He said he’ll rely on the three seniors — Staton, Boles, and Ottinger — but he’s also excited about the younger team members.
“The team has a nice balance of veterans, but also an influx of youth that looks promising for the future,” Sullivan said.
The Danville wrestling program is firing on all cylinders, coming on the heels of a first-ever team sectional title and third straight state appearance for one of the wrestlers.
In Danville coach Steve Pugliese’s 19 years, he said he doesn’t believe he’s coached a better wrestler than senior Neal Molloy.
Molloy has complied a 135-5 record, three state finals appearances, and a 2011 state championship in his three seasons of wrestling at Danville.
The only wrestling champion in Warrior history will likely jump to the 145 weight class after competing at 130 last year.
“Neal is a special talent,” Pugliese said. “However, he doesn’t do it on talent alone. His success is a direct result of how hard he works and how much time he puts into wrestling; whether it’s drilling, running, or lifting.”
Danville also returns seniors Brayden Montgomery and Kyle Reeves for a core veteran group.
“These seniors bring attitude and leadership to the program,” Pugliese said. “They lead by example.”
Freshmen Brock Hudkins and Elliott Molloy will look to contribute immediately this season.
The Warriors experienced a record number of wrestlers out for the team and will field a full lineup. Danville has high expectations for the season, and deservingly so.
“Expectations are the same: win county, conference, and sectionals, as well as the Class 2A team state dual meet championship,” Pugliese said. “Avon and Brownsburg are the most likely favorites for county and sectionals. North Montgomery and Southmont are the favorites for the conference. We think we can compete for championships, but we don’t think we’re considered the favorites.”