Five wrestlers to watch

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 30, 2013 

SHELBY MILES

MOUNT BAKER

Sr., 113

Mount Baker's coach, Ron Lepper, prefaced this season with saying nobody on his team is imposing in stature. Miles may fall in that category, but his performance throughout the postseason last year was certainly a statement about his ability to compete against the best wrestlers in the state. After winning the Class 1A Sub Regional Tournament, placing second at the regional tournament and winning a match at state, Miles seems primed for a strong senior campaign.

LUKE JORDAN

SQUALICUM

Sr., 126-132

Jordan was a fundamental piece to Squalicum recording a perfect 4-0 record in the NWC last season, and the success of the Storm this season will largely hinge on his ability to repeat his strong junior year. Jordan, who took first in his weight class at the Class 2A Sub Regional and 2A Regional tournaments, looks to carry his strong late-season surge into this season.

TAYLOR GARDNER

Nooksack Valley

Jr., 145

The two-time state participant is going up in weight this year from 126 pounds to 145 pounds. What should join him in the move up are his winning tendencies, as the junior had an outstanding sophomore campaign winning the Class 1A Sub Regional tournament and placing second at the NWC Tournament.

AUSTIN VOSBURGH

Sehome

Sr., 170

Sehome coach Scott Schroyer has seen an invigorated Vosburgh throughout the early-season practices. The senior 170-pound wrestler, who went 1-2 at the state tournament after winning the Class 2A Sub Regional, has the size, power and experience necessary to make a good run at this year's state tournament.

CHRISTIAN MOUAT

Lynden

Sr., 152-160

Christian Mouat is burdened with being one of the few wrestlers Lynden boasts with any experience, but if last year's success is any indication, he's ready for it. Mouat lost both his matches at state last year, but he was able to stave off getting pinned, and he lost the second match in a tight one, 5-3. Look for steady improvement from the senior, who will wrestle at a higher weight class than he did last year.

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