The Northwest wrestling team is gearing up for another season on the mats, and coach Dan McCready said that his team will be young this year, but he still thinks he has some solid talent.
Northwest will compete in the Coppell Cowboy Round Up on Saturday, and McCready said that he expects this tournament to be a serious challenge for his team.
“With the Coppell Round Up, we are looking to be closer to full strength,” McCready said. “The biggest thing is that we’ll have another week of practice under our belt. We have a lot of guys that are coming in from football that are first- or second-year guys who are really just trying to get caught up.
“We’ll have one of our assistant coaches, Coach [Matt] Percle will be there from football, and it’s going to be a dogfight. Coppell is always strong; Frisco Centennial and Azle will be there, and they’re always strong. Frisco Heritage will be there and these are all strong programs. It won’t be a walk in the park. We want to see them continue to show the heart and fight they have all season.”
Northwest completed in a three-way dual with Lake Highlands and Irving this past weekend, and McCready said it went about as he expected.
“Lake Highlands beat us 64-21, which is a typical score,” McCready said. “We never seem to match up well with them. Then we defeated Irving 45-30. I believe we won four matches against Lake Highlands.”
McCready said that his team is experiencing some growing pains at the moment, but added that is to be expected in a situation like Northwest’s at the moment.
“We’re pretty young this year,” McCready said. “The opening of Eaton High School took some of our replenishing talent from last year, so we are a young squad. We’re working hard and doing all the right things, but it’s a process. I think we have guys that are buying into the program, and down the road I think we’re going to be a lot better.”
McCready said he does have some experienced wrestlers whom he expects to help lead the way this season, including Jason Chambers at 138 lbs., Zach Hendricks at 160, Jimmy Blevins at 220 and Schon Ausman.
“Our biggest objective this year is to get guys into the right place where they can be the most successful they can be,” McCready said. “This year, we are really focusing on growth and doing the small things right. We want to really want them buy into the process that we are trying to put together here to make the team stronger down the road.”