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Wrestlers work hard in preparation for district meet

By Beau Hunter | Reporter

Many underclassmen wrestlers are getting the chance to prove themselves on the mat this wrestling season with no senior athletes on the roster.

Junior Skyler Harvey, a varsity wrestler at 126 pounds, recognizes the difficulty faced by the team. However, he is confident the lack of experience can be overcome.

“They [2011 graduated seniors] were a big impact and helped us place, but if we keep working hard, we can get to where we want to be,” Harvey said.

The team has found success in several places thus far this season. Freshman Tyler Campbell is an example. Campbell, who wrestles at 106 pounds, has won 12 of his matches this season in both dual meets and tournaments. According to Campbell, there has been success across the board.

“There’s definitely been improvement. You can see we’ve stepped up,” Campbell said.

Head coach Kris Davis has also noticed a similar improvement with his team. This was especially visible when the team defeated Willamette High School, scoring a total of 63 points and winning by a total of 45 points.

“They really began to put things together and compete, and I like to see that,” Davis said.

The majority of the team traveled to Las Vegas during winter break to compete in a tournament, which was compromised of 75 teams from all along the west coast. Marshfield placed 27th, with sophomore Thaddeus Nelson placing second in his weight class at 120 pounds.

Although none of his other teammates placed as high in the Las Vegas tournament, Nelson thinks the young wrestlers on the team could attend extra training to try and get better like he has.

“There’s a club practice that I go to after the school one,” Nelson said. “It would be good for a lot of the other kids on our team to go.”

Besides the after school practice, wrestlers could also attend an alternate practice at Bucs Mat Club, where they can get further assistance by other coaches.

Davis, who has coached at Marshfield for four years, said his practices typically stay intense throughout the season.

“He trusts us to push ourselves. He pushes us to where we want to work harder and win,” Harvey said.

However, practices have intensified with regionals being just around the corner.

“We run a lot more, and the practices are longer and more intense,” Campbell said.

Freshman Kenny Brown can tell that practice difficulty has increased and has noticed the push from Davis as well.

“He definitely puts us to the extreme of almost breaking down,” Brown said. “It’s good though so we can survive the third round and keep our breath.”

Though the team will not have last season’s seniors, who contributed to the fourth place finish in regionals last year, they believe they will have a satisfactory finish to look forward to.

“We have potential to do good if we keep it up and work hard,” Harvey said.

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