The Snohomish boys wrestling team was young last year and will be young this year. But the Panthers are a year older, and Snohomish coach Joey Brown hopes that experience will make a difference.
“The biggest challenge for us is that we have to turn kids who wrestle into wrestlers,” Brown said. “We have talented young kids who can surprise a lot of people once they get into the postseason.”
Snohomish has two seniors it can rely on for steady production in Ben Kloes (182 pounds), who advanced to Mat Classic last season, and Josh Ren, a state meet alternate. Brown also has high hopes for Matt Currier (220), also a 2017 state meet alternate.
“Ben and Josh, they want to get back (to Mat Classic) and place,” Brown said. “If Ben is healthy, he’s easily one of the best at 182. He’s grown a lot, and he’s a good athlete. Matt wrestled all spring and summer, he’s been in the weight room, and he’s looked good so far. He’s one of our hammers this year. He can get to the state tourney (and place).”