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By Riley Cole, West Delaware junior
MANCHESTER – This wrestling season at West Delaware looks to be a promising one.
The Hawks return seven of the nine state qualifiers from last season and The Predicament’s has West Delaware ranked first with seven ranked wrestlers. Four of the seven were ranked at the top of their weight class.
The Hawks are out to to achieve their goal of bringing home a state title once again.
“We are all approaching this season as if we are starting out at scratch,” head coach Jeff Voss said.
One of the goals for the team is to get back to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and contend for the state dual title, as well as the traditional title.
“As a team we are trying to get back to the state dual finals,” junior Zach Meyer said. “It would be a redemption for us.”
The Hawks fell to Davenport Assumption, 32-30, in the state dual finals last season. The Hawks also brought home the third place traditional team title.
Senior Adam Reth looks to repeat his state title to cap off his senior year of wrestling. Reth finished last season with at 44-0.
“I am just going to take it one match at a time,” Reth said.
Improving his varsity record and qualifying for the state tournament are two major goals sophomore Brent Lammers is looking to accomplish this season.
“I am going to stay after practice,” Lammers said. “I will do whatever it takes to get me to Des Moines in February.”
The Hawks are working harder than in years past to get to Wells Fargo Arena in February.
“The work ethic in the room as always been tough,” Muller said. “It’s definitely picked up this year with seven place winners and a shot at the title. Everyone wants to win and we have more expected of us.”
The Hawks outscored their first two opponents, Waterloo West and Waverly-Shell Rock, 119-17. They host their own invitational on Saturday.
“The work the boys put in will determine what payday is like in the end,” Voss said.