St. John's Eagles Wrestling '07-'08

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Last year's record: 28-7 (2nd in Division 1 state tournament)

Coach: Manny Costa (18th year)

Key returnees: Ryan Harding, Jr., 135; Ryan Morello Jr., 103; James Gibbons Sr., 152; Kevin Poplaski, Sr., 285.

Strengths: Ryan Harding will lead the young Eagles after finishing second at states last year. Harding and his three other returning teammates mentioned above will need to provide leadership, an important cog in the team's progression.

Concerns: With Harding the only returning grappler who posted a winning record last winter, the Eagles will field an extremely young squad this time around. The development of the program's young wrestlers is paramount to their success as they hope to add to their streak of nine consecutive Catholic Conference titles.

Coach's outlook: "The goal is to keep the Catholic Conference title in Danvers. This is a rebuilding year, but with our returning wrestlers we think that our title streak can continue."

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