Outlook: City High returns nearly its entire roster, including seven key letterwinners. Jarvis went 38-8 last year and paces the group. The junior high program went undefeated last year and the junior varsity piled up the third-most wins in the state, so there are wrestlers, albeit inexperienced, who could round out the lineup as soon as this winter.
Returning letterwinners: Ben Bertell, Sr. (145); Donovan Doyle, Sr. (195); Nate Kelsay, Sr. (170); Aaron Stumpf, Sr. (126); Sam Cayler, Jr. (152); Cater Rohweder, Jr. (160); Tyler Yoerger, Jr. (152); Nelson Brands, Soph. (138); Joe Briddle, Soph. (195); Hunter Davis, Soph. (113); Caden Fedeler, Soph. (160); Guy Snow, Soph. (220); Hans von Rabenau, Soph. (106).
Newcomers to watch: Tom Adolph, Soph. (170); Jeff Garbutt, Soph. (132); Ashton Stumpf, Soph. (160); Keaton Speicher, Fr. (106).
Outlook: Led by Doyle, who went 46-11 and placed fourth at state last season, West High returns numerous letterwinners, but few headliners. Kelsay and Stumpf are also returning state qualifiers, and along with Brands, Rohweder, and Yoerger make up a solid nucleus, but who else emerges for the Trojans will be a development to keep an eye on.
Coach: Adam Martensen (3rd year)
Last season: 10-6
Returning letterwinners: Aaron Demory, Sr. (182); Jack Edeker, Sr. (145); Justin Hunter, Sr. (195); Cam Lynch, Sr. (182); Nick Schnoebelen, Sr. (160); Abe Schropp, Sr. (160); Jared Brinkman, Jr. (285); Tanner Rios, Jr. (126); Mason Simpson, Jr. (160); Ryan Schott, Soph. (152).
Newcomers to watch: Scott Blondin, Fr. (120); Nick Milder, Fr. (170).
Outlook: Regina will lean on its middle and upper weights this season. Brinkman posted a 39-7 record along with a fifth-place finish at state last year, and will lead the charge for the Regals. The team is filled with experience, notably six seniors who are returning letterwinners.
CLEAR CREEK AMANA
Coach: Kyle Forness (1st year)
Last season: N/A
Returning letterwinners: Logan Viktora, Sr. (145); Quinn Murphy, Jr. (126/132); Ethan Taylor, Jr. (220/285).
Newcomers to watch: Andrew Rohert, Fr. (126/132).
Outlook: Forness takes over the reins at Clear Creek Amana after time at Waterloo Columbus. The Clippers have a mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen as they begin to build under new leadership.
Coach: Clint Jones (15th year)
Last season: 5-21
Returning letterwinners: Ross Frank, Sr. (152/160); Spencer Wieland, Sr. (152/160); Bryce West, Jr. (120); Drew West, Jr. (126).
Newcomers to watch: Jacob Riggan, Soph. (285); Dan Burton, Fr. (138); Brady Hahn, Fr. (113); Colton Hill, Fr. (182); Cory Stewart, Fr. (132); Geoff Streb, Fr. (113/120); Connor Widmer, Fr. (126).
Outlook: There may not be another school in the state with a more deceiving team record than Highland. The Huskies haven’t filled out a full lineup the last two years due to a small roster, but boasted two of the best wrestlers in the state in brothers Bryce and Drew West, who went a combined 99-1 last season. The West brothers are now juniors and will grapple at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively. Highland also has an influx of freshmen who could contend.
Coach: Blake Williams (5th year, 1st since 2003)
Last season: 16-7
Returning letterwinners: Cole Fritz, Sr. (145); Ben Carr, Jr. (126); Graeson Dall, Jr. (152); Dillon Diltz, Jr. (170/182); Kendrick Harris, Jr. (170/182); Trevor Nelson, Jr. (160); Christian Haight, Soph. (113); Zach Wegmann, Soph. (195).
Outlook: Williams returns for his second stint at Solon after a four-year run from 1999-2003. Under TJ Bevans, who remains with the program as an assistant coach, the Spartans qualified six wrestlers to state last year. Fritz placed sixth at state and is one of three qualifiers to return among an upperclassmen-heavy lineup.
Coach: Chris Paulus (1st year)
Last season: N/A
Returning letterwinners: Dayne Ehlts, Sr.; Ryan Grosvenor, Sr.; Cale Donovan, Jr.; Nick Madsen, Jr.; Andrew Black, Soph.
Newcomers to watch: Nick Schreiber, Jr.; Jacob Graves, Soph.; Derek Fetzer, Fr.; Levi Kleinmeyer, Fr.; Tyler Siemen, Fr.; Keegan Sotelo, Fr.
Outlook: Paulus takes over as the third different coach in as many years at West Branch. The Bears will have a mix of veteran and rookie wrestlers on their roster this season.