Wrestlers start with high expectations for the season

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Riley Karr

Seniors Kyle Goodsell and Marshall Wilson run the halls to get in shape for the wrestling season.

Riley Karr, Staff Writer

My personal goals are to win state, to go all season and not get pinned, and to beat 50 wins in a single season.”

— senior Marshall Wilson

With two returning state qualifiers and many new faces on the team, the wrestling team is off to a good start, full of ambitions and goals.

Coach Billy Dalaske wants the team to work harder this year and to improve every day.

“This year I expect to improve by being better on our feet and tough on top, and overall just continue to improve,” Dalaske said.

This year there is a new assistant coach, David Hawks, who is also a new teacher.

“Coach Hawks came here from a powerhouse wrestling school in Kansas,” Dalaske said.

Some of the wrestlers also have some personal goals that they are going to strive for throughout the year. Senior Marshall Wilson is returning to the team after qualifying for state all three years of high school.

“My personal goals are to win state, to go all season and not get pinned, and to beat 50 wins in a single season,” Wilson said.

Wilson placed third in the 113 weight class in the state wrestling championships. Senior Michael Bryson also qualified for state in the 220 weight class.

Senior Kyle Goodsell is also a returning wrestler this year. Goodsell first started wrestling when he was two with Lance Estes as his coach. Goodsell thinks that even though the team has a few rough spots, they are already improving.

“This year I am going to work harder than before and make it through the season,” Goodsell said.

Freshman Dallas Larsen has come to the wrestling team after wrestling for seven years.

“The difference between middle school and high school is that high school is a lot more intense, it’s also more brutal and you have to be tougher,” Larsen said.