Brian Becher, Archbold head wrestling coach, welcomes back eight letterwinners when the 2008-09 season gets underway.
“Even with those eight,” he said the team will be inexperienced when the season starts, because only five of the eight qualified for district tournament.”
Returning for the Blue and Gold:
112 pounds: TJ Weirauch, sophomore, district qualifier
130 lbs.: Bobby Rodriguez, senior
140 lbs.: Trevor Meyer, senior, district qualifier
145 lbs.: Chad Rufenacht, senior, state qualifier
152 lbs.: Josh Cuellar, senior
160 lbs.: Jared Leininger, senior, state alternate
189 lbs.: Shem Neuenschwander, junior, district qualifier
285 lbs.: Brandon Dennie, sophomore.
“We will have many wrestlers in our lineup that do not have varsity post-season experience,” said Becher. “But we also have some guys that we expect to be competing in Columbus at the end of the season.”
“Our inexperience should be negated prior to the post-season with us having so many matches on our schedule against quality opponents.”
He expects Liberty Center to be at the top of the pack in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, followed by Delta and Bryan.
Assisting Becher in coaching duties are Mario Gomez, Kevin Bostelman, Luke Stuckey, Tyler Short, and Neil Rocha.
The Streaks open the season, Thursday, Dec. 11 with a home match against Bryan and Delta.