Wrestlers gear up for big weekend

 

By Daniel Schoettler

The Warhawks Wrestling team will be splitting up this weekend, with half the team traveling to Indiana and the rest competing in Kenosha at UW-Parkside.

“There is going to be some tough teams to face. They’ll be some tough matchups for some of the guys,” senior Jake Fredricksen said. “We’ll just have to prep
are for this week. Once we get there on Saturday, we have to be ready for what every opponent has in store for us.”

The ’Hawks would like to add to their perfect 4-0 start to the season. A good showing at these two meets would do that.

“Both tournaments are individual tournaments,” sophomore Grant Sutter said.  “We’re hoping to bring home some hardware in multiple weight classes in the form of first place finishes.”

The starting lineup for the Warhawks wrestling team will go to Indiana to compete in the

Little States Tournament.     The teams the ’Hawks will face in that event will be from Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The University of Indianapolis, a Division-II school, is hosting the tournament.

“It will be nice to play some teams that we don’t see as often,” head coach Tim Fader said.“We’d love to see guys get better. We would like to see the team improve on the things we did in practice.”

Sutter said the team has done well in certain areas, but he thinks they can improve.

“Some aspects that we need to improve on from last weekend is wrestling better on the mat,” Sutter said. “On the feet, we have looked outstanding so far this season, but we’ve seen some circumstances where we can’t hold our opponents down or struggle to get away on bottom.”

The rest of the Warhawks will be competing in UW-Parkside’s Wisconsin Open. The competition the ’Hawks will face in the Wisconsin Open will include a few WIAC teams.

“It’s always hard to predict who will have a good showing, especially with the group of guys we have, because everybody in the room is capable of beating some quality guys,” Sutter said. “I’m excited to see the results of some of our freshmen again, as they have impressed me all year long so far.”

The Warhawks’ next meet is on Dec. 21, in Providence, R.I., at the JWU Tournament, but their conference season does not start until January.

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