Last year, Shelby-Rising City wrestling sent one wrestler to state in returning senior Mason Schleis. This year they hope to expand upon what they have been building.
The season starts at 2 p.m. Friday when the Huskies travel to compete in the Lakeview Invitational along with David City, East Butler, Fullerton, Gibbon, North Bend Central, Osceola, Scotus Central Catholic, Twin River, and Wayne.
"This season is going to be long and hard," head coach Austin Carmichael said. "It's going to be a grind like it is every year, but we train hard and work hard. We diet right, do our nutrition right so we can compete well."
While results are always important, Carmichael said that Shelby-Rising City doesn't only look at the records as a way of measuring success.
"We don't let wins and loses define us, so our goal is just to get better every match in every position, and the wins will end up taking care of themselves," Carmichael said. "We just go out there and compete hard and win every position and hopefully we end up on top."
Though Schleis is the only returning wrestler with state experience, the Huskies believe there are several members of the lineup who will have an opportunity to make their way to Omaha.
"There's a lot of them that have a lot of potential we just have to go out and compete," Carmichael said. Hopefully we see the whole team down there."
The Huskies take pride in the work they put into the season to prepare. Carmichael said the character traits that describe his team this year is work ethic and discipline.
Shelby-Rising City is hoping its work ethic can make up for some of the inexperience on the mat.
It's only the fifth year of the Shelby-Rising City wrestling program, and this will be Carmichael's third year as the head coach.
The program has come a long way from when it first started. Just four years ago the team only had six wrestlers come out, and now the practice mats are filled up.
"Just keep an eye on us," Carmichael said, "we're going to be coming."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net