By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor
The Meadowdale wrestling team has a roster of both experience and budding talent.
“I’ve got a mixture. Some are looking pretty good,” said Meadowdale coach Brian Boardman. “Some are green.”
The Mavericks return four wrestlers with regional experience – Dustin Diemond, Austin Middleton, Morgan Smith and Joseph George.
Boardman is hoping those four take the next step and earn a slot at the Class 3A state tournament.
As of last week, Boardman was still waiting on about seven football players, some of whom he expected to join the team after the Mavericks’ loss to Camas in the state playoffs.
Diemond, a co-captain, has put in a lot of work in the offseason, Boardman said. “He’s had a great football season,” Boardman said. “He’s a very talented soccer player. He does sports all year long.”
The other co-captain, Lucas Takeuchi, is coming off a serious knee injury that sidelined him the entire season. Takeuchi nevertheless was at practice every day, doing his best to support his teammates.
“This summer he was a real leader doing freestyle,” Boardman said.
Senior John Dorscher also suffered an injury that ended his season prematurely. Another senior to watch is Kindu Adams, Boardman said.