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All-County Wrestling: Rechtorovic's Wildcats show progress

March 28, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Mike Rechtorovic is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Williamsport's Mike Rechtorovic is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Wrestling Coach of the Year.

The Williamsport wrestling team was at its best when it counted the most — at the end of the season.

After compiling a very respectable 18-6 dual-meet record, the Wildcats went into late-winter tourney mode. They held off defending champion North Hagerstown to capture the Clyde Downs Trophy at the Washington County tournament, and then advanced nearly their entire lineup (12 of their 14 starters) to the Maryland 2A-1A West region tournament.

“That’s always one of our major team goals, to win the county title and take home the Clyde Downs Trophy,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “After North beat us in the dual meet and finished ahead of us at the Hub Cup this season, we had to figure out a way to get it done.”

Rechtorovic is The Herald-Mail’s 2012-13 Washington County Wrestling Coach of the Year.

After the county tourney, Williamsport continued to garner most of the headline attention.

Two county wrestlers won region titles this season, and both were Wildcats — Nick Miller (106 pounds) and Austin Keadle (195). Of the 11 county wrestlers who qualified for states, five were from Williamsport, including Miller, who won a state title.

“It was a nice season because we were still a pretty young team,” Rechtorovic said. “We only had three seniors who were starters. Most of our team was freshmen and sophomores with a few juniors. It was awesome to see the progress they made from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

“It was just a great group of kids to work with. They worked really hard and were eager to learn all year, and they were always willing to put in the work that was needed.”

Rechtorovic described his coaching staff — Adam Terza, Brian Smoot, Dickie Shoemaker and Mike Baker — as “an incredible group.”

“I definitely could not do it without them,” he said. “They take a lot off my hands with specific work certain kids need. They all kind of have their own little niche, certain things they’re really adept on working with kids on. I am so lucky to have all of those guys.”

There’s no reason to think Rechtorovic’s Wildcats won’t be an even more formidable team next season.

“Every year, every team is a different story,” he said. “If they all hit the weight room hard in the offseason and get in some offseason wrestling, next year could be a real good year.”

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