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Green wrestling team looking for strong finish to season

2/16/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Head coach Chris Kriebel said the Green High School wrestling team has a chance to create a successful ending to the season beginning at the sectional meet tomorrow, Feb. 18, at Perry High School.

“I’d like to see a few district qualifiers there,” he said. “A strong finish for the kids can really put us in a positive direction going into the summer. If the kids stay motivated and continue to work and improve, I think that would be a positive outcome for our team.”

Kriebel said the road to the postseason hasn’t always been an easy one for this year’s team.

“It’s been a challenging year. I think that would be the right word to use,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of setbacks this year, some academic issues and some injuries. Eligibility issues would be one of the struggles this year. That kills us in the dual meets, because we start out forfeiting a majority of the matches. But the team has done a really good job of focusing more on the individual tournament competitions, and the team’s morale has been up because they’ve all been focusing on what they have to do and really trying to prepare for the postseason. That’s where most of our focus has been. Even if we can’t put together a strong dual meet team, we can still show that we have some of the best wrestlers in the postseason with everything being individual at that point.”

Green has three captains this year, Kriebel said. Those captains (with comments on each by the coach) include:

• Sophomore Caleb Graber (113 pounds): “Caleb is on fire right now. He is probably the most focused wrestler on our team. He is an outstanding student academically and he is wrestling very well. He has only lost five matches this year and his losses have been to the top-ranked kids in the state. He has won three tournaments and placed in two of the other tournaments that we’ve gone to. He has beaten a lot of state-caliber wrestlers. He is performing at a very high level.”

• Junior Tyler Kaminski (120 pounds): “Tyler is just one of those hard-working athletes. He comes in and doesn’t say much, but he leads by example. He is always trying his best and he has had a pretty good season. He’s had a few medical issues and been sick a few times, so he had to sit out a few competitions, but he’s one of our stronger wrestlers. I am looking for him to do pretty well in the postseason.”

• Senior Kyle Somerday (195 pounds): “Kyle is a senior, but he actually hasn’t wrestled since he was in middle school. He has been really positive, really focused, and he’s a good leader for the team. He is trying to do better and he improves each day.”

According to Kriebel, each of the captains contributes to the team in different ways.

“Kyle is very vocal. He definitely does a great job of organizing the team by getting their attention and giving them direction,” the coach said. “Tyler is always working hard. The kids can look at him and see how hard he’s working and go use that as an example. And Caleb on the mat is a spectacular thing to watch, so he can lead by example, but he is also becoming more vocal even though he is one of the younger kids on the team. As the year has gone on, you could see him taking on more and more of a leadership role by encouraging his teammates to make good decisions and to practice hard.”

In addition, Kriebel said, three freshmen have made key contributions to this year’s team.

“Harrison Edwards is wrestling at 170 pounds and he’s been doing pretty well for us. He has been improving throughout the year and placing at more tournaments recently. He is starting to mature and get stronger in his weight class,” the coach said. “Nick Davis is wrestling at 132 pounds and he is a freshman who is doing a good job of taking on a leadership role. He is continuously trying to improve and he’s always working hard in the room. And Dylan Davis at 152 pounds is a three-sport athlete. He’s a really strong wrestler who is getting stronger and winning more matches.”

Going forward, Kriebel said the Green wrestling program is in good hands with some of the young wrestlers who are already making an impact.

“They’ve brought hope for the future that the program is going to remain strong,” he stated. “They are definitely talented and they are hard workers. They have brought a lot of promise to the program.”

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