Lakeview wrestling team starting out hot

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lakeview’s Andrew Hall, right, works to turn his opponent during a match last season. The Wildcats have started this season with an 8-1 record.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s wrestling team has started out the 2011-2012 season with one of the better records in school history.

The Wildcats are 8-1 in dual meets so far. That has coach Dave Blaser pleased.

“Really good start to the year,” he said.

Being able to focus on just plain wrestling has helped, Blaser said.

“We haven’t had any trouble with weight management and conditioning,” he said. “The kids are taking the weight management and conditioning outside (of practice) seriously so we can focus on wrestling.”

Blaser noted a couple of big contributions from wrestlers.

“Koty Burgess is having a great year,” Blaser said. “He beat a couple of ranked kids at the Chip(pewa) Hills tournament and won it. Joe Main put in a lot of work and has just one loss. Our upper weight guys have set the tone for our dual meets and the team.”

Blaser said Lakeview has set some lofty goals for this season.

“As a team they set very high goals for themselves,” he said. “They want to be a top eight team in the state. They want to be going to Battle Creek. They are on track to reach it.”

The key to doing so is not being injured, according to Blaser.

“As long as we stay healthy,” he said. “That’s the one major thing we have to do.”

The next meets for the Wildcats will come after the new year. Lakeview will go to Chippewa Hills for the first CSAA duals of the season Jan. 3, when the Wildcats face the host Warriors and Big Rapids in a quadrangular.

“For that, we’re looking to come out of that 2-0 and in the drivers seat for a league championship,” Blaser said. “Chip Hills is tough. We have to have things going our way, like winning the coin toss and getting the right matchups. It’s a good little rivalry we have and it should be fun for everybody involved.”

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