Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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November 21, 2013

Pirate grapplers well-equipped for deep season

Greensburg — The Greensburg wrestling team expects to take on a tough sectional field well-equipped to make this season historical for the program.

The Pirate grapplers’ schedule will feature more common opponents from the Jennings County Sectional than in recent seasons.

According to fourth-year Greensburg head coach Matt Cochran, it will benefit the wrestlers by establishing more accurate seeding for the sectional.

Cochran likes the chances his team has to contend for a conference championship, noting that Greensburg finished in the top half of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference “for the first time in quite a while.” The Pirates last won the conference in 1986.

“This team is looking to break that streak,” said Cochran. “We’re working hard every day to reach that goal.”

The high expectations the coaches have for the Pirates is a result of a strong turnout of wrestlers and several who have returned with state tournament success. Going into Friday’s Madison Tri Meet, Cochran likes the composition of the team’s lineup as several wrestlers return from Semi-State and regional appearances.

The season will begin with a treat for wrestlers – opening on a Friday night.

“A Friday night event can be a special night,” said Cochran. “It’s not normal for us to get that spotlight. We’re looking forward to that event.”

Lost to graduation are three seniors, including regional qualifier Justin Dance. John Cook and Chaz Smiley also graduated.

Not including a few who recently joined, 29 wrestlers will compete for Greensburg – the most the team has had in quite a while.

In total, seven seniors will lead the team this season. There are three juniors, five sophomores and 14 freshmen before last week’s additions to the team.

“It seems to be a very freshman/senior heavy team,” said Cochran. “Most of the seniors are seasoned and experienced kids. With that group of experience, we’re pretty excited about this year, with the addition of new guys as well – which will make us stronger. We have a handful of wrestlers who are new to us who look to step up and contribute.”

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