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Kimball Cubs ninth-grade league wrestling review

By Paul Sundin,

Kimball JV and

junior high wrestling coach

The Cubs high school wrestling program joined a competitive state ninth-grade league this year. All seventh- through ninth-grade wrestlers were eligible to participate. Our coaching staff decided to use this as a developmental squad, and not include our more experienced and more established wrestlers. The league provided a consistent higher level of competition as the team competed every Monday evening for four weeks, while still competing in the JV wrestling schedule. At first, we were concerned that the level of competition was too high for our inexperienced wrestlers. However, after two weeks of ninth-grade league competition, our coaching staff and our fans noticed a distinct improvement in our young wrestlers. They were more confident, tougher, and just plain better than they were at the beginning of the season.

In the first month of competition, the junior high and the JV wrestlers started slow; only winning 1 out of every 3 of the individual matches. Since then, more than 50 percent of all non-varsity individual matches have been won. Our coaching staff believes this is because of, in large part, the tough matches our wrestlers have had in the ninth-grade league.

Saturday, Jan. 28, we had

10 wrestlers compete in the Ninth-Grade League Region 7 Tournament for a chance to qualify for the Ninth-Grade League State Tournament. Kimball competitors included seventh-grader Skyler Garding at 100 pounds, seventh-grader Payton Hanan at 106 pounds, ninth-grader Preston Wills at 113 pounds, eighth-grader Brady Mehr at 120 pounds, ninth-grader Ty Morrison at 126 pounds, ninth-grader Tanner Schreifels at 132 pounds, ninth-grader Skyler Schiefelbein at 138 pounds, ninth-grader Isaiah Ehlinger at 145 pounds, ninth-grader Brandon Loch at 160 pounds, and Ted Zipoy wrestling Hwt. It was a tough tournament that included 14 different teams and a lot of wrestling experience. In the tournament, the Cubs placed six wrestlers. Payton Hanan, Ty Morrison, and Skyler Schiefelbein all placed sixth. Brady Mehr, Tanner Schreifels, and Ted Zipoy all placed fifth. It was a good showing for the Cubs in a tough first season in the ninth-grade league.

The Cubs will wrestle Rockford Friday, Feb. 10, at Kimball. This will be the last time for a lot of these young wrestlers to wrestle this season. Please come out and support your Kimball Cubs as they finish off their regular season schedule.