The Swanton wrestling team will depend on a positive attitude and good work ethic when they hit the mats in 2013-14. Even though they lose letterwinners Jacob McCoy (district qualifier), Jacob Reisinger (district placer) and Chance Veller (transferred to Delta), they bring in a total of 10 newcomers with valuable experience.
“You can’t coach a hard work ethic and a positive attitude and our kids brought that with them day 1 of practice,” Bulldogs’ head coach Greg Hallett said. The Bulldogs were 3-5 last year and finished fifth in the NWOAL.
“Our league is one of the best in the state and we are very fortunate to be competing in the NWOAL,” Hallett said. “Archbold, Delta, and Wauseon will be competing for the top spot and should be an exciting race.”
However, despite the sluggish finish in 2012-13, the Bulldogs are hopeful they can build a foundation for the future with the young talent they have coming in.
Promising newcomers debuting for the Bulldogs are: freshmen Christian Aumiller and Chase Avalos (both junior high state qualifiers), Keaton Davis, Colton Lucio, Travis Thompson, Caleb Brown, Aaron Hazlet, Levi Laurel, Nick Rainey and Tyler Houston.
Those newcomers should compliment the talent the Bulldogs already have returning, as they bring back five wrestlers.
Letterwinners returning for Swanton are: J.D Reisinger, Matt Rainey, Jordan Nyler, Jacob Price and Zack Nowakowski.
“We are a very young team with no seniors and only 3 juniors. A lot of young wrestlers will get their opportunity to compete this year at each level, which will pay off in the years to follow,” Hallet said.