Jeff Voss begins his 23rd season as the head coach of the West Delaware wrestling team as the high school season kicked off yesterday with the first day of practice. Voss who is 356-115-1 in dual meets in his time with the Hawks says the focus during this first week of practice is to transition the kids from their fall sport back into the wrestling mentality:
The Hawks were 8-11 in dual meets last season while finishing second at their sectional tournament which qualified them for the regional duals. They return both of their state qualifiers from last season in senior Harrison Goebel who qualified at 182 pounds and junior Mitchel Mangold who finished third at 145 pounds. Voss says he will rely on them to provide leadership to show the underclassmen the work ethic it takes to qualify for the state meet:
The Hawks will also rely on other senior leadership in seniors Cole Engel, Tristan Voelker, and Dylan Linderwell. In their first three seasons this year’s senior class has a 123-98 varsity record and with the experience they have on the mat they will look to improve and help make the team better with that experience:
West Delaware also returns plenty of varsity experience from their sophomore and junior classes, add that along with a freshmen class who have a lot of mat time in the lower level and you have a team that Voss is looking forward to seeing improve all season:
The Hawks will host their meet the wrestlers night at the Hanson Auditorium on Saturday November 25th and start competition on November 30th as they travel to take on Waverly-Shell Rock.