By Zachary B. Keider
Last year the NRHS wrestling team placed second in the NOC conference and yielded a state-qualifying wrestler. This year, there is even more promise because seniors Garrett Snyder and Andre Herron are both contenders to qualify for the state tournament.
Head Coach Sean Folk also said that “we definitely have a team that can compete for the conference title this year.” The current title defender is Brunswick High School, which also looks intimidating as almost all of the team powerhouses are returning as seniors. Snyder says that this will not affect the mentality of the team throughout the season.
Coach Folk said that the mentality of the team has not changed since last year, and the wrestlers’ pursuit of greatness is stronger than ever before. The team philosophy is to make kids better, do the best you can, and promote the sport of wrestling. Coach Folk said that they have a very solid program, and “our kids change every year but the program doesn’t.” Coach Folk’s goal for this season is to have as many kids place at states as they can.
Leading the team to greatness this year is varsity wrestler Garrett Snyder. He missed states by one match last year, but is prepared and ready to overcome the challenges of the entire season leading up to states. Snyder said “because I have been training with the team in the off season, attending camps, and weight training, I feel confident that I will do far better than I did last year.” Because Snyder is a senior captain, he must lead the team by example. “I try to work with the kids around me, and I really try and work hard so they have someone to look to who is putting in the work so that they are more motivated to push themselves.”
Another varsity wrestler who is excited about the season is Andre Herron. He wrestles in the 120 weight class. He has been wrestling his entire life and is more than ready for the challenges of this upcoming season. Herron said, “My goal for this season is to go out and have fun, but I also want to stomp the competition and conquer my weight class.” He is also confident that the team is destined for greatness this season, and he said “the mentality of the team has always been the same. Teamwork. Even though it is only one of us out on the mat at a time, we need to stay together as a team and support each other.”
Snyder said, “We are very confident, but we have a few gaps in our line-up that we are trying to fill, but even with those gaps in our line-up, we have a handful of kids that we can depend on to score points for the team no matter what.”