The Scott Eagles are ready to rumble with a demanding December schedule that puts them up against top wrestling competition from both sides of the Ohio River.
Coach Don Graven’s squad is at Harrison County on Saturday for the Rumble On The Hilltop.
The following Saturday, the Eagles are at the talent-packed Ryle Raider Rumble in Union.
The follwing weekend after that, they’re at the Rumble In The Hive team duals at Walnut Hills in Cincinnati.
“I’m not sure how that happened, but we are at a lot of rumbles this month,” Graven said. “It’s a pretty tough schedule, with a lot of variety, which is what I like.”
The Eagles are defending champions at the Walnut Hills duals.
At Harrison County, they’ve been either first or second the past three years with a runner-up finish last season.
They were just outside the top 10 last year at the Raider Rumble, one of the premier early season events that offers a virtual preview of the February state tournament.
“We’re coming back with a lot less experience than we had last year, and we’re still waiting on some football players, but I think we still have a lot,” Graven said. “It’s a youth movement, with possibly some experienced hammers at the top, and talented wrestlers who are building toward that role.”
Scott has four ranked in the top 25 at kentuckywrestling.com, led by Cody Roland, No. 17 at 152 pounds. Roland, fourth at last season’s regional meet, will do a lot of wrestling at 160, where Scott did not have a 2015 regional placer.
Three Eagles are ranked at No. 21. They are senior Cody Schultz (120), sophomore Gerald Seeney (138) and freshman Brenden Pye (106).
Schultz was sixth in the region at 113; Seeney was seventh at 120. Pye is coming off an outstanding middle school career.
Two more freshmen, Layne Seibert, sixth at the regional at 106 pounds after missing most of the season with an injury, and Jared Kelsay are part of the youth brigade along with eighth-grader Seth Lutes, who’s moving into the 113 spot.
Graven is in his eighth season as Scott wrestling coach, and rarely has been this young.
He’s counting on leadership from senior Noah Lucas, eighth in the region at 126, and junior Josh Ellenberger, sixth in the region at 195. Ellenberger, wrestling 100 pounds lighter than before the beginning of last season, leads by example.
“He was a heavyweight to start last year. Then he got to 220. Then he got to 195,” Graven said.
“He’s going to wrestle at 145 pounds this year. He has really committed himself to getting in better shape, and it’s been an amazing transformation.”