The following is a report on the nascent Keenan High wrestling program as submitted by Raiders coach Marlin Taylor.
“Keenan High School is in its second full season of varsity competition and we are looking to really have impact on the region this year. Though we are low in numbers we go out and practice hard each day so that at match time we can compete at a very high level this year I returned four very good wrestlers with a years experience. Ssenior James Smalls is a very good wrestler at 171 pounds. He really works hard to get better each day in practice and does an excellent job taking the drills to the mat. Anthony Perminter (160) is a sophomore that is another key part to the team with some of the things he can do. I really believe that he could make a big push at begin a region champ. Sophomore Anthony Harris (189) is probably my best wrestler. He really has made great improvement from last year. Anthony has really taken the time to study the sport and learn a variety of different moves that makes him hard to bet. The last returning wrestler is Auntwan Person. He has yet to wrestle due to injury.
“This year we also have several newcomers, and the most noticeable is senior heavyweight Matthew Johnson, who is off to a excellent start to the season with an impressive 5-0 record. He has really taken to the sport and is doing a wonderful job learning the ins and outs of the sport. Another is freshman Jamie Jacobs, who is wrestling in the 215 spot and is improving daily. Freshman Jon Gathers and junior Keshard Somerville are two other new guys that are doing well.
“We are really making great strides in promoting the sport and increasing the interest to the student body. It’s been hard getting more kids out because it takes courage to step out on the mat and compete all alone. It’s been great for me working with these kids and I can see improvement in each one of them.”