Silver Knights’ Wrestlers Looking for Breakout Season on the Mat
Tyler Consolidated Wrestling Coaches, Chad Snider and Matt Peters are expecting some excitinig things from this seasons Knights wrestling team. Last year the Silver Knights were low on numbers but still enjoyed some success and sent two wrestlers to the state meet.
The outlook is much better this season as the Knights have three returning lettermen and 11 newcomers. Lost to graduation from graduation from last season, is Brandon Keys, a four year letter winner, who was mentioned on several all-star teams and is now performing at West Liberty University. However the knights are returning one of the best heavyweights in the state in Cory Chipps, who made it all the way to states last year.
“We are excited to have 14 athletes out for wrestling this year. Last season we only had seven which makes it hard to compete as a team. We have a demanding schedule and will be competing in several tournaments, including our conference LKC tournament at Calhoun County. We then get ready for regionals and states. On December 16, we will host our annual Tyler Consolidated Tournament which is always a big event. Hopefully we can put together a team that can not only get some individual awards but teams awards as well. I am counting on some of these new additions, including the younger kids to help us achieve our goals,” said Coach Snider.
With this years team being double in size than last season, the Knights have set some pretty lofty goals. “We want to win our conference and make some noise in the regionals and at state. Our main goal right now is to be competitive, work hard on our moves, and get as many wins as we can leading up to the post season,” stated Snider.
“I have pretty high hopes for this season. I have some wrestlers that have some experience that I expect to bring home hardware many times this upcoming season. I am also happy that our numbers have came back up. This has been one of the first seasons that my athletes are not all together in one weight class. This will be our first season without an OVAC based schedule, so it was difficult to get other schools to change some of their schedules that seem to be set in stone. Our schedule is a bit heavier on tournaments this year than what I would like, but it will benefit the wrestlers skill wise. It’s no secret that our heavyweight, Cory Chipps, is a threat to all other heavyweights in the state. He has been hitting the weights pretty hard and has put some muscle on his already massive frame. This may be the first year that he has to actually lose weight to make the 285lb class. (And its not because of fat) I am excited to see Cory standing on top of many podiums this coming season. My other experienced senior is Michael Doyle. Michael has also been hitting the weight room in the off season. I expect to see Michael standing on the podium this year as well. Cody Hunter is returning as a junior with experience on his side as well. We also have several on the team that participated in the after school weight training program that starts in August. Strength and endurance are huge in wrestling, so training in the off season is crucial for successful. This year is also one of the first years that the wrestlers are all of different grade levels. It is nice to have seniors sharing some wisdom with the underclassmen. Sometimes I feel like athletes receive lessons better from a peer than an adult.
The full roster of the team from lightest to heaviest is :tAlex Henthorn, Isaac Rice, Cody Hunter, Stephen Yost, Michael Doyle, Jacob Sharp, Chance Johnson, James Beaver, Julian Lashbrook, Timothy Adams, Sebastian Hooks, Billy Anderson, and Cory Chipps.
The Silver Knights will begin the season on Friday, December 8, when they take part in the Rtchie County Tournament a two day event, that finishes up on Saturday.