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New wrestling coach named at Williamsport

May 07, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Mike Rechtorovic, 26, of Frederick, Md., has been named varsity wrestling head coach at Williamsport High School.

He takes over for Chuck Martin, 39, of Halfway, who coached the Wildcats the last 13 seasons. During that span, Williamsport went 115-58-1 in dual meets and won five Washington County and three Monocacy Valley Athletic League titles to go along with a Class 2A-1A West region crown in 1998 and a second-place state finish in 2002. Martin, a 1981 Williamsport grad and two-time state place-winner for the Wildcats, coached four individual state champs and 30 other state place-winners.

Rechtorovic, who teaches at Antietam Academy (formerly the Alternative Learning Center), was Martin's assistant the last two seasons and was a volunteer coach for one year before that.

"I'm real excited," Rechtorovic said. "I come from a family of coaches. My two brothers both coach, my father was a coach and my uncle's a coach. It's in the blood."

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Most of the credit, however, he gives to Martin.

"I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for Chuck," Rechtorovic said. "He taught me a lot about managing a team and managing a program. It's not even describable how much he's helped me. He's been part of that program for a long time and has helped make it what it is today.

"I've obviously walked into a very talented program. I know the kids quite well, and I don't plan on letting it fall off in the least."

Rechtorovic graduated in 1995 from Valley Central High School in New York, where he wrestled and played football. His senior year, he placed fifth in the state at 215 pounds. Rechtorovic continued his academic and football career at Catawba College in North Carolina.

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