VANDALIA — Following a good season last year, the Aviators wrestling team looks to continue to make strides with a very successful 2015-16 campaign.
The Aviators finished second in the Greater Western Ohio Conferance North Division last season and gained experience for the underclassmen. Butler had one state qualifier last season and looks to continue their winning ways this year.
Coach Mark Peck said he feels this team has the potential to accomplish big things, as long as they “set goals, and work hard to reach them, peaking at the end of the season.”
Butler will be led by three seniors this season: Dustin Stevenson, Walker James, and Trevor Kovacs. All three seniors saw lots of action last season, time that has prepared them for their final season ahead.
Kovacs wrestles 182 pounds for the Aviators, finishing third in the GWOC North last season with an overall record of 4-10. Trevor looks to have a breakout year and add stability to the higher weight classes for the Aviators.
James also saw lots of action a year ago. He compiled a 12-19 record as a junior, and finished third in the GWOC North. Walker hopes to improve upon last season’s record, and excel at the 170 pound weight class.
Stevenson returns for the Aviators in the 160 pound weight class. He finished second in the GWOC last season and finished 15-12 on the year. Dustin looks to continue his winning ways and become the backbone of this year’s team.
“It will be up to the three of them to lead this team,” but with hard work, this year’s team can make big strides,” said Peck.
Also returning for the Aviators in the 106 pound weight class is David Jobe. He was a GWOC placer and District qualifier last year and looks to build on that this season.
Some new faces will jump into the lineup this season including Dylan Sagers and Ethan Cyrette. Both wrestlers were on JV last year, but look to make an impact on the varsity team this upcoming year.
Butler will round out its lineup with a couple freshmen, including Nick Coyle, who was a standout last season as an eighth grader, finishing fourth in the state. Despite being a freshman, he hopes to continue that success at the high school level.
The Aviators finished second in the GWOC North last year, a place that they have been for the last four seasons. Sidney, last year’s champions, will be a big test for the Aviators this year. Butler looks to knock off the Yellow Jackets, and return to division champs again.
The Aviators open their season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Northmont High School.
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