BRITT | Despite their youth, the West Hancock High School wrestlers have big goals for 2017-18.
The team has only two seniors, Hunter Hagen and Austin Brouwer, but they are two or three deep in the upper weight classes.
"I feel like we have a better start already this year," Hagen said.
"There's a lot of energy on the team," Brouwer said.
One of their recent successes was a 3-0 finish at a quadrangular in Osage on Dec. 7.
If everyone keeps working hard, the team can make it to state duals, according to Hagen.
He said there's room for improvement in the lower weight classes, as a lot of those wrestlers are young and not quite used to varsity-level competition yet.
However, they are working hard because "they don't want to fail the coach," he said.
Individually, Hagen is hoping to build on his success from last year and become a state champ.
He was the runner-up at 195 pounds during the state championship his junior year. He was the first Eagle in 16 years to make it to the state finals.
Brouwer, who missed part of his sophomore and juniors seasons, is hoping to stay healthy this year.
"I just want to wrestle," he said.
Hagen said he wants this year's team to be remembered for "how hard our guys worked."
The Eagles want to "just try to keep our heads up no matter what the outcome is," he said.
Brouwer said people don't remember the wins so much as "how you came back after a loss."