GALION — Northmor’s wrestling team is a perennial contendor for conference and post-season honors.
With experience in hand, Coach Scott Carr is looking to keep the storied program on that same path in 2017-‘18.
Last season, Carr led his team to a 13-3 overall record and took most of his wrestlers to district tournament competition and beyond.
Carr, who boasts a career record of 100-34, will look to do the same this winter, despite losing four state qualifiers from a season ago to graduation.
Jake Neer (120), Matthew Ross (152), Mason Burger (182) and Nathan Price (195) all represented Northmor in the 80th state wrestling tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the the campus of The Ohio State University.
On a positive note, three state qualifiers from last year’s squad will be back on the mats in the area this winter.
Seniors Aaron Kitts and Conan Becker will be joined by sophomore Conor Becker to anchor the Knights squad.
Kitts, who wrestles in the 138-pound weight class is a two-time state qualifier and was a district runner-up last season.
Conan Becker was the highest-placing Northmor wrestler at state, earning sixth in the 145-pound weight class and was a district champion.
Conor Becker also earned a district title in his freshmen season and advanced to the state championships last march as well in the 160-pound weight class. Senior Manny Heilman (106) and sophomore Gavin Ramos (126) were also district qualifiers last season and Tony Martinez (sophomore, 152) was a district alternate.
Rounding out the potential Knights’ roster are: sophomore Austin Amens (120); senior Wyatt Collier (132); senior Austin Wheeler (182) and senior Tyson Moore (285).
“Numbers are low and there may be three empty weight classes,” states Carr in an email. “The goals remain the same…win the KMAC title, make it to the state dual-meet finals, earn sectional and district championships and place in the top five at state.”
The Northmor squad will look to compete in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference’s first winter season and will most likely have to clash with the Highland Fighting Scots atop the rankings. The trek is set to begin on Wednesday, December 6 when the Knights will host the Harding Presidents, Mansfield Senior Tygers and the Upper Sandusky Rams in a quad-meet.
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