Grapplers have talented team
First-year Parkland wrestling coach Jon Trenge is optimistic about the 2019-2020 campaign.
“The culture, so far, is good,” Trenge said. “We are keeping seven of our freshmen up [on the varsity team] and helping them grow and mature as people and wrestlers will be an important task this year. The kids are getting tougher and learning a lot.”
The Parkland wrestling legend is also impressed with his team’s overall hard work and skill.
“The work ethic is good and the passions seems strong,” he added. “The talent on the team is solid, so with these other attributes I believe we will win most of our matches this season.”
Which starters will emerge victorious in these matches is not clear, the coach said.
“I don’t know yet, and if did I would not publicly project which of my kids will win out over my others,” Trenge said. “I am not using wrestle-offs to decide my line-up. I will decide based on skill, behavior, grades, work ethic and team influence. I will always wrestle the kids who I think are best for our program.”
Seniors Gabriel Montanez, who has a 13-10 record throughout his Trojan career and wrestled at 120 pounds last year, and Lucas Kern, who was 9-4 last year at 126, could be factors. Another senior, Joseph Dolak, went 7-5 with three pins during the 2018-2019 season at 138 pounds.
Junior Jacob Ortman wrestled at 160 pounds last year and finished with a 9-8 record. Another junior, Nathan Kresge, went 8-8 last campaign at the 106 and 113 pound classes.
Asked to describe his season goals, Trenge wants his wrestlers to stick with it whether times are good or bad.
“Build character and learn more about how to wrestle and push through adversity,” he said. “ Another big goal is to build a very positive team culture and form relationships and friendships that last a lifetime. It will take a lot of hard work and collaboration to achieve these goals. Communication will be key.”
Also this year, Parkland is the first public school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to hire a female wrestling coach as a full-time varsity assistant.
“We have 10 girls on our high school team this year and two female coaches,” Trenge noted. “We have about 48 boys on the high school team and five men coaches.”