Lakeview coach says wrestling team made progress

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:48 am on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lakeview freshman Nolan Saxton goes for a pin during the Lakeview Invitational this season. Saxton was one of two Wildcats to qualify for the individual state tournament this year.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s wrestling team had a good season, according to coach Todd Barton.

“I feel the 2013-2014 season went really well,” Barton said. “I feel we could have done better, but performed well with the amount of young wrestlers we have. The progress from last year to this year has been tremendous. A lot of second year wrestlers stepped up and fulfilled leadership roles. The kids seem excited to be in the room and they enjoy learning and excelling at the sport. When the kids enjoy what they are doing and they have faith in their leaders success will happen.”

The Wildcats had some injuries to deal with, but got through them, Barton noted.

“About halfway through the season we had a few key wresters get injured and that affected our ‘second season’ performance,” he said. “I don’t know if we would have won any more matches had that not happened, but I know it affects everyone on the team when they see a friend/teammate go down to an injury.”

Lakeview’s best wrestlers were Terry Grieser and Nolan Saxton, who both went to the state finals. But Barton said the entire team made contributions.

“There were those who have more experience and talent than others, but everyone was a major contributor to this team whether they had seen the mat regularly or not,” he said.

The Wildcats will lose only two seniors from this years squad, but Barton noted there are some goals that will be set that are higher than the ones achieve this year.

“We lose two of our senior hammers and that will create a huge hole,” he said. “However, we have a great group of dedicated kids returning who will be solid. I have extremely high expectations for the upcoming season. The kids know with high season expectations comes high offseason expectations. These kids always strive to be the best they possibly can be and will put in the time to ensure we have a dominating season next year.”

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