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Tigers shifting into new weight classes

Posted Monday, November 28, 2011 by Steve Amy

Tigers shifting into new weight classes

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PHS senior Earl Towne maneuvers St. Bede's Justin Hunter for a first=period pin at 160 pounds in Tuesday's season opener at Prouty Gym. (BCR photo/Kevin Hieronymus)

The 2011-12 season at Princeton High School for coach Steve Amy will be a work in progess with the Tigers working their way into the new weight classification imposed by the IHSA this year.

The IHSA is following the recommendations of the National Federation High School Association which is shifting weight classes around to have seven percent of kids at each weight level. The changes include 103 to 106, 112 to 113, 119 to 120, 125 to 126, 130 to 132, 135 to 138, 171 to 170, 189 to 182 and 215 to 195. The middle weights from 145 through 160 were unchanged while 140 was eliminated and 220 was added between 195 and 285.

Amy said eventually it will all work out for the Tigers, but it will take some time to adjust because PHS has the majority of its kids between 130-140.

“With the new weight classes, it will take some time to get our weights filled. We have quite a few guys that are waiting because of the weight certifications to go down a weight class," Amy said.

Returning starters include seniors James Dove (28-15) at 132, Logan McCaulley (8-17) at 145, Earl Towne (25-12) at 152 and Ben Staton (20-23) at 22 and juniors Mason Baele (6-12) at 106, Marshall Ary at 126 (16-19).

“We lost some great seniors last year, but we do have quite a few guys coming back with some great experience. We are looking for big things out of those guys,” Amy said.

There’s also some new starters with varsity experience and new faces to build around. The top returners include sophomores Caleb Dickens (138), Isaiah Taylor (152), Casey Pierre (170), and juniors Seth Sprouse (160) and Wyatt Wyatt (195). Other returners include sophomores Jack O’Conner (132) and C.J Hillard (132) and junior Aaron Mattern.

Newcomers to the team include juniors Ari Prashard (106), Ryan Gann (138), Derick Wooden (138), Kyle Bales (160) and Matt Hayes (182) and freshman Tyler Warren (106), Tim Hillard (113), Michael Camo (132), Starr Mecum (138) and Drew Pranka (145).

“We have a ton of new faces in the room, which is fantastic. Those guys are working hard and picking up on the system really well,” Amy said. “However we do have some guys with some varsity experience that will be first-time starters. We are expecting them to be very competitive each and every time they step on the mat.”

Towne said the team’s newcomers have shown a lot of improvement.

“We have lot of kids who haven’t wrestled before. We’re getting better as the year goes. Most the guys are going to start to catch on, and we’ll get better as a team,” he said.

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