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Wrestlers have small numbers, but look for successful season

The Webster Area Bearcats will be returning to the mat this wrestling season keeping in mind COVID. Coach Wade Rausch said, “Numbers are going to be an issue. We have a total 13 kids grades 6-12.” Of those 13, three are in sixth grade so varsity competition is going to be a tough road, but Rausch added, “The kids we have in individual weight classes should be competitive. I am hoping that we can have a season this year. It would be a shame for these kids to lose everything and knowing the amount of hard work they have put in thus far in their career.”

Junior Cael Larson was a runner up a year ago at 113.  Rausch said, “We are hoping that we can take one more step higher this season. Senior Andy Johnson is also a state qualifier from a year ago and we are hoping we can find a spot on the podium for him this year.”

Others looking for a trip to state and a successful season are junior Hayden Niles, sophomores Matt Mork and Jaydon Domingez, freshman Tacey Miller, eighth graders Cole Shoemaker, Trace Shoemaker and Hunter Bourassa and seventh grader Haeden Jorgenson.

Joining the squad for experience will be sixth graders Gage Baumgarn, Sean Sichmeller and Tayten Kurkowski.

Last year the Cats season record was 5-1. Rausch looks to see Redfield be tough again this season. They can fill all the weight classes and they are pretty tough all the way through their lineup.

As for the COVID situation? Rausch said, “We will just take every precaution necessary washing the mats putting on the skin cream and hope we can have a full season. We will work in PODS like the state is asking us to do. We will work hard like we always do and hope for the best.”

Lost to graduation were Cade Shoemaker, Joe Hubsch and Sterling Rausch.

Schedule

Dec. 5 WBC Wrestling Tournament, Clark; Dec. 12 Howard Invitational, Howard; Dec. 19 Titan Invitational, Plankinton; Jan. 2 Webster Area Invitational; Jan. 7, Webster dual; Jan. 8-9 Central Cass Lettermen’s Tournament, Casselton, ND; Jan. 14 Sisseton, Webster; Jan. 16 Battler Tournament, Gettysburg; Jan. 23 Little B Tournament, Parkston; Jan. 28 Northeast Conference Tournament, Redfield; Jan. 30 Groton Area Wrestling Tournament; Jan. 30 Lee Wolf Invitational, Aberdeen; Feb. 4 at Milbank; Feb. 9 quad, Clear Lake; Feb. 13 Wessington Springs Invitational; Feb. 20 Region 1B, Groton.

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