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2006-07 area wrestling preview capsules

December 1, 2006

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Baldwin Bulldogs

Head coach: Kit Harris, eighth season

2005-06 duals record: 15-3

2005-06 postseason: Finished 11th at Class 4A state tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Alan Callahan, 112, Soph.; Nick Rockhold, 119, Jr.; Michael Thurlow, 125, Sr.; Kevin Callahan, 130, Jr.; Colin Busby, 145, Soph.; Sam Wilson, 152, Sr.; Gabe Mason, 171, Jr.; Josh Wood, 189, Sr.; Brandon Reed, 215, Sr.

Coach Harris says: "We will be very strong at every weight, with several who have proven state-level success. We have a great senior class and a lot of kids who have waited their turn to be in the varsity lineup, and I think they are ready."

De Soto Wildcats

Head coach: Matt Jones, fifth season

2005-06 postseason: Finished 20th at Class 4A state tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Eric Buffkin, 160, Jr.; Tom Beaver, 189, Jr.

Coach Jones says: "We will be very young with only three juniors and no seniors."

Mill Valley Jaguars

Head coach: Travis Keal, seventh season

2005-06 duals record: 5-7

2005-06 postseason: Finished 16th at Class 5A state tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Tyler Williamson, 112, Sr.; Brett Delich, 130, Jr.; Robby McClung, 140, Jr.; Josh VanHolland, 145, Soph.; Chad Mauzey, 160, Jr.; J.R. Logan, 171, Jr.; Jake Delashmit, 189, Jr.; Matt Nelson, 215, Sr.; Tyler Hancock, Hwt, Sr.

Coach Keal says: "The kids have been working very hard to improve their positioning and technique. If they continue to improve these areas, we will open our opportunities to be successful on the mat."

Oskaloosa Bears

Head coach: Bryan Johnston, third season

2005-06 duals record: 9-5

2005-06 postseason: Finished eighth at Class 3-2-1A regional tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Adam Engelken, 112, Soph.; David Williams, 125, Sr.; Matt Hayes, 140, Sr.; Jake Rowland, 189, Sr.

Coach Johnston says: "We have a good returning group and some good young wrestlers. One of our goals is to break the school record and send at least four to state."

Santa Fe Trail Chargers

Head coach: Regan Erickson, 10th season

2005-06 duals record: 17-4

2005-06 postseason: Finished fourth at Class 4A state tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Ryan Weaver, 119, Soph.; Chase Wells, 130, Soph.; Nathan Cooper, 135, Sr.; Josh Cauthon, 140, Sr.; Caleb Cook, 145, Soph.; Josh Connelly, 152, Sr.; Jake Kober, 215, Jr.; Charlie Shively, Hwt, Sr.

Coach Erickson says: "We should have a competitive team. We are young and have excellent senior leaders."

Tonganoxie Chieftains

Head coach: Jeremy Goebel, fifth season

2005-06 duals record: 6-10

2005-06 postseason: Finished 12th at Class 4A regional tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Kevin Hamm, 119; Matt Brock, 130; Travis Adcox, 135; Ryan Stockman, 135; Jonathan Ferris, 145; Wyatt Coffin, 160; Derek Parrett, Hwt

Coach Goebel says: "We have a great freshman class with 15 wrestlers, and also have a young team with varsity experience. Also, we have four seniors that should provide leadership in helping the team develop as the season goes."

Wellsville Eagles

Head coach: Paul Steeby, 12th season

2005-06 postseason: Finished tied for 24th at Class 3-2-1A state tournament

Key returning wrestlers: Five returning lettermen

Coach Steeby says: "We have a young team this year with only one senior and one junior. We should be able to fill 11 of the 14 weight classes."

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