Expectations moved down for Wildecats

December 10, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake had hoped to improve upon last year's third-place finish in the county tournament.

But because four potential starters moved away, the Wildecats now find themselves modifying their expectations.

"Hopefully we'll be competitive and still be able to finish third or fourth in the county if our young kids come along," coach Rich Jackson said. "But with our low enrollment it will be tough to replace those four kids who moved."

Wilde Lake (10-3 overall, 5-2 last season) won the county tournament in 1989 and usually has a competitive team.

Two-time defending county and regional champ Mike Green leads the list of returnees. Green (23-5 last season) was also fourth in the state. The senior is excellent on his feet and works some strong pinning combinations.

Also back is junior heavyweight Carlo Gerstenfeld, who finished third in the county and fourth in the region last season. His record was 17-9.

"He's much improved," Jackson said.

Jackson is counting on improvement from 119-pound sophomore Josh Ho, a second-year varsity performer who was 7-9 last season. Ho wrestles best on his feet.

Jackson also is hoping for some improvement from his son, Richard, a 152-pound senior who was 9-9 last season. The younger Jackson is a determined wrestler who works best from the bottom.

Senior Donnell Kelly (189 pounds) was second in the JV tournament last season.

Jason Metter is an inexperienced junior wrestling at 145 pounds.

Wrestlers up from JV include sophomore Chad Tidgewell (103), junior Chris McCollum (125), sophomore Alex Hernandez (130) and senior Perry Miles (160).

Sophomore 135-pounder Nathan Fleming did not wrestle last season. Jackson is still looking for someone to wrestle at 140 pounds.

"All four of the kids who moved were from the middle weight classes," Jackson said. "We have enough numbers [31 overall], but we don't have the kind of quality athletes we have had in past years."

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