If anyone is going to take the District 4-6A wrestling championship from the Weatherford Lady Kangaroos, they’re going to have to, well, wrestle it from them.
And, considering the talent they have returning, that won’t be easy.
The Lady Kangaroos return eight postseason qualifiers from last season, including junior Alex Herle, who was sixth in the state in the 102-pound weight class.
Also back after qualifying for state is senior Destiny Fry in the 128-pound division.
On the boys side, the Kangaroos feature junior Cole Fournier, a state qualifier in the 126 class.
"I see the girls winning district again and winning regionals this year with a shot at placing very high in the state as a team," said coach Read Sanders.
Also back for the Lady Roos are regional qualifiers Precious Mason (senior, 95), Terra Hein (senior, 119, also a district champion), Xanthe Gallegos (junior, 138), Theresa Gomez (senior, 148), Hailey Plusnick (senior, 185) and Mallory Hallmark (sophomore, 215, district champion).
Also returning for the Kangaroos are regional qualifiers Colten Sorrells (junior, 106), Nate Moore (junior, 138), Travis Prince (junior, 145), Zach Watson (junior, 152) and Randall Kemp (junior, 160).
Adding to the girls’ roster will be the return of Noel Paeton (junior, 95), and Erin Mance (sophomore, 95). Carrisa Kelly (junior, 165) will be back off of the injury reserve (shoulder), said Sanders.
Sanders said the already-strong girls team will be further strengthened by the addition of several new students.
"We have some great move-ins this year with two girls at the 95 weight class that both have the ability to go to state," he said.
"We also have some young talent with freshman this year, and an eighth-grader coming up next year that may be the best wrestler Weatherford has ever had."