The coach has changed but the goals have not.
Dan Williams will begin his first season at the helm of the Lehighton Indian wrestling program focused on improving on the highly successful era that is credited to his predecessor Floyd Brown.
"The strengths are in the middle of my lineup," Williams said of his lineup from 140-189. "They are mostly a core group of juniors that really work hard and have great leadership."
Some of that leadership comes from one of the two seniors on the squad, Jeremy Gornick (130).
"He really stepped up his leadership role and has given a much improved effort (in the room)," Williams said of Gornick (17-13).
The strength of the team comes from a strong junior class anchored by Regional qualifiers Anthony Farole (26-16, 152) and Mike Balliet (20-12, 189).
"I expect Anthony and Michael to have outstanding years," Williams said. "They were on the cusp of getting out to Hershey and since the season ended last year they couldn't wait for this season to start.
"They were out at regionals as sophomores and they have that in their veins. They are really excited and I expect them to get out to Hershey this year."
Another junior to watch is Jake Hoats (20-16) at 103. An upperclassman at the lightest weight usually results in an excellent season, but as Williams points out, the wrestler's work ethic can only enhance that.
"He comes into the practice room and treats it like a business," Williams said of Hoats. "He's just been going at it and he knows what he wants to do and can do at that weight."
Other juniors that will provide stability in the lin