*NOTE* - I want to make it clear what this is and what this is not. What this is NOT is an overview of the entire team. What this is, is a who’s who preview of THIS season 2022-2023. Meaning that I am going to talk about the starters who I feel will have an impact THIS year. Those who will win big matches in duals. Those who will earn placings in major tournaments like CKLV, RENO, MIDLANDS, MATMEN INVITE, SOUTHERN SCUFFLE, CONFERENCES & NCAA’s. In some cases a weight class will have multiple talented wrestlers. I will note that & I will also be making posts later on about the best wrestle-offs to look forward to this season. Then after that is determined I will make post later into the season of who our best backups are in the nation.
This post will NOT include redshirts. Those who are redshirting this season will be included in a separate post entitled “22’-23’ Best Redshirts.”
Under the leadership of Coach Moore the Eagles of Lock Haven continue to be on the rise. I can see as many as eight of the white & crimson making the NCAA championships this season. A young team, not a single senior on the roster, making headway for a bright future. Gone is Ben Barton who ended his collegiate career with conference titles in both the SOCON & the MAC. Also gone is Luke Werner who despite losing his varsity position last season, still have an impressive collegiate career over all. A runner up in the EWL & a MAC 3rd place finisher he placed twice at the Southern Scuffle with finishes of 4th & 2nd. Cole Manley has transferred to West Virginia.
Only a sophomore Anthony Noto had an outstanding freshman season last year going 31-3 on the year, winning a MAC title. While surpassing the likes of Cary Kolat may be a tall order, I look for Noto to be one of the best Eagles of all time by the time his career is said & done.