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Storm Lake wrestlers return strong nucleus

Monday, November 20, 2000

Also back are district qualifiers Nick Wiley at 112, Matt Gervais at 135 and Matt Nitchals at 215. Dylan Wagener, Austin Brown, Jared Ponsor and Al Keller also return at 125, 140, 152 and 160 pounds, respectively.

Brian Beal, Brandon Berkland, Kris Hoeppner, Pete Harder, Tyler Nichols and Matt Dose will all be top prospects to replace the four lost starters.

Storm Lake coach Ty Seaman weighed the team's strengths and concerns entering the season.

"We have 10 returners with varsity experience," he said. "We have good depth at most weights and we have good numbers. We're concerned about depth in the first two weights."

Storm Lake will be a better team this season than last year in a number of ways.

"We return a good number of kids with two and three years of varsity experience," he said. "We will cover the weights better than we did last year. There are good numbers in the junior and senior class as well as a good group of freshmen."

Seaman talked about the important factors to be successful and challenge for the Lakes Conference title.

"As always, staying healthy will be very important," he said. "Taking our experience to the next level and having kids become dominant wrestlers."

"We need to be consistent," Seaman added. "We will have to wrestle well each and every meet to compete well in our area."

Seaman offered some insight into the Lakes Conference.

"Emmetsburg will be very tough and should win the state meet again this year," he said. "Spencer, LeMars, Spirit Lake, Estherville and Storm Lake will battle for second place."

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