The Northwest wrestling team had one state placer in the 2014-2015 campaign, and coach Dan McCready said that based on what he has observed to this point from his team, the potential is great for much, much more next year.
McCready said that off season workouts have been going very well for the Texans and said that his wretlers have been focusing on a couple of areas to this point.
“A lot of this off-season, we have focused on strength, because we felt we weren’t as strong as we should have been in some matches,” McCready said. “Then we also focused on our technique. We’re going to have some youth in the lineup next year, so we are trying to get them ready as quickly as we can. So strength and technique are the big two for us.”
Reflecting on this past season as a whole, McCready said that he is pretty happy with how things unfolded.
“It was a great season,” McCready said. “We won a lot of individual titles and had good individual placings. At district, the girls came up just won match short of a district title. We ended up second place. The boys finished in the middle of the pack. That’s why we are focusing on technique, so that we can be more prepared when district rolls around this year.”
McCready said that he has mixed feelings about the amount of talent he has returning this season and his younger athletes moving up, but added that he feels generally optimistic that his team will be competitive.
“I feel really good about our JV,” McCready said. “Those guys worked very hard. There will be some guys ready to take one some varsity roles next year. As far as stepping into roles, we are going to graduate some very talented wrestlers, so it is going to be challenging in that respect.”
McCready said he is looking for Jason Chambers and James Blevins to be among the leaders on the boys side this season and Andrena Carter to lead on the girls side.