Swather wrestlers tuning up for Dec. 8 opener

By Steve Sell
November 29, 2016

HESSTON — Several members of the Hesston High wrestling team are getting a late start as the season prepares to open on Dec. 8 with a meet at Chase County.

The Swather football team just wrapped up a memorable season on Saturday by taking Rossville into overtime before losing 48-42 in the Class 3A state championship game.

Doug Broadfoot, an assistant football coach, begins his 22nd year as the Swathers’ head wrestling coach and he must replace his most accomplished wrestler from last season, Juan Guzman, who was sixth in the state last year at 220 pounds.

“We will be a mix of experience and novice this season,” Broadfoot said. “We will be depending on our seniors to provide critical leadership to our young wrestlers in order to be competitive. We look at Pratt, Hoisington, and Smoky Valley to be the top teams in the Central Kansas League.”

The Swathers will be paced by returning state qualifiers Jake Wingfield and David Merchant, who are at 185 and 145, respectively. Back after being injured last year is Zach Anderson at 152, he of the 17-tackle game last week. Zach Ledford is another key returnee at 195.

Newcomers of note include Matt Whitsitt at 160 and Tyler Bachman at 120.

Hesston will be hosting its first home meet on Saturday, Dec. 10.