The team suffered some losses to graduation - most notably 119-pounder Bradley Gustafson, the AGH career wins leader - but a dozen lettermen return this season. Scott Phelps, who is co-head coach with Mike Fry, said, "if we can find a weight class for everyone to fit into, we can put a pretty solid team out on the mat. We will need some of the younger and inexperienced kids to step forward and get the job done this year."
Aurelia's numbers are good, with 27 wrestlers out for the team. Returning lettermen include seniors Mike White, Andrew Perry (both at 140-145 pounds), Bryce Dean (152-160), Austin Todd and Steven Rupp (both at 160-171), and Daniel Borchers (189-215); juniors Adam Parker (125-130), Kyle Yearous and Nick Felten (both at 135-140), and Adam Dreeszen (285); and sophomores Ryan Donahoo (112-119) and Steve White (130-135).
Other wrestlers who could help out this year include junior Danny Hall (103), freshman Travis Otto (112), seniors Alyn Sargent (125-130) and Kyle Conover (130-135), and freshman Josh Schwanz (152-160).
Phelps feels the Maple Valley Conference is loaded with a lot of talent. He expects Woodbury Central, Lawton-Bronson, Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto, and AGH to battle it out for the team championship, and feels that West Monona, Kingsley-Pierson, and Westwood will have many good individuals, but lack the depth of the other teams. John Miller assists Fry and Phelps as a volunteer coach.
Most varsity action will be on Thursdays and Saturdays, including two AGH dual meets, one at Aurelia on January 6th, and the other the following Saturday, January 13th, at Holstein. The Sectional Tournament will be February 10, District February 17, and the State Meet February 21-24.