The Flandreau wrestling squad returns a pair of state tournament qualifiers and will depend on its experienced team members during the 2018-19 season.
“We will be able to fill out most of the lower weight classes and the two upper weights,” said first-year head coach Derek Genzlinger. “We have some quality wrestlers in our upper grades and I expect them to make high contributions this year.”
Junior Hunter Witte made it to state at 113 pounds a year ago, while freshman Caleb Dietrich was a qualifier at 106.
“We are extremely young, with most of our team being junior high kids,” added Genzlinger. “Having only one junior and one sophomore (Braden Peters at 285) on the team will make it hard to compete in duals and tournaments.”
The Fliers went 7-10 in duals last season and finished with four state qualifiers.
Flandreau graduated Michael Witte (third place at 145), Brendan Ten Eyck and Preston Keith.
“This will be a rebuilding year team wise for us, so the development of our athletes will be huge throughout the year,” noted Genzlinger. “More than half of our team is junior high wrestlers or first-year wrestlers, so one of our main goals is to retain those kids to keep building the program.
“We do have some quality kids at weights and our goal is to get four to state again this year.”
Flandreau’s season-opening tourney scheduled for Dec. 1, was cancelled due to the weather.