This season isn't about the overall win-loss record for the Green varsity wrestling team.
This season isn’t about the overall win-loss record for the Green varsity wrestling team. It’s about the little victories along the way.
The team doesn’t have enough wrestlers to compete in every weight class, so the Bulldogs often go into matches with a 24-point deficit that is hard to overcome. In spite of that disadvantage, the team has remained positive this season.
“While our numbers are down this year,” second-year coach Chris Kriebel said, “we do win the majority of our individual head-to-head clashes. This is very encouraging. I think we will do much better in tournaments and postseason competition than our dual meet record would indicate.”
The Bill Dies Invitational Tournament was one example of how the little victories add up. Green placed 19th out of 46 teams, scoring ahead of local teams such as Hoban, Coventry, GlenOak and Springfield. The Bulldogs placed three wrestlers this year, compared to two last season. Juniors Dade Brubach (182 pounds) and Nate Rogers (195 pounds) each finished seventh, while senior Floyd Rogers (220 pounds) came in fifth.
The varsity team this year is comprised of two freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.
Freshmen Caleb Graber (106 pounds) and Gavin Gebauer (113 pounds) are the future of the team, along with sophomores Tyler Kaminski (120 pounds), Joe Graber (126 pounds) and Sebastin Spencer (132 pounds).
Seniors Wyatt Lancaster (138 pounds) and Rogers (220 pounds) are counted on to provide strong leadership and have been a steadying force for their younger teammates.
The team is looking to continually improve and surprise competitors in the post season.
“I think we will do better in the post season competition,” Lancaster said. “Because of the forfeits, we have placed more emphasis on the tournaments.”