Keller Citizen

Timber Creek wrestling off to strong start under new coach

The Keller Timber Creek wrestling program is on the rise and with first year coach Craig Roark taking the helm, expectations are high.

The Falcons wrestling team qualified four athletes for state last season, including one alternate, and Roark said things are off to a good start this season.

“Things are going fantastic,” Roark said on Sunday. “The boys team is 5-0, which is the best start in school history, and we are ranked number eight in the state. We are doing very well. On the girls side, I’ve got several really good ones. We have some girls that are still cutting weight, but we are doing well. We are 3-2 on the girls side.”

The boys team competed in the Arlington Martin Tournament earlier this season, where it finished fourth overall out of a 42-team field.

“We beat six of the top 10 teams returning from the state tournament from last year,” Roark said.

Timber Creek’s stronger returning wrestlers include Jamie Paterson, Austin Fox, Nathan Grimes, and Chase Carter on the boys side, and Rachel Bridges and Hope Moreland on the girls side.

Roark said the objectives for this season are pretty straightforward.

“It’s my first year here, and I have big goals for our kids,” Roark said. “We have around 100 kids in the program, and things are going really, really well. For them to get better every day is the first and foremost goal for the whole team. My goal is also for us to place at dual state and be one of the top six teams. I would also like to at least double our number of state qualifiers from last season. They had three and one alternate last year, our goal is eight this year.”

Roark said that in order to achieve the objectives he has set out for his team this season, it will take hard work and effort.

“We just have to continue to work as hard as we can on a daily basis,” Roark said. “Our kids are doing a great job for me. They’re doing what I ask of them, and they are eager and willing to do what it takes to be champions. That’s the best part about the kids here. I am not having to pull their legs to get them on the mat.”