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Green wrestling coach says team has ‘hunger to be good’

11/29/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — According to first-year head coach Nate Eicher, this year’s Green High School wrestling team is on the younger side, but the wrestlers have a decent amount of varsity experience.

“They are mostly young sophomores, freshmen and a few juniors,” he said. “At the same time, they were all here under the old coach, Anthony Hayes, who put in a good system, and now they know the expectations that are set for the program. The strengths are that we have a young group of guys, but they have been wrestling a lot in the offseason. We also have two very hard-working seniors in Gabe Mahaney and Mark Dahlman.”

Eicher said he has high expectations for the seniors this year.

“Mark Dahlman, who is a very strong football player and returning district qualifier at heavyweight, is a very intelligent kid and has really put time in the weight room to become better,” the coach said. “Gabe Mahaney is a strong-willed, hard-working kid. He will compete at 182 pounds, and he is getting better each week. I really look for him to help us greatly in the upper weight classes, as well as serving as a good leader for the team.”

In addition, Eicher said he is looking for another strong performance from junior Chris Doyle.

“Chris Doyle is looking very strong and is a returning district qualifier,” he stated. “I really think Chris will look to shock a lot of people with his speed and slickness that has even seemed to improve more from last year.”

A number of other wrestlers also will be expected to play key roles, Eicher said.

“Ryan Kaminski was a sectional placer, losing close matches to get a district berth. He is very hard working, and he put in the time over the summer and has grown tremendously as a wrestler,” the coach said. “Jacob Bostic is also a returning sectional placer that is quick, and his strength has improved, as well as being a good football player. Kyle Higly, George Zawahri and AJ Hancock are some young wrestlers who will be cracking the lineup and are working very hard to get where they are. Floyd Rogers will also help us out, breaking the lineup at 195 pounds.”

Last season, the Green wrestling team finished 15-6 in dual meets and ended up with five district qualifiers and one state qualifier. The new season will get under way at the Lake Duals Dec. 1, where Green will be wrestling Louisville, Coventry, Southeast and Lake.

Eicher said his team is eager for the season to start.

“They are hungry. These kids have a lot of hunger to be good and a good work ethic. They really want to change the face of Green wrestling,” he stated. “I really believe we will all have the capabilities to shock some people if we wrestle like we can. I think we just need to keep working hard. The intensity in the room is up, and we seem to keep setting a new goal for intensity mentally and physically every day. We are also trying to instill in all our wrestlers the confidence it takes to be a good team.”

Eicher’s staff is comprised of Adam Demonte, Matt Hennis, Chris Kriebel, Ryan Jones and Jeff Bostic.

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