Head coach: Zach Hocker, seventh season
Returning lettermen: Eight
Top wrestlers: Jakob Alvarado (Sr.), Daniel Law (Sr.), Caleb Roach (Sr.), Trace Everett (Sr.), Nathan Rhoads (Jr.)
Outlook: The Wildcats bring back eight lettermen from a team that finished third in last year’s Class 4A state meet.
Alvarado, who likely will wrestle at 160 pounds, was the state runner-up at 152 pounds last year, and Law (145), Roach (182), Everett (126) and Rhoads (152) all have state meet experience.
Still, the Wildcats are going to have many new faces.
“Our Wildcats are all fairly new to the sport of wrestling, so what we are trying to instill in them is character, integrity, and a good work ethic,” Hocker said. “This season will be considered a success if our wrestlers leave our program with these three traits.
“We are attempting to win our fourth Northeast League title in a row and send our seniors out with no regrets.”
Law, who was 45-14 last year, has 126 career wins and Hocker said a goal is for Law to win at least 37 matches to move into second on the school’s all-time win list behind Antonio Saldate, last year’s 126-pound state champion. Alvarado (118 career wins) also could get into the top three on the school’s all-time list.