WARSAW – The River View wrestling team is looking for a way to replace three seniors they lost to graduation last year.
The losses were Tyler Gunn, Leeland Lauvray and East Central Ohio League wrestler of the year and state qualifier Brendan Scherer. That won’t be easy to replace, coach Devin Klein said.
“Those three scored a lot of points for us. They were experienced wrestlers,” Klein said. “They had been with us for awhile, and they won a lot of matches.”
Klein said he hasn’t told his team anything about the past.
“They know who we lost and what kind of leadership they had and the points they scored,” Klein said. “It’s more pushing the younger kids to fill in those spots.”
He also expects it to be a full team job to replace what they lost, led by seniors Tyler Koch, Ki Wright, Charles Fetzer and Alan Mitchell.
“We’ve got good leadership in our senior class,” he said. “They’ve been around awhile and they know what’s expected. We don’t have very many juniors, but the juniors we do have are wrestlers that have been around. Our sophomore class is pretty talented, also.”
For the Black Bears to fill those gaps, it will take a lot of hard work, Wright said.
“I think we are coming together pretty well,” he added.
Among the wrestlers both Wright and Klein believe can help fill the gaps are the seniors, including Lucas Lauvray and Brody Bookless.
Klein added the team will have some rough spots, but should be fine overall.
“We should have quite a few individuals who do extremely well,” Klein said. “Koch, Wright and Bookless have always seemed to be right there, just not able to get to the next level, but their work ethic this year shows they want to be there.”
The Black Bears will open the season Saturday at the Cambridge Invitational.
“I want to see heart and will,” Klein said. “It’s always nice to get wins, but I don’t want to see a kid roll over and give up.”
“I’m excited because there will be a bunch of good kids there and it will give us good competition to start off.” Wright said.