GOODLAND, KS — For the second straight season the Goodland Cowboy wrestling team will be a young one with a majority of its key guys being underclassman.
Last season saw a young team grow as the season progressed and ended up placing fourth at their 321A regional at Norton with three guys placing and going to state in DJ Knox at 106, Mason Hernandez at 138 & Dawson Holub at 195.
At state Knox would once again finish in 2nd place for the second straight year and finish his season at 40-5. Hernandez made it all the way to the semifinals before finishing in 6th and finishing his season at 36-15 in his first season. And Holub finished his career with a fourth place finish. The Cowboys as a team would finish in tenth play.
Despite not making it to state the Cowboys return three other wrestlers who finished with winning records back in 2020. Octavio Gonzalez finished with a 27-10 record. Kyan Ensign with a 20-18 record & Dexter Dautel who finished 17-13.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the team did not get to do much when it came to wrestling in the offseason as a team but a few of the guys were able to get some individual work in themselves.
The season will certainly be different due to tournaments being limited in size but coach Joe Sramek believes that it won’t affect the number of matches each wrestler will get.
Coach Sramek, in his 15th season, says his team will be young and he believes he will be close to having a full lineup here in 2020-21. The only spot they might have open in 106 as DJ Knox will move up in weight.
“I think we can make some noise at the 3A level. We’ll definitely see improvement and we will be very competitive. And I think we could see a top-10 finish at state or even higher,” Sramek said.
Goodland will begin the season hosting Wray & Decatur Community in a double-dual on December 3rd. Then they will compete on Saturday the 5th at the Gabel Jenkins in St. Francis.