The CMR Rustlers are going full force after a disappointing end to last season. CMR made it to state, but finished 12th of 14 in the tournament. Head Coach Aaron Jensen says the team lost some key seniors, but the younger kids are stepping up to try to have a different outcome season. Even though it is the beginning, the Rustlers are already working on improving all around.
"Just harder practices, just going full six minutes, and just knowing not to stop and give up easy points," said senior wrestler Deven Altenburg-Lasher.
"Half of our team is pretty experienced and half of our team is gonna be real young, and so for us, the focus is getting better every week and then peaking at the end and then hopefully having our best performance at the end of the year at the state tournament," said Coach Jensen. "That's kinda what we're looking at, we're looking at everything being practice up until that point."
And despite winning last year's Class C state title, the Chinook Sugarbeeters wrestling team is in a rebuilding mode this year. Coach Perry Miller says last year's team was mostly seniors, and after losing them to graduation, he and his coaching staff will have to quickly develop the underclassmen if the Beeters want to repeat as State Champs. One constant for Chinook, however, is senior Tate Niederegger who won an individual title last year and is helping train up his fellow teammates so Chinook won't have too big of a dropoff.
"Basically any time I'm wrestling a kid I'm stopping the match and telling him what he did wrong just helping him out," said Niederegger. "Always teaching new stuff."
"We're going to cover it all so that they improve a little bit at a time," said Coach Miller. "There will be a lot of technique time with the younger kids, however, we also have to push them because mat time, the actual wrestling time is the most important thing to us."