PA Prep Live Article – Dec. 5, 2016
Downingtown West Whippets
Head coach: Brad Breese
Last season: 4-1 division, 13-4 overall
Key wrestlers: Cole Zapf, Sr, 182; Doug Zapf, Jr., 106; Alex Murta, Sr., 138; Nick Lilley, Jr., 132; Gio Angelini, Sr., 160.
Outlook: It’s been eight seasons since the Whippets won the National Division, but that streak is in serious jeopardy this winter. Only three starters graduated, leaving a group of talented wrestlers ready to take the next step. The Zapf brothers qualified for states last season and are in position to return. Doug Zapf is finally a full-sized 106-pounder when he drops, making him one of the favorites in the district. Murta and Lilley were regional qualifiers and they, combined with Gavin Hale (145), Max Hale (152), Angelini and Joe Shafer (170), give West a strong core in the middle of the lineup leading up to Cole Zapf, who’s as athletic as anyone in the district at 182.