The Schuyler Central High School Warriors wrestling team is coming off a superb showing during the 2018-19 season and, from all indications, this upcoming season will be another outstanding season for the grapplers in green and white.
Under head coach Jeremy Hlavac, who enters his seventh season as head coach, the Warriors have been a solid crew. He will once again be assisted by Nick Wilcox and Drey Keairnes, who also enter their seventh year of coaching the wrestlers.
An addition this year to the coaching staff is Tyrell Reickert. Reickert is a first-year teacher from Dundy County High School. He was a state qualifier who brings a been there, done that level of experience.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge to the SCHS wrestling team and we are excited to have him on board with us this season,” Hlavac said.
Gone is state champion Jesus 'Chuy' Maganda, state medalists Miguel Roman (fourth place) and Caden Yrkoski (fifth place). seeking another trek to the state meet are senior Travis Marxsen (182 pounds) and junior Alejandro Sanabria (285 pounds).
In addition to Marxsen and Sanabria, Hlavac sees Geo Chacon, Ivan Perez, James Castanon, Jesus Carrasco, Kevin Escobar, Diego Maganda, Gabriel Moyao, Jaime Lira, Marco DeArcos, and Henry Ramirez as being some of the top wrestlers on the varsity squad this season.
There are 58 males and 14 females listed on the wrestling roster this winter.
They include: (freshmen) Adrian Carvajal, Daniel Garcia, Migueos Godinez, Jery Gutierrez, Daniel Ledesma, Cezer Lininger, Diego Maganda, Javier Marquez, Dennis Martinez, Jonathan Martinez, Jonny Medina, Kevin Perez, Angel Quezada, Gonzalo Quezada, Brayan Romero, Isreal Santay, and Josue Veliz. (Sophomores) Eduardo Carrasco, James Castanon, Fernando Castro, Geovany Chacon, Edgar Diego, Jonathan Echemida, Chris Escobar, Jhony Escobar, Randy Fransico, Joel Jacinto, Gabriel Moyao, Josh Pasquela, and Ivan Perez. (Juniors) Luis Azucar, Freddy Basillio, Jesus Carrasco, Jose Correa, Jesus Corona, Oscar Cruz, Johnny Gonzalez, Daniel Jerez, Jose Marino, Jesse Martinez, Cirilo Mejia, Nelson Mena, Diego Moralez, Andy Ruiz, Elder Sacarias, Luis Sanchez, Alejandro Sanabria, Bryan Valdivia, and Gabriel Vargas. (Seniors) Edgar Cruz, Marco DeArcos, Jordan Echemedia, Steve Garcia, Jaime Lira, Travis Marxsen, Melvin Pineda, Casey Ramirez, and Henry Ramirez. (Females) Jenny Ardon, Angie Barrara, Analy Carrera, Yeni Carretto, Carla Chacon, Leslie DeArcos, Evelyn Guzman, Jocelyn Lagunes, JoAnna Rodriguez, Jaime Romero, Lauren Romero, Natalia Ruiz, and Hasley Salgado.
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Hlavac said that the strength of his team is preparation. His athletes have done a lot of wrestling and are full of a passion and love for the sport.
“We have hard workers that give 100 percent each day,” he said.
Hlavac said that age and experience may be some of the weaknesses for Schuyler this season.
“We will be young in age as we will have a lot of sophomores in the lineup this year,” he said.
Hlavac added that Hastings will be one of the better teams in Class B this year and that the Central Conference is always deep in talent and will have several strong squads competing.
The SCHS wrestling squad begins its season at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 with a home duel match against Central Conference foe Crete.
The always competitive Schuyler Invitational is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 18.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.