By Pat Dailey (For OzarkSportsZone.com)
With Lukas Walker being promoted as Carl Junction’s preseason cowl boy, he offers coach Mike Frizzell’s program a a lot totally different have a look at the highest than former Bulldogs greats Jesse Cassatt and Jackson White.
Cassatt was 49-0 and the Class 3 182-pound state champion in 2020 and was 36-3 and a 195 state champ in 2019. White was 47-1 and a 182 state runner-up in 2020.
Walker was at 106 whereas compiling a 34-5 mark final season.
“We’ve had a string of some sturdy wrestlers on the heavier weights,” Frizzell stated. “Which will flip for us this 12 months. However you by no means know the place we’re going to be the strongest, as we have now people all through the lineup assist us.”
The Bulldogs welcome again six returnees who had a minimum of 20 wins final season.
Walker completed his freshman season fifth at State.
“In an everyday format, he most likely would have been wrestling for third place,” Frizzell stated. “Lukas was 4-1 at State with 4 pins. However the very best he might do was fifth after he misplaced to the eventual state champion within the quarterfinal spherical.”
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Frizzell is assured of Walker’s probabilities to contend for a state title whether or not he stays at 106 or jumps as much as 113.
“We’ll have a look at lineups on Trackwrestling.com to see the place persons are at and see the place he has the very best likelihood,” Frizzell stated. “I search for Lukas to be on prime of the rostrum this 12 months. He is a superb chief and a particularly sensible wrestler. He does a whole lot of work on his personal. His dad is an enormous affect on him together with his coaching. His dad used to coach in particular forces, so he’s placing him via good exercises — they’re killers.”
Dex Merrell is a sophomore who might be at 145 or 152. He was 29-14 as a freshman.
“Dex had unhealthy luck within the District finals final season and virtually broke his ankle,” Frizzell stated. “He battled via the harm at Sectionals, however couldn’t actually transfer and misplaced a pair matches I feel he would have received, if he had been wholesome.”
Max Mathews will possible be at 120, after going 26-17 final season. Frizzell studies he had a powerful low season.
“Max and Lukas are exercise companions and Max has put as a lot time in as Lukas has,” Frizzell stated.
Cadyn Bollinger was 25-14 final season and is predicted to be at 195 or 220. He suffered a torn ACL in April, however after a powerful rehab had joined the Bulldogs’ soccer group late in its season.
“Cadyn has finished an ideal job coming again,” Frizzell stated. “He’s forward of schedule and appears actually good. He has packed on some muscle.”
Kam Bennett was 21-20 final season and Likelihood Benford 20-19. Benford might be at 170 or 182 and Bennett might be a heavyweight.
Freshman Tony Stewart is a prized prospect at 160 or 170.
“He’s been a multi-time state champion in youth packages,” Frizzell stated. “His expertise stage is already there. He’s extraordinarily athletic and robust. I search for him to have an ideal highschool profession. He can go deep within the state event this season.”
Frizzell provides extra freshmen might assist Carl Junction.
“We’ve got freshmen coming in with loads of expertise who might bounce proper into the lineup and assist us fill some holes,” he stated. “We’re going to be younger, however so far as skilled wrestlers we’re going to be heavy in that space.”