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Nine starters returning for Wauwatosa co-op wrestling team

Dec. 3, 2013

Coach Kent Morin has nine starters returning from last season's Wauwatosa co-op wrestling team, including three state qualifiers.

Marcus Morrow, Kai Castaneda and Zach Miller, who took sixth place at the state tournament, lead the way.

Morin also said other key performers will be Ben Reagan, AJ Minucci and Elliot Rogahn.

"Ben has been training at the Askren Wrestling Academy for the past two years and is ready to have a bust out year," he said. "AJ has been my best leader and hardest working wrestler in the weight room for the past nine months. Elliot is also ready to take a leadership role with the heavier weights.

"These six guys will be the rocks in our lineup."

Returning starters are seniors Castaneda (41-4 record), Minucci (35-9), Matt Miller (8-8), Rogahn (19-13); juniors Sean McDuffie (16-16), Reagan (33-5), Morrow (36-8); and sophomores Zach Miller (41-5) and Lorry Venturi (11-27).

Newcomers expected to be on varsity or push for a spot are seniors Eli Collins (152 pounds), Sean Allen (160) and Mason Startz (170); juniors Dylan Christman (113/120), Jackson Ford (182) and Sam Kratochvil; sophomores Colin Bertz (120/126), Jordan Boettcher (145), Tyler Klossowski (170) and Norberto Pliego-soat (220); and freshmen Adrian Coppage (106) and Nathan Linden (126/132).

"I think we will continue to be very strong in our light and middle weight classes," Morin said. "How quickly our upper weights develop will determine our overall success."

One of Tosa's many goals is to repeat as conference champs, which will not be easy as Pewaukee and South Milwaukee both will have strong lineups.

Another big goal is to qualify for the state team tournament, something that we came within three points of doing last year.

This team has worked really hard in the offseason. If hard work is rewarded, this team will have a nice season.

"Corey Bauer is back as my number one assistant and he is doing a great job with instruction once again this year," Morin said. "With his leadership and the contributions of my other assistant coaches, Don Rohr, Aaron Gudeyon, Ryan Gottsacker and Aaron Sobieszczyk, the guys are getting the necessary preparation for a solid season.

"We also have upgraded our schedule, adding a tough tournament at Campbellsport the first weekend of December and adding the Mukwonago Duals over the holiday break. We think these will help to push our top wrestlers to new levels."

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