Monday saw Oak Harbor become the preseason favorite to win the Sandusky Bay Conference by both the media and the SBC coaches. As for the rest of the conference? Here's some news and notes from media day.
In order of how the coaches selected them to finish, here's a few thoughts on each school as they begin the 2009-10 wrestling season...Oak Harbor
The Rockets are the favorite and there's no reason to think they won't win the SBC again. They return Drew Stone, who's headed to Ohio State next fall, along with four other top finishers in the SBC — Zach Sandwisch, Mike Mallernee, Zach Bergman and Ian Miller.Edison
Two returning conference champs in Eric Boyce and Kyle Burns will definitely aid the Chargers in their quest to knock off Oak Harbor. With five guys compiling 40 or more individual wins in 2008-09, there's enough experience there to get it done.Perkins
The Pirates have a few guys — Spencer Matthias, Joey Snyder and Corey Urso — that finished a step shy of an SBC title. If they can take the next step in their development, along with returning champ Alex Trautman, this is another squad that could legitimately challenge Oak Harbor.Clyde
The vibe from the Clyde coaching staff Monday night was they need some surprises from the freshman class. There are 10 freshmen on the roster and a couple will likely be needed to put up good performances if the Fliers want a legitimate shot at contending.St. Mary Central Catholic
Losing David Harrington is a killer. Now, it's not for certain. Coach Rick Bellamy gave a little bit of optimism that he could be back. If that's the case it will help tremendously right now. If not, it could help tremendously in the long run as younger talent will likely fill in with the void.Port Clinton
It seems like an only-place-to-go-is-up scenario for the Redskins.Huron
Lots of kids and little experience was the theme from coach Rob Majoy Monday night. It appears that Huron, Port Clinton and Margaretta are all in a similar boat, if you will.Margaretta
The one word to take away from media night for the Polar Bears is "raw." Coach Keith Taylor dropped that word four or five times in his short announcement regarding his team. Lots of wrestlers is a good sign as there is a lot of talent to develop.