With a load of talent returning in the local wrestling rooms, many county schools are preparing for solid 2012 seasons. Many of the area’s top wrestlers return from last year and could propel their teams to new heights.
For several years the Avon Orioles’ wrestling program has set at the head of the Hendricks County wrestling table. That position of power did not come easily. The Orioles rely on a top-notch youth program overseen by its high school coaching staff and many others that tirelessly try to improve the skill of Avon’s youth grapplers.
The effort has paid off.
Avon fended off a strong Danville team for its eighth consecutive county championship last season, and finished as the sectional runner-up.
“The work put forth by our middle school and club coaches has allowed us to maintain success over the years,” Avon coach Israel Blevins said. “Their long hours sometimes go unnoticed, but the abundance of young wrestlers ready to take the next step is a tribute to their hard work.
“The goal for Avon wrestling this season is to improve each day and be peaking in performance at the time of the state tournament. We make it our goal to win the local tournaments each year.”
Helping the Orioles achieve those goals this season are seniors Dylan Jones and Jonah Zorniger, both of who advanced to the state finals last year. Jones placed sixth and Zorniger finished as a qualifier. Joining those two are another pair of seniors in Gabe Dunham and Matt Syorinic.
“The entire senior class has been providing valuable leadership through their words and actions this preseason,” Blevins said.
Juniors Nick Etienne, a semistate qualifier, and Brian Rassbach are two-time returning letterman and they’re joined this year by returning lettermen TJ French and John Boffo.