At the annual preseason Sandusky Bay Conference wrestling meeting on Tuesday at Danny Boys Italian Eatery, Clyde was selected to finish No. 1 by the coaches and tied for No. 1 with Perkins by the media.
The top returner for the Fliers is senior Chris Moore, who won the 2012 Division II state championship at 170 pounds. Senior teammate Brad Smith placed third at the state meet at 195. Moore and Smith contributed season records at 49-3 and 48-3, respectively.
“We have a lot of guys back with district and state experience,” Clyde coach Rob Jennings said. “This is a good group of kids that are going to come in and work hard every day.
“We’ll see where we end up.”
In the coaches poll, The Fliers tallied six first place votes to finish with a top score of 10, while Perkins ended runners-up at 15. Oak Harbor followed in third (24) with Edison fourth (33), Margaretta fifth (44), Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic sixth (48), Huron seventh (52) and Port Clinton (62) eighth.
Clyde returns five SBC champions in Moore, Smith, Dakota Flores (132), Blake Miller (126) and Beau Minnick (120). This season, Flores will compete at 138/145 with Miller at 145/152 and Minnick at 145/152. Minnick was a state qualifier in 2012.
In the media poll, Clyde ended in a tie with the Pirates with a score of five. The Rockets followed at third (24) with the Chargers fourth (33), the Polar Bears fifth (44), SMCC sixth (48), the Tigers seventh (52) and the Redskins eighth (62).
Perkins returns two state qualifiers and three individuals that ended runner-up at the SBC meet last season, while Oak Harbor returns two state qualifiers, one conference champion and two individuals that were second at the conference meet.
The Rockets return one of the biggest rosters in the SBC with 31 athletes, and Coach George Bergman said he can’t remember the last time one of his teams had 30 kids.
“I have confidence in our seniors, some of them being three- and four-year starters,” Bergman said. “They know what it takes. They’re good kids.”
Top returners for the Rockets will be Luke Cramer and Jared Chambers, who posted records last season at 31-13 and 38-11, respectively. Cramer took fourth at the state meet and was third in the SBC at 138, while Chambers was a state qualifier and the SBC champion at 160.
Edison returns two state qualifiers and three individuals that posted more than 40 wins last season, while Margaretta’s top returners are Adam Crum and Tyler Rogers.
Crum ended as the SBC runner-up at 106 and posted a record at 29-16, while Rogers finished at 33-18 and was a state qualifier at 113.
Top returners for Port Clinton will be Chris Overfield and Robbie Peterman, who ended with records at 38-8 and 29-9, respectively. Overfield won the SBC in 2012 at 195 and was a district qualifier.