Logan-Rogersville High School wrestling program had a rough go-around last season.
The Covid-19 pandemic put a hinderance on the season start by a week due to a quarantine. Then, at the end of the season the team missed multiple practices as well as meets due to a two-week quarantine.
After resuming practices, the team then missed ten days of school courtesy of unpredicted snowy weather.
“Last year was a rough year,” head varsity coach Jason Carter stated. “Just surviving until the end was huge accomplishment. We didn’t even wrestle in competition the last seven weeks of the year because of Covid. That alone made it really hard on our kids.”
Gabe Brandenburg was the only state qualifier for the Wildcats last year and has now graduated from the school.
“Last year was just hard,” added Carter. “I know everyone dealt with the same things but getting quarinted and then missing another two weeks right in the heart of our season, cost us about twenty matches, and it really showed at the district and state tournament.”
According to Carter, the team will have a solid line up this year. Having a competitive wrestler in almost every weight class, the only thing missing is ‘the one hammer’.
“We are hopeful that one or two kids really step up this year and become that hammer,” explained Carter. “There are some kids on this team that have the potential to be excellent if they just stay focused and do the right things.”
Returning eight varsity wrestlers this year, coach Carter plans on incorporating more live wrestling throughout practice as well as hitting conditioning hard.
“We focused more on getting down a foundation last year,” senior Kit Farrah mentioned. “This year coach Carter is putting us in live situations. By doing this when the first match comes around we will be more loosened up and ready for it.”
With a clean slate this season, the team’s goals are mainly centered on the state tournament. The team hopes to send five to six guys to state to represent Rogersville this year.
“Personally this year I am looking to have a season over 500, where I have more wins than losses. Last year I was just happy to get some wins in,” Senior Rylend Hacker said. “We are getting a lot more wrestling in this year already. Everyone just seems a lot tougher and happier to be here. We are having a good time while getting better on the mat.”
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