With 11 wrestlers back who gained varsity letters last year, Northmor wrestling coach Scott Carr has expectations for another strong season.
The main loss for the team was Tony Martinez, who finished with 104 wins in his career, including 42 last year as he placed sixth at state. A four-year letterman, he won five tournament last year, including the KMAC, sectional and district competitions.
However, the team has a lot coming back, including a state champion and two others who’ve competed in the state meet. Conor Becker won a state title last year, finishing with a 49-2 record; while Niko Christo was a state qualifier and tallied a 36-14 mark. While he didn’t advance to Columbus last year, Gavin Ramos (31-11) placed eighth in the state in 2018.
Austin Amens won a sectional title and finished sixth at districts, while Trenton Ramos took a league title and also was sixth in districts, so both of those competitors were one match away from joining their teammates at state last year. Hunter Brookover, Brandon Planey and Eli Davis all advanced to districts last year, as did Dale Brocwell, who was a sectional champion. Gavin Whited (third in the KMAC) and Marcus Cortez also return.
Carr will add a few newcomers to the varsity line-up, as he expects C.J. Stoney and Bohdi Workman to both contribute.
When it comes to team goals, the coach is hoping his squad can win the KMAC, sectionals and districts, while also placing in the top five in the state meet. He also would like them to win their regional in the state dual meet competition.
“We return 11 KMAC placers and four champs,” he said. “We should field another strong team this season.”
In the league, Carr looks at Highland and Mount Gilead as the main teams to beat.