Storm Lake returns seven starters to its lineup from a team that finished 8-12 overall a year ago.
The Tornadoes bring back Tyler Nichols at 119, Dylan Wagener at 130, Austin Brown at 152, Mike Miller at 160, George Romualdo at 145, Jake Droessler at 275 and Marc Wiley at 112.
Wagener was a state qualifier last year and Nichols a conference runner-up last season.
Sophomores Alex Wadsley, Devin Miller, Dustin Huffman and Pedro Romualdo are considered top prospects.
Coach Ty Seaman weighed the strengths and concerns.
"Our overall numbers and depth in the lower weights and middle weights is a strength," he said. "There should be good competition in the practice room, and that will make us stronger as a team."
"Depth in the upper middle and upper weights is a concern," Seaman added. "We seem to be short big kids with experience."
Seaman talked about the ways Storm Lake will be a better team this year than last year.
"There's better numbers and a good group of ninth and 10th graders who should improve us with time."
There are a few important factors that will determine the amount of success Storm Lake has this winter.
"Staying injury free and improving as the season goes along are going to be key factors," Seaman said. "I'm not sure anyone will be able to challenge Emmetsburg. We hope to be competitive in each match we wrestle."
"Storm Lake, Spencer, LeMars and Estherville will all be very competitive. Spirit Lake, Cherokee and Sheldon will be below average."