|Plainsmen wrestlers show strength in numbers|
By Shari Friedel
For the first time in years, the Perkins County wrestling team will feature a full lineup, filling all 12 weight classes with 14 team members.
Perkins County High School principal Dean Friedel has taken over coaching duties from former wrestling coach Chip Kay, who relinquished the position after two years, upon stepping into the duties of activities director for the high school.
Coach Friedel is pleased with the team’s numbers, which he said should help with the intensity during practices.
He looks to returning letter winners and upperclassmen for providing leadership for the young team, which includes six freshmen.
“There will be some ninth graders contending for varsity positions,” he said.
Returning to the team are Riley Kosmicki (145-152 lb.), a state placer; state qualifiers Garrett Patten (171-189 lb.) and Kyle Schulze (125-130 lb.); and letter winners Christian Miyamoto (140-145 lb.), John Prante (160-171 lb.) and Ethan Behrends (189-215 lb.).
New to the team are freshmen Austin Thelander (103 lb.), Trey Johnson (119-125 lb.), Rassel Hausman (125-130 lb.), Mark Hanson (140-145 lb.), Ty Summers (215-285 lb.) and Vinny Ross (215-285 lb.); and foreign exchange students Markus Wehrmann (171-189 lb.) and Pierre Schmitt (140-145 lb.).
Serving as student managers are Billy Mau, Cody Lyon and Emma Friedel.
The season opens for the Plainsmen wrestlers today (Thursday, Dec. 3) as they travel to Wauneta-Palisade for a dual tournament.