Boys wrestling relies on senior leaders for upcoming season

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Boys wrestling relies on senior leaders for upcoming season

Senior Jaylen Carson controls a Timberland wrestler. The Lancers won the meet against Timberland 43-21, but the two teams will not face each other this season.

Senior Jaylen Carson controls a Timberland wrestler. The Lancers won the meet against Timberland 43-21, but the two teams will not face each other this season.

Jack Weaver

Senior Jaylen Carson controls a Timberland wrestler. The Lancers won the meet against Timberland 43-21, but the two teams will not face each other this season.

Jack Weaver

Jack Weaver

Senior Jaylen Carson controls a Timberland wrestler. The Lancers won the meet against Timberland 43-21, but the two teams will not face each other this season.

Sophia Scheller, Staff Writer

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Last year, six wrestlers on the boys wrestling team placed in the top five individually at the State Championship match. As a team, the Lancers placed fourth, but Head Coach Joe Wier has even bigger plans for the squad this year.

“I’m pretty optimistic. We have a lot of kids with strong wrestling backgrounds coming back this year,” Wier said.

Wier hopes that the competitive nature of the program will help qualify 12 wrestlers for the State Tournament this season.

“We always have a tough road to [the State Tournament], but our kids always seem to rise up and compete really well,” Wier said. “That’s been the m.o. of our team ever since I started here eight years ago. I don’t plan on changing it.”

The team proved that this strategy works by finishing the season undefeated in team meets last year.

The team will be led by seniors Jayden Carson, Jaylen Carson, Desean Reese and Austin Wagner. Three of the four seniors are returning State medalists. 

Jayden looks forward to meeting his goals this season, including overcoming challenges and winning a State title.

“I believe that I have worked hard enough and done what I needed to do in order to be a State Champion,” Jayden said.

Even with the experience on the team, the Lancers will face some challenges and obstacles on the way to the State Tournament.

“Our conference is always tough with Seckman and Eureka,” Wier said.

Last year, Seckman proved to be a tough opponent, as the Lancers only won by five points.

“Team-wise we will struggle a bit, but I think we will overcome [our obstacles],” Jaylen said.

The boys wrestling team’s season began on Oct. 29, and their first match is on Nov. 28 at Northwest Cedar Hill.