Lions regroup after flurry of problems Liberty HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The revolving door at Liberty over the past few years has left the Lions' wrestling program a little battered and tattered entering this season.

Wrestlers have been leaving the team for disciplinary, academic and personal reasons. Some have dropped out for a season and then decided to come back.

Two wrestlers who were expected to lead the team this season already have been lost for different reasons.

Junior Brian Seifert (112 pounds this season after a successful year at 103) is off the team because of academic problems.

Senior heavyweight Thomas Rheubottom, a standout football player for the Lions, has decided to give up wrestling this season because he "is worn out."

Everywhere first-year coach Jeff Hash turns, there seems to be headaches.

"We've had problems in general with the team," said Hash. "This year I want to establish continuity and team guidelines and rules. a transition period."

Hash said his wrestlers have reacted positively to the new rules in the practice sessions leading up to tomorrow night's home and season opener against Howard.

"They're adapting to me very well so far," said the new coach. "They understand the rules and regulations and seem to understand where we're at and who we are."

Freshman Brandon Wagner will replace Seifert at 112, and senior Pat Quinn will take over for Rheubottom at heavyweight.

Quinn wrestled his freshman and sophomore seasons but dropped out as a junior.

Hash said he has no idea what to expect out of Quinn this season.

"Right now I'd say our top two wrestlers will be juniors Phil Youssi at 140 and Dan Evans at 145," said Hash.

The other wrestlers who could produce some top results for the 2A-1A Lions this season are sophomore Darnell Brockington (125), junior Tim Stuples (119), junior Eddie Morrell (135), junior Mike Durgin (160) and senior Jamie Snyder (171).

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