Thursday, December 1, 2011
Pomeroy's wrestling team is poised to make a run for state - again.
The Pirates return four wrestlers who placed at state last year, including state champion Tory Knebel, who won state last year in the 160-pound weight class and is top-ranked heading into the 2011-12 season.
Last season, the Pirates took fourth at state as a team.
Also headlining the Pirates' roster of 14 this year are Wyatt Jenkins, Austin Reisdorph and Jacob Moore.
Knebel, a senior, will be wrestling at 170 this season, and has every intention of repeating, assistant coach Fred Knebel said.
"Oh absolutely," coach Knebel said. "He placed third as a freshman and third as a Sophomore, so that's definitely a goal of his, to repeat.
Knebel finished 2010-11 with a 39-2 record and has a career record of 110-9.
Knebel is ranked No. 1 among the 1B/2B wrestlers of Washington state at his new weight class of 170.
Knebel has considered wrestling at the college level his father, coach Knebel said, but most of the schools he talked to would want him to drop down to 140, a prospect which does not entertain Knebel.
Junior Wyatt Jenkins will drop a class to 160 this year after placing second in state at 171 last year. Jenkins was 33-8 last year and has a career record of 55-21.
"He's (Jenkins) a good scrapper," coach Knebel said. "He's good on top (when he has the top position in a match), he's a good rider, and he doesn't stop. He just keeps going."
Junior Austin Reisdorph stands at an imposing 6-foot-4 and will be wrestling in the 220-pound class this season, up from 189 a year ago. The move was not entirely by choice. Washington recently restructured its weight classes and Reisdorph, who weighs just over 200 pounds, coach Knebel said, was forced to choose between losing weight to get to 195 or competing above his weight and gaining weight. Reisdorph chose the latter as he wants to play football as well.
"He's going to be a big, big, big kid a year from now," Knebel said.
Reisdorph finished 2010-11 at 29-8 and a third place finish at state. He is currently ranked No. 3 in the state in the 195 weight class, and has a 57-21 career record.
Jacob Moore is returning for his senior season at the 145 weight class after placing third last year at state in the 140 class.
He is ranked No. 2 in his class.
When asked, coach Knebel said Moore was shooting for a state championship.
"Absoultely," Knebel said. "I definitely think he's got a legitimate shot this year. At 145 i think he's definitely top 2 in the state."
Pomeroy hits the mats tonight at the Burbank Takedown Tournament at 5:30 p.m.