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Crandon wrestling continues building with young talent


Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 01/20/2021 10:03PM
Crandon - We've seen many changes over the past year, but not all of them have been bad. In fact, in Crandon they're seeing a change for the better.

A year ago, the Crandon wrestling program looked a lot different as they struggled through a difficult season. But now, they've flipped the script.

The Cardinals are undefeated so far this year in dual meets and they've enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history. Plus, the Cards have several wrestlers who have yet to lose a single match.

But shockingly, they're doing it with only two upperclassmen. The team is almost entirely made up of freshman and sophomores, but the older kids have stepped up and are showing the young guys the ropes.

"The two older wrestlers that we have, both are really good at working with the underclassmen as far as - they've kinda taken them under their wing. Like the big brother type," said Head Coach Paul Cleereman.

"If I'd see someone needed help when I was wrestling with them I'd point out a move they could improve on, or something that would help them be a better wrestler," said senior Hutson Kane.

For the younger members of the team, this season has given them hope for building the future of Crandon's program.

"To see us, with a bunch of young potential switch around and be the team that's beating guys, it's pretty cool," said sophomore Brett Palubicki. "It's a crazy experience to be a part of."

"I'm so thankful that I can be on this team on its upward climb here," said fellow sophomore Cole Shepherd. "It looks like we're going to have some pretty good talent coming up next year too; and the years after."

The Cardinals will finish their regular season on January 21, they'll begin postseason play the next week.
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