White Knoll had a solid wrestling season under first-year head coach Kevin Emily, and the future looks bright for the Timberwolves. Emily has started a youth program to act as a feeder system for the program.
The Timberwolves finished 18-11 in dual matches this past season, but the real highlight was an upset of mighty Summerville in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. WK advanced to the third round for the second time in school history before being eliminated by archrival Lexington.
“I believe that we had an exceptional season,” said Emily. “We started off the year strong and maintained that intensity throughout the season. Although we had a few set backs along the way, our losses prepared us for that final run in the playoffs. This team had many heroes throughout the year and at any given time we had uderclassmen and JV guys step up and pull out huge wins for us when we needed them most. These guys came together and did what few expected them to do. I knew they had it in them all along. It was just up to them to decide if they wanted it bad enough.”
White Knoll will miss three top-rank seniors – Brandon Proveaux (41-5 this season at 215), Skylar Walker (36-15 at 130) and Shane Lee (29-6 at 135). Otherwise, the bulk of the varsity line is expected to return next season.
“Next year is very promising,” said Emily. “Although I'm losing a lot of points thatcame from Brandon, Skyler and Shane, I have a solid core coming back next year along with a few talented JV guys that couldn't crack the line-up because of the three guys that were mentioned. Next year we won't be a surprise to everyone. Instead I think we will be on everyone's radar as a solid team.”
The rest of the records for this season varsity regulars are: Chris Jeffries (24-18 at 103), Austin Lee (11-21 at 112), Kevin Epting (19-11 at 119). Cody Shirley (9-20 at 125), Chad Lee (26-12 at 140), Zach Dicus (18-12 at 145) Kyle Ehney (18-20 at 152), Patrick Speers (14-10 at 160), Phillip Austin (28-12 at 171), Jeff Spradley (6-22 at 189) and Chris Sayers (8-10 at 285).
Freshmen Jake Beckett (130) and Asa Gossett (285) performed well during late-season call-ups from the junior varsity squad, and figure to be key contributors next season.