The following are wrestling preview capsules with information fed back to the Crescent-News.
The Head Coach: Nick Siewert (eighth grade at Tinora).
Last season: 27-10, 7-0 GMC (second to GMC).
Lost Letters Winners: Drew Helmke (State Alternate, GMC Placer), Owen Tong (GMC Placer, District Qualifier), Draven Bartley (GMC Placer, District Qualifier), Zane Gaines (GMC Placer, District Qualifier), Bryson Stevens.
Returning winners: Heidy Monin (Sr., 106); Vince Monnin (Sr., 113); Bernie Friedricksen (Sr., 138); Kyan Ankney (So, 144); Dalton Wolfrum (Jr., 165); Cameron Urivez (So., 170): Gavin Bowers (So., 170); Landon Newsome (So., 190); Javen Gaines (Jr., 215); Stone Eis (Sr., 286).
Promising newcomers: Jacob Bishop (Fr., 120); Carmella Castenada (Jr., 126); Devon Luellen (Fr., 126); Morgan Diaz (So., 132); Jason DeWyse (So., 165); Grayson Delarber (Fr., 144); Theo Ripke (Fr., 144); Dominique Graziani (Fr., 138); Dominic Mills (Fr., 150); Jesse Greves (Fr., 150); Serenity Williams (Fr., 165); Aiden Helmke (Fr., 165); Andrew Richardson (So., 190); Haiden Gonzalez (Fr., 215).
Strength: âThis year, Tinora returns with a very strong and talented team for the 2021-2022 season. We have a lot of depth in the majority of weight classes where every wrestler will have to really work to get a college spot. The majority of wrestlers have done a lot of work in the offseason and we’re excited to see the improvements this season.
Weakness: âAlthough we have a lot of depth in the majority of weight classes, we are a fairly young team this year which can cause some concerns, I think with good leadership and a good work ethic the team can mature really quickly and look to have a great run in the playoffs.
Global outlook: âI think this year’s team could be considered one of the best teams to come out of Tinora in the last few years. It’s going to take some dedication and hard work on the part of the wrestlers. We have also added a women’s team this season and it will be interesting to see how both teams can solidify and work to improve during the season. I think this year’s team can win a conference championship and bring a few wrestlers to the boys and girls level, but it’s going to take work with kids who are constantly improving.
League Outlook: âThe outlook for the league this year will be a little different from previous years and I don’t think there is a single clear-cut favorite in the league. Ayersville returns a lot of talent in the top weights, Wayne Trace returns two state placers as well as some young talent. Fairvew and Edgerton can also mix up the conference tournament with the kids they return. Hicksville improved a lot last year during the season and I also got to see them and Antwerp with a few champions. Also, this is Paulding’s first year in the league and they also have a few kids who are district level kids, so adding them to the mix will put the league discussions on hold this year.
The Head Coach: David Mohr (second year at Hicksville, 29th overall).
Last season: Sixth at GMC.
Lost Letters Winners: Nic Congleton (220); Jack Figgins (145); Caleb Begley (285); Roman graber (160).
Returning winners: Carl Ruppert (So.); George Green (So.,).
Promising newcomers: Owen DeFreece (106); Brendan Metz (113); Shai Bauer (126); Baron Graber (132); Nicolas Wisecup (152); David Taylor (160); Oscar Camacho (182); Keaston Bertolet (195); Travis Stoffer (285).
Weakness: “Lack of experience.”
The Head Coach: George Clemens (15th grade at Wayne Trace).
Last season: First at GMC
Lost Letters Winners: Gabe Sutton, Seth Meggison, Eli Moore, Jacob Graham
Returning winners: Kacy Hornish (So., 106-113); Gaiden Troth (So., 138-145); Jarrett Hornish (Sr., 145-152); Hunter Long (Sr, 145-160); Sam Moore (Jr., 160-170); Elliot Borroff (Jr., 170-182); Nathan Osborn (So., 195-220); Kaden Woolbright (Jr., 220-285).
The Head Coach: Brian Becher (20th year at Archbold, 21st overall).
Last season: 33-14 (fourth at NWOAL).
Lost Letters Winners: Carson Meyer (state champion); Andrew Francis (state qualifier); Josh Nofzinger (District Placer).
Returning winners: Mason Miller (So., 106, district qualifier); Logen Bowerman (Jr., 113, qualified girls); Jordan Rodriguez (So., 120); Wyat Fryman (Jr., 132, District Qualified); Brennan Garrow (So., 132); Gabe Chapa (Jr., 138, referred to as district); Brodie Dominique (So., 144 state placement); Ian Grime (So., 144); JosÃ© Torres (Jr., 144); Rusty Short (Sr., 150); Wyatt Ritta (So, 150); JosÃ© Luna (Sr., 165); Wyat Ripke (So., 175, district qualifier); Hayden Dickman (Jr., 190, placement district); Dylan Aeschliman (Jr., 190); Brian Burrowes (So., 215); Spencer Simon (Sr. 285); Branson Ebersole (Sr., 285); Blake Grime (So, 285).
Strength: âOur numbers are good with 38 registered wrestlers, seven of whom took part in the district tournament. A good playoff run in football is always a good thing as it creates a winning attitude and gives coaches more time to focus on wrestlers who are not yet playing football.
Weakness: “Some of our wrestlers will have to fight above their ideal weight class so that we can put our best team on the mat.”
Global perspective: “Our best players will expect to be state placers, and we should be competitive in most head-to-head competitions just because we have such good numbers.”
League Outlook: âDelta, Liberty Center, and Wauseon all have excellent double-meet teams, as evidenced by everyone who qualified for state matches based on their subclass performances at the 2021 District Tournament. Evergreen has improved a lot from a few years ago and has fired all of his starters from the section tournament.
The Head Coach: Michael Ritter (18th grade at Wauseon, 22nd overall).
Last season: 21-4 (first at NWOAL).
Lost Letters Winners: Damion Molina (qualifier of State); Jaden Banister (district placer); Ethan Kessler (district qualifier); Jack Shema.
Returning winners: Lawson Grime (Sr., state sponsor); Connor Nagel (Sr.,); Connor Twigg (Sr., Status Qualifier); Zaden Torres (Jr., district placer); Collin Twigg (Jr., state sponsor); Justin Duncan (Jr., District Qualified); Chase Santiago (So., district qualifier); John Martinez (Sr.); Trenton Keesbury (Sr.); Carter Nofziger (Sr.); Hunter Wasnich (Sr., district qualifier); Larry Moreno (Jr.); Manny Gante (Jr., District Qualified); Zaiden Kessler (Jr., state qualified); Austin Kovar (So., state qualifier); Ian Martin (So.); Benicio Torres (So.).
Promising newcomers: âWe have another good sized freshman class that was part of last year’s Jr High NWOAL team co-champions. Several of these wrestlers have been qualified Jr. High State in recent years.
Strength: âWe will have a very balanced team that will return five state qualifiers and two state placers. This is the highest number of State Qualifications we have collected from the previous year in some time. Our numbers are growing, which will provide great depth and competition in the training room. While this year’s starting lineup will feature a lot of seniors, we have some very high quality wrestlers behind this group who will pick up where they left off in the years to come.
Weakness: “We have lost several children to injuries at the end or the end of the season, but with the depth that we have we will have to apply the ‘next man’ mentality to take over for the children we miss.”
Global outlook: âI think we have a group of very hard working kids who are ready to build on the past success that we have had. We can’t wait to see what this team can do and how the first year progresses. Very happy to host the Regional Team Dual event on January 21, 2022 for a chance to return to the State Double Meet tournament. We also have several wrestlers who have individual investment goals that we will try to help them achieve.
League Outlook: âAs returning league champions, we will do everything we can to repeat for a sixth consecutive year. If we can do it, it would be our 10th league title in the last 14 years. We come back a lot of league placers, even though we lost some important team scorers last year. I think we’ll get the chase right with Archbold and Delta.
The Head Coach: Jason Seiler (19th season with Napoleon, 368-135).
Last season: 39-8 (Second at NLL).
Returning winners: Angelo Gonzalez (Sr., district placer); Turner Garber (Sr.); Omar Estrada (Sr., district qualifier); Landon Eberle (Sr., neighborhood qualifier). Brayden Hull (Jr., District Qualified); Austin Hopkins (So., district qualifier); Alex Gonzales (So., qualified from district); Henry Eggers (So.); Roman Cordoba (So., district qualifier); Harrison Bohls (So., district qualifier); William Apple (So.); Jacob Aguilar (So.).
Comments: âThere is a lot of excitement for this season. This team has the potential to be the best team I have ever coached. We have to find the best weight classes for everyone and for the team, work to improve ourselves and make the right choices. If we can do all of these things, it could be a very special season. We are led by a very talented sophomore class. Many sophomores have gained invaluable university experience over the past year and are successful. They know what it takes to be successful at this level and we are looking for them. It will be very difficult for any freshman to break through our roster this year. We have very capable and talented juniors and seniors who will complete our roster. I think we are on the verge of something very special.