Coming off a 26-3 season in which it finished as the Section 7A runner-up, Holdingford will look to reload after being hit hard by graduation and injury.
“Our team expectations for this season are that each individual wrestler makes strides toward their overall goals as a wrestler and works hard to get stronger and mentally tougher,” Holdingford head coach Jeremiah Kramer said. “The section got tougher this year adding two new teams and we have lost a few seniors, so it will be tough to achieve the same success as last year, but I would like to see a few individual state placers this year.”
Two of the top returners looking to reach the state medal stand are senior Kyle Gerads (2012/13: 34-8) and junior Zach Scott (35-7), with the Huskers also bringing back starters in senior Mitch Merten, juniors Jamey Koetter, Andrew Zachman, Nathan Brinker and Jake Knettel and sophomore Clem Gerads.
Looking to compete for the remaining varsity slots are juniors Tazz Taflinger, Weston Lumley and Taylor Nitz, sophomores Ryan Skroch, Logan Storm and Keaton Knutson and freshmen Aaron Maleska, Nolan Prokott and Tony Kierstead.
“As a team, we won’t fill out a lineup most nights and it’s tough to have success when you have losses going into a match,” Kramer said. “I think a reasonable goal for our team would be to finish in the top half of the Central Minnesota Conference and Section 7A.
“We have great leadership this year,” he said. “As a coach, I haven’t seen guys work so hard without a single complaint and that mentality comes from the top with our captains – they lead by example.”
Graduating from last year’s team were Trevor Scott, Bryan Scepaniak, Jason Jarnot and Kyle Kolstad.
Holdingford was scheduled to open the season at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Invite, Wednesday.