WEST LAFAYETTE -- A core of experienced grapplers look to give the Ridgewood High wrestling team an upper hand entering a new season on the mat.
"The team is made up of a small core of experienced upperclassmen," Coach Nate Carpenter Carpenter said. "Add to that we have a big group of freshmen who have wrestled in our system all the way up through."
Leading the way for the Generals will be a pair of three-year lettermen in seniors Garrett Bethel (160-pound) and Cole Zeigler (126)
"Our strength is our two senior leaders in Garrett and Cole," Carpenter said. "They were my only juniors last year on a team with no seniors, so they already spent one season being the leaders of the team. That experience should help them keep our young group together and focused this year."
The Generals also welcome back a total of four two-year lettermen including senior Phillip Shannon (152) and juniors Thor Reed (152), Kelly Barthalow (285), and Zach Donley (182).
Completing the returning lettermen for the Generals is junior Ben Hostetler (170), a one-year letterwinner.
"A key for our success this year will be to keep working and improving as the year progresses," Carpenter explained. "Our young guys are going to take some lumps early, but if they keep their heads up and continue to work they could be dangerous by the end of the year."
Rounding out the Generals' roster will be juniors Nathan Scwartz (132) and Matt Deltorron (170), along with sophomores Chancey Johnston (285) and Cory Shaw (145). First-year freshmen grappler for RHS include James Kedigh (195), Kyle Bethel (126), Colton Bethel (106), Kevin Bethel (138), Anthony Harrman (220), Kaden Edie (170), Javon Merrill (120), Kasey Bethel (145) and Abram Buckler (138).
Ridgewood opens a new wrestling season on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Smithville Invitational.