Team Preview: Belleville West

Head Coach’s Name: Joe Rujawitz
Team Name: Belleville West Maroons
2019-2020 dual record (overall, conference):
19-11. 3rd In Southwestern Conference.
Notable 2019-2020 tournament results:
Top 5 Mater Dei, Indiana. Top 5 Mahomet Seymour. 3rd in IHSA Regionals

Top Returning Wrestlers

Enter Returning State Qualifiers + other key returners who didn’t qualify
Wrestler’s Name (First & Last) Grade Predicted Weight Previous state results
Justin Harris 12 106 Sectional Qualifier
Josh Koderhandt 12 126 IHSA State Champ
Will Dahm 11 132 Sectional Qualifier
Ethan Sperry 12 182 Sectional Qualifier
Riley Elam 12 195 State Qualifier
Cash Mays 11 220 Sectional Qualifier
Dustin Olmstead 12 285 3rd @ State

Key Seniors Lost to Graduation

Enter Key Seniors Lost to Graduation
Wrestler’s Name (First & Last) Weight Previous Accomplishments
Tyrece Wilbourn 138 Sectional Qualifier

2020-2021 Outlook

Keys to success in the 2020-21 season:
The Maroons are prepared for a highly-touted season. With a Senior core and two Nationally Ranked kids who have already signed nationally Letters of Intent (Koderhandt- Navy, Olmstead- McKendree), they have their sights set on a Conference Title and a possible state series birth.
Concerns about the lineup or challenges for the team this season:
One main concern for the Maroons will be depth. In a few solid weight classes they seem short handed on the depth chart. Injuries and early departures can have an affect on the Maroons wrestling team.
Please list any impact freshman or transfers
Tyson Seibel- IKWF State Qualifier (projected at 120)
How will the newcomers/transfers help?
Tyson Seibel will join his older brother Makya as starters for the Maroons. Both IKWF standouts for the Belleville Little Devils Wrestling Club. They fill 120 and 170 weight classes for a solid line-up.
Coach’s quote on overall thoughts about the team:
The team was building for an outbreak season for three years, now their biggest obstacle will be having a season in order to reach our goals.
Coach’s quote on expectations for this year’s team:
This team has tremendous leadership and can do great things, the team has many individual goals that they have been working on for years.

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