Boys Varsity Wrestling, Coed Varsity Wrestling · Bearden wrestling program looking for strength in numbers this season

The wrestling team is preparing for another successful season of wrestling. The team has grown a lot from past years, and the team hopes to continue that growth this season.

“The biggest expectation is to grow the team,” Coach Donnie Floyd said. “We have increased our numbers from eight at the end of last year to 25 on the roster right now.”

With that growth, they have also increased the potential of the team. They hope that they will be able to win district this year with their young team to set the groundwork for future seasons.

“Right now, with such a young team, we hope we can get back to that district title, then build for the future and get back to that state tournament,” Coach Floyd said.

In order to develop their young team, the team will need new leaders to emerge. The team has selected their captains, senior Nick Law and sophomore Matheson Meade, both of whom went to state last year, and the team is going to look to them throughout the season as an example of the standards of the team.

“They are two of the most established,” Coach Floyd said. “They are really pushing themselves and pushing everybody else to do big things.”

Meade understands what makes a wrestling team successful and hopes to maintain the team’s focus on those important things.

“One thing we have always been in the past is that we are one of the best conditioned teams in the region,” Meade said. “That’s why we have been able to have people win matches and be very conditioned and outlast people.”

Along with Meade, Law has stepped up into a leadership position too.

“Nick, as a senior, it’s only his third-year wrestling, but he has really stepped up to do some good things,” Coach Floyd said.

This year’s team is young but has many athletes that are expecting significant success and even a run in the state tournament – despite losing two of the program’s most decorated wrestlers, Max Grayson and Kyle Burns, to graduation. In addition to Law and Meade returning, Dylan Burns and Samuel Hensley also went to state last year and are back this year.

Growing the team’s numbers and regaining the district title are the main focuses of this year’s wrestling team, but with the individual talent the team boasts, the ceiling for this team is high.