Flyers tabbed to win FC this season

The Firelands Conference wrestling coaches held their preseason meeting and St. Paul was picked first. Staff
Nov 15, 2012

St. Paul: Flyers coach Pat Welfle has every weight class covered but 182 pounds.

The list of returnees for the defending FC champions includes junior state qualifier Jesse Gross (37-8). He will move from 126 to 138.

Sophomore returners who each won at least one match in the district include Joe Livengood 113 (29-13 at 106), Grant Dilger 120 (20-8 at 113), Wesley Fritz 126 (34-13 at 120) and Hayden Miller (31-11 at 160).

Welfle has 37 years in the chair, including 25 as a head coach.

Western Reserve: The ’Riders have plenty of bodies, including 15 freshmen.

The problem is 10 letter-winners are all within four weight classes.

There are as many as four in some weight classes.

Nathan Beal at 126, Tyler Grys and Chase Griffith 132, Mason Robson 138, Jake Rupert 145 and Josh Sommers 152. are among the key performers.

Plymouth: The Big Red is led by senior returning state placer Logan Horn (36-15) at 182. He has won back-to –back FC titles to go with two district appearances.

New London: Coach James Toukonen has five FC placers and a wrestler who placed sixth in the sectional. He has 21 in the room.
The blue chippers are seniors Garrett Cunningham (31-12) at 113, Gabe Lilly (24-13) 126, Damon Bollin (11-8) at 195 and K.C. Hale (21-22) at 160.

South Central: The Trojans continue to put enough talented wrestlers out on the mat to contend, as well as have state meet entrants.
For starters, coach Ken Johnson has a large senior class to go with four returning letter-winners.

Caleb Barnett returns as a state qualifier and three-time district qualifier, while Joe Gavarette is a two-time district qualifier.

Monroeville: Coach Mike Tommas starts his second year at the helm of the Eagles. After a tough first year, mainly because of lack of numbers and injuries, Tommas has more in the room to work including nine returning starters.

Among his returnees are  his sons Nick, 16-30 at 145 and Nate, 7-11 at 152 who suffered an injury.

Read more in Thursday's Norwalk Reflector.