2016-17 PREVIEW: Wilmington High School wrestling


Compiled by Mark Huber



The Wilmington High School wrestling team, from left to right, front row, Gage Smith, Jordan Pierce, RJ Tolliver; second row, Dalton Garrison, Donald Crawford, Damian Garlo, Dominic Davidson, Cameron Smart, Jacob Martin, Sam Eastes, Noah Stirr, Mason Snyder; third row, Isaac Allen, Trent Holliday, Brady Bergefurd, Blake Gilliam, Charles Halcomb, Conner Barton, Sawyer Garrison, Eli Mabry; back row, coach Isaac Bray, head coach Kelly Tolliver, coach Jed Smith.


TEAM RECORD IN 2015

7-1 in SCOL duals, 5th place overall in SCOL tournament, 4th place overall in SCOL

COACH

Kelly Tolliver, 4th year as WHS head coach, 10th year overall

OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM

High School coaches Jed Smith, Isaac Bray, Brad Bean, Gary Van Pelt; middle school coaches Tim Wiederhold, Blake Lucas, Scott Eastes

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

6

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS

6

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Cam Smart – Junior (District Qualifier); Jordan Pierce – Senior (District Qualifier); Isaac Allen – Junior (State Alternate last year); Brady Bergefurd – Junior; RJ Tolliver – Senior (District Qualifier); Gage Smith – Senior (District Qualifier)

KEY NEWCOMERS

Conner Barton, Hwt, Junior. We are excited about our freshmen class, some good talent at that level.

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Jacob Boldman – State Qualifier and League Champ; Allister Brausch – State Qualifier (Junior Year); Bryant Bergefurd – District Qualifier

ANY OTHER KEY LOSSES

Allister suffered a knee injury last year and could not compete at the end of the season. Heart breaking as he was ranked in state standings.

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

Our conditioning has been great thus far. The team has done well and continues to work hard in the room. There is no substitute for good cardio.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

We need to increase the level of aggression on top and bottom positions.

LEAGUE FAVORITE

Miami Trace is the favorite this year.

SCHEDULE

Dec 3 Wilmington Reserve Tournament 930 am; Dec 9 @Edgewood Invitational 4 pm; Dec 10 @Edgewood Invitational 930 am; Dec 15 vs Chillicothe @ROB 530 pm; Dec 21 @New Richmond, Western Brown 530 pm; Dec 22 @Miami Trace, Hillsboro 530 pm; Dec 27-28 Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Coaches Association Holiday Tournament @Wright State Nutter Center 930 am

Jan 5 vs Washington, East Clinton @ROB 530 pm; Jan 7 @Bellbrook Invitational 9 am; Jan 12 @McClain, Clinton-Massie 530 pm; Jan 14 Hammer & Anvil @Western Brown 930 am; Jan 18 @Blanchester 5 pm; Jan 25 State Duals; Jan 27 @Eaton Invitational 5 pm; Jan 28 @Eaton Invitational 930 am

Feb 1 State Duals; Feb 12 State Duals Finals @St. John Arena; Feb 18 SCOL @Hilllsboro 10 am; Feb 24-25 Sectional @TBA

The Wilmington High School wrestling team, from left to right, front row, Gage Smith, Jordan Pierce, RJ Tolliver; second row, Dalton Garrison, Donald Crawford, Damian Garlo, Dominic Davidson, Cameron Smart, Jacob Martin, Sam Eastes, Noah Stirr, Mason Snyder; third row, Isaac Allen, Trent Holliday, Brady Bergefurd, Blake Gilliam, Charles Halcomb, Conner Barton, Sawyer Garrison, Eli Mabry; back row, coach Isaac Bray, head coach Kelly Tolliver, coach Jed Smith.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/12/web1_WR_wilmingtonteam.jpgThe Wilmington High School wrestling team, from left to right, front row, Gage Smith, Jordan Pierce, RJ Tolliver; second row, Dalton Garrison, Donald Crawford, Damian Garlo, Dominic Davidson, Cameron Smart, Jacob Martin, Sam Eastes, Noah Stirr, Mason Snyder; third row, Isaac Allen, Trent Holliday, Brady Bergefurd, Blake Gilliam, Charles Halcomb, Conner Barton, Sawyer Garrison, Eli Mabry; back row, coach Isaac Bray, head coach Kelly Tolliver, coach Jed Smith.

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports