Experience boosts Resorters’ hopes

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – With a wealth of experience the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove Resorters have high hopes for the 2017-18 wrestling season.

The Resorters return 12 letter winners from last season when they finished 12-9 overall in duals and 2-3 in Big East Conference action. Elkhart’s best finish in a tournament was second in the Horicon Invitational.

“I am very optimistic on this season. We have quality, experienced wrestlers on our team this year,” said Resorter head coach Larry Ward who is in his sixth season directing the team.

“I am expecting big things from our senior class, and our sophomores and juniors have improved greatly since last February. We have a very solid group of freshmen this year as well that will be fighting to get into the varsity lineup.”

The Resorters have two state qualifiers back in seniors Max Ward and Jon Roll. Ward, a 152-pounder, won BEC Tournament and Division 2 regional titles at 138 last season. Ward, 37-4 last season, is a three-time state qualifier and has won BEC crowns the past two campaigns.

Roll won a regional championship and was second in the BEC Tourney as a junior at 285 where he will compete at this season. He finished 35-13 last season.

Senior 170-pounder Troy Rebedew is the Resorters’ other sectional wrestler from last season. Rebedew wrestled at 160 as a junior and was a regional runner-up.

“We have some depth at a few of the weight classes which hasn’t happened a lot the last eight seasons. Unfortunately, we will not be filling a couple of the lightweight classes,” said coach Ward.

Elkhart’s roster includes 19 wrestlers, compared to 14 last season.

“Jon has put on 25 pounds of muscle in the off-season which is going to make him a force in the heavyweight class. Junior Matthew Schorer [220] has also put some muscle on in the off-season and has really improved his technique as well.

“Our freshman class is very solid. They will be filling some varsity roles and contributing right out of the gate,” said the coach.

The HG students on the team are junior Matthew Schorer, sophomore Kurt Theobald and freshman Josh Schorer.

“The keys to our success will again be to stay healthy and to get bonus points during our duals,” coach Ward pointed out.

Earning bonus points will be crucial because the team will try to make up the 12 points that it’s giving up due to forfeits at two weight classes.

“Our goals as a team are to win a conference championship and to finish in the top two at regionals. We have the wrestlers to make a good run this season,” said the coach.

“I am expecting a very tight conference race this season. I see Reedsville, Cedar Grove- Belgium and us fighting to knock Random Lake off the top of the mountain. It will come down to who can fill the most weight classes, and match-ups.

“There is a lot of talent in our conference and any team can beat another on a given night.”

Random Lake is the two-time defending BEC Tourney champion. Reedsville finished second last season. Elkhart placed sixth in the BEC Tourney and was third in regional competition.

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