The Morris Area/ Hancock/Chokio-Alberta wrestlers start the 2010-2011 season with a new head coach and a new philosophy.
Troy Ostby took over the reigns as the new head coach and with him came new ideas, not to mention three sons. There is a new coaching staff too. Blaine Hill, Kyle Koehntop, and Nate Kleespie will be assisting him.
Coach Ostby says it's never good to change things, but the new system seems to have the interest of the wrestlers.
The Tigers return most of their team from last year with only four seniors graduating. Three key section place winners will anchor a very young team with only two seniors. Junior Tim Ostby placed third, while juniors Zach Gibson and Tony Domnick each placed fourth.
Coach Ostby believes he has a very special group of kids this year. Everyone is trying to learn the new system which emphasizes more live wrestling in practice sessions. The focus is on fundamentals and using drilling as a tool for conditioning - basically giving the kids a chance to wrestle their way into better shape. They will be put into situations they will encounter during matches.
About 27 athletes have started out the season, many of which are in the lower grades. Being positive in the practice room has helped keep kids out and has even helped bring back some old faces and bring in new faces. Coach Ostby says the next few months will be exciting for the Tiger wrestling community. The team had its first competition on Saturday at Lamberton and hosted their first home match Thursday.
Everyone is encouraged to come out. The Tigers have a new slogan which is "Fear Nothing." The young team is starting to show that mentality in the practice room and hopes that by mid-season they are the feared ones.