Monday, October 27, 2014


     The Patriot wrestling team is gearing up for its first season in the program’s history. Head Coach Spencer Adams and his assistant Gary Canter have been working non-stop to get the team ready for the inaugural year.

     The two were hired together in January 2014 to compile a competitive squad of 30+ wrestlers. Well, what did Adams and Canter do? They did just that and more. The two worked countless hours signing an unbelievable 42 wrestlers and two managers. The 42 wresters span from five different states and consist of nine state finalists. Adams and Canter also signed two brave managers who have stepped forward and played a big role in lending a helping hand. The two coaches not only went out and signed wrestlers, but they also added two other graduate assistants. Brandon Sellers was added to the position of Strength and Conditioning Coach in July 2014. Tyler Alsip was also added to the program in July 2014 as an assistant coach.

     The team has already put in a grueling pre-season strength and conditioning plan that consisted of lifting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The plan also consisted of conditioning every Tuesday and Thursday. After two months of intense pre-season work, the team has begun to practice for the first time. The team has been practicing for three weeks as they gear up for the season. The team hasn’t just been working on fine-tuning their skills in the gym, but they are also putting in hard work in the classroom. The team has been putting in mandatory study hall hours to become sharper students.

     When asked about his expectations for the upcoming year Head Coach Spencer Adams said, “We look at this year as kind of a developmental year for the guys we have now. We will be competitive in a lot of matches.” Adams noted, “The plan is to have 1-3 All-Americans at the end of the year.”

     When asked how practice was going so far Adams said, “Some of the guys have come on real strong and have blossomed into what we had hoped.” “Zach Ladich (Rootstown, Ohio), Garrett Harding (Uhrichsville, Ohio), BJ Carman (New Haven, Ky.), and Ryan Gallo (Mesa, Ariz.)” were some of the freshman to watch out for noted Adams. “As far as transfers, Cody Coomes (Ostrander, Ohio), Tyler McCoy (Marion, Ohio), and Andy Lenz (Cynthiana, Ky.) have also looked good in practice” said Adams.

     Tom Bystrek, Director of Athletics, said, “We are really excited about the wrestlers that they [Adams and Canter] have brought in. I believe people will be pleasantly surprised about how competitive they will be in the conference.”

     The “Grappling Patriots” will have their work cut out for them competing in the Mid-South Conference that is stacked with talented teams. The Mid-South posted two teams in the top 20 poll. Campbellsville University is sixth in the nation and Lindsey Wilson College ranks ninth. Not to be forgotten is Cumberland University from Lebanon, Tenn., who is also receiving votes.

     The Patriots will host an intra-squad Purple and Gold ranking matches on Thursday, October 30. Then on November 8th the “Grappling Patriots” will kick their inaugural season off with a trip to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in the Case Western Duals.