Waterford heads into 50th year of wrestling

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The Waterford wrestling team poses for a photo during a practice session at Waterford High School.

Courtesy photo The Waterford wrestling team poses for a photo during a practice session at Waterford High School.

WATERFORD — Here’s a real matslapper for grappling fans in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This winter will mark a half century of wrestling at Waterford High.

“This is a big year for us,” said WHS grappling coach Greg Offenberger. “We are celebrating our 50th season of wrestling.”

And, what better way to celebrate than by fielding nearly a full squad.

“We have pretty good numbers this year and a lot of underclassmen,” Offenberger said.

Waterford graduated just two wrestlers — Hunter Tornes and Tristen Martin — from last winter’s six-man varsity roster. This season’s team will be featuring 14 grapplers, including returnees’ Logan Pugh (160 pounds), Zach Casada (182), Colin Jackson (220), and Haydon Reynolds (285).

“The guys are working hard in the room and getting better every day,” Offenberger said.

Also on the 2017-18 team are Joey Swope (120), Austyn Wright (132), Haden Offenberger (138), Devon Taylor (145), DJ Robinson (152), Nate Hutchins (170), Ethan Root (170), Bryce Rohrer (195), Dylan Ours (220), and Carson Sampson (285).

Look for wrestle-offs in the 170-, 220-, and 285-pound weight classes.

Waterford is scheduled to wrestle in a preview at Morgan High the day after Thanksgiving, and will open up regular-season competition Dec. 9 at the Warren invite.

“I expect us to compete for some wins in duals this year and will be really surprised if there aren’t 3-4 at districts,” Greg Offenberger said. “The future looks bright in Wildcat Country.”

Waterford wrestling

Head coach: Greg Offenberger

Roster

Seniors 

Logan Pugh (160), Bryce Rohrer (195)

Juniors

Zach Casada (182), Colin Jackson (220), Haydon Reynolds (285), Nate Hutchins (170)

Sophomores

DJ Robinson (152), Joey Swope (120), Devon Taylor (145), Austyn Wright (132)

Freshmen

Haden Offenberger (138), Ethan Root (170), Dylan Ours (220), Carson Sampson (285)

Waterford schedule

Nov. 24: MORGAN (preview) 4 p.m.

Dec. 9: at Warren Invitational 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 16: at Vinton County Invitational 9 a.m.

Dec. 20: TRI-MATCH (Warren/Shenandoah) 6 p.m.

Dec. 30: at Gallia Invitational 10 a.m.

Jan. 13: at Alexander Invitational 9:30 a.m.

Jan. 17: at Eastern Tri (Fed Hock/Waterford), 6 p.m.

Jan. 20: at Heath Invitational 10 a.m.

Feb. 7: FORT FRYE 6 p.m.

Feb. 9:  at Philo Tri (Waterford/Tri-Valley), 5 p.m.

Feb. 17: at TVC meet

Feb. 24: at sectional

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