Middleton wrestlers thinking big

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Rob Reischel
Shamar Madlock and Middleton’s wrestlers have high hopes this season./File photo

The drive for five has begun.

Middleton’s wrestlers have won either the Big Eight Conference tournament or dual meet title the past four years. And Cardinals veteran head coach Kent Weiler sees no reason that streak can’t reach five this season.

Middleton opens its year Friday with a home dual meet against Madison Memorial.

“Our goals are always to be better than last season” Weiler said. “We expect to win the conference duals and tournament outright.

“We are striving for five and we expect to win it outright this season. We do that by increasing the competition/intensity in the room on a daily basis. We are also knocking at the door of postseason team competition. For this to happen we will have to shore up a few holes and have some guys really step up.”

Middleton has eight returning letterwinners on the roster.

Junior Chris Rogers was a state qualifier last season at 132 pounds. Rogers went 39-8 last year and will wrestle at either 132 or 138.

Colton Best (120 or 126) and Dion Huff (145 or 152) both reached sectionals last year and should be ready for big seasons.

Other returnees include Shamar Madlock (126 or 132), Hossam Said (138 or 145), Max Mayhew (152 or 160), Caleb Cymbalak (160 or 170) and Matt Davey (220-285)

“I expect them all to step up and be physical aggressive leaders,” Weiler said of his senior leaders. “All looking to help take the team to the next level.”

Middleton has more numbers than in recent season. But Weiler is concerned about depth in the upper weights.

The Cardinals will be pushed for a Big Eight title by Madison La Follette, Janesville Craig, Sun Prairie and Verona. Middleton’s postseason sectional also includes heavyweights Sauk Prairie, Sparta and Holmen.

But Weiler believes his team can — and will — compete with anyone.

“We, as always, will look at what's right in front of us and not overlook or underestimate anyone,” Weiler said.

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