The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 11, 2013

Harold Raker's column on high school wrestling: Don't give up on the 'Cats


Shikellamy coach John Supsic said, "You got your money's worth in that one. Both, I thought, were a little tentative in the beginning just because they work out together quite a bit in the off-season and it's one of those things (where) they know each other pretty well, what they're going to do before they ever do it."

MORE TROUBLE WITH NUMBERS: Another Valley program steeped in tradition is struggling with numbers. Line Mountain has wrestlers for only 10 of the 14 weight classes after some of its starters did not come out this season.

The Eagles fell this week to a team with similar problems. But Tri-Valley, coached by former Eagle and Bucknell Bison Ty Rothermel, is making the best of things, thanks to the luxury of five returning state qualifiers, including a pair of place-winners.

Rothermel, whose current school (he still lives in the Line Mountain district) usually graduates fewer than 70 students a year, said that 10 is the number he started with; it had nothing to do with injuries or wrestlers giving up.

"It's a shame on both ends to see the low numbers and I don't think anybody has the answer, "Rothermel said. "We all try hard to get numbers, but when it all comes down to it, we work with the ones that want to work."

He added that he is proud that, despite the handicap, the Bulldogs are 5-1 and lost by just five to Palmerton. The Bulldogs have three criteria wins.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school wrestling for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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