But like most coaches, Hagenow said he just wants his “wrestlers to compete to the best of his or her ability.”
Batts, Hunter Fox, and Casey Fox each won WCC titles last season. Batts and Hunter Fox were also sectional champions. Casey Fox advanced to regionals, along with WCC runner-up Lukas Stoutenour.
“Our stronger and more experienced wrestlers will have to lead us in the wrestling room and on the scoreboard,” Hagenow said.
Along with that core group of grapplers, Hagenow said he was very excited about the couple of freshmen and new faces to the program.
“They’ll complete our line-up and will gain valuable varsity experience this year,” he said.
The two groups will work together to forge a strong team and must accomplish that without senior leadership, because not a single senior is on the team this season.
“We have no seniors in the program, but our juniors have taken up the burden of leadership and have done a fine job,” Hagenow said. “This group has a lot of experience and is hungry to compete this season. Many of them wrestle with a chip on their shoulder because small schools don’t get the respect they deserve.”