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Numbers and energy up for Pacer wrestlers

20 individuals are out for this years team, which hopes to be competitive in the TRL


by: VERN UYETAKE - Jake Oelrich is one of Lakeridge's top returning wrestlers this year. He finished just one match shy of a trip to the state meet last winter and hopes to take another step this year. Two years ago, the Lakeridge wrestling program consisted of four athletes, two of whom were brothers. The Pacers have steadily tried to rebuild, first and foremost getting the numbers up and building energy within the team.

This season 20 wrestlers are out and the team will be able to field as close to a full line-up during dual meets as it has in a handful of seasons.

“We had more football players come out this year which has helped and it's a team with a lot of heart,” coach Adrian Borgeson said.

Lakeridge has a young team but mixes in a handful of talented leaders and the team could be poised to surprise a few people this season.

Jake Oelrich returns to the Pacers. He finished just one match away from qualifying for state and will look to make an appearance at Memorial Coliseum this year at 145 pounds.

The Pacers are thin in the lower weights but have talent and depth through the middle.

Sam Wurtz should also be one of the team's top performers this season and could be a force at regionals.

A pair of transfers are making an early impact for the Pacers. Nick Bee joins the team from Nebraska and has been impressive early on, along with Travis Johnson, who came over from Southridge.

“We've got a few kids who could end up being really strong,” Borgeson said.

Everett Webster, whose brother was a state qualifier, had an impressive showing in the team's first dual meet against Lincoln, tallying a pin in his first varsity match.

Lakeridge gave up 12 points due to forfeits in that match but only lost to the Cardinals by two.

Steven Powers, Paul Sanchez and Alex Oh should also make big contributions for the Pacers this season.

Lakeridge is also fielding two girls on this year's team who have been working hard in the early season.

The Pacers figure to be a team that will improve immensely throughout the season and the team hopes to be competitive in the league and in its tournaments this season.

“It's great to have kids at Lakeridge who are willing to step on the mat and take that challenge,” Borgeson said.




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