- The past few years Crandon sent at least two state wrestlers state.
That could very much happen again this year, but the team graduated five seniors and got a new coach.
"We've had to overcome quite a few challenges," said first year head coach Mark Seils.
The biggest challenge for Crandon's wrestling team has been the low roster numbers.
The Cardinals have only been able to fill seven to ten spots on a 14-man lineup.
"I went to the boys this year and told them that the philosophy this year was going to be: get matches," Seils said.
Coach Seils says every single wrestler has had to step up at least two weight classes just to be able to wrestle.
"Eat, sleep and breathe wrestling. I think about it almost 24 hours a day," said senior wrestler Jakob Hoyt.
Hoyt is working towards his second appearance at the tournament.
And his name on the Crandon wrestling wall of fame.
"I look up at that wall over there, the wall of fame. I look at that and it gets me more focused," Hoyt said.
He's not the only one.
"The goal this year is to be better at state," said state returner Breed Shepard Jr.
Breed Shepard Jr. joined Hoyt at last year's state tournament. He says moving up a weight class actually improved his routine.
"I am able to eat and drink and hydrate as much as I want," said Shepard Jr.
Shepard Jr. just won most outstanding wrestler at a Fox Valley tournament, where the team took fourth place too.
"They aren't afraid of anyone so that's been the biggest step forward with these kids," Seils said.
That step forward led to four conference victories and big tournament placings from across the state.
"We may have a little team but these are some of the hardest working guys I know in the conference," Hoyt said. "We may be in the Northern Lakes conference, in a small town in an easy conference but we all take that to heart and it just makes us work harder."
Crandon hosted a youth tournament this past weekend and Coach Seils said it was a huge success.
He said the future of the program will remain strong because of everyone's hard work. The Cardinals will face Crivitz next Tuesday in Crandon.