Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Winter sports previews: Wrestling

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The Harvard High School 2011 varsity wrestling team. Pictured, from left, front row, are: statisticians Mallory Haak, Patience Esunis, Sam Bittner, Jackie Wilcox and Faith Esunis. Second row: Jose Mejia, Travis Heck, Alex Kick, Raul Parra, Jake Wilcox, Tyler Kramer and Brad Lovell. Third row: head coach Tim Haak, Anthony Luis, Christian Kramer, Mark Struck, Tommy Larkin, Irvin Pena, Joey Skroko, Joe Quinn and coach David Abel. Fourth row: coach Todd Streit, Chance Shelton, Nathan Cowan, Cody Melson, Adam Freimund, Victor Saucedo and Dan Stott.

Head coach: Tim Haak

Last year’s record: 25-3 (lost in sectionals; have won 24 Class A regionals); finished second in conference to Richmond-Burton

Returning wrestlers: Seniors Dan Stott (captain), Cody Melson (captain), Brad Lovell (captain), Tyler Kramer (captain), Nathan Cowen, Joey Skroko, Tommy Larkin, Jake Wilcox, Raul Parra and Alex Kick; juniors Chance Shelton and Travis Heck; and sophomores Anthony Luis and Adam Fremund.

Coaches thoughts on...

Strengths: “We’re fortunate that we have a very similar team to last year. We have great kids and they had a great summer. They work hard. We have outstanding senior leadership that will get us over the hump.”

Weaknesses: “A challenge in wrestling is you are always trying to get people in the right weight. We’ll start out the year with three to four weight classes with two varsity guys in each weight and we will have to rotate until we get people in the right weight.”

This season: “Depth is going to be important. I think we have some good young guys we can develop throughout the year…. We will battle Richmond-Burton again for conference.”

Goals for the team: “Our goals are pretty consistent here. We want to win conference and have individual and team placement in state. I don’t think those goals are ever going to change. We don’t talk too much about goals. We are just trying to get ready for the next match.”