Mustangs look to do better than strong 2012 season

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The Grapevine wrestling team finished ninth in the state last season as a team, and coach Kent Hall said he believes that he has a program this year that can do even better.

Jacob and Blake Andrews and Gabe Cabrera all qualified for the state tournament last season, and the Mustangs wrestling squad has two out of those three wrestlers back.

“I think we can be just as good as we were last year, and probably better,” Hall said. “I've got Blake Andrews and Gabe Cabrera back. I am looking for big things this year from Blake and Gabe, and I've got some smaller guys that, if they'll come along and wrestle, should be very good.”

Justin Hill and Oscar Reyes are the two younger wrestlers still waiting to be certified, but they should qualify from the 113-pound bracket to 126, depending on where they are able to certify, and make an impact for Grapevine this year.

Blake Andrews was the state runner-up last season in the 182-pound weight class, and Hall said the major objective for him this year is to win a state championship.

“Right now, I think he has just as good a shot at anybody else of winning it this year,” Hall said.

Grapevine will compete in the Keller Duals at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keller High School, and Hall said that he expects for his team to get tested early.

“Basically, we just want to evaluate and see where our team is at and what kind of things we need to work on,” Hall said. “We will go from there. Mainly, we just want to see where we are and the things we need to improve on, because it's a long season, and we're in it for the long haul.”

Hall said that one thing he finds encouraging is the turnout for wrestling this season.

“I'm pretty well covered in most weight classes, the only thing that I don't have right now is a heavyweight,” Hall said. “But, by the time district rolls around, I should be able to put a pretty good wrestler at every weight.”

The Keller Duals will feature such programs as Keller, Fort Worth Paschal, Lake Highlands, Flower Mound Marcus and Hebron High School.

Hall said for Grapevine to have a strong season and finish better than ninth in the state, it will take a couple of things that he is very confident his team can accomplish through hard work.

“It really comes down to the wrestlers we expect to have a good year to do so, and then the other side is the rest of the kids and how much they improve this year,” Hall said. “If they'll come along, I think we will have a pretty solid team.”

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