Large numbers will aid Ram wrestling season

Zach Beekman reported for his first year as head coach of the Greene County wrestling program a few weeks ago. He is blessed with one of the largest Ram squads in a number of seasons with 10 letter winners returning to competition. Beekman, with assistants Kirk Davis and Spencer Bauer, saw 30 wrestlers report to the first practice. The coach sees some talent in the freshman class as well.

Letter winners include 2018 district qualifiers Clint Dennhardt and Brock Wuebker, both seniors. Additionally, there are seniors Joe Anderson and Bryce Hoyle; juniors Will Hansen, Colby Kafer, Gage Michaelsen and Garrett Tasler; andsophomores Chance McCollom and Brady Stauffer.

Large numbers, experience on the mat and boys who are working hard are the team’s strengths, according to the coach.

“We are a fairly young team,” said Beekman when asked about the team’s weaknesses. “Some of the guys have no prior wrestling experience before this year or just started wrestling in middle school.”

Beekman was in charge of the Greene County middle school program prior to this season. Coach Davis has been coaching wrestling for quite a few years, most notably as the Coon Rapids-Bayard head coach.

The Ram wrestling season opened Nov. 27 with the varsity team hosting Ogden, Van Meter and PCM. Varsity wrestlers will compete at six meets in December and JV wrestlers will be at five meets. ~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

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