Young Resorters show much promise

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

MAX WARD (left) of Elkhart Lake, shown earning a pin last season, is one of the key wrestlers returning for the Resorters. – Photo by Mike McGill MAX WARD (left) of Elkhart Lake, shown earning a pin last season, is one of the key wrestlers returning for the Resorters. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Head coach Larry Ward is very high on his young Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/ Howards Grove wrestling squad this season.

“I am very optimistic on this season after two weeks of practice. I am anxious to watch them develop throughout the season,” said Ward who embarks on his fifth season at the helm.

“These guys have showed me that they make up for their lack of experience with hard work in the practice room and a strong desire to win.

“We had a good freshman class last year and those guys have matured both physically and mentally since last season. Our freshmen are very tough and a couple of them got some mat time in over the summer which will pay off for them.

“We are missing a few weight classes because some of these guys are bunched up at the same weight but will spread out by the second half of the season,” said Ward.

The Resorters had a fine 2015-16 campaign which saw them finish fourth in the inaugural Big East Conference Tournament and third in their Division 2 regional. EL-G/HG posted a 5-2 BEC dual record and a 12-10 overall mark.

The Resorters have only one senior on their roster in senior 152-pounder Brennen Cain but return nine letter winners, including Cain. Cain placed third at 145 in the Big East Conference Tournament last season. EL-G lost only one senior (Trent Rebedew, a state qualifier at 138) to graduation.

The group of letter winners is led by junior 138-pounder Max Ward (coach Ward’s son) who was a Division 2 state qualifier at 126 last season. Ward also competed at state as a freshman.

Ward also won BEC Tournament and regional titles last season en route to an outstanding 42-7 record.. The Resorters have two other sectional wrestlers back – sophomore Matthew Schorer at 220 and junior Jon Roll at 285. Schorer earned first place and Roll was runner-up in regional action which advanced them to the sectional.

EL-G/HG returns three thirdplace finishers in the BEC Tourney – sophomore Cody Nelson (106 last season) at 113/120, Cain and junior Troy Rebedew (152 last season) at 170. Rebedew was a sectional qualifier as a freshman.

“I look for them all [Ward, Rebedew, Schorer and Roll] to have a great season as well as for Brennen Cain to have a breakout year. I also expect to see a few of our freshmen/sophomores to make some noise, come tournament time,” said the coach.

Among the newcomers this season, coach Ward has been impressed with freshmen Ben Meiselwitz (145) and Finn Shields (170).

“Meiselwitz and Shields are two freshmen that have looked very tough in practice so far. They worked hard over the summer

– conditioning and putting time in on the mat – and it has shown,” he noted.

“Random Lake is the team to beat again this year in the conference. They have a very solid senior class.”

Random Lake is the reigning BEC Tournament champion.

Coach Ward talked about the Resorters’ goals and the keys for the team to have success this season.

“Our goals as a team are based on improving throughout the season. If we can continue to improve, stay healthy and fill 1-2 more weight classes with the guys we currently have, we will have a very successful season again,” he said.

“We have a great group of kids which has me very excited about this season.”

The HG students on the team are Schorer, sophomore JJ Waldhuetter and freshman Kurt Theobald.

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