Senior Noah Anderson wrestles at #160. ~ Photo by Connie Hill
ROCKFORD – Tuesday, Nov. 27, found the wrestling program hosting its annual Orange & Black wrestling event. The meet is a way to introduce the 2018/19 wrestlers and is a wrestle-off to show the fans the varsity team members. The night saw plenty of talented wrestlers take to the mats and show their skills.
“It was a fun night,” said head wrestling coach Brian Richardson. “We got a chance to show our parents and community who we are and give them a glimpse what kind of team we can be this year. It was fantastic to see so many fans show up to get a sneak peek at this year’s squad. I was very happy to see the amount of depth we have on this team. We knew we were returning 12 of 14 starters from last season, but we have quality young men that are pushing those returners for spots in the lineup this year. I was most impressed with how well some of our guys wrestled who actually lost their matches. I have to believe that will bode well for us this season. Our motto this season is ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ and with the talent and depth we have throughout our team, I hope we can challenge and push ourselves as hard in the practice room as we will on Wednesday nights."
Senior Jack Richardson wrestles at 152#. ~ Photo by Connie Hill
The following wrestlers claimed their weight class:
103# Bryson Aulbach (9) – Technical Fall
112# James Blanchard (10) – Pin
119# Ashton Halland (11) – Pin
125# Jacob Simkins (12) – Major Decision
130# Trenton Wachter (10) – Pin
135# Jack Tadych (12) – Pin
140# Evan Kaser (11)
145# Connor White (12)
152# Jack Richardson (12) – 5-2 Decision
160# Noah Anderson (12) – Technical Fall
171# Cole Gleason (10)
189# Tyler Waterstrat (12) – Major Decision
215# Taylor Green (12)
285# Mack Bowman (10) – Pin
“I was pleased with newcomers freshman Bryson Aulbach at 103, and sophomore Mack Bowman at heavyweight as they showed calm, patience and poise in their matches," Richardson continued. "We had some fairly dominant performances by Ashton Halland (119), Trenton Wachter (130), Jack Tadych (135) and Noah Anderson (160) which shows how much time and effort they have put in this fall getting ready for this season. Although our football players (Evan Kaser 140, Connor White 145, Jack Richardson 152, Cole Gleason 171, Tyler Waterstrat 189, Taylor Green 215) are still shaking off some rust, I was pleased with their efforts and work-man like performances. One of my happiest moments of the night came when Jacob Simkins (125) took the mat. Last year, after a great start, he lost his season for the second time to an injury. That young man’s determination and toughness epitomize what I’d like all of our guys to embrace.”
Senior Connor White wrestles at 145#. ~ Photo by Connie Hill
The Rams have a busy five days coming up, with the Wyoming Tournament Saturday, Dec. 1, and then two duals. The duals feature the Rams hosting Wellsprings Prep High School, Monday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m., then hosting Sparta High School, Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m.