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Tribe Wrestling Aims for Division Title in Revamped Conference
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-11-30

Jared Kuhns, a junior on Upper Perkiomen's wrestling team, competes during a 10-team scrimmage on Nov. 26. Kuhns is expected to compete at 113 pounds and is looking to qualify for the PIAA Championship tournament.

                Upper Perk junior wrestler Jared Kuhns spent the offseason improving his shot defense and working to escape from the bottom.  "I've gotten a lot better," said Kuhns. "I can't wait to test out what I have done."

                The Indians open their new season Saturday on the road against Parkland, a District 11 opponent. Their regular season features five tournaments and just three home matches, facilitated by the realignment of the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

                Head coach Sam Walters expects the team to capture the Frontier Division title, which includes small-school opponents Phoenixville, Pope John Paul II, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and Upper Merion.

                "I think we will be able to hold our own," said senior Mike Modugno, the team's only returning state qualifier.

                "I'm pretty encouraged," Walters said. "We have some talented returning guys."

                According to the coach, Modugno along with Kuhns, Jarek Svanson and Jacob Folk –  a trio of returning regional qualifiers – will anchor the team.

                Zach Rozanski and Matt Reinhart should give the Indians depth in the lighter weights, according to Walters.

                He said D.J. McIlvaine and Ryan Rossiter, a pair of returning juniors, are poised to post successful seasons. 

                "Both those guys, who had OK years last season, have put in a lot of time and will be rewarded," the coach said. 

                Last season, at 220 pounds, Modugno finished third in the Southeast Regional Tournament before losing his only two bouts at the PIAA Class AAA Tournament in Hershey.

                "I was amazed I got there," he said. "It was great looking up from the middle of the arena and seeing all the people."

                Determined to get back to states and earn a medal, Modugno spent his offseason improving his entire approach "from the bottom up." 

                "I needed a lot of work," he said.

                Modugno also added significant bulk after deadlifting a lot of heavy weights with his father. He said he feels the increased strength.

                "I've been told I look a lot bigger on the mat," Modugno said. "The goal is to not let anyone outmuscle me."

                Kuhns, who expects to start the season at 113 pounds, has spent a lot of extra hours practicing with Walters to make a lot of minor fixes.

                "Right now I am not making a lot of mistakes where I give up unearned points," Kuhns said. "I have improved my entire wrestling style. I have gotten a lot better at scoring off the mistakes of my opponent."


 

 

 

 

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