With a month of practices and tournaments, the wrestling team has been to three meets so far in December.
The team is coached by Dan Pray and has 23 members and two managers. On the varsity team right now are seniors Eric Black, Ethan Crubel, Will Dulohery, Kadin Niemeyer, Tristan Stillwagon and Josh Ward; juniors Ryan Hale, Dorian Hodges, Jessie Howard, Hunter Nold and Jacob Reiss; sophomores Ian Bottom and Elijah Grenet; and freshman Dayton Bittle, Drew Burenheide and Tanner Shoup.
“We have a couple kids that have stepped up and been leaders,” Pray said. “I have a Eric Black who has stepped up as a leader and Hunter Nold who’s been working in the off season.”
The team has gained a lot of newcomers to the sport. Most of the newcomers to the team have won some of their matches already this season. This season has the most members out for wrestling out of the previous years.
“We have a lot of newcomers this year but, we are definitely really intense,” Black said. “We really like to go out there and pull people up.”
The wrestling team has also been improving from the start of the season. During practice, the team has been working on their defense and getting off their backs, as well as improving their performance while starting on top. Pray has seen a lot of improvement from Dulohery and Howard, who are both wrestling for the first time, as well as Nold, who worked hard to improve over the offseason.
“I think I am improving a lot and definitely learning a lot of stuff and new moves,” Dulohery said.
For the wrestling team, one of their strengths is their bond and brotherhood built over this season.
“I think some of the strengths of the team are the family aspects,” Burenheide said. “We are really close together, and we are like brothers.”
Article by Zach Bailey, staff member
Photo by Katelynn Sherwood, staff member