In high school wrestling, New Salem-Almont wrestling has never won a state title. Last year, they finished second, coming up 39.5 points short. But this year, they expect a different result.
“New Salem-Almont wrestling head coach Dave Wolding knew the team had something special from day one.
“We had a heck of a good football season,” Wolding said. “We were in the [Fargodome] playing so that put us back a couple of weeks. Give the guys a couple of days off and we were back in and they were ready to rock and roll.”
However, the players wanted to see the results on the mat first.
“I didn’t think that we would be this good until we started going to our first tournaments and saw then that we were really going to do something this year,” Adam Morman said.
The big four of Tayt Wolding, Clay Gerhardt, Josh Irwin and Chauncey Dittus are a combined 172-7 on the year.
“Early,” Wolding said. “I was a little bit nervous wondering maybe we peaked a little bit early, but when I thought we peaked, we have just been getting better.”
Then you add junior Adam Morman, who coach Wolding called his most improved wrestler.
“Went to some camps,” Morman said. “Then really got in the weight room.”
The Holsteins have already checked off two of their three big season goals. The only one left is a state title.
“Even in the offseason,” Wolding said, “these guys are going in the mornings. Lifting. They work hard. It’s good to see them have some success.”
With 13 wrestlers qualified on the individual side and a No. 2 ranking in the team duals, Coach Wolding admits this year could be the year.
“From this weekend,” Wolding said, “from this day on, it’s going to play itself out and we’re ready.”
In the quarterfinals, New Salem-Almont faces Velva tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.