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Amys army grows to 37 at PHS

Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 by Steve Amy

PRINCETON — Steve Amy and his Tiger wrestlers are a year older and a year wiser than when he took over the Princeton wrestling program from longtime coach Randy Swinford a year ago.

The Tiger coach has been able to hit the mats rolling the second go around.

“Most of the guys know everything and picked right up what we were showing them last year, and look good right now. Even the first year guys are picking up things pretty good,” Amy said. “I’ve broken practice down a little bit better, I think, after looking back at last year.”

Amy’s army is 37 members strong this year, helped by a heavy dose of recruiting which has brought in 14 first-year wrestlers, not counting the four freshmen.

“(Coach) Jesse Snyder and I just beat the bushes in the hallways recruiting everybody. I have a lot of guys in athletic PE class, and I just talk them into it,” Amy said.

With the new additions, Amy said the Tigers will be able to fill all the weights, something they were unable to do at regional last year.

“Those weight classes you have a hole in just kill you. Each guy can get you 15-20 points depending how they wrestle,” he said,

Amy returns 10 lettermen, including six returning sectional qualifiers.

Junior Reiter Bird (130) qualified for sectionals with a 21-22 record. He’s ranked 12th at 130 going into the season and has defeated the No. 4 man this summer, Amy said.

Other returning sectional qualifiers include sophomores Zack Schultz (4-25) at 112, Earl Towne (20-11) at 135, juniors Kyle Lilley (5-23) at 119, Cody Cumpton (10-20) at 130 and Dylan Olson (17-18) at 152.

Amy looks at Tiger Town Tangler product Reese Bird (103) to step in right away as a big contributor as a freshmen.

Other returning wrestlers include sophomores Eric Bickett (119), James Dove (119-125), Logan McCauley (140) and Ben Staton (275), juniors Colton Pate (160), Brewer Ary (215) and Alan Delbridge (275) and seniors Ted Bartoli (152), Darrin Rowe (171) and Jacob Robison (215).

Newcomers include freshman Marshal Ary (119-125), Will Harmon (130), Seth Sprouse (140) and Kameron Kleist (275), sophomores Cody Barringer and Kenneth Mullins (135), juniors Reynard Triao (112), Mike Bowman (112), Dustin Swanson (130), Tyler Griffin (135), Zeke Rosas (135), Brandon Boettcher (160), Dominic Pierre (160), Justin Lucas (189), Zach Sterling (189) and Jacob Swanson (189) and seniors Schuyler Foster (130), Zach Clark (189) and Jake Schuster (275).

“We’re looking to have a good year. Things are on the up,” Amy said. “We’ve got a team that could surprise some people.”

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