Although the New Manchester Jaguars are only returning a few seniors to their varsity wrestling team, head coach Raymond Leonard still has high expectations as his team hits the mat this season.
Leonard said that he is pleased with the work that his squad put in during the offseason and although they are relatively young, he still expects them to be competitive within their region.
Looking to rebuild in several of their lower weight classes, Leonard said his team put in a lot of time working on their technique and just rebuilding in general early on.
"I expect a lot out of the seniors we are returning because of their experience from last year and I think they will all do well", said Leonard. "I expect a lot out of our newcomers because they look really strong so far."
With their lower classes still up for grabs, Cordarius Porter will return from last year at 126 pounds and freshman Jayden Brown will be getting his first official start at the 132 spot. Senior Ty Faulkner will return for the 138 group and sophomore Jaylen Causey will slide into the 145 slot.
Justin Swanson will compete in his final season for the 152 class and will be accompanied by senior Brandon Sneed, who will wrestle at 160. DaQuan Hughley is also in his senior season and will fill in at the 170 class.
Leonard said that they are looking forward to watching another new face for the Jags in DyQuan Frazier who will be coming in as the starter in the 182 spot.
Aaron Horton is coming back for his sophomore season as the lead in the 195 class and senior Nate Benton will round out the Jag lineup in the 220 weight class.
"Overall my expectations are to just bond as a team and wrestle great when it comes time", said Leonard." I think that although we are a relatively young team, we are going to come out and surprise a lot of people. We are basically a new team, but we have prepped really hard and put in a lot of work."