakdown: The top-end talent the Greyhounds lost to graduation leaves a sizable hole: four-time state place winner Chandler Olson (147-19, fifth at states, District 3 sectionals title, silver at regionals), Cameron Tinner (91-19, state appearance, District 3 sectionals title, silver at regionals) and Levi Shoemaker (fourth at sectionals). However, the Greyhounds, who lost longtime elementary coach Bill Wolfe in the Las Vegas shooting in September, feel the pieces in place have grown enough to make another division and district run. As for individuals, Forrester (82-23, state appearance, third at sectionals, fourth at regionals), Russell (third at sectionals) and Shetter (sectionals appearance) are top candidates to make a long run into March.

West Perry Mustangs

Coach: Craig May (2nd year)

Classification: 3A

Last year: 7-14 (2-4)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key returners: Jake Quaker, sr., 195; Caden Morrison, jr., 160; Rylan Zerance, jr., 152.

Opener: Dec. 9 at Warwick Duals, 9 a.m.

Breakdown: Losing five of 10 wrestlers to graduation can take its toll on a lineup, especially for a school as small as West Perry. The Mustangs still want to be tough and aggressive every match. They still have pieces to be competitive. Christian Puchalsky (sectionals appearance) and Austin Wonders (sectionals appearance) will be the big losses this season, but Quaker (fourth at sectionals) and Morrison (fifth at sectionals) should step up nicely.

​Email Mallory at mmerda@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

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