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Wrestling 2017-2018 Preview

Coach McClurg expects another successful wrestling season, returning 10 of 14 starters from last year’s conference and sectional championship team. The program returns four seniors, including Marion County, sectional champion and semi-state qualifier Sam Hansen. Seniors Hunter Miller, Nick Stuck, and Patrick Condi will all bring a lot of varsity experience to the table this year. The junior class will contribute mightily to the program this season. The junior class returns seven varsity wrestlers from last year’s lineup in Spencer Fears, John Harris (regional qualifier), Brian Keeney (semi-state qualifier), Elijah Mahan (sectional champion and semi-state qualifier), Lorenzo Salazar (regional qualifier), Trent Smith (semi-state qualifier), and Jarrod Shanley. Juniors Tom Hodge, Stephen Krajcir, Max Quebe, and Matt Waugh all played key roles in contributing to an undefeated JV dual meet season last year and are hungry to step up into the varsity lineup this season. This season’s sophomore class has four returning varsity wrestlers in Alec Viduya (IHSAA Sectional, Regional, Semi-State, and 2017 State Champion), Tyce Freije (semi-state champion & eighth place at 2017 IHSAA State Finals), Brayden Lowery (sectional, regional and semi-state champion, third place at 2017 IHSAA State Finals and eighth place at USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals, earning All-American honors this summer), and Sam Slivka (semi-state qualifier). Jose Cereceres, David Clayton, David Hurrle, Nicholas Luedeman, David Page, Zack Stuck, and Jeorge Wade round out a very athletic and talented sophomore class from top to bottom. The crop of three freshmen will contribute to both the junior varsity and varsity lineups. Freshmen standouts include Lucas Hoffman, Davis Hall and Luke Aldrich.

The Rebel wrestling program will begin the season with an Intra-Squad (Alumni Night and RWF Club Night) competition on Wednesday, November 15 hosted by St. Barnabas. The varsity and junior varsity squads open the season on Tuesday, November 21 at home versus Arsenal Tech. One of the highlights of the varsity season is the participation in the IHSWCA 3A Team State Duals on Saturday, December 23 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Roncalli has qualified for this year’s IHSWCA Team State Duals event because of last season’s success and all of the returning talent on this year’s team. The Rebels are excited to compete for a Dual Team State Championship over winter break!

This season’s schedule features three home dual meets. The Rebels host Arsenal Tech on Tuesday, November 21. On Thursday, December 7, your Roncalli Rebels will host the Lebanon Tigers. Roncalli will take on Franklin Central on Thursday, January 18, for CYO Night and Senior Night.

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