If you're looking for upstarts and underdogs challenging for league supremacy, don't bother with 2010-11 YAIAA wrestling.

However, that's not to say there won't be anything interesting happening on the league's mats over the next three months or so.

Spring Grove and Bermudian Springs won last season's Division I and II championships, respectively, and are favorites to repeat.

The Rockets, who defeated Dallastown on Thursday,44-19, will be challenged by the usual suspects in South Western and New Oxford, while the Eagles' main competition is Biglerville -- last season's runner-up and Bermudian's biggest rival.

Spring Grove head coach Tony Miller doesn't believe his squad will get caught up in preseason predictions, knowing full well the league isn't a one-team show.

"Our expectations are that they continue to improve as the season progresses and do the best they possibly can do," he said. "The outcomes will take care of themselves.

"South Western looks very balanced, and New Oxford will compete with all of us."

Miller will combine a number of veterans -- such as senior four-year starters Neal Grudi (189/215) and Trey Duncan (145/152) -- with some fresh faces, including a foursome of freshmen in Zach Clingan (103), Dakota Laughman (125), Mason Bentzel (130) and Mike Hartman (135/140).

The Mustangs again will be led by Cameron Throckmorton, who recently won his 100th match. The standout middleweight, the 2010 Class AAA District 3 champion at 125, will be aided by a couple of youngsters in sophomore Logan Feeser (103) and freshman Max Good (130).

It's the final go-round for Jordan Conaway of New Oxford. Last season's Class AAA 103-pound district champion, the Colonial senior has moved up a couple of weights but still combines with fellow senior Andrew Brehm (125) for a tough 1-2 punch early in the New Oxford lineup.

Bermudian's lack of seniors jumps out with one look at the roster. But that doesn't mean this group of Eagles is raw, according to head coach Dave McCollum.

"I guess this is one of the youngest teams we've ever had age-wise. But I wouldn't say it about our wrestling experience," he said. "I'm pleased with how the season has started out, but there is room for improvement."

Bermudian finished third at last weekend's Carlisle Tournament behind two Class AAA teams from District 3. Seniors Matt Wolfe (215) and Tanner Coyle (125) won titles at that event and will be counted on for big points, as will the junior pair of Brad Farley (112) and Tyler Fitzkee (171), who each finished second at Carlisle.

Biglerville has a core of returning 20+ match winners from last season in seniors Jesse Gardner (140), Kyle Bobo (171) and Nick Leiphart (125), along with juniors Laike Gardner (135) and Trevor Hernandez (119).

Known quantity: Fans might see a familiar face around Spring Grove matches this season as Terry Conover, former Hanover coach and state Hall-of-Fame member, will again help out his former wrestler.

Last season, Miller asked if the recently retired mentor would be interested in traveling down the road to Spring Grove to help a Rocket program that has established itself as one of the best in the district.

"We have always kept in contact since I wrestled for him (in the late 1980's)," Miller said. "He is the smartest wrestling man I know."

Conover helped teach technique in practice as well as scout opponents at individual tournaments and will continue doing those same things this season.

Individual talent: Kennard-Dale freshman Chance Marstellar certainly has garnered a lot of attention heading into this wrestling season. But the league has its share of established stars returning to the local mats, including four PIAA medalists.

Bermudian Springs' Brad Farley will be looking to move up one more step on the Giant Center podium. The Eagle junior, who went 38-2 last season, reached the PIAA Class AA 103-pound final before dropping a 6-2 decision to Line Mountain's Zain Retherford to earn the silver medal.

In Class AAA, Conaway finished third at the state tournament at 103 to cap off a 43-2 junior season. Like Conaway, Dallastown's Phil Sprenkle lost to the eventual state champion in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA championships. The 189-pounder bounced back to finish fourth on the strength of three straight consolation round wins.

Throckmorton, a North Carolina signee, made his third trip to the state tournament and came away with his third medal, placing fifth in the Class AAA 125-pound weight class. Throckmorton is off to a fantastic start this season, earning the Outstanding Wrestler award in winning the 130-pound weight class at the Top Hat Tournament and capturing the same weight class at last weekend's King of the Mountain Tournament.

Three other league competitors who qualified for the 2010 PIAA Championships come back in search of another visit to Hershey: Central York's Matt Newman in Class AAA, as well as Biglerville's Laike Gardner and Fairfield's Kyle Flohr in Class AA.