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JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg wrestling team is looking to the upcoming season with optimism with a mix of new and returning wrestlers.
â€śWe should be a competitive young team,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. â€śWe have three kids that have wrestled previously who havenâ€™t wrestled in the past couple years but theyâ€™re back out on the team.â€ť
Zebb Zilcosky will be wrestling at 126 pounds and Votano said he has high expectations for him along with Cory Schneider at 138 pounds.
â€śI have high expectations on Zebb Zilcosky and Cory Schneider, he hasnâ€™t wrestled since junior high but heâ€™s back, heâ€™s a senior now,â€ť Votano said. â€śHe will shock a lot of people as well as Zebb Zilcosky.â€ť
Alex Zimmerman will be in at 132 pounds and Mitchell Schloder is slated at 170 pounds.
â€śI believe we have good potential in Alex Zimmerman and Mitchell Schloder,â€ť Votano said. â€śThey both could be district placewinners.â€ť
Maison Walters is another newcomer to the team.
â€śHeâ€™s a senior and this is his first year on the wrestling team,â€ť Votano said. â€śHeâ€™ll be wrestling 170 or 182. I think heâ€™ll find that heâ€™s a pretty scrappy wrestler. Weâ€™re just teaching him all the techniques right now. I think heâ€™s going to come in strong and conditioned.â€ť
As the season gets ready to commence, Votano is stressing strength and conditioning with eight wrestlers on the team.
â€śRight now, our team philosophy is to be stronger and in better condition than our opposing teams because of the lack of numbers,â€ť Votano said.
Johnsonburg will also field a junior high team after two years of not having one.
â€śHopefully, the numbers will continue to increase,â€ť Votano said. â€śOur J.O. program is looking like their numbers are starting to improve. I hope in the next couple years, I hope that our numbers continue to improve and I think weâ€™re going to shock some teams.â€ť
Team members are Alex Zimmerman, Zebb Zilcosky, Caleb Garvey (145), Mike Kennedy (152), Cory Schneider, Dylan DeLong (182 or 195), Maison Walters and Mitchell Schloder (170).