Mitchell state medalists looking to repeat
     2013-12-12      By Kay Grote    kaygrote@geringcitizen.com
Photo courtesty of the Mitchell Index - The Mitchell Tiger Wrestling Team, front row from left, are Zach Sanabria, Zac Swanson, Zach Narvais, Kaden Purviance, Drew Gilliland, Marquis Droddy, Darryn Walters, Elysha Foster and Deanna Irvin; back row, Ephraim Blanco, Garrett Sterkel, Trenton Strawder, Tristin Robles, Nooney Gomez, Cody Mueller, Braydon Wiedeman, Bailey Branson. Not pictured are Tommy Riley, K’Lee Hasse, Trey Sterkel, Darian Hoggfoss-Smith and Abe Hernandez. Head coach is Randy Donelson and assistant coaches are Joe Yauney and Anthony Chancellor. 
MITCHELL — Mitchell’s third-year head coach Randy Donelson is hoping to repeat some success from the 2012-2013 season with strong showings from two returning state medalists and a young squad that could be loaded with depth. Donelson cited a strong freshman class that has come up through the junior high and Federation ranks. Donelson will guide the large Tiger squad with help from assistant coaches Joe Yauney and Anthony Chancellor.

The Mitchell Tigers will be working to build on a previous dual record of 10-5 last year, which also led them to a second place finish at the Western Trails Conference Tournament and a fourth place team finish at the class C-4 district tournament.

Returning to defend their previous season’s records are state medalists Drew Gilliland at 106 pounds and Braydon Wiedeman at 182. Each placed second at districts a year ago as freshmen and earned a berth at the state tournament, each earning a fifth place state finish. Gilliland will be defending a personal record of 37-8 while Wiedeman will be building on his 28-10 personal season record. Zach Sanabria at 120, Garret Tinsley at 132, Cody Mueller at 138-145, Ephraim Blanco at 152, Marquis Droddy at 160, Garrett Sterkel at 195 and Trey Sterkel at Hwt. are also expected to be contributors.

Mitchell will continue their season this week with the Bayard Triangular on Thursday, Dec. 12 which will include Bridgeport before traveling north on Saturday, Dec. 14 for the Gordon-Rushville Invite.

“The younger kids are pretty seasoned,” Donelson said. “They’ve wrestled five to seven years in the federation, so they know what to expect. They’ve been wrestling pretty well so far this year.”

The Tigers took second place at Crawford Tournament, which was won by a strong Gordon-Rushville team that’s now in Mitchell’s district.

“All of our matches are pretty big,” Donelson said. “We’re at Bridgeport and Bayard this Thursday and Gordon-Rushville on Saturday. They’re all in the Western Trails Conference and we’re excited to wrestle all of them and see where we stand.”

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