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2012-13 NW Ohio Wrestling Team Preview Capsules

Here are a number of NW Ohio Preview Capsules for the 2012-13 Season. We’ll add more to the list as we receive them.

WESTERN BUCKEYE LEAGUE
OTTAWA-GLANDORF
HEAD COACH: Ken Schnipke (2nd year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 9th in Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ryan Cramer, sr., 160; Wayne Erford, sr., 170; Jacob Wells, sr., 182; Mason Meyer, sr., 195; Jacob Otto, sr., 220; Wyatt Karhoff, sr., 285, WBL champ, state qualifier; Derek Ebbeskotte, jr., 182.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jake Hahn, fr., 113; Cristian Santiago, jr., 160; Jeremy Gibson, soph., 170; Ruben Lugo, fr., 170; Trenton Meyer, sr., 182.
NOTABLE: Senior state qualifier Wyatt Karhoff, may or may not wrestle this season. He is out 6-8 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery last week for an injury suffered during football season.

OHIO WRESTLING LEAGUE
ARCADIA
HEAD COACH: Travis Ricker (3rd year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available
CONFERENCE FINISH: 2nd in Ohio Wrestling League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jared Bowman, soph., 113, 54-6, district placer; Trevor Bowman, jr., 120; Vlad Sedler, soph., 126; Levi Sammet , sr., 132; Tyler Bame, sr., 152; Montana Kimmel, soph, 220.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tristan Love, fr., 106; Gabe Johnson, sr., 285.
NOTABLE: Bowman is coming off a sensational freshman season. The Redskins are down on numbers this season with just nine on the team but Ricker likes his wrestlers’ talent and work ethic so far this season.

CORY-RAWSON
HEAD COACH: Justin Parkins (6th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 2nd in Ohio Wrestling League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Devin Meyer, soph., 113; Brandon Eck, jr., 120; Zach Smith, sr., 126; Austin Brown, jr., 138; Dylen Hartman, jr., 152; Chase Oler, sr., 220.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jacob Collins, jr., 170; Lance Butler, soph., 145.
NOTABLE: Smith is a returning league champ for the Hornets. Parkins has built the competitive level of the the program each and every year he has coached and is hoping for a productive season out of the nine wrestlers on his roster this season.

NORTHWEST CONFERENCE
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
HEAD COACH: Tommy Connelly (1st year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available
CONFERENCE FINISH: 4th in Northwest Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Bobby Sunderhaus, sr., 170, state placer; Brandon McCormick, sr., 132, state qualifier; Jared Eley, sr., 138; Jake Tremoulis, sr., 145, district placer; Tyler Garcia, jr., 160; Jack Huffman, soph., 195.
TOP PROSPECTS: Cameron Hahn, soph., 126; Garrett Dee, fr., 132; Joey Eisele, fr., 132; Tate Lamb, fr., 132; Jaret Brown, fr., 152; Gabe Harper, soph., 182; Alec Kimball, sr., 220; Jacob McKinley, jr., 285
NOTABLE: There’s a good nucleus for Connelly to work with in his first year at Lima Central Catholic. Sunderhaus was third at the state tournament last season while McCormick is a two-time state qualifier.

COLUMBUS GROVE
HEAD COACH: Eric Siefker (5th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 8-3.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 3rd in Northwest Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tregg Keysor, sr., district placer; Brandon Benroth, sr., district qualifier; Hunter Giesige, sr.; Adam Johnson, sr.; Alec Gladwell, jr., Brett Sampson, jr., district qualifier; Tyler Schroeder, jr.; Will Selhorst, jr.; Jonah Shank, jr.; Alex Schaffer, soph.; Christian Stechschulte, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Robert Lineman, sr.; Kenny Smith, sr.; Alex Burgie, jr.; C.J. Shartzer, jr.; Bradie Strawser, jr.; Nick Ogle, soph.; Andrew Burgie, soph.; Blake Dunifon, soph.; Garrett Haunstein, fr.; Eli Schroeder, fr.; Isaac Siefker, fr.; Andrew Nichols, fr.; Eli Wiswasser, fr.
NOTABLE: With 11 returning letterwinners and a 25-man roster look for Columbus Grove to challenge for the NWC title this season.

BLUFFTON
HEAD COACH: Jeff Kleman (17th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 4th in Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zach Wilson, sr., 152, 51-3, NWC champ, state placer, 125-17 career record; Jacob Garmatter, sr., 145, 32-15, NWC Champ, 57-59 career record; Josiah Conley, sr., 182, 29-15, 34-36 career record; Josh Bracy, soph., 160, 12-21; Colt Freeman, soph., 120, 14-22; Colin Thierjung, soph., 138, 13-16; Clay Wilson, soph., 13-21; Haley Keller, soph., 106, 9-16.
TOP PROSPECTS: Kyle Bemsey, soph., 170; Dillon Fletcher, fr., 170; Mike Luke, fr., 120; Blake Sampson, fr., 220; Brandon Henry, soph., 285.
NOTABLE: Zach Wilson was fourth at state for the Pirates last season barring injuries he could end up in the top 50 for all-time career victories in the OHSAA record book.

ADA
HEAD COACH: Branden Nickles (3rd year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 8th in Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Matt Higgins, soph., 152; Dylan Harnish, soph., 160; Austin Windle, soph., 160; Noah Beacfh, soph., 170; Junter Allen, soph., 182; Jarod Woodland, soph., 195; Brady Pitney, jr., 220; Tom Dotson, jr., 285.
TOP PROSPECTS: Gage Dunn, fr., 120; Tyler Rockhill, fr., 132; Jean PierreRicautre, fr., 138; Austin Scott, soph., 160; Nathan Winegardner, fr., 170; Zachary Beckwith, fr., 285.
NOTABLE: Ada has a solid young core of wrestlers in just the third season the program has been around. Windle and Hannah were fourth in the conference last season as freshmen.

SPENCERVILLE
HEAD COACH: Tom Wegesin (16th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 4-11.
CONFERENCE FINISH: Fifth in Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Derrick Smith, soph., 126; Cole Bellows, soph., 132; Trevor Bockey, jr., 138; Cory Binkley, sr., 138; Dakota Sutherland, soph., 160; Kyle Sawmiller, sr., 160; Jacob Yahl, sr., 220; Tyler Dues, soph., 220; Jake Bellows, sr., 220; Lucas Krouskop, sr., 220; Chris Adams, soph., 285.
OTHERS: Ashley King,, jr., 106; Robby King, fr., 138; Alexyss LeGrande, fr., 126; Matt Hurley, jr., 132; Alex Mayer, fr., 138; Austin Lee, sr., 145; Zach Brown, fr., 152; Jared Hoffman, jr., 182; Wyatt Krouskop, fr., 195; Bryan Holliday, soph., 195; Evan Barnett, fr., 220.
NOTABLE: Binkley and Lucas Krouskop are both returning letterwinners for the Bearcats.

NORTHERN BUCKEYE CONFERENCE
ROSSFORD
HEAD COACH: Ron Recknagel (14th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available
CONFERENCE FINISH: 8th in Northern Buckeye Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Evan Austin, soph., 113; CJ Ball, jr., 120; Jake Burlage, jr., 126; Casey Orr, soph., 145; David Klocko, sr., 152; Dallas Johnson, jr., 160; Andy Myers, soph., 170; Jacob Carlen, sr., 182; Steve Nordhaus, sr., 195; Kyle Robbins, sr., 285.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
COACHES’ COMMENT: Not much depth with only 18 wrestlers on the roster, so staying/getting healthy is the key. We already have a number of wrestlers with nagging injuries. Hopefully they will be ready to go by our first match. After finishing last in 2012, there is only one way to go.

ELMWOOD
HEAD COACH: Dave Lee (30th year, 437-170)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 27-3
CONFERENCE FINISH: Northern Buckeye Conference champs
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandon Pennington, soph., 120, district qualifier; George Andrich, sr., 106/113; Dustin Ferguson, sr., 120/126, NBC champ, state placer; Dylan Benschoter, soph., 126/132; Brik Dauterman, jr., 132/138; Justin Hathaway, sr., 145; Alex Jasso, sr., 145/152; Michael Baer, sr., 145, district qualifier; Allen Dyar, sr., 160/170; Jake Wise, jr., 160/170, district qualifier; Devon Uzelac, soph., 195/220.
TOP PROSPECTS: Dylan Hall, fr., 132/138; Noah Corral, soph., 126/132.
NOTABLE: Elmwood will be in rebuilding mode after losing nine quality senior wrestlers to graduation but the Royals should still be one of the better teams around area with a 26-man roster.

FOSTORIA
HEAD COACH: Nick Davis (6th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 15-17
CONFERENCE FINISH:7th in Northern Buckeye Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luke Leonard, soph., 120, 33-19; Salvador Cantero, sr., 145, 12-2, 36-25 career record; Keegan Green, jr., 152, 17-19, 22-30 career record; Tony Reynolds, sr., 170, 36-17, 64-45 career record, state placer.
TOP PROSPECTS: Torrance Thompson, fr., 182; Hariket Bilodiya, fr., 160; JJ Fuller, fr., 145; Jason Lez, fr., 106; Austin Struble, fr., 126; Elliot Hossler, fr., 132; Zach Vitt, fr., 132; Rolando Silvam fr., 160; Caleb Gooding, jr., 138; Alex Jackson, jr., 195; Deante Lincoln, jr., 285; Anthony Thompson, sr., 220.
NOTABLE: Reynolds was a sixth-place finisher in the Division III state meet for the Redmen last season. Leonard was a district qualifier. Davis’ 18-wrestler roster features 10 freshmen this season.

GENOA

HEAD COACH: Bob Bergman (2nd year, 28-5).

CONFERENCE FINISH: 2nd in Northern Buckeye Conference

DUAL MATCH RECORD: 28-5.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandon Bates, soph., 120, 32-17, district qualifier; Cody Buckner, jr., 285, 17-12, district qualifier; Danial Cutchall, soph., 285, 13-12; Jake Fejes, sr., 160, 30-15, district qualifier; Drew Keenan, sr., 145, 40-10, district quaklifier; Nate Moore, jr., 132, 31-18; Seth Morrison, sr., 126, 27-18, district qualifier; Jay Nino, soph., 195, 38-15; Max Reeder, jr., 138, 29-8, NBC champ, 2011 state qualifier; Mike Snider, sr., 170, 24-19, district qualifier; Ryan Szymanski, sr., 152, 19-25, district placer.

NOTABLE: Genoa is clearly the favorite to win the NBC this season with nine returning district qualifiers and nine returning league oplacers in its lineup.

NORTHWEST OHIO ATHLETIC LEAGUE
SWANTON
HEAD COACH: Greg Hallett (13th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 3-5
CONFERENCE FINISH: 6th in Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jacob McCoy, Jacob Reisinger, Troy Houston, Aaron Brown
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Swanton lost state champion Mimmo Lytle to graduation but the Bulldogs have a solid group of 11 incoming freshmen that includes two junior high state qualifiers.

MONTPELIER
HEAD COACH: Troy Roth (12th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 6-22
CONFERENCE FINISH: 9th in Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tyler Benner (sr) District qualifier, 2 time lettermen, 160 lbs; Dan Hand (sr) District qualifier, 2 time lettermen, 170 lbs; Cole Ries (sr) District qualifier, 2 time lettermen, 120 lbs; Sean Taylor (jr) District qualifier, 2 time lettermen, 126 lbs; Hunter McKelvey (soph) 1 letter, 152 lbs; Tyler McDaniel (soph) 1 letter, 145 lbs
TOP PROSPECTS: Zech Thompson 182, Jordan Birdsall 138, Dallas Royer 132, Logan Hutchinson 126, Stephen Cooley 113, and Deane Ramey 106; all freshmen.
OUTLOOK FOR THE SEASON:  We will have 6 or 7 freshman in the lineup most nights and that kind of youth usually doesn’t sit well in the sport of wrestling.  But, these freshmen have been wrestling for most of their school life so they are no stranger to the sport.  With the help of good senior leadership, we should be able to hold our own against most of the teams we will encounter this year.
The NWOAL will be particularly strong again this season with Archbold, Delta and Wauseon at the top. Throw in Liberty Center and Bryan into the mix and it will make for an exciting year in wrestling.

PATRICK HENRY
HEAD COACH: Victor Lopez (12th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 9th in Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cory Reese, jr., 152; Brandon Cole, jr., 145; Galen Powers, sr., 170/182; Luis Hinjosa, jr., 126.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brandon Bennett, fr.

WAUSEON
HEAD COACH: Michael Ritter (ninth season)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 22-2, NWOAL champions.
LETTERWINNERS LOST: Dalton Nicely (Div. II state runner-up); Cody Pontious (state alternate); Nathaniel Frost; Travis Schroeder; Zac Stewart.
LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: Jackson Sluder (soph, district qualifier); Wade Hodges (soph, state placer); Aaron Schuette (jr); Alec Vonier (jr); Zach Morrow (sr, state alternate); Jacob Whitcomb (sr); Austin Yarnell (sr, district placer); Zane Krall (sr, Div. II state runner-up, three-time state qualifier); Devon Harris (sr).
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Tre Campbell (fr).
COACHES OUTLOOK: We fell we have a very competitive regular season schedule to help prepare our kids for a chance to compete at the district and state level. We will be taking several wrestlers to the prestiguous Ironman Tournament in December for the first time, and we’re making our third trip to the always strong Brecksville Holiday Tournamernt. In addition, we’ll have our hands full with our league dual meet schedule. As three-time defending league champions, we’ll have to continue to perform at a high level to achieve our goal of four straight league titles. We’re also very excited about competing in the new state dual meet tournament in late January.
ROSTER:
PREVIEW FORM: Wauseon Courier Preview

BRYAN
HEAD COACH: Josh Montgomery (2nd year).
LEAGUE FINISH: 5th in Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Antonio Ramos, soph., 126/132, 10-17; Blayne Guise, soph., 113/120; Gavin Saul, soph., 145/152, 7-7; Bronson Beck, soph., 220/285, 9-6; Justin Sheppard, soph., 285, 12-1; Austin Guise, jr., 120/126; Brock Nagle, jr., 170/182, 26-12; Wes Walters, sr., 160/170, 35-11, NWOAL champ, district qualifier; Shelden Struble, sr., 145/152, 52-12, 7th at state; Sam Breneman, sr., 132/138, 15-16.
TOP NEWCOMERS: Austin Owens, fr.; Skylar Nagel, fr.
NOTABLE: Montgomery has 26 wrestlers out for the team this season, the Golden Bears will be green though as 20 of those wrestlers are either freshmen or sophomores.
PREVIEW FORM: Bryan Wrestling Press Release

ARCHBOLD
HEAD COACH: Brian Becher (11th year, 333-81-1).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 36-8.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 2nd in Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Justin Arce, sr., 106; Damian Short, soph., 113, district qualifier; Zach Meyer, soph., 113; Matt Petersen, soph., 126; Brendan Manz, sr., 132; Jesse Rocha, soph., 132; Ben Eggers, sr., 138, state qualifier; Kenny Price, jr., 138, state qualifier; Justice Zimmerman, sr., 145; Cory Rocha, jr., 145; Blake Baden, soph., 145; Logan Day, jr., 152, district qualifier; Koltin Zimmerman, jr., 152; Eli Hammersmith, jr., 195, district qualifier; Travis Jaramillo, jr., 220, state qualifier; Preston Klopfenstein, jr., 220.
TOP PROSPECTS: Garrett Grime, fr., JH state qualifier.
NOTABLE: Becher lists Wauseon and Delta as the teams to beat in the NWOAL this season. Don’t count the Blue Streaks out though (Note, I added that).
PREVIEW FORM: Archbold Media Information

FIRELANDS CONFERENCE
NORWALK ST. PAUL
HEAD COACH: Pat Welfle (7th year)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 10-3
CONFERENCE FINISH: Firelands Conference champs
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Joe Livengood, soph., 113, 29-13, district qualifier; Grant Dilger, soph., 120, 20-8, district qualifier; Wes Fritz, soph., 126, 34-13, district qualifier, FC Champion; Logan Jaworski, jr., 132, 13-23; Jesse Gross, jr., 138, 37-8, state qualifier; Jason Duffey, sr., 152, 19-21; Pete Jenkins, jr., 160, 23-17; Hayden Miller, soph., 160, 31-11, district qualifier; Caleb Meyer, jr., 195, 15-21; Ben Jenkins, 220, sr., 6-8; Connor Careless, soph., 13-16, district qualifier.
TOP PROSPECTS: Logan Stoll, fr., 106; Nate Meyer, fr., 138; Grady Hedrick, fr., 160; Nathaniel Smith, fr., 106; Brad Smith, fr., 145; J.P. Hudson, soph., 113; Alex Tokarsky, fr., 152.
NOTABLE: Despite having just two seniors, Norwalk St. Paul was the coaches’ pick to defend its title in the Firelands Conference this season.

PLYMOUTH
HEAD COACH: Jeremiah Balkin (13th year, 51-75-2).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 3-5.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 5th in Firelands Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Scotty Tackett, sr., 19-20; Zach Ruch,, sr., 13-16; Brett Eldridge, sr., 138; Cal Redden, sr., 138; Jarrod Donnersbach, sr., 19-16 district qualifier 2011; Chance Butcher, soph., 24-19,. 152; Zach Channell, jr., 170; Cristian Loera, soph., 170; Logan Horn, sr., 182, 36-15, state qualifier, 2-time FC champ; Sean Bolen, jr., 195, 18-16, FC Champ, district qualifier; Zac Arnold, sr., 220, 20-19; Trevor Arnold, soph., 285.
OTHERS: Christian Ringer, fr., 113; Tyler King, soph., 120; Austin Barnett, jr., 120; Dustin Campbell, sr., 160; Kaden Sparkman, jr., 138/145; Jacob Ringer, jr., 152/160; Jared Metcalf, fr., 132/138; Colten Young, fr., 145/152; Brandon Tuttle, fr., 160.
COACHES COMMENTS: We will continue to have some depth this year with the same amount of kids as we had last year with 21.  It looks like I will have 13-14 weight classes filled and we will have 7 seniors on the team, and 13 returnind letterman.  This is also the first time I will have a returning state qualifier with Logan entering his senior year.  Last year Logan was under the radar and upset some seniors at the District Tournament to reach the state meet where he went 1-2 and lost his match to place.

SOUTH CENTRAL
HEAD COACH: Ken Johnson (12th year).
CONFERENCE FINISH: 7th in Firelands Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Alex Knoll, jr., 138/145, 12-21; Caleb Barnett, sr., 152/160, state qualifier, 2-time FC champ; Joe Gaverette, sr., 113/120, 22-21, 2-time district qualifier; Randy West, sr., 145/152.
NEWCOMERS: Dominic Davie, sr., 285; Marcus Obermiller, jr., 195/220; Michael Jenny, soph., 170/180; Brett Whiteside, fr., 106; Dallas Tolliver, fr., 152/160/170; Mike Swander, fr., 126/132; Dalton Blanton, fr., 113/120; Isaiah Adams, fr., 160/170.
PREVIEW FORM: South Central Preview

NORTHERN LAKES LEAGUE
ANTHONY WAYNE
HEAD COACH: Ryan Donley (7th year, 89-58)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 15-14.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 5th in Northern Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Vince Schneider, jr., 106/113, 32-10, 2-time NLL champ, 64-22 career record; Christian Yates, sr., 120, 31-10, 74-23 career record, 2-time NLL champ, district placer; Spencer King, sr., 132/138, 10-19; Jordan Dennie, jr., 152, 20-13; Jimmy Jagodzinski, jr., 160, 14-20; Garrett Switzer, sr., 170; Austin Thakur, soph., 220.
TOP PROSPECTS: Cameron Yates, fr., 126; Michael Jagodzinski, fr., 132; Jeremiah Buckmaster, fr., 132; Collin Keil, fr., 145; Rogan Hannan, fr., 220; Andrew Benschoter, fr., 285; Cafe Pitzen, fr., 170.
NOTABLE: Donley has 37 wrestlers on the team this season and with 14 freshmen look for several to step into starting roles for the Generals this season.

SANDUSKY BAY CONFERENCE
CLYDE
HEAD COACH: Rob Jennings (4th year, 48-11).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 17-2.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 2nd in Sandusky Bay Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Hicks, sr., 120, 12-14; Blake Smith, sr., 152/160, 15-19; Conner Avalon, soph., 106/113, 9-22; Austin Baker, soph., 132/138, 7-12; Anthony Baker, jr., 126/132, 21-12; Xavier Corbin, jr., 16-14; Caleb Frederick, soph., 182/195; Kobe Sours, jr., 195/220, 6-9; Casey Flores, sr., 160/170, 37-16, 83-48 career record, district placer; Dakota Flores, sr., 138/145, 36-14, 84-47 career record, SBC champ, district qualifier; Blake Miller, jr., 145/152, 46-3, 85-12 career record, SBC champ, 2011 state qualifier; Beau Minnick, jr., 145/152, 33-7, 74-10 career record, 2-time SBC champ, 2-time state qualifier; Brad Smith, sr., 182, 48-3, 119-25 career record, SBC champ, state placer; Chris Moore, sr., 170, 49-3, 104-33 career record, SBC champ, state champ, 2-time state placer.
TOP PROSPECTS: Marshall Messer, fr., 195; Landon Kiser, fr., 106; Alex Norman, fr., 113.
NOTABLE: Clyde was picked to win the SBC this season. Moore is a returning state champ and has signed to continue his wrestling career at Cleveland State.

GREEN MEADOWS CONFERENCE
AYERSVILLE
HEAD COACH: Bill Ondrus (32nd year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 13-2.
CONFERENCE FINISH: Green Meadows Conference champs.
TOP RETURNEES: Tate Ankney, sr., 171, GMC Champ, 39-5, district placer; Griffin Friesner, sr., 220, 31-5, GMC champ, district placer; Frankie Alvarado, jr., 120, 34-9, state placer; Kyle Behringer, jr., 112, 32-5, GMC Champ; Devon Bergeon, jr., 182, GMC Champ; Alex Fry, jr., 195, 17-12, GMC Champ; Zack Clark, jr., 145, 26-18.
NOTABLE: The Pilots should be locked and loaded for another run at a GMC title with 15 returning letterwinners.

AYERSVILLE
HEAD COACH: Bill Ondrus (32nd season)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 13-2, GMC champions.
LETTERWINNERS LOST; Cade Mansfield (Div. III 120-pound state champion); Ryan Behringer (Div. III 103-popund seventh place state finisher).
LETTERMAN RETURNING: Frankie Alavarado (state placer); Tate Ankney (district placer); Griffin Friesner (district placer); Kyle Behringer (GMC champ); Devon Bergeon (GMC champ); Alex Fry (GMC champ); Jeremy Olivarez, Zach Clark, Kody Shreve.
Newcomers to watch: We could have as many as six to eight freshmen and a few newcomers who may crack into the lineup.
COACHES OUTLOOK: On paper, we have a nice returning lineup, the question remains will the seniors accept the leadership role. The GMC has several returning state-caliber quality wrestlers. Barring injuries and other mishaps, we should compete with Edgerton and Wayne Trace in the GMC.

EDGERTON
HEAD COACH: Kevin VanVleet (ninth season)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 19-9.
LETTERWINNERS LOST: Jared Pilkarski; Corey Haury; Michael Sheets; Preston Knecht; Josiah Clifton; Dock Pigmon; Austin Herman.
LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: Gabe Santa-Rita; Jared Van Vleet (state placer); Skylar Muehlfeld; Sammy Santa-Rita; Tyler Motter; Logan Daniels; Dorian Elliott; Rayden Bonewitz; Brad Goeltzenleuchter; Andrew Cade.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Trystan Jordan; Brayden Hicks; Aaron Nihart; Rickey Bruce.
COACHES OUTLOOK: It will be difficult to replace the loss of seven very good seniors, but this year’s team is hard working and willing to get on the mat. Ayersville and Wayne Trace will be the teams to beat in the GMC.
As always we will be looking to wrestle our best and place as high as possible in the GMC tourney.

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
RIVERDALE
HEAD COACH: Duane Brodman (15th year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 5-4
CONFERENCE FINISH: 3rd in North Central Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Koltin Martin, jr., 113, 39-8, district qualifier, 76-18 career record; Mitchell Matheny, soph., 120, 32-13, district qualifier; Caleb Hicks, soph., 126, 3-10; Austin Clark, soph., 138, 24-16, NCC champ; Paul Frey, jr., 145, 19-18, 43-33 career record, district qualifier; Seth Knoll, jr., 152, 26-17, 40-27 career record; Josh Bushong, soph., 171, 29-16, district qualifier; Tre Headington, sr., 182, 34-13, 66-47 career record, NCC champ, district qualifier; Caleb Tracy, soph., 195, 8-26; Dillon Welker, sr., 220, 28-40 career record; Justin Pfeister, jr., 285, 28-21, 48-43 career record, district qualifier.
TOP PROSPECTS: Austin Miller, fr., 132; Evan Gladden, fr., 160
NOTABLE: The Falcons have a solid nucleus of wrestlers returning and should challenge Galion and Upper Sandusky for the NCC title this season.

UPPER SANDUSKY
HEAD COACH: Chris Rodriguez (5th year, 50-23-1).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: 6-2.
CONFERENCE FINISH: North Central Conference champs.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Carson Mengerink, jr., 113, 34-10, NCC champ, district qualifier; Steve Richmond, soph., 120, 10-9, NCC champ; Derek Hanson, jr., 126, 27-15; Luis Ayala, soph., 132, 11-11; Alex Kenner, jr., 152, 39-8, NCC champ, district qualifier; Cory Frey, sr., 160, 35-11, NCC champ, district qualifier; Tylor Pritchard, jr., 182, 35-11, NCC champ, district qualifier; Dylan Robertson, jr., 195, 19-14, district qualifier; Tyron Gillen, sr., 145.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: The Rams are locked and loaded for a run at their second straight NCC title as Rodriguez has five returning league champions in his lineup this season.

MIDLAND ATHLETIC LEAGUE
NORTH BALTIMORE
HEAD COACH: Jesse Thomas (3rd year).
LEAGUE FINISH: 7th in Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ryan Long, soph., 106; Brandon Senecal, sr., 138/145; Joel Swartz, sr., 145/152; Dalton Ishmael, sr., 182/195; Brice Bankey, sr., 220/285.
TOP PROSPECTS: Kevin Bridge, soph., 132; Sam Kaufman, sr., 132/138; William Griffith, fr., 138; Marshall Weaver, soph., 170; Ethan Nominee, jr., 220/285; David Bankey, soph., 220/285.
NOTABLE: Notable that Thomas has returning state placer Dalton Ishmael (who has more than 100 career pins) penciled in at 182 or 195 pounds this season.

HOPEWELL-LOUDON
HEAD COACH: Travis Traxler (1st year).
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 6th in Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Coltan Hossler, sr.; Troy Halcomb, sr..; Zach Clouse, jr.; Tristan Myers, jr.; Dakota Magers, jr.; Bryce Steinhauser, soph.,; Chet Swartzmiller, soph., MAL champ.
TOP PROSPECTS: Ashley Rhodes, jr.; Zac  Hrabak, soph.; Ross Sears, soph.; Bernie Somers, soph.; Christian Potteiger, soph.; Damien Vitt, fr.; Braxton Young, fr.; Elijah Bustillos, fr.; Alex Brock, fr.; Elancio Valasquez, fr.

FOSTORIA ST. WENDELIN
HEAD COACH: Nick Frisch (1st year)
DUAL MATCH RECORD: Not available.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 9th in Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cole Williams, jr., 120/126, MAL champ, district qualifier; Austin Turner, jr., 170/182; Caleb Colburn, jr., 160.
TOP PROSPECTS: Rob Park, soph., 170; Sheldon Doogs, fr., 113/120.
NOTABLE: Frisch, a 2000 state champion for Fostoria High School, has taken over as the head wrestling coach at the school this season.

OHIO CARDINAL CONFERENCE
ASHLAND
HEAD COACH: Ted Tonn (1st year).
DUAL MEET RECORD: 2-3.
CONFERENCE FINISH: 4th in Ohio Cardinal Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Wyatt Music, sr., 152, 48-5 last season, 119-14 career; Dane Eagle, sr., 132; Kody Rush, sr., 160; Nick Laurent, jr., 126; Kyle Conkle, jr., 220, 16-16; Ty Stephens, jr., 195, 33-8; Kyler Briggs, jr., 160, 23-17; Dalton Eagle, soph., 106; Ben Davis, soph., 113; Tyler Wilson, soph., 138; Trent Newlan, soph., 170; Zac Benner, soph., 285, 11-11; Clay Gibson, soph., 120, 18-14.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Nate Hissom, sr., 160; Gabe Bradshaw, sr., 182; Kyler Lacy, sr., 220; David Markel, fr., 145.
NOTABLE: Tonn moves from Crestview High School to nearby Ashland and one of his best wrestlers two-time Division III state placer Wyatt Music went with him. Look for big improvement from the Arrows this season and next with 36 wrestlers in the high school program.