Dennis Buchman Matthew Cusatis Ryan Matyas

TEAM: Hazleton Area Cougars

COLORS: Scarlet, Silver & White

COACH: Dennis Buchman, 3rd Season (12-7)

PIAA: Class 6A

2022 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 1

2021 RECORD: 8-4 (3-0 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 27-26

STADIUM: Harman-Geist Memorial Field

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Spread

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-2-5

2022 PREVIEW

Hazleton Area won the WVC 6A/5A division title last year and will be the favorite in the new WVC Division 1. The offense is stacked with experience and talent. The defense will probably decide their 2022 season. They have to fill some holes around a solid returning group. The Cougars stay at Class 6A this season and will compete in the postseason with a subregional with Districts 4 and 11.

Senior Tyler Wolfe returns for his second year as the starting quarterback and put up some impressive numbers, throwing for the second most yardage and touchdowns in District 2. He has plenty of weapons including running back Matthew Buchman, fullback Ryan Matyas receivers Connor Shamany and Matthew Cusatis back. All were all-stars last season. Qay’von Minor will be the new tight end for the Cougars. Hazleton has good numbers out for the team and the following will provide depth on offense. Austin Wilson will be the backup quarterback. Connor Kundrat, Kevin Guzman, Sebastian Silfa, and Hunter Johnson will play some running back. Brady Mizenko, J.C. Peralta, Deron Newell, and Sebastian Martinez will be the backups at fullback. Backups at wide receiver will be Alex Pongrazzi, Carlos Gonzalez, Ulises Ortiz, Jacob Agramonte, Riley VanGilst, and Jose Guzman. Zander Coleman will be next up at tight end.

The offensive line saw five new starters last season but have three of them back for 2022. The right side is experience with Jean Valdez back at tackle and Sam Porro at guard. Michael Ward will be the new center with Jake Zapotocky backing him up. Juan Fabian is back at right guard with Brayan Calcano penciled in at left tackle. Robbie Anderson, Johan Carbonell, Gabe Boris, Max Ticona, Manny Salcedo, Tommy King, Johan Cruz, Jordi Urena, Peter Youngcourt, Jeremy Ackerman, and Aaron Laureano will all provide depth on the offensive front.

The defense also has plenty of experience. Valdez is back at one defensive end. The other side will be either Mizenko, Porro, Anderson,  Youngcourt, Carbonell  or Sebastian Reinoso. Ticona retruns at one defensive tackle with Fabian, King, Calcano, and Ward having opportunites to fill the other inside spot. Matyas was an All-District 2 linebacker last season with Kundrat  and Minor are also back at the position. Pongrazzi, Silfa, Agramonte, Coleman, Peralta, Johnson and Mason Marolo will provide linebacker depth.Cusatis, Shamany and Buchman are all returning starters in the secondary. VanGilst, Kevin Guzman, Gonzalez, Paul Munoz,  and Miguel Vasquez are in the mix for playing time there.

The kicking game will have new faces with Valdez or Coleman handling the placekicking. Cusatis or Coleman will be the punter. Long snappers could be Shamany, Kundrat or Youngcourt.

QUOTE FROM COACH BUCHMAN: We continue to improve each day TOGETHER! Trust, Love, Commit! Go Cougars!

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 6A/5A
First Team Quarterback – Tyler Wolfe
First Team Running Back – Matthew Buchman
First Team Wide Receiver – Matthew Cusatis
First Team Wide Receiver – Connor Shamany
First Team Linebacker – Ryan Matyas
First Team Defensive Back – Matthew Buchman
First Team Defensive Back – Matthew Cusatis
Honorable Mention Defensive Back – Connor Shamany

ALL DISTRICT 2
Linebacker – Ryan Matyas

2022 Hazleton Area Roster

#PlayerPositionHeightWeight2022 Grade
1Matthew BuchmanDB, RB6'1"20512
2Carlos GonzalezDB, WR5'9"17510
3Riley VanGilstDB, WR5'11"16510
4Matthew CusatisDB, WR6'0"16512
6Connor ShamanyDB, WR6'4"19512
8Hunter JohnsonLB, RB5'9"18010
9Zander ColemanLB, TE6'2"22511
10Ryan MatyasLB, RB5'10"20512
11Austin WilsonDB, QB5'9"16010
12Jacob AgramonteLB, WR5'10"17511
13Paul MunozDB, WR5'10"16011
14Tyler WolfeDB, QB5'11"18012
16Lizandro RosarioDB, WR5'8"14010
17Alex PongrazziLB, WR5'9"18012
18Yadier MateoDB, WR5'9"14510
19Jhendrick PerezDB, WR5'7"14010
20Kevin GuzmanDB, RB5'9"18512
22Johncarlos PeraltaLB, RB5'9"17510
25Qay’von MinorLB, RB6'0"20012
27Miguel RamirezLB, WR5'9"17012
28Connor KundratLB, RB5'11"19012
31Miguel VasquezDB, WR5'10"16010
38Xavier TorresDB, WR5'8"15011
40Sebastian MartinezLB, RB5'9"17511
41Deron NewellLB, RB5'11"19512
42Brady MizenkoLB, RB6'0"21511
44Robin MunozDB, WR5'8"14510
49Will SantiagoLB, RB5'9"1859
50Maximo TiconaDL, OL5'9"25012
51Johan CarbonellDL, OL5'10"20511
52Mason MaroloLB, OL5'11"1859
53Jake ZapotockyDL, OL5'9"2059
54Peter YoungcourtDL, OL5'11"22511
56Johan CruzDL, OL5'7"22510
57Manny SalcedoDL, OL5'11"25010
58Brayan CalcanoDL, OL5'10"24511
59Robert AndersonDL, OL5'10"21511
60Michael WardDL, OL5'11"24512
62Edwanny CastilloDL, OL5'9"20510
63Sebastian SantanaDL, OL5'9"265-
64Hamlet GonzalezDL, OL5'9"200-
65Argeny GomezDL, OL5'10"22510
66Cam’ron MaldonadoDL, OL5'6"19011
67Kenny LucasDL, OL6'0"22012
68Gabe BorisDL, OL5'10"21510
69Ledwin DelossantosDL, OL6'3"35510
70Sam PorroDL, OL6'0"28012
71Jean ValdezDL, OL6'4"22512
73Tommy KingDL, OL5'10"26010
74Jeremy AckermanDL, OL6'0"20510
75Sebastian ReinosoDL, OL6'2"23511
76Jordi UrenaDL, OL6'3"30010
77Aaron LaureanoDL, OL6'0"20510
78Juan FabianDL, OL6'0"28512
79Christopher MartinezDL, OL6'1"20010
81Jose GuzmanLB, WR5'10"17012