The 2012-13 stable of War Eagle grapplers, anchored by a group of savvy veterans and a sophomore sensation, are due to make much noise against the Peach State’s finest.
Expect nothing less than Marist’s signature mat game, as styled by coach Riddick Beebe’s regime.
“Every match we’re in, I think our opponents know that we’re gonna bring it and our kids are going to be technically sound,” said Beebe, now in his fourth year at the helm.
“We wrestle a tough style,” he added. “I always coach my kids to wrestle aggressively and to the whistle … in terms of our attitude on the mat, we approach [wrestling] as a fight with rules.”
War Eagles coaches anticipate putting second-year standout Kenneth Brinson and a number of seniors in the state finals of their respective weight classes.
Brinson, who finished as state runner-up in his freshman season, is off to a 30-0 start in 2012-13 and has already notched the best career winning percentage in school history.
He is joined on Marist’s list of state glory hopefuls by several elder statesmen.
Two seniors on the roster —captain Matt Andres and Patrick Jackson — have already compiled over 100 career wins. Co-captain Mel Bethune, Steven Wallace and Nick McGrath are also looking to cap off strong individual seasons in style.
“With us, it’s just about wrestling with a hard-nosed attitude,” said Beebe. “I think we can always improve on that.”
Intangibles like that could ultimately tell the story on this crop of War Eagles and how they fare against other top-flight talent from around the state.
Beebe’s bunch has been well schooled in the tenets of prep wrestling — the physical and mental aspects of the sport included.
Look for them to continue to apply those lessons on the path to state gold.