Head coach: Steven Wike, 10th season
Returning lettermen: Six
Top wrestlers: Ike Edwards (Sr.), Izaiah Ieremia (Jr.)
Outlook: The Bulldogs finished fifth in last year’s Class 4A state meet, but lost 11 seniors to graduation.
Edwards, who likely will wrestle at 195 pounds, finished fourth in the state at 160. Ieremia (285) narrowly missed a state berth, finishing fourth at 220 in the Sunset Region meet.
“We will bang heads with the Northwest Division’s best,” Wike said. “Cimarron and Shadow Ridge are stacked, and we plan on scrapping with them a few times. It is also interesting to see what will happen with Las Vegas being in our Region this year, they are always tough.
“We want to test our mettle against the best in the state and with our talent-rich region, there will be no shortage of those high-level matches.”
Wike said his team is young.
“Ike Edwards is a great senior leader and a four-year letterman, a three-year regional placer, and a two-year state qualifier,” Wike said. “Ike will be accompanied by seniors Elijah Chianese, Cody Coffman, Sammy Salazar and Jose Mendoza in leading a young and eager to grow group of guys like Jace Austin, Jaden Chianese, and Sam Norris.
“Picking up freshman Jenavi Alejandro to fill the 106-pound spot in our lineup is a blessing. This summer Jenavi Placed fifth at Fargo for cadet girls freestyle.”