After finishing with a dual record of 9-16 last year, Nugent understands that while his team is young and there will be a learning curve, he is optimistic his players will be extremely competitive this season and improve on last year’s dual and individual records.
Even though the team is young overall, the Blue Jays also have a good group of upperclassman returning, and Nugent has high expectations for them this season.
“We only lost two seniors [from last season], and have a big freshman class, so we will be young in spots, but we also have a good group returning,” said Nugent.
Along with a nice core of juniors and seniors returning, other returning wrestlers from last season include Eli Hungerford (sophomore, 183 pounds), Austin Mitchell (sophomore, 120 pounds), Logan O’Brien (sophomore, 145 pounds), Rob Taylor (sophomore, 126 pounds), Alex Walker (sophomore, 182 pounds), Josh Weddle (senior, 285 pounds) and Billy Wilson (sophomore, 145 pounds).
To help give the Blue Jays even more depth, Marshfield has added an impressive 106-pound sophomore who transferred from another state.
“Jesse Johnson is a new student who was a state runner-up in another state last year,” said Nugent. “I think he will be one of the better 106 pounders in the area and should compete for a state medal”
Ultimately, the overall goal for Nugent and his athletes this year is clear.
“Our ultimate expectation is to send a handful of athletes to the state tournament and return with some medals,” said Nugent. “With more weights full this year, I think we’ll be able to be more competitive in dual meets which should equate to more wins.”
The Marshfield Blue Jays begin the season on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they face Reeds Spring.