PREP WRESTLING: Springdale Har-Ber preview

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Har-Ber’s Brendan Davis and Bentonville’s Scott Lome compete in the 113 pound division Saturday February 4, 2017 during the Dual State Wrestling Meet at Van Burn High School.

Springdale Har-Ber finished second in the Class 6A-7A state wrestling tournament a year ago, but coach Eric Nolan is excited for his Wildcats to a make another run at a state championship. <br><br>

“What I like about our team is I like where we are in all 14 weight classes,” Nolan said. “I’m pretty confident in our guys spread throughout the lineup.”<br><br>

Har-Ber returns six medalists led by junior Brendan Davis, the 6A-7A state champion at 113 pounds. Senior Ben Fears was third at 170, while Logan Collins took second at 195. Quentin Reed (220) and Alejandro Ramirez (285) each finished third.<br><br>

“We bring back several guys who were top three and we look for them to raise the bar for themselves and their teammates,” Nolan said. “<br><br>

“Brendan is a multi-sport athlete, playing baseball in the summer,” Nolan said. “But he’s been¬† visible to the younger kids. He’s a great example..”<br><br>

Brendan will be joined by his younger brother, Trevor, at one of the lower weights. <br><br>

Nolan is also looking for big things from Jackson Nichols, who finished third at 126 two years ago, but missed much of last season because of an injury. Isaac Withrow was also fourth as freshman last season, but should be much stronger.<br><br>

“He took some lumps last year, but came on strong at the end,” Nolan said. <br><br>

Sophomore Max Salinas is one who surprised in the state tourament, finishing fourth after not getting seeded.  Josh French was just a match way from medaling at the state tournament, while others like Alex Wilson, Wesley Rolfe and Dalton Hopkins could also figure in the plans, Nolan said.<br><br>

Both wrestlers and coach are more in sych this year after getting used to one another last seson, Nolan said.<br><br>

“Anytime you’re at a new place it takes time for the kids to adjust you and you to them,” Nolan said. “I think I’m seeing it and I like the way the kids are responding and the attitude. I feel good about where we’re at.”<br><br>

Har-Ber will begin the season by hosting a college/high school werestling doubleheader on Nov. 29. Har-Ber will dual Springfield (Mo.) Parkview, while Ouachita Baptist and Central Missouri will clash simultaneously on the other mat. Action begins at 6 p.m.<br><br>

 

 

 

 

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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