Red Demons ready to defend WAC
The Red Demons have high expectations for this wrestling season, but they’re keeping a simple approach.
“We’re really going to concentrate this year on not thinking about the end result and focus on the little things that it takes to get there,” Dodge City wrestling coach Lars Lueders said. “We really want to get back to a fun practice room because last year we kind of forgot about what it took to get us to that top three team a couple years ago. We want to have fun with the process.”
Dodge City returns defending state champion Devon Plaza and will also get big time wrestler Dylan Servis back who missed all of last year with a torn ACL from football season.
“He’s a very entertaining wrestler to watch, a great kid to be around and he kind of has that wow factor that will energize the fan base and get us those state points,” Coach Lueders said. “He’s a great leader and really uplifts the guys so we’re excited to have him back in the room on a daily basis.”
Tylor Garcia also returns to the mat after getting second at state and this year won’t have Michael Prieto to deal with in his pursuit of a state title.
“You can really see the drive and definitely tell what he’s eyeing,” Coach Lueders said. “He’s a consistent kid. If he keeps that attitude and keeps that grinding mentality I think he’s really going to have a successful season.”
Dodge City won the WAC title for the first time since the WAC was formed last year so this season the team hopes to defend it.
“Garden City has the advantage in the series so I’m humbled they see us as a threat,” Coach Lueders said. “We can compete with the big boys and I think on paper most people would say we’re going to be a top five team again, so that’s the expectation. We’ll kind of see how it goes from there.”