As Brian Becher begins his 19th season at the helm of the Archbold wrestling program, he welcomes back 12 letterwinners to start the 2020 season.
Archbold lost five wrestlers to graduation from last season’s 30-12 squad that placed fourth in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League and won a sectional title.
Gone are two-time state qualifier Brennan Short, state qualifier Mason Babcock, and district qualifiers Shane Eicher, Juan Garcia and Adrian Juarez.
Back are senior state qualifiers Carson Meyer (182 pounds) and Andrew Francis (132 lbs.).
Senior Johnathan Yoder (160 lbs.) and sophomores Wyat Fryman (120 lbs.) and Hayden Dickman (220 lbs.) are returning district qualifiers who are looked upon to lead the Blue Streak charge.
Senior Josh Nofzinger; juniors Rusty Short (138 lbs.), Jose Luna (160 lbs.) and Spencer Simon (285 lbs.); and sophomores Logen Bowerman (106 lbs.), Jose Torres (126 lbs.) and Gabe Chapa (138 lbs.) round out the list of returning wrestlers.
“Our best guys will have the expectation of being state placers,” said Becher.
“We should be competitive in most dual meets simply because we have such good numbers.
“We have 30 kids signed up. Six incoming junior high state qualifiers are the most that we have ever had.”
Freshmen Mason Miller (106 lbs.), Ian Grime (120 lbs.), Brodie Dominique (132 lbs.), Wyatt Ripke (160 lbs.), Yong Rata (220 lbs.), and Blake Grime (285 lbs.) were all junior high state qualifiers last season and should help the Streaks be competitive.
Becher sees his team being in the top three in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, but projects Delta as the team to beat.
“The traditionally strong wrestling programs of Delta, Wauseon, and Liberty Center should once again be at the top of the league,” said Becher.
“The wrestlers from all three of those schools are technically sound and wrestle very hard.
“All of the other teams in our league have competitive individuals, but lack the depth of the better teams.”
Garrett Grime, Alex Lopez, David Dominique, Colton Soles, Zach Meyer and Travis Jaramillo are assistant coaches this season.