Storm Lake High wrestling coach Ty Seaman returns most of his lineup from a year ago, and says his team should improve over last year's 9-12 mark (3-5 in conference matches).
"We should fill most weights with kids who have at least one year of varsity experience," Seaman said. "We have good depth from from 112 pounds to 160."
The Tornadoes will be led by senior Daniel Higgins, who placed third last year in the district meet at 140 pounds. Overall, Higgins was 31-11.
SLHS also returns Jared Brashears, who was 32-11 and will wrestle at 112-119 this season. Sophomore Cole Raglan was 13-13 last year at 119.
The other returnees include sophomore Chris Rios at 119-125, sophomore Jose Diaz at 125-130, sophomore Patrick Higgins at 130-135 and senior Kelly Evans at 125-130.
Other returnees are junior Ryan Lovstad at 135-140, sophomore Ben Seaman at 140, 152 or 160, junior Nate Tucker at 152-160, junior Juan Flores at 189-215 and senior heavyweight Justin Leewright.
Seaman added that his team could be vulnerable at the upper four weights, where SLHS returns just two wrestlers.
"We should be better than last year because of our experience," he added.
"A lot of our kids saw some mat time during the offseason."
Seaman added that he wants his team to stay aggressive in its matches.
"That's what wins matches," he said. "Another key to our success is avoiding injuries.
Seaman handicapped the Lakes Conference.
"Emmetsburg, Spencer and LeMars will be the teams to beat," the coach said.
"We hope to challenge for a top-three finish.