Leavenworth wrestling has high hopes for 2013

Team: Leavenworth wrestling

Last year’s record: Fourth at Sunflower League; fourth at regionals, 14th at state; 5-5 in duals last year

Coach: Jay Johnston

Key returnees:
Nathan Butler, 285-pound senior; 6A state champ last year, ranked No. 1 in 5A
Jesse Colver, 220-pound senior; fifth at state last year, ranked No. 2 in 5A
Tilden Edwards, 160-pound senior; state qualifier last season
Danial Wilson, 132-pound senior; state qualifier last season
Daniel Wilson, 113-pound junior; two-time state qualifier

Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — Led by Stanford commit Nathan Butler, the Leavenworth wrestling team will enter the 2012-13 season with one of its most decorated senior classes ever.
The experience and leadership provided by this group will serve the Pioneers well throughout the year.

WEAKNESSES —  Though the team holds a wealth of upperclassmen, there are some middleweight gaps in the Leavenworth lineup.
To fill those spots, younger wrestlers will have to contribute as the season ages.

Big meets: Leavenworth Challenger, Dec. 1; Lee’s Summit Invitational, Dec. 15; Topeka Dual, Jan. 9; Newton TOC, Jan. 11; Gardner Dual, Feb. 6

Coach says: ”We have fantastic hardworking leaders that represent their school and community well and I am excited to begin our journey this year.”