Veteran coach Holt optimistic with good core of returning letter winners
Coaching staff, years of experience, etc.:
Harold Holt, 37 in Pelican, record 272-414-4; 40 years total 285-430-4.
Dylan Evenson 6
Aaron Kapenga 4
Mike Osborne 3
Brain Dykhoff 5
Last year’s record: 7-12
Highlights from last season:
• Matt Ziebell earning a trip to state
• As a team earned wrestling coaches academic award for the 17th time over the last 19 years
Key wrestlers lost:
Zane Brosowske, 20-12 record last year; 4th in sections; 56-63 career record; 25 career pins
Wrestlers who moved:
Anthony Reese, 10th (TX)
Zach Partlow, 11th (New York Mills)
Patrick and EZ Pechtel (ND)
Returning starters and upcoming key players:
Matty Ziebell, grade 12; 28-8, 2 time state entry
Sebastian Centeno, 10; record 20-12
Tommy Thach, 11; record 13-9
John Ziebell, 11; record 25-19
Mark LaPoint, 10; record 6-10
Max Dykhoff, 12; record 7-15
Carter Johnson, 9; record 6-12
Noah Kapenga, 11; record 5-11
Oakley Carlson, 9; 10-24
Isaac Olson, 11; 5-17
Jacob Willits, 11; 7-23
Daniel Diaz, 9 ; 2-7
Carson McNeal, 10; 3-20
Alex Carlson, 9; 0-2
Others with some varsity experience last year:
Matt Osborne will be recovering from a football injury but should be ready for the first dual.
Max Dykhoff and Sebastian Centeno
Season strengths and weaknesses:
We will have a good group of letter winners from last year. We will be led by Matty Ziebell who earned a trip to state as a 10th grader and junior. There will be 10 juniors and sophmore letter winners this year filling in the middle and upper weights.
We have 19 7th, 8th, and 9th graders out for the team. Many of the 9th graders have had some varsity matches and are ready for the challenge of being on varsity full time at the lower weights.
Depending on how the weights are, we should fill out all 14 weight classes.
Staying healthy and injury free will be a key. We do not have a lot of depth and if the wrong wrestler is out of the lineup it could hurt the team’s performance.
Top teams in section and conference:
Perham & Frazee
Otter Tail Central
West Central Area
Bertha Hewitt/Verndale-Parkers Prairie
General coach’s comments:
One of our goals is to be in the top four teams in the sections so we can host an opening round match of the team tournament.