Nov 28, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorShoshoni High School coach Tony Truempler doesn't mind if his wrestling room is crowded with 19 boys this season.
It's the most wrestlers Truempler has had on his roster in five years.
"It's really tight in the wrestling room," Truempler said.
He said the Wranglers have been anxious the last month to get the season started.
"They have been talking to me since football season has ended about wrestling. They are ready to go.
SHS doesn't have a senior out for wrestling, but "we have a big freshman class," Truempler said. "This isn't the first time that I have not had a senior out for wrestling. I'm excited for it because that means that I get one more year with all these kids."
Truempler said his juniors have stepped into leadership roles.
"They are used to it," Truempler said.
The junior leaders are Tyler Clemetson (132-pound weight class), Alex Minge (160 pounds), Danny Huxtable (126 pounds), J.J. Crichton (152 pounds), and Ethan Marple (170 pounds).
"I expect good things," Truempler said. "They work hard in the room. I never have to tell them to work."
Truempler has faith his younger wrestlers to progress as the season moves a long.
"They have a lot of learning to do," Truempler said. "It's a whole different ball game from middle school to high school."
The younger guys will compete be anywhere from heavyweight to 95 pounds.
"The competition is really good in practice," Truempler said. "We spent a lot of time together. The whole team dedicated themselves."
The Wranglers head to the Powell Invitational Friday and Saturday to begin the season. The Powell tournament will feature teams from all classifications.
The tournament is a double-elimination bracket, with junior varsity and varsity divisions.
"I love the Powell tournament because it's a lot of wrestling, and it's early," Truempler said. "We will get to see what we need to work on."
Truempler has given his wrestlers a choice to participate in the varsity division or junior varsity.
"There are a few of them that are wanting to go varsity," Truempler said. "I also have some good sophomores."
The Wranglers will host the annual Zach Parish Memorial Duals Saturday, Dec. 8, in Shoshoni. The duals will feature 11 teams.
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