The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
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  • Leavenworth wrestling has high hopes for 2013
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  • 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.”
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