The Beaver Dam High School wrestling team is excited to be out on the mat and hopes to keep improving as the season goes along.
“We are looking solid. Have a lot of inexperience kids gaining some experience in the varsity lineup. We have a great group of kids that are working really hard. We have some kids who are really talented.” Coach Tim Winker told DailyDodge.com “We’ve got some guys that I think we will have a lot with them when we get them some more experience. So I’m really excited about what we can accomplish this year.”
The Golden Beaver’s most experienced wrestler returns at 132 where junior Kyler Neuberger is back after a 3rd place finish at the Sectional last season. At the lower weights BDHS has two wrestlers out in senior Eddie Tostado and freshman Anastasia Putz-Huettner. They will see time at 106 and 113. Beaver Dam doesn’t have a wrestler at 120 this year and will most likely have to take a forfeit at that weight all season. At 126 junior Matt Hendrix will hit the mat. 138 will see Ren Nickel fill the slot. Coach Winker says that 145 empty right now but senior Brayan De La Cruz is dropping weight to fill that weight class. At 152 sophomore Carson Graham will compete. With De La Cruz moving down to 145, look for Keegan Jacobs to eventually move into the 160 slot. Freshman Gabe Klatt will go at 170. He’s been near of the top of the state during his youth career. Sophomore Thomas Putz-Huettner will wrestle at 182 this season. Junior Kaden Reabe competes at 195. At 220 Nick Ludowese is back. He went 4-1 last season despite missing most of the season with injury. Beaver Dam sends sophomore Hayden DeZarn to the mat at Heavyweight.
Wrestling may be the hardest sport to pull off during the COVID world we currently live in but the Golden Beavers are doing their best to stay safe.
“By definition in the sport of wrestling, if you are trying to socially distance you are stalling so that’s a big issue in our sport. We are trying to do everything we can to minimize any type of exposure.“ Winker said “ Whether its in practice or in a dual we are always wearing a mask. We limit are practice partners in practice so we who everyone is practicing with so if something does pop up, we know exactly who has been in close contact.”
Winker adds that sanitation in wrestling has always been really good because they have to always worry about skin conditions and such. They also do things like washing their shoes before they come on the mat. They always have clean practice gear and uniforms, so its not a big change from their normal activity. The only big change for meets is that if a wrestler has a 2nd match at an event they have to shower and change uniforms between matches.
The Golden Beavers host Portage tonight. The Varsity match starts and 6pm and exhibition matches will follow. You can watch tonight’s meet on the DailyDodge.com Videostream presented by Columbus Family Dental.
Due to COVID regulations the Golden Beavers will compete in only dual meets this season.
Click the link below to hear a full interview with Beaver Dam Wrestling Coach Tim Winker
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