DC-G wrestling prepares for season
Although the Dallas Center-Grimes wrestling team officially began practices two weeks ago, they were working during the off-season as well with optional open gyms.
The Mustangs have been preparing for their first dual of the season against Norwalk on Dec. 1.
"The kids have come in eager, anxious and are working really hard," said Coach Clint Knoll. "We just got done with our challenge matches and you can tell they're really fighting to make varsity. A lot of these kids have high goals and I think our team-if everyone can stay healthy-can battle it out we'll have some success."
The Mustangs were Little Hawkeye Conference champions last year with a 5-1 record in their duals. Overall, the Mustangs had a 13-5 record last season.
"Our biggest thing this season is to see improvement, from our top level kids to our beginners; we just want to see kids get better," Knoll said. "Changing levels each year for our kids is important and that's kind of the challenge I set for them at the beginning of the season."
The Mustangs also have 11 wrestlers returning to the mat this season. Three of which were State Qualifiers last year.
"We have three state qualifiers returning, one from two years ago (Zane Mulder) and two from last year. We have a bunch of other guys that I think if they get rolling and if they better they can put themselves at that level too (state qualifying)."
As of right now, Knoll is focusing on getting the Mustangs back in shape. He wants to see how his team will respond when they are exhausted and "mentally weak." Knoll believes this is a big key to the sport of wrestling and will help them during their meets throughout the season.
In the first few weeks of practice, Knoll also focuses on just getting to know his team, as well as them getting to know one another.
"One of the things about wrestling is becoming a family with the kids and getting to know them," he said. "Just being around them all the time is fun too and we just enjoy the family atmosphere that is in our wrestling room."
The Mustangs will open their season with a dual against the Warriors in Norwalk on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.