2011-12-08 / Sports

Sky’s the limit for young wrestling programs

BY SPORTS STAFF


Bendle’s Tevin Pulley on the mats last season. 
File photo Bendle’s Tevin Pulley on the mats last season. File photo BENDLE

The Tigers look to improve on last season’s finish that saw them finish in the bottom third of the Genesee Area Conference. Second year coach Adam Malinowski has his work cut out for him, as he lost only one to graduation, but three others chose not to return to the team this season.

Helping to ease the pain will be the return of Jacob Jackson, Tevin Pully, Matt LaBombard and Jacob McDaniel. The Tigers will look for contributions from freshman Brian Allen and Kyle Leonard and Jacob Low, a transfer from Carman-Ainsworth.

“New Lothrop will be tough again, as they just seem to always reload,” Malinowski said of the GAC. “Byron could be dangerous, as well as LakeVille and Beecher in terms of sheer volume. Durand is usually pretty good, but Lake Fenton won’t have the kind of year they had last season. Goodrich has fallen a bit, but they will still be there and Mt. Morris has good coaches and a good volume of wrestlers.”

Bendle may have a few holes in its lineup, but will still be a dangerous team on the mat. “I’d love to hang a district banner,” said Malinowski. “I think some of my kids will challenge for top honors in the GAC. I’d be happy if we were top six (in the GAC), I’d be elated if we were top five.”

The Tigers opened the season yesterday with a quad at home against Flushing, Montrose and Linden. — E.H. BENTLEY

With the graduation of its top wrestler in Amanda DeMeyers, the Bulldogs will rely on a young crop of grapplers that includes seniors Nick Haywood, Dan Shartzer and Haley Archer, returning junior Chance Wegner, who will be joined by classmates David LaPorte and Matt Darden and a slew of freshmen, including Matt McCollum, Brad Osborn, Jeremiah Osterhout, Ernesto Gonzalez, Zach Kinder, Tommy Curley, Will Bland, Kenneth DeWolf and Tyler Putman.

Coach Nathan Browning will lead his young and inexperienced squad that will get its feet wet on Dec. 10 at the Byron Invite. — L.P.

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