Below is a thumbnail sketch on five East wrestling teams to watch.
FRANKLIN REGIONAL - The Panthers came within five points of upsetting Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL Class AAA title match, then placed third in the state en route to a 23-4 record. All but one starter is back, as the Panthers had four seniors on their roster, but only one was a starter. Franklin Regional's lineup features four wrestlers who are two-time PIAA place-winners: Michael Kemerer (38-6 at 126), Tyler Smith (45-4 at 132), Josh Maruca (43-8 at 138), and Josh Shields (44-6 at 145). Smith won a PIAA title last season and Kemerer is a two-time runner-up. Since the season ended, Frankin Regional has added two transfers from the Saegertown School District to its lineup: Spencer Lee and Devon Brown. Lee is considered the top freshmen in the state, while Brown is a junior who won a PIAA Class AA title at 106 pounds last season. Both represented Team USA at the 2013 FILA Cadet World Championships.
LATROBE - The Wildcats lost two starters to graduation from last year's 11-6 squad, but picked up three via transfers. Ethan McCoy and Dom Scalise have transferred back to Latrobe after spending last season at Kiski School. McCoy was a national prep runner-up at 106 as a freshman, while Scalise placed third at 160. Scalise was a two-year starter at Latrobe prior to his year at Kiski School. Latrobe's other transfer is Jake Willochell, a junior who started the past two seasons at Derry. The Wildcats lineup includes three wrestlers who qualified for the PIAA Tournament, including Luke Pletcher (41-2 at 106), who claimed a PIAA Class AAA title as a freshman. The other two returnees who have participated in the PIAA Tournament are: Zack Zavatsky (42-2 at 160) and Jake Shaffer (34-11 at 138).