By Owen Lehman
Head coach: Scott Bayer
Years coaching at BHS: 10
Asst. coaches: Ryan Farwell and Greg Schroeder
Last season’s highlights (including record): The Bulldog Wrestling team won the Upstate Eight Conference – River Division last season. The Bulldogs were 7-0 in conference.
Top returnees: Top returning Bulldog wrestlers include Dylan Uzumecki (2015 State Qualifier at 220 lbs.), Derek Nutley (returning 182 lbs.), Joe Posledni (152/160 lbs.), Nolan Adams (145/152 lbs.), Seth Winkle (138 lbs. and 30-match winner last season), Mike Doranski (126 lbs. looking for his 100th career varsity win this year), Dylan Doranski (120 lbs.), and Josh Fischer (113 lbs.).
Top newcomers: “I am excited about our freshman class. We have some guys who’ve had success in the kids club and in middle school and some new talent, ” Bayer said.
Outlook for this season: “We will compete for another conference championship this season. I’m pretty excited that we get to host them again at our place. Last year we were able to attract 850 fans to the BFAC stage and I think everyone had a blast,” Bayer said. On Thurs, Dec 17, the Bulldogs will be doing something special in the main gym. “I think we’re going to get a great turnout again.”
Top players in your league/area/state: “The team to beat again this season is St. Charles East,” Bayer said. “They were the team to beat last season as well. I’m sure they feel that they should have been conference champs last season. They’re a very good program. They have a good coaching staff. They’ll be fierce competitors again, but we’ll be ready.”
(Photo of sophomore Josh Fischer courtesy of The Kane County Chronicle)