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2 Tuesday, November 29, 2011 The Iola Register Winter Sports Special Experienced Mustangs return to mat Sweazy takes reins of IHS wrestling Iola High’s wrestling foundation has been laid. The Mustangs enter their fourth season of competition and fifth year as a high school wrestling program with 25 wrestlers on the 2011-2012 roster. They have a new coach in Aaron Sweazy. The team also has depth. Thirteen are back again from last year; altogether 20 have wrestling experience. “These guys are self-motivated. Our veteran wrestlers are mentoring the younger ones. Our seniors want to do something special this season to help build for the future of Mustang wrestling. That’s a good thing,” said Sweazy, who is in his first-year as a head coach after serving as an assistant coach for Columbus High’s Titans. Sweazy wrestled at Chapman High School. By his own admission he was not a top wrestler in high school or in college at the University of Central Oklahoma in Enid, Okla. “But I love the sport of wrestling. I want to pass that on to others. Coach (Ron) Schomaker did a great job building a foundation for wrestling here in Iola — at the middle school and in the high school. I want to continue that with these guys this season.” Iola has two state tournament qualifiers back, although one is injured and won’t be able to compete. Sophomore Mike Armstrong was the first-ever IHS freshman to qualify for the Kansas Class 4A state tournament a year ago at 119 pounds. Junior Stephen McDonald, out with a knee injury suffered at the start of football season, was Iola’s first-ever wrestler to go undefeated in Southeast Kansas League matches — 8-0 at 189. “Mike is looking solid and it is obvious he hit the weight room over the summer. I’m looking for Mike to be even better this season at 120,” Sweazy said. Armstrong claimed the All-SEK first-team spot at 119 pounds going 7-1 in league action. Armstrong claimed fourth place at the Class 4A regional tournament, qualifying for the state tournament. He was 0-2 in his first state tournament and finished 24-19 for the season. In April the NFHS approved an upward shift in the weight classes, beginning with the 103-pound class moving to 106 as the lowest class. The 14 weight classes approved by the committee for 2011-12 are as follows: 106 (pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Iola High School 2011-2012 Wrestling Schedule Dec. 1 — Eureka, Anderson County Dec. 3 — Caney Valley Invitational Dec. 10 — Anderson County Invitational Dec. 15 — Erie/Jayhawk-Linn/Cherryvale at Erie Jan. 5 — Fort Scott, Pittsburg Jan. 7 — Burlington Invitational Jan. 10 — Parsons/Columbus at Parsons Jan. 12 — Chanute/Labette County at Chanute Jan. 21 — Eureka Invitational Jan. 28 — Fredonia Invitational Feb. 2 — Osawatomie Feb. 4 — Silver Lake Invitational Feb. 9 — Coffeyville/Independence Feb. 17-18 — Class 4A regional Feb. 24-25 — Class 4A state, Salina Home matches in bold. “Losing Stephen to the knee injury is heart-wretching to the program. We had expected him to be even better than he was last year. Stephen has shown up for the middle school See MAT | page 18 Iola High School 2011-2012 Wrestling Roster Name Weight Class Brent Clark 132 Sr. Devin Culler 160 Sr. Zack Vaughn 170 Sr. Denton Christian 195 Sr. Rocky Smith 182 Sr. Zeph Larney 138 Jr. Kody Mullins 170 Jr. Joe Myrick 152 Jr. Chase Roettgen 170 Jr. Stephen McDonald 195 Jr. Justin Baker 132 Jr. Raymond Brandstetter 138 Jr. 145 Jr. Sagel Hensley Mike Armstrong 120 So. 138 So. Cody Conner Bryce Misenhelter 160 So. Travis Rieske 138 So. 126 So. Triston Sigfusson Jacob Rhoads 145 So. 182 So. Derrick Weir John Whitworth 152 So. Trey Colborn 220/285 Fr. 138 Fr. Jordan Long Kaleb Mock 126 Fr. 120 Fr. Christjan Ruby 113 Fr. Dalton Skaggs Head coach: Aaron Sweazy Assistant coach: Rick Horton The Iola Register Winter Sports Special Best Of Luck To All Our Area Sports Teams! RVB SALES & SERVICE 23 ,0 00 $$ Tuesday, November 29, 2011 31 We’ve Added On! To provide you, our valued customers, much more selection! 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