Wrestlers are set to compete
A relatively youthful group will represent the Tyler Consolidated wrestling program for head coach Chad Snider for the 2014 season which will include eight juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
While youth may be the thread that binds the Silver Knights together, a solid middle school team has seen to it that even the freshmen come to the team with some experience.
“This is one of the first groups to be with us from middle school up for a while,” coach Snider said. “I saw so many good things happening last year, and I feel like we picked up where we left off.”
“They have retained much of the knowledge they had gained previously and became more mature also, and I can only see good things coming from that.”
That being said, Snider says there will be holes in the line-up this year, at certain weight classes.
“Being successful as a duals team is difficult to achieve without a full lineup, and we’re missing a couple,” he said. “It is apparent that I have not yet mastered the recruiting techniques of Larry Richie.”
“As in previous years, our success will be measured in our individual victories and improvements, but winning some duals would sure make me happy.”
Graduating one senior from the team last year in 145’er, Josh Ruble, the Knights return eight wrestlers with good varsity experience.
From lowest weight to highest, suiting up for the Silver Knights this season will be: 106 – freshman, Brandon Bonar; 113 – junior, Zach Bonner; 126 – junior, Tyler Johnson; 132 – sophomore, James Seago and freshman, Colton Mead; 138 – juniors, Chase Cooper and Doug Wagner and freshman Michael Doyle; 145 – junior, William Chapman; 152 – junior, Bobby Dennis II; 170 – junior, Gabriel Clegg; 195 – sophomore, Brandon Keys; and 285 – junior, Nathan Eddy and sophomore, Cory Chipps.
“All of these guys have the ability and have wrestling experience, which is a good feeling to come in with,” Snider said.
“I am confident that we will have some individual success with our Junior heavy team.”
Steven Blake will assist Snider in the coaching chairs mat side this season and Makayla Tracy and Marisa Gogan will serve as mat maids for the team.
In-climate weather caused the cancellation or postponement of several wrestling matches both at home and on the road last season, including a tournament or two. Like all other sports, wrestling rotates hosting matches with opposing schools year-to-year, so the Knights will be hosting fewer matches at the Keep this season.
One of the highlights of the season will be the Larry Richie Memorial Tournament hosted by the Tyler Consolidated wrestling program on Dec. 20. So far, eight to ten teams have been scheduled to take part in the tournament, making it somewhat smaller than in past years, but still a good amount of fine wrestling for fans to enjoy.
The Silver Knight wrestlers opened their season on Dec. 10 at Magnolia at 6 p.m. On Dec. 12-13 the team will travel to participate in the Ritchie County Duals.