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MIDDLETOWN WRESTLING: Raiders young but aggressive

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Dan Riggs launches his era as coach of Middletown's wrestling team with a roster of young, though experienced, wrestlers that he hopes will be competitive against some tough opponents this season.

Those threats of boycotts that came from some parents in protest of the Middletown Area School Board's refusal to rehire long-time coach Mike Nauman last spring didn't pan out. Twenty-four wrestlers showed up this season, enough to fill each starting spot in duals, though the Blue Raiders will not send a wrestler onto the mat at 195 pounds at a season-opening tournament at Cumberland Valley.

With only three seniors returning this season, the Raiders will count on a number of freshmen and sophomores to improve on last season's 5-10 dual-meet record. Fortunately, Middletown's young wrestlers have experience, thanks to middle school and elementary school wrestling programs.

"We're very young but our guys are pretty aggressive – always pushing the pace,'' Riggs said.

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