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  • New year, same tricks for Pleasant Ridge wrestling

  • Ridge squad loaded with seasoned junior, senior talent
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  • Team: Pleasant Ridge wrestling
    Last year’s record: 15-5 dual record
    Coach: Darren Weber
    Coach’s record: 12th year at PR
    Key returnees:
    Jared Johnson, 170-pound senior; second at state after going 38-3 in 2012
    Tony Weber, 113-pound junior; 33-10 last year and two-time state qualifier
    Blake Graham, 120-pound junior; 33-11 last season and two-time state qualifier
    Clayton Gum, 106-pound senior; 2012 state qualifier
    Aaron Brown, 195-pound senior; 33-11 last year
    Nate Amos, 160-pound sophomore
    Ethan Payeur 152-pound senior
    Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — The experience of this year’s Pleasant Ridge wrestling team is off the charts.
    Four state qualifiers return for the Rams, all of which are upperclassmen who have been through the rigors of a full varsity season.
    The coaching staff hopes that leadership will rub off on the team’s younger ranks.
    WEAKNESSES — Though the squad returns quite a few, PR will have a slightly smaller team according to Weber, which may leave a couple weight classes open.
    Big meets: Rossville Tournament on Jan. 5; Holton Tournament on Jan. 19
    Coach says: “It’s going to be one of the best seasons of wrestling at Pleasant Ridge since the ‘80s.”
    — Brent Lager
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