The building process continues this winter for the Columbia High wrestling program.
The Capitals made strides last season, finishing with an 8-9 dual match record and having a number of individuals perform at high levels in region and state competition. And with a solid veteran base in place and an increasing number of young prospects coming out of the middle school program, Columbia should continue to make strides this season.
“We look to have most, if not all, the weight classes full this year for the first time,” said coach Joe Lovier.
“We have a several freshman coming in that wrestled last year for our middle school team that could earn starting spots in the varsity lineup. We are looking for the leadership from our team captains Trey Leonard and DaVonne Montgomery to achieve our team goals this year.”
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Leonard, a senior, went 33-5 last season at 171 pounds, was a region champion, finished second at the Upper State qualifying tournament and finish fourth at state.
Montgomery, a junior, was 23-12 and a region champion at 135. Sophomore Trey Harper is the other top returning hand after going 20-10 and winning a region title at 140 a year ago.
The rest of the returning cast includes sophomore Randy Medina (12-8 at 119), Ronald Bridgette (a region champ at 145), sophomore William Childs, junior Demetry Curreton and seniors Tyreece Coaxum and Jordan Jacobs.
Newcomers to watch include freshmen Mikael Nelson and Timothy Hunter and sophomore Davonte Graham.