Lindbergh wrestlers focusing on districts

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Lindbergh High School wrestling team is focused on making an impact at the District 1 tournament next week.

“We’ve had a pretty solid season,” Flyers head coach Josh Hansel told the Call. “I wouldn’t be shocked to see us in the top two at districts. We’ve just got to keep up our momentum.”

Hansel will rely on seven wrestlers to set the tone at districts as Brock Summers, Tim Irving, Jesse Cain, Pat McKenna, Brett Buettner, James Bearden and Nick Higgs look to take the Flyers to the state championships on Feb. 15.

Summers is a 103-pound senior who hopes to take his four years of experience to state in a weight class comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores.

“Having a senior at 103 is unheard of,” Hansel said. “Brock is a hard-nosed kid, and I think that it benefits him to have four years of experience and get to wrestle against freshmen and sophomores.”

Irving, as senior, wrestles at 119 pounds and really has come into his own in the last year, according to Hansel.

Tim’s a hard-working kid that doesn’t take anything for granted,” Hansel said.

Another hard-nosed senior is Cain at 130 pounds. Cain has been on the varsity squad since his freshman season, and Hansel hopes he can cap off his career with a solid showing at state.

“He’s another tough kid that’s very focused,” Hansel said of Cain.

At 135 pounds for the Flyers is McKenna, a senior.

“Pat’s probably the most solid kid we have on the team,” Hansel said. “He’s starting to buy into the fact that this is his senior year and it’s time for him to be someone for everyone else to look at.”

Buettner, a 145-pound senior, hopes to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish at state.

“Brett’s our only returning medalist,” Hansel said. “He realizes what he accomplished last year and wants to improve on that.”

Bearden, a junior, is one of the more talented wrestlers on this year’s team. The 152-pound grappler could make some noise this season at districts.

“James is probably the most talented kid in the room,” Hansel said. “When he turns it on, it’s scary as to how good he is.”

Another highly motivated wrestler is Higgs, a 160-pound senior.

“Nick’s probably the most athletic kid on the team,” Hansel said. “He was just one match away from going to state, and I think that’s got him motivated this season.”

The Flyers are back in action Feb. 10 when they compete at the Class 4, District 1 championships at Northwest High.