With three wrestlers back with experience at the state tournament, including a pair of state placers, along with many other returning letter winners, look for the Swanton wrestling team to compete at a high level this season.
“We are returning a lot of young wrestlers with years of experience in combination with excellent senior leadership,” said head coach Greg Hallett of his team. “We are looking to build upon last year’s success and to continue moving forward.”
The Bulldogs also have a strong schedule which should prepare them for the challenges they will face at the end of the year.
“We have increased our strength of schedule by adding the Fricker’s Duals and the GMVWA (Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association) Holiday Tournament,” said Hallett. “Our team will be tested early and often with the expectation it will pay off at the end of the year.”
Back to help the Bulldogs are J.D. Reisinger (state placer), Jordon Nyler, Branson Knott, Mitchell Reisinger, Gage Pachlhofer (state qualifier), Zack Leahey, Chase Moore (state placer), Greg Wilson, Trevor Schaller, Noah Saunders, Crew Oberheim, Tommy Lytle, and Tyler Houston.
They also add newcomers Ryan Marvin, Tommy Chonko, Tim Rankin, Colton Ball, Derek Floyd, and Zach Schaller. However, gone from the team is Matt Rainey and Jacob Price.
Coach Hallett does not see very many weaknesses in his lineup, but perhaps the league they compete in may put them at a disadvantage.
“Our league is one of the best in the state and we are very fortunate to be competing in the NWOAL,” he said. “A healthy Delta is on top until somebody knocks them off.”
Swanton opens the season at the Fricker’s Duals, a tournament held at Archbold Dec. 18-19.
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