Resorter coach has optimistic outlook

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – A nice mix of experience and youth boost the hopes for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/ Howards Grove wrestling team this season.

The Resorters return five letter winners, led by sophomore 126-pounder Max Ward who qualified for the Division 2 state tournament last season at 113. The other letter winners are junior Frank Perko at 132/138; senior Trent Rebedew, 138/145; junior Brennen Cain, 145/152; and sophomore Troy Rebedew at 152/160.

Troy Rebedew took third in the Central Lakeshore Conference Tournament last season at 152 and advanced to the sectional with a second-place finish at 160. His older brother, Trent, earned third in the regional at 132.

Junior Jared Shaw, a letter win- ner last season, won’t be able to compete this season due to an injury.

The Resorters will be competing in the newly formed Big East Conference which is a combination of the CLC and Olympian conferences.

“I am optimistic on our upcoming season. I am excited to be competing in The Big East Conference. It will be nice to be able to compete against Reedsville, Mishicot, Manitowoc Lutheran/ Roncalli [from the Olympian] in addition to Random Lake, Oostburg, Ozaukee, and Cedar Grove- Belgium,” said Larry Ward (Max’s father) who enters his fourth season as the Resorters’ head coach.

“We have six freshmen this year which will be contributing right away. We have a nice blend of seasoned wrestlers to complement the freshmen and for the freshmen to learn from.

“Our strength is that we have some great leaders in the wrestling room who have had success in the past and we will be filling more weights than in the previous years,” said coach Ward.

“We are not very deep at these weights, so we need to stay healthy. We had quite a few of our guys put the time in during the offseason, so I am expecting to see success right away.”

The coach said he is looking for leadership from Ward, Troy Rebedew, Trent Rebedew, Cain and Perko.

Coach Ward said freshmen Cody Behnke, Regan Dippel and Matthew Schorer have impressed him so far among the newcomers. Schorer is the only HGHS student on the squad. The coach noted that sophomore Jon Roll, who transferred to EL-G last year, shows promise.

“Our goals for the season are to finish in the top half of the conference and to get more qualifiers for the state tournament than last year’s [season’s] three. We have the quality of wrestlers to achieve these goals. Now the guys need to go out and get it,” said coach Ward.

“While I look for Random Lake to be the top contender for the conference title again this year, I think a couple of teams in our conference can push them,” he said.

Random Lake finished second to Oostburg in last season’s CLC Tournament.

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