No Eagles move on from Mifflin
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Cocalico entered the 2012-13 season as a team that was short on numbers and experience. And while the Eagles took their share of lumps this season, the experience they gained should pay dividends in the coming years.
The Eagles closed out the season this past Saturday at the Section IV Tournament held at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.
While a few wrestlers got close, no one finished in the top three of their respective weight classes and thus did not advance to this weekend’s District Three Meet in Hershey.
Following the tournament, Cocalico Coach Matt Fittery said he hopes the disappointement of the early exits by his wrestlers fuels the fire for the off-season.
"Obviously it is a big disappointment not getting anyone through to Districts," he said. "We are just going to have to use that disappointment as motivation to work harder for next year. We had a few guys that were right there, but just didn’t quite get the job done. Hopefully, that makes them even hungrier for it next year."
Eagle sophomore John Fry came the closest to punching his ticket to Districts. After getting pinned by Twin Valley’s Jacob Ewing in the quarterfinals (5:00) at 285 pounds, Fry came back and decked Garden Spot’s Jake Mueller in 1:51 in his first consolation bout.
Fry then squared off with Muhlenberg’s James Sweitzer in the consolation semifinals, where the Cocalico wrestler edged Sweitzer, 1-0, to advance to the consy finals opposite Keith Miller of Governor Mifflin. But with the final District berth riding on the bout, Miller delivered, pinning Fry in 1:49 to punch his ticket.
Fry closed out the season at 17-17.
"I think John wrestled a good tournament," Fittery said. "He was a little out-sized in his last match, and it showed. But overall, when you consider it is only his second year wrestling and he’s only a sophomore, you can’t really be disappointed with that."
Besides Fry, Adam Miller (106), Trevor Fichtorn (126), Mike Reitenbach (138) and Alec Whitsett (145) all won at least one bout at sectionals before being eliminated.
With the season now behind them, the Eagles will look to take a step forward next year and enjoy greater success. For one, Cocalico does not graduate one wrestler from it’s lineup. Also, a nice slew of underclassmen who will be moving up from the Jr. High level should help as well.
"Next year looks a lot better," Fittery said. "We don’t have any seniors and we have some good Jr. High kids that will be moving up. We had some young guys that did really well this year, and if they put in some hard work in the off-season, they can have a great year next year. As freshmen, (Miller) and (Fichtorn) were both right there with the guys going to Districts in their weights, but they just didn’t win the match-ups they needed to win. So with a little extra experience, I am excited to see what our team can do next year." More EAGLES, page B-4