Veteran core headlines Jersey Shore wrestling team
By SAM KUPERMAN
For The Express
After a district championship on the gridiron, many of the stalwarts from the Jersey Shore Football team hit the mats in attempts of picking up where they left off last season.
In the 2017-18 wrestling season, then-juniors Hunter O’Conner and David Tomb had strong years for the Bulldogs in wrestling. O’Conner placed eighth in the state tournament and broke the school’s overall pin record. Tomb made it all the way to the regional qualifiers, with his season ending in the blood round.
Those two, along with Kyle Tomb (David’s twin brother), will try and carry over that football success to coach Crock Herman’s wrestling team. They, along with many others, make up a deep Bulldog lineup.
“We have four seniors, two juniors, 10 sophomores and one freshman,” Herman said. “I believe that we have a great core of veteran (seniors) wrestlers that are well-seasoned and looking to lead this team into battle.”
While the team is deep, it is relatively young. With the roster composed of more sophomores than the other three grade levels combined, that will put some pressure on athletes with, in some cases, minimal varsity experience to produce.
This is not something that concerns Herman though.
“We will not have a full roster and (have) quite a young team,” Herman said. “However, I think the kids that we have on this team will be very strong competitors that like to battle for every point.”
Wrestling in Central Pennsylvania is always a grind. That is the sport that this region lives and breathes from late fall through early spring. Local foes, like rival Central Mountain, always make for stiff competition.
As long as this Jersey Shore team is focused though, it’ll have a chance to take opponents down as they come.
“I think our team success is to stay focused and work toward their team and individual goals they have set for themselves,” Herman said.
While there are no certainties in such a long and grueling sport, one thing this team can absolutely count on is the support of the Jersey Shore community.
“We always have a great wrestling community fan base that are loyal to the great tradition we have here in the Jersey Shore wrestling program,” Herman said.