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’Canes look forward to return to the mats

What will be in store for Liberty’s wrestling team this winter?

Well, it’s hard to get a proper gauge on the Hurricanes talent and expectations with the team yet to step on the practice mats this season due to the coronavirus.

Coming off a 17-8 season in head coach Brandon Hall’s first season with the program, Liberty returns a handful of experienced wrestlers looking to make their mark in this shortened winter season.

Back for the ‘Canes include Connor Werner (Sr., 120, 2019 state qualifier, Penn Manor champ); Javien DeLeon (Jr., 126, Penn Manor 2nd, BHWC 2nd, District 2nd, State qualifier); Ryan Santiago (So., 138); Jackson Marcantonio (Jr., 152); Christian Reid (Jr., 174 District 4th, Regional Qualifier) and Dustin Tocci (Sr., 215).

Freshmen wrestlers Jack Evans and Cam Aboud figure to work in the lower weights too.

While Hall figures that DeLeon, Werner, Reid and Santiago will lead this year’s team, he just wants to take step one and that’s having a practice.

“It’s challenging to set goals when we haven’t been in the wrestling room since the week of states last season,” Hall said. ‘When we are able, we will grind in the room, despite whatever the length of the season. These kids want to be better wrestlers and will work to do that when the opportunity is there. Right now we are following the protocols put in place by the district as to what is safest for our school and community.”

Christian Reid is back for the Liberty wrestling team.