Capsule outlook for local high school wrestling teams

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Division: III

Coach: Brock Hoffman (4th year)

Last year: 5th

Returning starters: Alex Boufford, jr., 160; Zack Anderson, jr., 126; Mark Borak, sr., 145; Benjamin Boufford, jr., 152; Aidan Hyslop, jr., 170; Alec Schultz, so., 138; Christopher Wheeler, so., 220; William Zachistal, so., 285

Top newcomers: Wyatt Rheinhardt, fr., 106; Anna Krause, fr., 132

Outlook: The Falcons return a solid roster that has few holes. The team brings back some wrestlers who earned big points at the 2017 D-III championships, including Anderson (first at 120), Borak (third at 138) and Wheeler (fourth at 195). Krause has competed in national girls’ competitions and is an intriguing addition to the varsity team.

“We’re looking forward to a very competitive season,” Hoffman said.

Teams to beat: Plymouth, Campbell, Newport

John Stark

Division: III

Coach: Tim Capen (2nd year)

Last year: 11th

Returning starters: Jeffrey Johnston, Anthony L’Heureux, Daymon Rabbia, Sean Boisvert

Top newcomers: Thomas Johnston, Dawson Ruoff

Outlook: This looks to be another rebuilding year for the Generals, who had just one wrestler place in the top three of last year’s D-III meet, Jacob Mitchell, and he graduated. The good news is Stark has a deeper roster than it did last season, so the program looks to be headed in the right direction.

Teams to beat: Plymouth


Division: III

Coach: Tom Osmer (1st year)

Last year: 9th in D-III

Returning starters: Michael Mitchell, soph., 106; Hunter Finemore, jr., 120; Kenzie Bourgeois, sr., 126; Mark Sotherden, sr., 132; Cam Roberts, jr., 138; Andrew McKinnon, jr., 145; Kobi Briand, jr., 160; Damian Donahue, sr., 182; Caden Remillard, jr., 195; T.J. Robinson, sr, 285

Outlook: Roberts, who was fourth in D-III last year at 132, is the only returner who placed in last year’s division meet. Osmer takes over as the head coach after serving as an assistant for the last five years, and he likes what he’s seen from his team so far in the preseason.

“We have some very talented students who are putting in the hard work, and several weights with a lot of depth and competition for the starting spot,” Osmer said. “I expect a very competitive squad that will battle and grind no matter what they are up against.”

Teams to beat: “Plymouth, Plymouth and Plymouth,” Osmer said.