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

#PlayerPosition2022 GradeWeightHeight
Richie SantosRB12--
1Matthew BuchmanDB, RB122056'1"
2Carlos GonzalezDB, WR101755'9"
3Riley VanGilstDB, WR101655'11"
4Matthew CusatisDB, WR121656'0"
5Miguel VasquezDB, WR101605'10"
6Connor ShamanyDB, WR121956'4"
8Hunter JohnsonLB, RB101805'9"
9Zander ColemanLB, RB112256'2"
10Ryan MatyasLB, RB122055'10"
11Austin WilsonDB, QB101605'9"
12Jacob AgramonteLB, WR111755'10"
13Robin MunozDB, WR101455'8"
13Paul MunozDB, WR111605'10"
14Tyler WolfeDB, QB121805'11"
16Lizandro RosarioDB, WR101405'8"
17Alex PongrazziLB, WR121805'9"
18Yadier MateoDB, WR101455'9"
19Jhendrick PerezDB, WR101405'7"
20Kevin GuzmanDB, RB121855'9"
22Johncarlos PeraltaLB, RB101755'9"
25Qay’von MinorLB, RB122006'0"
27Miguel RamirezLB, WR121705'9"
28Connor KundratLB, RB121905'11"
38Xavier TorresDB, WR111505'8"
40Sebastian MartinezLB, RB111755'9"
41Deron NewellLB, RB121955'11"
42Brady MizenkoLB, RB112156'0"
49Will SantiagoLB, RB91855'9"
50Maximo TiconaDL, OL122505'9"
51Johan CarbonellDL, OL112055'10"
52Mason MaroloLB, OL91855'11"
54Peter YoungcourtDL, OL112255'11"
55Jake ZapotockyDL, OL92055'9"
56Johan CruzDL, OL102255'7"
57Manny SalcedoDL, OL102505'11"
58Brayan CalcanoDL, OL112455'10"
59Robert AndersonDL, OL112155'10"
60Michael WardDL, OL122455'11"
62Edwanny CastilloDL, OL102055'9"
63Sebastian SantanaDL, OL-2655'9"
64Hamlet GonzalezDL, OL-2005'9"
65Argeny GomezDL, OL102255'10"
66Cam’ron MaldonadoDL, OL111905'6"
67Kenny LucasDL, OL122206'0"
68Gabe BorisDL, OL102155'10"
69Ledwin DelossantosDL, OL103556'3"
70Sam PorroDL, OL122806'0"
71Jean ValdezDL, OL122256'4"
73Tommy KingDL, OL102605'10"
74Jeremy AckermanDL, OL102056'0"
75Sebastian ReinosoDL, OL112356'2"
76Jordi UrenaDL, OL103006'3"
77Aaron LaureanoDL, OL102056'0"
78Juan FabianDL, OL122856'0"
79Christopher MartinezDL, OL102006'1"
81Jose GuzmanLB, WR121705'10"