TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

November 6, 2012

Bozeman has high hopes for 2013 Whitley County Wrestling Team

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

With the 2012 high school wrestling season almost upon us, Whitley County coach Justin Bozeman said his team has some work to do as far as replacing some of last year’s departures.

Last year, 120 lb. junior John Siler picked up the Colonels best finish as he grabbed seventh in the state with a record of 5-2 in state competition. Siler is the main returnee this season and Bozeman said he will be looked to when it comes to leadership.

“This season we’re looking for a lot out of Siler this year,” Bozeman said. “He’s ranked No. 1 preseason at 126 and probably two or three at 120, so we really expect him to do some good things.

“We’re going to wait and see where people line up as far as the region and see where we can do the best for him,” he added. “It just really depends on how things play out.”

Bozeman also expects big man Sam Vanover to play a factor in how the Colonels fare this season as well. He said Vanover is predicted to be in the top five in the state in the 220 lb. weight class.

“We expect Sam to have a good season and like I said, he’s predicted to finish in the top five,” Bozeman said. “He had a pretty good season last year, so we’ll be expecting him to have another good season.”

Other wrestlers Bozeman said should help along the way are sophomore Luke Bray at either the 152 lb. or 160 lb. class, Daniel Wolforth at the 135 lb. or 140 lb. class and Anthony Kurzika.

Bozeman said despite the fact this is just his second season with the Colonels, he felt like the program as a whole is on the upswing and he likes the squad he has this season. Given the experience he has in the sport, it’s safe to say Bozeman knows a little bit about what he’s doing.

“This is my second year coaching here, but I’ve coached 15 years at McCreary Central,” Bozeman said. “We had some state runner up finishes and a state champion there and some good kids come through the program.

“We’ve got some good kids here at Whitley County and some kids that really want to see the program do well,” he said. “We’ve got 26 kids out right now and we’ll probably have about 30 or 34 once all the football players get in there and get to work.

“That’s a really good number for wrestling because you can only have 14 kids on a team starter-wise,” he added. “Everyone else over 14 is just considered to be on the B team, but has the chance to work for their spot every week.”

Bozeman said that chance to improve every week is somewhat unique to wrestling.

“That’s something that gives kids a chance to work a little harder from week to week as far as the kids that are really close to being a starter,” he said. “What you get is kids coming in and working toward a goal as they progress through the season and in practices.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0731 WHIT BOYS 2 for web.jpg Second Time Around

    When all is said and done after the 2014 high school soccer season, a lot of teams will measure their success by wins and losses.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: The times, they are a changing

    The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0730 TCSA FBALL for web.jpg Numbers Game

    The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County

    These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 KNOX FBALL FOR WEB.tif Must-See Football

    It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
    Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 PHILPOT FOR WEB.jpg Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach

    With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    By Les Dixon
    Staff Writer
    NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.

    July 28, 2014

  • The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune