Sporting WCA

Wrestling Preview

Coming off a season of having a state champion on the team, the Wrestling Cats are looking for a big season from their returning and underclassman wrestlers.

The Cats had State Champion Alex Hopkins go undefeated last year and move on to the collegiate level with a scholarship to West Pointe. Alex Hopkins was one of the best our program has ever seen.

Another top wrestler on the team last year, Junior Jesse Parham, is out for the whole season with a torn shoulder labrum. When asked about the season, Jesse said, “With the loss of both Sam Terrana and Alex Hopkins, we will have some big shoes to fill. Their leadership will be missed. Although I won’t be able to wrestle this year, my plan is to be there every practice and every meet, being a leader on the sidelines and helping any way I can.” Parham went 21-12 last year. Parham is doing everything he can this year to improve the skills of everyone around him, proving once again how great and selfless a leader he is.

The Cats are making a key addition this year with Junior Charlie McCracken. McCracken transferred from Kirkwood last year and there he went 25-10. Also to go along with McCracken are Seniors Blake Potter and Lucas Chimento. Both Chimento and Potter had solid seasons last year, and look to be key wrestlers this year for Coach Muehleisen.

Coach Muehleisen has always had the reputation of being one of the best coaches Westminster has ever seen, in any sport. The way he trains and works out his wrestlers and also pushing them to go to farther than their limits. But then equally balancing that by loving each of his wrestlers as if they were his own kids.

Although the Cats are losing key wrestlers this year to either college or injury, the team still has many bright spots that will power the Cats to yet another successful season under Coach Muhleisen. The Cats kick off the season with a meet on November 29 at the Ritenour Quad Meet.