|Wrestlers bulking up for season|
|Written by Bob Hyle|
|Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:45 PM|
Lazy is not a word that is part of Chad Dennis’ vocabulary, but the Harrison Wildcats wrestling coach does admit to being a little complacent last year as far as attracting young men to the wrestling program.
“I wasn’t happy with our numbers last year,” said Dennis. “This year we have 54 kids in the room. We always walked the halls looking for kids in the past and we went back to doing that this year.”
The Cats did lose one wrestler as senior John Sittason decided not to wrestle with the Cats this season. Sittason was a district qualifier last season at 285 lb., but would have been challenged by fellow district qualifier Truman Gutapfel, who wrestled at 220 lb. last season and has bulked up to heavyweight for this season.
A few members of the team have some lingering injuries from the recent football season, but Dennis doesn’t believe it will hamper their progress. One reason is because the team has worked harder in the offseason on weight training
“We’ve been bulking up a bit,” said Dennis.
Two who have benefited from the weight training are Luke Bernhardt and David Sittason, according to Dennis.
The Cats were scheduled to take part in a scrimmage with nine other schools last Saturday and will scrimmage again this weekend in preparation for the first matches of the season on Saturday, Dec. 1, when the team hosts the annual Harrison Duals.