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Senior Jacob Franklin (170) highlights this year’s Mustangs, as he was a semistate qualifier last year. Meanwhile, senior Yancey Crase (145) and sophomore Jimmy Wise (132/138) look to return to the Jeff Regional.
Seniors Dalton Bingham (152), Gabe Nix (160) and Jerry Fox (220) and junior Matthew Mosley (126) are expected to make contributions to New Washington as well in 2013-14 along with freshman Noah Franklin (113), who is Jacob’s brother.
“That’s our goal — to go as far as we can,” Mustangs’ head coach Jeremy Campbell said. “The guys on the team are working extremely hard.”
Campbell says Charlestown and Milan are the favorites to win the SIWC this season.
Three returning Musketeers are looking to continue to persevere this season.
Senior Jordan Gray (106) has his sights on qualifying for regional for the fourth time. Fellow senior Trevor Allen (138) expects to make a return trip to regional, while senior Brayton Brading (152) will try to win his third MSC title and qualified for regional for a third time.
Other returning letterwinners are seniors Caleb Donoho (182) and Nick Lanham (220) and sophomores Trevor Chancey (138), Dustin Jackson (160) and Wade Moulder (195).
Eastern welcomes several varsity newcomers in juniors Mike Hall (145), Daulton Roberts (170) and Zach Brough (220) and freshmen Robbie Stein (106), Brant Stewart (126), Jay Judson (126), Hunter Fleenor (195) and Josh Campbell (220).
Musketeers’ head coach Justin Long says he hopes his team can compete against Charlestown in the MSC Duals and the MSC Championships this season. Eastern also will wrestle several tough tournaments like the Robert Fugate Memorial Invitational in Scottsburg, the Salem Pride Tournament and the SIWC meet.
“I feel that our team can be just as successful as it was last year, if not better. We finished last year with a team record of 16-9 and second place in the MSC,” Long said. “I think that this year, our team record will depend on our senior leadership. If our seniors have big years, our team will be very successful. I do believe that we can push for 20 wins as well as a battle to finish first in the MSC.”
Note: Information on Christian Academy could not be obtained at press time.