Coach: Alan Moore
Last year: Advanced one wrestler to the Class 2A State Tournament and finished in a tie for 50th place with 0 points at Mat Classic XXVI.
Wrestlers to watch: Brody Weinheimer (so., 195); Andy Herrera (jr., 170-182); Issac Bueno (jr., 138); Jordan Peterson-Scotter (so., 126); Cole Marlow (so., 152)
Outlook: A new season brings in a new a coach in Moore, who learned under longtime Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper for four years and was a 2005 graduate of Mount Baker. Like Moore, much of the Lions roster is new or young, but Weinheimer, a sophomore up-and-comer and the only Lynden wrestler to make the state tournament, returns. “We are very young, but they show a lot of potential,” Moore said in a phone interview. “They do have some talent, but they are not the high-caliber of talented guys. But they do work their butts off, and that’s all I can expect right now.” Others who are expected to contribute maybe earlier than others are juniors Herrera and Bueno. Moore also spoke highly of sophomoresPeterson-Scooterand Marlow. While the Lions are going over basics early in the season, Moore said he want his team’s mentality be an attacking one, rather than wrestling defensively. “The kids have to learn the sport, and they have a passion for it,” Moore said. “Once they figure it out, I think they will be unstoppable.” While this year’s Lions may take their lumps, Moore thinks the young talent will set up well for the future.