Tri-County Sunday Writer
 ST. MARYS - Every year it seems the St. Marys Area High School
wrestling team is the same situation - strong in the middle weights and
unsure about its light and upper weights. But every year head coach Wayne
Fordoski manages to put together a solid lineup that usually wins more than
it loses.
 This year is no exception for the Flying Dutchmen, which went 8-6 last
 Six wrestlers return with winning records from a year ago and those six
will lineup from 130-160 to begin this season.
 "This is one of our typical teams," said Fordoski, who enters his 20th
season with a career record of 182-132-2. "We'll be strong through the
middle once again."
 In all, the Dutch return nine wrestlers with varsity experience and
none enjoyed a better season than senior David Fordoski. The son of the
coach became St. Marys' first state placewinner since Ben Keebler placed
fifth at 145 in 1992 when he placed fifth at 125 as he finished the season
with a 32-10 record. He also won his second District 9 Class AAA title
before qualifying for the PIAA Championships with a third-place finish at
the Northwest Regional Tournament. Fordoski, who needs 29 wins become the
third wrestler in school history to reach 100 career wins, will head up the
middle weights again this season as he'll begin the year at 145.
 Three other district champs return for the Dutch and it shouldn't come
as any surprise that all three are middle weights.
 Senior Russ Micale (23-11) was the D-9 champ at 130 and went on to
qualify for regionals with a third-place finish at the now defunct District
6-9 Sub-Regional. Micale will start this season at 135.
 Senior Neil Ginther (15-13) won a district title at 119 last season and
will start this year at 140.
 Junior Josh Keebler (21-11) was the D-9 champ at 140 and will begin
this season at 152.
 Junior Andy Surra (18-7) is the only other returning starter to advance
past districts last season. Surra placed second at 112 and will start this
season at 130.
 Senior Dustin Brouse (7-4), whose season was cut short last year by a
knee injury, is back this season at 160.
 The only other regular starter back is junior Josh Schmidt (11-15), who
will start this season at 171. Two others with varsity experience include
senior Jason Fox (1-7) and sophomore Jared Mulcahy. Fox may see action at
160 or 171 while Mulcahy could fit in anywhere from 140-152.
 And as expected, the rest of the lineup will be filled out by some
newcomers to the varsity level.
 Freshman Jesse Meyer will start at 103 followed by freshman Jeff
Kronenwetter at 112, freshman Josh Meyer at 119 and sophomore Justin
Burkhouse at 125. Sophomore Matt McDonough will go at 189 while senior
Wayne Geyer or sophomore Dan Moore will be at heavyweight.
 Fordoski and his staff will have plenty of numbers to work with by
sporting a 29-man roster. However, 17 of those wrestlers are either
freshmen or sophomores.
 "We have a lot of nice looking freshmen," Fordoski said. "We still may
be a year or two away."
 St. Marys, which opened the season Friday at home against Ridgway, will
be at the Eisenhower, Warren and Lock Haven tournaments in addition to
other featured dual meets against the like of State College, Brookville,
DuBois, Cameron County and Clearfield.
Seniors: David Fordoski, Dustin Brouse, Neil Ginther, Russ Micale,
Jason Fox, Dan Sorg, Wayne Geyer, Jerry Coppella. 

Andy Surra, Josh Schmidt, Josh Keebler. 

Andy Micale, Justin Burkhouse, Jared Mulcahy, Brian Stewart, 
Roy Green, Joe Schreiber, Dan Moore, Matt McDonough. 

Josh Meyer, Chad Cowan, Dustin Roberto, Cory Pichler, Jeff Kronenwetter, 
Jesse Meyer, Tyler Reider, Tim Thompson, Steve Reed, Dan Keebler.