GOODLAND, Kan — After a season of growth last year the Goodland Cowboy wrestling team looks build upon its late season success.
“We got better as the whole year went on. If you watched our team wrestle at regionals I thought we peaked and saw kids really wrestle their best”, said head coach Joe Sramek.
The Cowboys sent three wrestlers to state last season in DJ Knox, Dawson Holub & Brody Kaup. Holub went 1-2 at state in 195 ending his season at 29-22 overall. Kaup went 0-2 at state ending his season at 14-17 in 113. While Knox had the best run of any Cowboy last year finishing runner up at 106 with a 40-13 record as a freshman.
“DJ will make 106 again this year and build off his freshman year and Dawson looks to improve and try and come home with a state medal as a senior. And Brody will look to improve on his state qualifying from last year,” said Sramek.
Plus they return Mason Murray who was one of the teams better wrestlers all of last season but was unable to get to state in a very difficult 182 pound weight class. Murray himself was disappointed this last season to not make state but Smarek expects him to make a good push this year at getting there.
“Overall I think all of our guys are ready to take that next step and make some noise this year” Sramek continued.
Other key contributors Sramek mentioned to take the next step were Blake Livengood and Jantzen Miller. But overall this years team will once again be quite young made up of mostly freshman and sophomores with only three seniors. And the Cowboys are probably not going to have anyone wrestle at 285 or 225 this year.
Cowboys get their season started on Thursday at the Decatur Community double dual where they will wrestle not only the Red Devils but also the defending two-time state champs out of Colorado in Wray. Then on Saturday they will compete at the Gabel Jenkins in St. Francis.