That's because every top-notch area wrestler has a sole final destination on his mind -- Hershey. Chocolatetown is host to the Giant Center, the mecca of Pennsylvania wrestling each year when the PIAA Tournament comes to town.
So with that in mind, here are 10 York-Adams League Class AAA wrestlers (listed in alphabetical order with last year's record) with a chance to reach Hershey and nab a state medal.
Jordan Conaway, Jr., New Oxford (37-5): Conaway's dominance was on display early and often in his sophomore campaign, with the 103-pounder racking up 20 falls and another five technical falls while compiling a sterling record.
Conaway also impressed at states, losing his first-round match but winning three bouts in the consolation bracket to garner a sixth-place medal. According to his father and coach, Dave Conaway, he also wrestled from March 21 to July 26 with only two weekends off, earning a repeat trip to nationals in Fargo, N.D.
Trey Duncan, Jr., Spring Grove (28-12): Duncan was an immediate contributor for the tradition-rich Rockets, starting as a freshman and contributing 25 wins.
He followed that up with a district appearance as a sophomore, leading one to wonder what might be next for Duncan this winter.
Tyler Hoover, Sr.
Because Hoover lost his district consolation semifinal, the senior missed out on a trip to states. But new Dallastown head coach Matt Striebig calls Hoover one of his most experienced wrestlers, meaning another big year should be in order.
Dylan Nguyen, Sr., Red Lion (29-9): This returning district qualifier missed out on the big postseason hardware a year ago because of two memorable matches with South Western's Cameron Throckmorton -- one a 7-2 loss in the 119-pound sectional final and the other a 5-2 defeat in the district consolation semifinals.
That didn't make his junior season any less impressive, though, as Nguyen finished with 19 falls. He also has a shot at 100 career wins. Nguyen enters the year 72-32 and has posted back-to-back 29-win seasons.
Billy Randt, Sr., West York (31-8): Randt experienced extreme heartbreak a year ago, losing an 8-1 decision to Penn Manor's Andrew Eshleman in a district consolation final -- Randt's second loss to Eshleman in the tournament.
Being one win away from states has only motivated Randt during the offseason, though. He plans to wrestle at 140 again. "I've been working a lot harder and all summer long," Randt said recently. "I want to place top three (at states)."
Drew Rebling, Sr., South Western (34-8): Die-hard fans will remember the controversy dripping from Rebling's 3-2 loss to Cumberland Valley's Shawn Greevy in last year's 130-pound district final.
Rebling was hit for fleeing the mat -- a crucial point that ended up being the difference in the match. Still, Rebling had quite the impressive junior year, which included a trip to states and a sectional title.
Phil Sprenkle, Jr., Dallastown (34-7): Much like his teammate, Hoover, Sprenkle, a returning sectional champ, ran into a rock in last year's district semifinals. He was bounced to the consolation bracket by Central Dauphin's Tony Dallago, who went on to win the district and state titles at 189 pounds.
Sprenkle lost a tough 5-2 decision in the consolation final, barely missing out on a state berth. So the junior should have plenty in store this winter after dominating most of his competitors a year ago.
Cameron Throckmorton, Jr., South Western (25-4): This wrestler took a cue from Roger Clemens a year ago, sitting out the first part of the season because of personal reasons before returning around Christmas with a fury.
Immediately, the Mustangs were helped by Throckmorton's pedigree in the training room. Plus, he took home a sixth-place medal at 119 pounds at states. He added that to the fourth-place medal he won at 103 as a freshman.
Throckmorton expects to compete at 125 pounds this season, according to South Western head coach Greg Sprenkle.
Jake Verheyen, Sr., Spring Grove (32-10): Verheyen has been a big part of the Rockets' success the last two years, finishing 36-10 as a sophomore and 32-10 a year ago. In that span, Verheyen has racked up 35 pins.
More of the same can be expected this winter from the Rocket senior, who qualified for districts a year ago but caught a bad break and was pitted against eventual district champion Simon Rice (Central Dauphin) in the first round.
Nate Williams, So., Dover (24-7): Williams burst onto the scene in his freshman season by beating another impressive wrestler, Biglerville's Trevor Hernandez, twice.
He also collected 11 falls competing at 103 pounds and made districts after finishing second to Conaway at sectionals.
-- Reach Jeffrey A. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5406.