By Brody Patmore
The senior high wrestling program has had bright spots in recent years. From 2017 graduate Dylan Gurreri reaching 100 wins in his final year to multiple wrestlers qualifying for a chance at the postseason last year.
With a total of almost 40 junior high and senior high School athletes attending preseason workouts the future looks to be shining very bright for the program.
By Paul Jones
The number 100 has forever been harrowed in the sports world. Whether it is an NFL running back reaching 100 touchdowns in a career, or it is Wilt Chamberlain holding up the paper with 100 on it, signifying his famous 100 point game.
High school wrestling is no different when it comes to the importance of the number. Especially at Red Lion wrestling, which has a rich wrestling history, with names like Lloyd and Nguyen littering the 100 wins banner.
“Wrestling at Red Lion, knowing the rich history of this sport here is absolutely mind blowing,” senior wrestler Dylan Gurreri said. “Knowing all the big name people that have come through this program and knowing what they have done really is what set my goals for myself.”
By Gary Hunt
Red Lion has a new wrestling coach. With last year’s record of 16 - 4, we interviewed Red Lion’s captains and new head coach to get some details on the upcoming year.
New wrestling coach Albert Gleichauf said his plans for this upcoming season are to win a lot of matches and build relationships with his wrestlers. He hopes to improve the team’s previous record this year.
Gleichauf said his goal for the season is to be champions in both county’s and district “I feel my team is that good.” Gleichauf said
By Shawn Gunarich
News and Feature Editor
50 years of wrestling at Red Lion high school, and coach Christopher Schell has high hopes for the future of the wrestling program. “The future is very bright and promising,” Schell said. “It will be hard to replace senior heavyweight Jared Schell, however the junior class is talented and next year is there year to shine.”
Red Lion ended the year with a record of 11-4, Seniors Jared Schell and Junior Dylan Gurreri lead the charge. Gurreri ended the season 25-8 and schell 26-2. “Dylan is a high flying takedown technician,” Schell said. “He continues to let his opponent up just to take them down again, unstoppable at times.”
Wrestling is not all about winning, and a lot of work is put into molding a wrestler.” It takes commitment, dedication and to have the intensity to push your practice partner and yourself,” Schell said. “It takes a good attitude to take on all competition and being a family.”
Wrestling had an overall solid season, placing third at Lebanon High School Berserker duals, and second at Denver duals at Cocalico High School.
Coach Schell has high hopes for the underclassman wrestlers as well. “They push the upperclassmen, which shows great heart,” Schell said. “Each one of them has shined in different matches this year to pull of the win.”
“Win or lose, our opponents are going to know they
just went through a dog fight.”
-Lions head coach Chris Schell
By Ben Otte
If there is one thing Chris Schell would want others to know about his wrestling team, it would be the challenge it is accepting.
The 2013-14 Lions varsity wrestling program returns to the mats after a disappointing 5-15 season last year -- a record which ranked them as one of the worst teams in the YAIAA last season.
The challenge starts with a squad of only three seniors. An aggressive Austin Holloway (152 lb. weight class) and quick Ryan Sprenkle (132 lb. weight class) return with loads of experience they have acquired through the ranks of the program. Senior Michael Vanover (195 lb. weight class) also recently joined the team after talking to Schell a week after practices officially began.
“I talked with Mike (Vanover) and asked if he’d be interested to participate. I’ve seen him wrestle and he’s talented. I’m not sure why he even left the sport,” said Schell. “Him along with the other seniors will definitely be the big leaders on the team.”
Juniors Cody Stern and Anthony Moser, as well as sophomore Stone Hill, return as well with high expectations to pitch in key points for the Lions. Freshman Dylan Gurerri was also a notable player Schell listed after contributing positively to the junior high program.
“We’re getting better as a program. We’re young but there’s a bright future ahead. The kids are starting to say that this team is becoming more and more like a family.”
When asked about teams to look out for from a coach’s perspective, all Schell could do was chuckle. “It’s funny because I asked the whole team the other day which team our biggest rivals are going to be. Austin [Holloway] looked at me and said ‘all of them’.” Schell explained. “And he’s right. If our goals are where they are, no doubt every team is going to be on that rival list.”
Senior wrestler, Tyler Schell is one of the team's captains this season.
1. How long have you been wrestling?
2. What has been your biggest influence to partake in this sport?
-My father. He wrestled back in High School. He didn't play for the varsity high school team, but it was something he was a part of. He wanted me to come out and wrestle, so I did that.
3. What have been some of your most memorable moments in your career so far?
-I'd say being a state qualifier, for sure. I was once on club teams that went down to Disney for
'Disney Duals' as well.
4. Are you looking to further your career after high school?
-Yes. Possibly the Coast Guard Academy. If I don't get accepted to the Coast Guard, I would go to
Wilkes Barre University.
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