With four returning state qualifiers returning, including state placer Dillan Jepson, the optimism is running high in the Killdeer High School wrestling room.
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“We’ve got a lot of kids who are a year older and a year stronger,” said Patrick Schlosser, the co-head coach for the Cowboys.
Schlosser shares the head coaching duties with Dan Kerr.
Jepson placed third at 182 pounds last year as a junior.
He recently competed on the national dual team, said Schlosser.
Jepson is joined by state qualifiers Zack Andersen, an eighth-grader, junior Cole Dukart and sophomore Curtis Hall.
Schlosser is also high on seniors Rope Smith and Tony Kluver, who are returning after injuries sidelined them last year.
A year ago, the Cowboys placed 19th at the state tournament.
The Cowboys also did some off-season work, having attended the Burwicks Wrestling Camp, Concordia Wrestling Camp and Killdeer Camp of Champions.
With a strong core of experience, sprinkled in with young hunger, Schlosser said the Cowboys could surprise some people.
“We are one of those teams that, if somebody looks past us, we can be a thorn in their side,” Schlosser said.
“We have wrestlers who are confident and think they can win every match they wrestle,” he said.
The Cowboys opened the season this past weekend in Sidney, Mont.
The starting roster, at this point, includes: Jace Andersen and Ean Larsen at 106, Jayden Hicks at 113, Katelynn Lane at 120, Dylan Tabor at 126, John Tomjack at 132, Anderson at 138, Dukart at 145, Stephen Westarp at 152, Kluver at 170, Jepson at 182, Smith at 195, Michael Moreno at 220, and Cody Bryant and Hall at 285.