by Stewart Gross
Mike Diglia is coaching one of the top wrestling programs in the country this year.
Council Rock High School North has four seniors headed to Division I-A college wrestling next year and is poised to accompany South into Pennsylvania’s top 10 rankings once again this year after accomplishing that feat in 2018-2019.
Pennsylvania is recognized as the hotbed of high school wrestling in the United States.
According to Coach Diglia, Pennsylvania high school wrestlers constitute the “Most All-Americans and National Champions in the NCAA.”
This year’s team is constituted of nationally-ranked senior wrestlers Cam Robinson, Luke Lucerne, Dillon Sheehy, and Sammy Hayes.
All are earning scholarships to wrestle at NCAA Division I-A schools. Robinson will attend Iowa State, Lucerne Navy, Sheehy Army, and Hayes is about to commit to Bucknell or Princeton.
According to Coach Diglia, Junior Kyle Hauserman, is a top-ranked, scouted heavily and will, “Have his choice of Division I schools” to attend when he reaches his senior year.
Council Rock North is the first Bucks County School with this many Division I wrestlers in one class.
According to Diglia, this is a direct result of Council Rock’s tremendous youth program, the CRWA, Council Rock Wrestling Association.
This outstanding program develops young wrestlers in the district from kindergarten thru the eighth grade.
The instruction, practices and matches are split between facilities at CR North and South High Schools, and many of the wrestlers just named coach in it.
Cam Robinson is nationally ranked by FLO Wrestling, one of the premier wrestling services in the country.
He is a three-time state qualifier, and a two-time state placer in the 145-pound weight class.
A “state qualifier” is a top 20 ranked wrestler in the state.
Robinson placed last year, when he lost to Ryan Anderson of Bethlehem Catholic, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation, at state finals in Hershey. Cam’s father was a NCAA Division I soccer player.
Diglia calls Robinson “fearless.” “I call him the lion. He doesn’t blink. And he’s always smiling when he wrestles.”
Luke Lucerne is also a three-time state qualifier and two-time state placer.
His father was a Division-I wrestler at Rider University.
Diglia calls him, “a real leader.” “He is very big in our youth program. He’s the whole package. He leads by example. The kids look up to him.” Diglia notes that, “Luke wanted to be in the Navy since he was a little kid when he dressed in a Naval uniform.”
Dillon Sheehy, who will attend school at West Point next year, is a two-time State Qualifier, and is captain of Council Rock North’s football team, where he is an old school 60-minute player as a running back on offense, and a linebacker on defense.
Diglia says, “He is our energy…our motor that never stops moving. He’s a weight room rat and a strong bull. We sometimes have to tell him to stop, so he doesn’t over-train.”
Sheehy coaches at the CRWA youth program and tutor’s math and reading in the elementary schools.
His father also wrestled at Lehigh University.
Sammy Hayes wrestles freestyle during the non-scholastic season and was a PA state qualifier who wrestled at the US’s biggest freestyle tournament in Fargo, North Dakota this past summer.
Diglia describes Sammy as “soft-spoken, a great kid, and a great student.”
Kyle Hauserman is a junior who Diglia says will clearly, “Have his choice of division I schools.”
He is a two-time state qualifier and a one-time state placer and is nationally ranked.
Hauserman especially captured the attention of college scouts because he lost his first match in last year’s state tournament and persevered by coming back to win five matches in a row.
Diglia notes that, “Speaks to his character and resilience.”
Hauserman’s brother Tim Ambacher is on the CR North coaching staff, is a former Council Rock wrestler and a college All-American at Del-Val University.
This is also a family affair for Hauserman’s family, as his mother works the concession stand at matches, and his father, Dave, is the president of the wrestling booster club.
Diglia graciously comments that, “What their family brings to Council Rock wrestling is amazing.”
Diglia brags that, “We are a wrestling community through and through. Council Rock is a special place to be a wrestling coach, fan and wrestler.”
Council Rock has a 60-year wrestling tradition that Diglia says is defined by the Sipler family.
Blaine and Ruth Sipler, who Diglia calls “the grandparents of Council Rock wrestling,” have been around Council Rock wrestling for a half- century.
Their son, Mike Sipler, was PA State Champion, and their other son, Jeff Sipler, wrestled and was a teacher and coach in Council Rock School District for over 30 years.
Diglia notes that the Sipler’s “still come to all of the tournaments and travel everywhere the CR teams go.”
They are so legendary in the Council Rock wrestling community, that current wrestlers are always taking photographs with them when they spot them in the stands.
Coach Diglia himself was coached and mentored by his father at Elida High School in Lima, Ohio, where his uncle, Don Diglia, was superintendent and high school wrestling coach.
He was a State Qualifier and attended the University of Northwestern Ohio on an academic scholarship and wrestled.
Diglia recalls, “I always knew I wanted to coach.”
He received a call from North coach, his mentor and friend, Tom Vivacqua, during his move from Ohio to Bucks County and became his assistant. The rest is history.
PHOTO CAP: Pictured in front row, State Qualifiers Dillon Sheehy, Luke Lucerne, Cam Robinson, and Kyle Hauserman; back row, Coaches Mike Diglia, Jared Vivacqua, Tom Vivacqua, Brian Maccarella, and Tim Ambacher.