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Tiger mat men ready to rumble

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by Steve Amy

Tiger mat men ready to rumble

By Kevin Hieronymus - khieronymus@bcrnews.com
 
 

Third-year PHS coach Steve Amy moved his troops from their normal perch of the Prouty Gym balcony down to the wrestling wing for a final tune-up for Tuesday’s season opener at PHS. The Tigers will face Peoria Notre Dame and St. Bede at 6 p.m. in the South Gym with Prouty Gym being overbooked with basketball.
 “We wanted to give them one good hot practice,” Amy said. “That balcony is real cold. You don’t get the heat like in here, The heat make you a little more mentally tough, especially when you’re doing conditioning stuff. Helps people get down to weight a little bit.”

Amy will be able to fill most, if not all weights with a cast of experience grapplers. He said that  might take a couple of weeks due to the IHSA weight certifications.

Senior Reiter Bird is the unquestioned team leader. He went 31-15 a year ago and steps in at 135.

“He’s a great team leader,” Amy said. “He’s been working his tail off. All spring, he wrestled, work out with me and go to different tournaments and what not. He’s really looking forward to the state series and doing something.”

Senior Eric Bickett (19-17) returns at 125 with “a lot of big match experience.”

Returning sectional qualifiers are seniors Cody Cumpton (27-17)  at 140,  Dylan Olson (25-11) at 160, Colton Pate (15-14) at 171 and junior Earl Towne (22-15) at 152.

Other returning wrestlers include sophomore Marshall Ary (9-15) at 119, juniors Logan McCauley (9-15) at 145, Ben Staton (77-14) at 275 and seniors Justin Lucas, who was hurt for most of the 2009 season, at 189, Brewer Ary (8-5) at 215, Mike Bowman (2-15) and Alan Delbridge at 275.

Sophomore James Dove, went 3-4 on varsity last year, but was the NCIC F/S champ and Amy is looking for big things from him. Sophomore Mason Bale steps in at 103. Amy said Reece Bird, who went 24-17, has yet to join the team.

“Top to bottom, we’re pretty solid, once we get everybody to weight, anyway,” Amy said. “We should be very competitive. All depends where we get sent (for postseason). If we go up north, it’s more competitive, of course. We’ll have to be ready if that’s the direction we get sent. If we go south, we may have a shot to do something as a team. You just never know.”
 • This will be final year for NCIC wrestling as Princeton, St. Bede, Rock Falls, Mendota and IVC will wrestle in dual meets only with no conference meet.

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