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Bulldogs’ head coach Eric Burres thinks he has several returning wrestlers who can advance to the Jeff Regional and beyond this season.
New Albany has two seniors in Lunden Bradford (106) and Bryce Peavler (132) and six juniors in Romarro Bradford (126), Hunter Castleberry (145), Tre Lynch (152), D Frederick (160), David Harrison (170) and Patrick Landrum (220). Burres also expects contributions from another returning letterwinner in sophomore Derrick Harris (138).
Two freshmen should factor into the Bulldogs’ lineup in Dakota Erickson (113) and Noah Day (120). Other varsity newcomers for New Albany are Cameron Mason (182), Dalton Mowery (195) and Richard Mowery (285).
“I feel we have some returners who could make it far in the IHSAA tournament series,” Burres said. “We should place somewhere in the top four in the sectional as far as the team race is concerned. I don’t know if we have enough depth to win, but we will be in the hunt. Our goal is to get our kids to peak at the right time and get someone to the state tournament plus finish in the top four in the sectional as a team.”
The Bulldogs have a handful of difficult meets on their schedule like the Yorktown Duals, the Hoosier Hills Conference Duals, the Jeff Classic and the Evansville Mater Dei Holiday Classic.
Head coach Patrick Fleming will rely on six returning letterwinners to lead a young Pioneers’ squad during the 2013-14 campaign.
Leading the group of returnees is Matt Hayes. The junior won a Jeff Sectional title last year in the 182-pound division and advanced to semistate.
Senior Josh Murner returns this season after sitting out last year because of an injury. The four other returnees are seniors Robbie Logsdon and Blake Logsdon and juniors Jason Murner and Justin Wheatley.
“We have the largest freshman class that we’ve had in a long time, but we are short on upperclassmen. Our starting lineup will be very young with a lot of freshman filling the lower and middle weight classes,” Fleming said. “We probably have the youngest team in the area, but the wrestlers are working hard and will continue to progress throughout the season. I expect our upperclassmen to have an immediate impact and set the example for the younger wrestlers.”