Northern Tier Sports Report
TOWANDA â€” The mat rooms in Towanda are buzzing again as they get ready for this yearâ€™s wrestling season as they look to return to their former glory.
The Knights are back up in numbers with 29, nearly a third of which are freshmen from last yearâ€™s dominant junior high team.
One person whose been absent, though, is long time coach Bill Sexton, whose been sidelined due to heart surgery.
â€œI had a medical issue in the last couple of weeks,â€ said Sexton. â€œI had quadruple by-pass surgery. It came out of nowhere, but everythingâ€™s going good. Iâ€™m getting better each day, and will hopefully be back here pretty soon.â€
He was able to see them for the first time on Thursday as he works his way back, and, so far, he likes what he sees.
â€œOur numbers are good again,â€ Sexton said. â€œWeâ€™ve had a real good freshmen class, I expect maybe half of them in the line-up this year. Weâ€™ll be young, but hopefully, with our experienced kids, will get our program where it needs to be.â€
PHOTO CAPTION: Towandaâ€™s Mykee Nowell goes through a drillâ€¦PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING