Western Athletic Conference wrestling preview: Fonda-Johnstown

Team: Fonda-Johnstown

Head coach: Clay Oeser

Last year’s record: Finished third in WAC standings

Returning starters: Owen Hicks, Loretta Newcomer, Justin Kearns, Zen Myles, Jonathan Cranker, Kyle Morton, Nasire Sanchez, Chris Estep, Luke Ahrens, Mike Martindale, Jackson Haverly

Graduated: Najon Subik (placed second at Sectionals, fourth at Section 2 championships), Marquise Johnson (second at Sectionals, fourth at Section 2 championships), Kyle Gray (second at Sectionals)

Newcomers: Dylan Cotter, Skyler Olmstead, Alex Saltsman, Brady Myles, Bradey Brownell, Alex Sheldon, Darnell VanSlyke, Kyle Anderson, Zach Vosburg, Tanner Warner, Skyler Bronson, Marquise Cinelli, Zach Tierney, Nate Schrom

Outlook for the season: Assistant coach Jim Rodecker said the merger between the Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville wrestling programs is bearing fruit in 2018-19 season.

“This is our second year as a merged team, and it has definitely proven to increase our number of wrestlers on the roster,” said Rodecker. “We have a total of 25 varsity wrestlers on the roster this year. We have a total of 24 modified wrestlers on the roster, as well. So, the future looks great for the wrestling program.”

Rodecker said Fonda-Johnstown is looking to contend for the WAC title and a possible Section 2 Class B championship.

“The only challenge we will face is being placed in the Class B Sectionals and having to compete in the Division 1 (large school) state qualifiers,” said Rodecker.

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