Warrior wrestlers under new coach
BY JOHN LUND
Times Shamrock Writer
The Elk Lake varsity wrestling team will have a new look this season, both on the sideline and on the mat.
Mike Noldy and his brother Darren replaced Joe Ofalt as the new coaches for the program that is currently down to only four freshmen.
The Warriors lost four seniors to graduation, including Isaiah Ofalt, who tool a silver medal in last year’s District 2 AA meet.
Noldy will look to his five years of coaching experience as the backbone for the Warriors, who went 0-5 in Division 2 in the LIAA last season.
“We’re starting with teaching basic technique,” Noldy said. “How to shoot, and sprawl and things of that nature. We’re just trying to get them ready and to be more aggressive.”
The Warriors will consist of Francisco Lopez, Blake Chew, Jake Hand and Tom Malandri, who started at right guard for the Montrose Area football team this season.
“We haven’t really had freshmen who were good early like this in the past four years,” Noldy said. “I think they should be able to get around a .500 record as freshmen.”
The Noldys will also try to instill in their young team mental toughness and a ‘don’t give up’ mentality as they progress toward their first match against Wyalusing on Dec. 7.
Dec. 19, Northeast Bradford, A, 6 p.m.
Dec. 27-28, Tunkhannock Tournament, A, 9 a.m.
Jan. 4, Blue Ridge H, 2 p.m.
Jan. 8, Montrose, A, 6 p.m.
Jan. 15, Scranton Prep, H, 6 p.m.
Jan. 22, Lackawanna Trail, A, 6 p.m.
Jan. 25, Western Wayne, H, noon.