Bulldogs begin second wrestling season with Oskaloosa
Dec. 3 — at Oskaloosa
Dec. 7 — at ACCHS
Dec. 14 — at Onaga
Dec. 21 — at Tonganoxie
Jan. 11 — at Burlington
Jan. 25 — at Holton
Feb. 1 — at Atchison
Feb. 6 — at Immaculata
Feb. 7 — at Burlingame
Feb. 21-22 — Regionals (TBA)
Oskaloosa After spending most of 2012-13 learning the ropes, several McLouth High wrestlers have their sights set on a much more competitive season in the coming months.
The Bulldogs have opened practice for their second co-operative season with Oskaloosa, and several wrestlers return after gaining valuable varsity experience a year ago.
“(The attitude) is better than it’s ever been, in all actuality,” coach Jarrod Bammes said. “We have a core group of kids coming in, and the whole attitude is different. They’ve worked from day one in the practice room.”
McLouth juniors Wyatt Troupe (160), Griffin Hayden (220) and Jake Copeland (285) each wrestled in at least one varsity match in 2012-13. Troupe started for the duration of the season and is the Bulldogs’ only returning regional tournament participant. Wyatt Farris (195) also represented MHS at regionals, but he and Josh Swanson (152) are gone to graduation.
Hayden saw late varsity time after sitting out the early part of the season with a broken arm. Meanwhile, Copeland split time between varsity and junior varsity and will look to make a bigger contribution this winter.
“The first year is always hard, but we had a lot of kids who really took onto it,” Bammes said. “McLouth has such drive over there. They want to get in the weight room and they have that extra get-up that you have to have. All the stuff we taught them last year, they already know, so now it’s time to start progressing their learning experience.”
Sophomore Sergio Hernandez (145) is also back, but is currently recovering from a knee injury he suffered during football season. Juniors Zack Coleman and Zane Hyatte and freshmen Eli Coulter, Jacob VanDyne, Ethan Saffer and Zach Thomas are new to the team.
McLouth’s returners join a core of Oskaloosa wrestlers highlighted by state qualifiers Mark Nickels (120) and Dusty Bammes (138). Other OHS varsity returners are Ben Harvey (145), Lance Hickman (170) and Andrew Dake (195).
The team will open its season Dec. 3 with a varsity dual at home. It has four competitions scheduled before winter break, including a Dec. 21 trip to the Tonganoxie Invitational.
McLouth and Oskaloosa will split for regional tournament action at the end of the season.
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