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Grapplers prepare to hit the mat

 


Coach Dan Clayson believes the Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team is shaping up well for the upcoming season.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting year,” he said. “We got some experience back from last year. We have four returning state-placers, so we’ll be OK. Some of our kids have put in the work over the past few years, and they’re starting to see the results of that hard work.”

Clayson added experience will be the core of the team’s performance for 2015-16.

“We’ve got a good nucleus, and then we have a bunch of young guys who are going to do good this year.”

That returning leadership will be anchored by several players who went to state competition.

“River Schroder will do fine,” Clayson continued. “He placed third last year at state. Nolan Schindler is back from an injury and he has placed a couple times at state. Issac Ronning placed fourth at state last year. Ruger Lewis placed fourth as well. Brandyn Banville didn’t wrestle last year because of an injury but we got him back.

“I expect all of those guys to do well. They are all kids who should be in the top four or five in the state.

“We have some younger guys that should be OK. They’ve got a little bit of experience and they should be able to compete well. I feel like we’re really solid this year.”

The road to state won’t be an easy one as several teams at each level will look to upset the Broncs.

“In our conference, Southeast is going to be tough,” Clayson added. “They’ll have the numbers to compete and they’ll be pretty good. In our region, Moorcroft is always really tough. They’ve got a lot of kids out. We finished second to them in the region the last two years and they’ll be tough to beat.

“I like our chances against just about everybody in our region. Moorcroft, Cokeville and Limon will be the schools we need to compete well against at state. Our goal is to get up there and get us a trophy this year. That’s what we’re shooting for and what the kids are working towards.”

 

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