Tiger wrestling works to make individual improvement

Front row, left to right: Bryan Bludorn, Makyah Funmaker, Goeffry Garvin and Josh Goldsmith. Back row, left to right: Dakota Ledebuhr, Kaleb Dobson, Noah O Brien, Sean Johnson and Silas Cleveland. Missing: Ethan Osley.

With 10 wrestlers on the mats this year for the Tigers, coach Steve Markee doesn’t expect his team to compete well in dual meets – instead he is focusing on individual improvement.

“We only have 10 wrestlers, so my expectation is to have each wrestler do their best and work hard to improve all season long,” Markee said.

There are five wrestlers returning this year that had close to a .500 record or better last season.

Senior Josh Goldsmith will be wrestling at 145 pounds. He had an impressive season last year that almost landed him at sectionals.

“Josh I think was a third place wrestler at regionals last year, so hopefully we take that next step this year,” Markee said.

Junior Dakota Ledebuhr at 120 pounds, junior Noah O Brien at 160 pounds, junior Sean Johnson at 195 pounds and senior Ethan Osley at 220 pounds are the other returners Markee is expecting to take the next step this season.

“All five of those guys should have pretty good years. They were all either above .500 last year or right around it, so I expect improvement on their records,” Markee said.

Markee also mentioned sophomore Kaleb Dobson who wrestled some on varsity and junior varsity last season.

“He has done some weight training this summer to get stronger, and that will help him so we are looking forward to see what he can do this year,” Markee said.

The rest of the wrestlers are all freshman, so Markee will have a mix of new and returning wrestlers.

“You have to manage your practices too to help those young guys get better and kind of hone those skills of the older guys, so you mix them together and they help each other work,” Markee said.

Once the season gets going, Markee is hoping his team can fill as many weight classes as possible and that his wrestlers can do the best they can in each match they wrestle.

Markee also said that if anyone is interested in wrestling this year, they would still be willing to accept them on the team. They are especially in need of some light guys and a heavyweight.

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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