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Veteran upper weights setting tone for Revere wrestlers

12/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — According to head coach Dan Mosher, the Revere High School wrestling team’s realistic goals for the postseason this year are to have five Suburban League placers, five district qualifiers and two state qualifiers or placers.

Last season, Revere finished with a 13-9 dual meet record and featured five Suburban League placers — including two champions — as well as eight district qualifiers and a pair of state qualifiers (Zeck Lehman and Stephen Suglio).

Suglio graduated following the 2012-13 season, but Lehman is returning for his junior campaign. Mosher said Lehman has the ability to make another run at a state title.

“Junior Zeck Lehman and senior Ahmad Khatib are our two main state contenders. They both have the potential to go very deep into the postseason,” the coach said. “Khatib is probably the biggest surprise, based on the amount he has improved from the off-season. He has developed a lot more confidence in himself, and he has already knocked off a Division I state placer this season.”

In addition to those two upperclassmen, Mosher said, several other members of this year’s squad should have the opportunity for some postseason success this season.

“Juniors Dustin Shaffer and Jack Smith, freshman Brody Muir-Johnson and senior Carl Roman all have the ability to make a run deep into districts,” he said.

According to Mosher, the team’s “experienced veteran upper weights” are the strength of the team. Conversely, he said, the team is looking for improvement from its lower weights.

“Our lower weights are young, and we need to continue to develop technique, especially in the lower classmen,” he stated.

The seniors on this year’s team (with comments on each by the coach) are as follows:

  • Khatib (182 pounds): “He is a team captain and two-time district qualifier.”
  • Ben Sustersic (152 pounds): “Ben is a potential district qualifier.”
  • Roman (285 pounds): “Carl was a district qualifier last season.”
  • Devin Rhodes (152/160 pounds): “Devin is a solid back-up.”
  • Hunter Krauth (195/220 pounds): “Hunter has a strong work ethic and provides good leadership.”

A pair of underclassmen Mosher said he expects to stand out this season are Muir-Johnson (126 pounds) and Thomas Baker (195 pounds).

“Both were junior high state qualifiers last year as eighth-graders and should see significant time in the varsity line-up this season,” he stated.

Overall, Mosher said, the team has performed to his level of expectation thus far.

“Our young guys are making youthful mistakes, but are learning and getting a lot of mat time. Most of the upperclassmen are performing at a pretty high level,” he stated. “We took third as a team at the Beachwood Kickoff Classic. Khatib was champion there. We took seventh as a team at the Cuyahoga Heights Invitational. Khatib and Lehman both were champions there. We opened up Suburban League action with a 45-32 win over Copley and a 37-34 win over Green.”

Mosher said he is excited to watch as his team continues to improve throughout the season.

“We continue to grow as a program, and more kids are getting excited with the sport,” he said. “It is rewarding to see the amount of progress the wrestlers make from the beginning of the season to the end.”

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