EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

December 10, 2013

2013-14 Wrestling previews

OUTLOOK: On paper, North Andover is the team to beat in Merrimack Valley. The Knights return two New England placers in Brad Drover (runner-up) and Fritz Hoehn (fourth) and they’re loaded in the lower weights.

But North Andover coach Carl Cincotta is hardly overconfident, not with defending champion Lawrence around.

“When you have 100 kids out for the team and a good coach like Rob (Niceforo), that always worries me,” said Cincotta. “I know they’ll be tough by the end of the year.”

Other than that, look for Chelmsford to contend and, if its younger wrestlers come around, Methuen could be a factor. Haverhill should be vastly improved and could be a spoiler.

Merrimack Valley Conference

andover

2012-13 season: 0-18

Returning starters (6): Shaun Merrill, Sr., 171; John Croston, Jr., 145; Tyler Ferris, Jr., 132/138; Matthew Marcotte, Soph., 126/132; Patrick Meagher, Soph., 113; Matthew Stamas, Soph., 215

Returning lettermen: Ben Levine, Jr., 160; Nathaniel Dykstra, Soph., 106; Ryan Surehan, Soph., 126

Promising newcomers: Jarad Amoroso, Jr., 145; Steve Herman, Jr., 215; Matthew Soares, Soph., 285; Jacob Ruthazer, Frosh., 132/138

Candidates: 18; Captains: TBA

Fast facts: Sobhan Namvar resigned as head coach to take a position in New York City although he has since returned to the area. ... New coach Brian Caldwell, who was an assistant last year, wrestled in high school in Ohio and briefly at Wright State before wrestling was terminated there. He has a black belt in jiu jitsu and is an instructor in that discipline. ... Tyler Ferris has put together back-to-back strong seasons. ... There is only one senior on the team.

Assistant coaches: Aaron Blanco, Neal Callahan (volunteer), Neil McCarthy (volunteer), Jake Pilla (volunteer)

Coach Brian Caldwell (1st year): “Our young team has had a tough time growing but we know our work will pay off and we’re in it

for the long run. We will build our team to become a threat. Our kids continue to strive to go beyond their

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits
Boston Sports
McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Who will Brady turn to if Gronk can’t stay healthy? Gronkowski cleared to participate in Patriots training camp Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Shaughnessy: Dont count out the Sox just yet Blakely: Projecting the Celtics roster Daopolous: How will NFL cracking down on Defensive holding affect games? Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense