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Erie-Prophetstown Panthers
Coach:
Tod McCullough (16th season)
Last season: Class 1A regional runner-up
Returning state qualifier: Sr.: Brandon McCullough (106)
Other notables: Sr.: Johnathon Butts (195); Jrs.: Jace Bright (220), Seth Montgomery (152/160), Nick Williams (170); Sophs.: Josh Bowling (113), Jared Cole (138); Fr.: Josh Wheeler (132), Dylan Binion (152)
McCullough's view: "We have a nice group of returning starters and upperclassmen that should mix well with a very athletic group of freshmen."

Fulton Steamers
Coach:
Chris Grant (4th season)
Last season: 9th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Jr.: Ethan Jones (138); Sophs.: Aaron Field (126), Tristan Smith (132)
Grant's view: "The team is hard-working and hungry to win. They are determined to do their very best and rally together as a team."

Kewanee Boilermakers
Coach:
Charley Eads (6th season)
Last season: 5th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifier: None
Other notables: Sr.: Mark Breedlove (138); Soph.: Bo Walters (126)
Eads' view: "I expect a team that will be extremely physical and show no quit. By the time regional rolls around, I project that we will be able to have four or five sectional qualifiers depending on how the weight classes fall."

Mercer County Golden Eagles
Coach:
Jeremy Finch (3rd season)
Last season: Class 1A regional champions; 3rd at state dual meet
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: Zach Nelson (152/160), Logan Snyder (132/145); Soph.: Tristen Finch (138)
Other notables: Srs.: Jon Ricke (160/170), Jesse Snyder (152/160); Jr.: Bobby Lincoln (220); Sophs.: Curtis VanWinkle (126/132), Matt Weeks (170/182), Mason Weeks (182/195), Drake Stirn (106)
Finch's view: "This will be a senior-led squad with a very experienced group of underclassmen. We should be very competitive again this season."

Monmouth-Roseville Titans
Coach:
Bob Reedy (9th season)
Last season: 4th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifier: Jr.: Justin Kinney (113)
Other notables: Sr.: Cain Cokel (195); Jr.: Lane McIntyre (152); Sophs.: Chuck Jacobsen (106), Gavin McIntyre (126), Logan Millizer (170)
Reedy's view: "We will be very young this year, but at the same time, we feel that we will be competitive. Our goals are to improve each day and compete in every match."

Morrison Mustangs
Coach:
Tony Wright (1st season)
Last season: 4th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Calvin Harridge (182/195), Alex Fischbach (220/285), Brian Benson (145/152), Nolan Dykema (152/160); Jr.: Tylr Dolan (126/132); Fr.: Andy Bird (126/132), Parker Zickert (195/220)
Dolan's view: "This year's squad has a balance of experience and youth. The squad expects to improve on its much-improved dual-meet record."

Orion Chargers
Coach:
Dan Diamond (7th season)
Last season: 5th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifier: Sr.: Joe DeVolder (126); Jr.: Jacob DeVolder (152)
Other notables: Sr.: Jon Nicholson (220); Sophs.: Mike Dierikx (132), Dakota Smith (145) and Payton Loete (171)
Diamond's view: "Obviously, our numbers are going to be a challenge. We're hoping to be competitive."

Riverdale Rams
Coach:
Lance Sherman (2nd season)
Last season: 4th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifier: Sr.: T.J. Lowe (160/170)
Other notables: Srs.: Ruben Garza (106/113), Logan Sherman (220); Jrs.: John Stickler (120/126), Terry White (182), Nathan Rocker (195); Soph.: Cole Ebenroth (138)
Sherman's view: "With most everyone back in our lineup and more wrestlers in our room this year, we hope to improve on our dual-team record and tournament standings."

Rockridge Rockets
Coach:
Jeff Schmulbach (2nd season)
Last season: 8th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Sr.: Dayton Stanford (138); Jr.: Dillon Gerischer (195); Soph.: Jayson Moody (170)
Schmulbach's view: "Once again, we are going to be a very young team, but we do have more athletes out this year. ... The kids are working hard. If they keep this up, we should have a great deal of success by the end of the season."

Sherrard Tigers
Coach:
Jeff Garrett (7th season)
Last season: West Central Conference champions; 3rd in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Jrs.: Jacob Hast (113/120), Ben Corlett (285); Sophs.: Chance Teel (113/120), Dylan Mizaur (145/152), Isaac Goldner (145/152); Fr.: Hunter Spengler (106)
Garrett's view: "We are young. We lost eight seniors, so we're in a rebuilding/reloading stage. We will have some individuals contend for some possible state hardware."

-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
















 



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