Wrestlers get ready to grapple with new season

This season Dragon Wrestling has 12 returning varsity athletes and look to be in great shape to fill the 14 varsity weight classes.

“As a coaching staff we are most excited to see the numbers we have returning and joining us for the first time in the Dragon Wrestling program. On the first day of practice we had 26 guys present in grades 9-12.

 This is great to see the program grow as our youth program is really starting to affect the JV and varsity level,” said coach Milo Allen. “With the larger numbers comes more excitement and more competition. We are excited to build on our past skills and grow as a team.”

A couple athletes to watch are Will Fix and Justin Matson. Both qualified for the state tournament last season and are looking to make progress toward state placement. Matson comes to the Dragon program through the co-op with Hinckley-Finlayson. He has been working hard in the off season to improve his abilities, wrestling in tournaments and on Greco teams all summer and fall. Others to watch are JJ Preston, Jacob Lindahl, Gavin Rockstroh, Brody Clark and Tim Johnson. All five of these wrestlers have at least 40 varsity matches under their belts and are primed and ready for a great season.

“We always have a goal to improve on the last practice, meet or match. A major goal for our team is to defend our team conference title,” said coach Allen. “This will require our constant attention to details in the practice room and in matches.”

The Dragons head off to Big Lake on Friday, Dec. 6, to kick off their season of regular competition.

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