Fifty elementary wrestlers were recognized by Mike Kreider, Solanco's head advanced elementary wrestling coach at the annual Solanco Elementary Wrestling Banquet held at the Solanco High School cafeteria on Monday, March 13. Assisted by assistant coaches Wink Charles, Charlie Wertz, Dave Haines, Eric Tshudy, John Groff (head intermediate coach), Jim Wilson, Jim Drumm and Don Church, Kreider called each wrestler up individually to be recognized.
Receiving a tee shirt and certificate were underclassmen (kindergarten and first grade) Grayson Charles, Nate Shambaugh, Ben Root, Marcus Wingler, A. J. Wilson and Nate Kellenberger.
Members of the second and third grade squad were Dennis Mitchem, Dalton Groff, Tucker Tshudy, Lane Church, Hayden Herr, JJ Gamber, Kodie Conrad, Scott Shaffer, Wyatt Jennings, Kody Hart and Brett Spencer.
Representing the fifth and sixth grade were Karson Beane, Kevin Sancken, Alex White, Alex Jones, Thomas Haines, Ronnie Perry, Nate Cwienk, Kyle Hammond, Marcus Hart, Sam Root, Rem Tshudy, Michael Chew, Alec Proffitt, James Testerman, Hunter Tollinger and Conner Sheehan.
Receiving Achievement Awards were sixth graders Evan Wertz, Nate Carter, Dylan Fisher, Cole Martin, Kevin Tran, Bryant Rodriguez, Wink Charles, Conner Moran, Ben Forren, Hans Herr, Evan Zak, Jake Johnson, Anthony Aument, Robert Yannucci, Joe Welk, Andrew Modderman and Brandon Leary.
Three wrestlers earned 100 wins during their elementary career. Dylan Fisher began his wrestling career at age three and wrestled this year at the 95-pound weight class. Both Conner Moran and Wink Charles began their mat careers at age four. Moran was a competitor at 105, Charles at 85.
"Our job is to prepare youngsters for the junior high program," said Kreider. "I hope all 17 sixth graders continue on in the junior high program."
Solanco competed in three team dual meets, a trend Kreider sees continuing, and finished second in all three. They were defeated by a club team in two tournaments (Solanco and Warwick) and by Boyertown in the Exeter team duals.
"A lot of programs wish they were run as well as ours here at Solanco," said Kreider. "And it's all because of you parents and our kids."