As the Douglas County Tigers head into their 2014 varsity wrestling season, they are more than ready to begin their growth with not only building new leaders on their squad, but also developing their program with a new head coach as well.
Although Corey Harris is no stranger to Douglas County, he will be taking the reins as the Tigers new head coach for 2014. During his first three years at the school, Harris has already served as a coach for the Tiger’s football team and also served as an assistant coach for the wrestling squad last season. Harris said that he is excited to take on the challenge of head wrestling coach and that the job just seemed to fall right into his lap with his familiarity of the wrestling circuit.
No stranger to success on the mat himself, Harris was the state champion in 1995 while attending Northside High School. Ironically, it was also Douglas County principal, Dr. Tim Scott that coached Harris while he was there.
This season, Harris said that although he graduated most of his starters last year, he still has high expectations with the athletic potential that he has already seen from his young squad.
“I have one senior returning and we are just a very young team”, said Harris. “We do have some extremely athletic guys though. I know we will encounter some bumps and bruises along the way, but I just want to take this season and really use it to build their confidence.”
Kalum Lo-Vargas will be the only returning starter for the Tigers and will be representing the 138 pound weight class. As a three-year starter, Lo-Vargas is coming out of the 2013 season as a region champion and also placed in the top six at state. Harris said that his expectations for leadership are set high for Lo-Vargas and he feels that he is going to be one of the most competitive wrestlers for this team.
With such a young squad at hand, the team is very limited with experienced wrestlers and will have a lot of freshmen coming in looking to make their mark.
“We have a couple of older guys that are returning with some experience and I expect them to have a good season ahead of them”, said Harris.
With some years under their belt, Adrian Nicely will more than likely get the start in the 112 class, while Michael Woodcum will come in at 126. Jakary Richardson is prepping to come in for the 145 or 152 class and Jamaal Thompson will get the go ahead at 160.
“As far as experience, all of the others wrestlers will be freshmen”, said Harris. “I do expect them all to do well within the region and even at the state level. It will be a building year, but I think we will definitely do well overall.”