VINCENT - Last winter, Warren captured its first Southeastern Ohio Athletic League wrestling crown since 2007.
The Mike Pahl-coached Warriors accomplished this feat with less than a full squad.
"We had 10 wrestlers on the team last season," Pahl said. "And this year, we have 12.
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Warren’s Levi Congleton, above front, competes in the state wrestling tournament last season.
"The junior high numbers are up, though."
Warren graduated some good ones in Austin Antill (160 pounds) and the school's all-time win leader Cory Parsons (113), who are both competing at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va. Braden Hewitt (138) also received his diploma, while Zach Pike (182) has moved out of the area to Cincinnati and Cody Dobbs (152) and Austin Miles (170) have decided not to wrestle this winter.
Still, there's no shortage of quality on the current mat squad.
Among the returnees are junior Levi Congleton, a state qualifier at 106 pounds. At The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in early March, he won one match, pinning Millersburg's Cole Woods in a time of 3:32..
During the season, Congleton set the school's single-season fall mark with 37. He finished with a 42-6 record.
"Levi will be starting out at 120," Pahl said, "and then drop to 113 by the end of the season."
Also back will be Brandon Pahl (285), Chris Massey (220), and Austin Klintworth (145).
Last season, Pahl finished with a solid 37-7 record; Massey was a district qualifier; and Klintworth won 20 matches and a league championship in his first season on the mat.
When Warren opens up its campaign in a tri-meet at Gallia Academy Dec. 3, look for freshman Morgan Hendershot to wrestle at 106. Also making their varsity debuts will be freshmen Gage Kaptis (152), Braden Datson (160), Peyton Young (170), and junior high state placer (8th)Casey Parsons (138).
Parsons' older brother is Cory.
Junior Logan Weidner is expected to be at 132, while junior Wade Lynch will compete at 195 and junior Kenny White, a Morgan transfer, will be at 182.
Mike Pahl said that 120 and 136 are vacant.
"With these freshmen and first-year wrestlers, we'll just have to wait and see what happens," the Warren mat boss continued. "Right now, we're pretty young overall and inexperienced."
Pahl said that Logan and Gallia Academy will probably be the wrestling teams to beat in the SEOAL.
Assisting Pahl this winter will be Scott Congleton, Jeff Parsons, and Aaron Schetter.