Parker coach taking wait-and-see approach
Last season was no exception. The Vikings went 7-0 in Big Eight dual meets and tied Sun Prairie for the top spot. Although Sun Prairie got the better of Parker at the conference meet, Cramer had another dual meet title to add to his overcrowded trophy case.
What will the 2010-11 season bring for the young Vikings? Cramer is taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I think Sun Prairie and (Janesville) Craig are the two best teams, with everybody else fighting for third,” Cramer said. “I might give Craig a slight edge because they’ve got two horses they can ride in (Siven) Furseth and (Chris) Pierce. I’m not sure Sun Prairie has that one really outstanding wrestler they can count on every match.
“For us, I’m not sure what we’ve got yet. We’re dealing with some (athletic) code violations and won’t have a full lineup right away. There are definitely some holes to fill.”
Parker returns two conference champions in seniors Adam Cavey and Brennan Casey-Schmidt. Cavey finished 32-9 last season and won the Big Eight at 112 pounds. He is slated to wrestle at 125 this season and is off to a 4-0 start. Casey-Schmidt had a team-best 35-4 record last season en route to winning the 125-pound title at the conference meet and is 4-0 at 130 this year.
“Those two will have to be leaders because we don’t have a lot of varsity experience after that,” Cramer said.
Senior Cody Colson was
25-14 last season at 285 and will wrestle at that weight again this year.
Cavey, Casey-Schmidt and Colson are the only returnees with extensive varsity experience.
Sophomore Haley Hedgecock is expected to wrestle at 103, while 112 is wide open.
Freshman Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins is the front-runner at 119, followed by Cavey and Casey-Schmidt at 125 and 130, respectively.
Sophomore Matt Pakes will wrestle 135, with senior Josh Poznanski at 140. Freshman Sean Smith opened the season at 145, while Cramer expects senior Chase Lee to fill the 152-pound slot.
“We don’t have the depth that we’ve had in years past,” Cramer said. “We’re going to have to rely on a lot of underclassmen that don’t have any varsity experience.”
Senior Yoiser Mauleon was 2-3 at the varsity level last season and will wrestle at 160 this year, while senior Marc Perkins is at 171.
No one has claimed 189-pound position yet, but junior Reynaldo Bautisto and Colson round out the lineup at 215 and 285, respectively.
“We finished second in our opening multi-dual tournament with only 10 wrestlers,” Parker co-head coach Andy Tubbs said. “There aren’t many teams that could do that without filling four weight classes.
“Our goal is to get better and come together as a team. And I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that.”
DECEMBER: 10—At Beloit Memorial, 7 p.m.; 11—Wisconsin Dells Invitational, 8 a.m.; 17—At Sun Prairie, 7 p.m.; 18—Fond du Lac Invitational, 8:30 a.m.; 28—Mid-States Invitational (UW-Whitewater), 10 a.m.; 29—Mid-States Invitational, 10:00 a.m.
JANUARY: 7—Madison La Follette, 7 p.m.; 8—Delavan-Darien Invitational, 9:30 a.m.; 11—Madison East, 7 p.m.; 22—At Madison Memorial (with Madison West and Middletono), 8:00 a.m. 28—Janesville Craig, 7 p.m.
FEBRUARY: 5—Big Eight Conference meet, at Janesville Parker, 10 a.m.