by MATTHEW DAVIS
Champlin Park’s big four senior wrestlers may have graduated, but plenty of talent returns for the Rebels this season.
Starting with the lower weights, Alex Davis will make his mark at 106 pounds. He built up size and strength for this season.
“He is talented enough to win a state championship,” Rebels coach Bill Maresh said.
Promising senior 132-pounder Andrew Longerbone returns after not seeing much action last year. He had success as a freshman and sophomore with third-place finishes at sections.
Senior Jake Vandersteen also has a third-place finish at sections under his belt. At 152 pounds, he hopes to reach state this season.
The Rebels also have youth and talent at the lower and middle weights Sophomores Giovanni Jessee (126), Paul Winkelmann (138) and Andrew Ockuly (145) all are skilled wrestlers and will make an impact.
“He as won the Greco state tournament and placed third at sections last year,” Maresh said.
In the upper weights, 160-pounder junior Brandon Sakinnen is returning and competes hard. Junior 170-pounder holds a lot of promise.
“We think he will have a very good year,” Maresh said.
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