Parkview will have a strong leader to look to this year in senior Kenyen Keiber. Keiber qualified for the Class 3 State Tournament at 145 pounds. He went 1-2 to finish 28-13 overall.
That trip to the state tournament will bring dividends this year.
“He (Keiber) learned that he belonged at that stage,” Parkview head coach William Ressel said. “He is a state-medalist caliber wrestler. The matches that he lost were one or two point matches. It was proving to him that he is right on the cusp of the podium at the state tournament.”
He used the momentum from the state tournament as a springboard to a strong summer.
“He (Keiber) has been looking very good. He went to several camps this summer and has been showing up to open mats. I am hoping he has a very good year and expecting some great things,” Ressel said.
Ethan Fulfer, Noah Farrales, Christian Taylor, Reece Hill, Bryan Lam and Ethan Hartman all return from Parkview’s district team last season.
Fulfer posted 16 wins last year and appears ready for a strong junior season. Noah Farrales also had a strong offseason according to Ressel.
Ressel has simple expectations for his team this year as the Vikings try to get more wrestlers to the state tournament.
“I expect them to show up every day ready to work hard and get better,” Ressel said. “At the same time, with the people we have returning, I expect that we are going to win some matches. I expect that we will have some state qualifiers this year.”
Parkview’s first tournament of the year will be at Bolivar on Dec. 1.