SHS Wrestlers

The 2021-22 Sullivan High School wrestling program includes seniors Walker Brocksmith, Gavin Jenkins, Preston Anthony, Grace Freels and Dawson Land; juniors Lane Gilbert, Jayden Miller, Josh Wence, Zander Bedwell, Conner Hughes and Mason Drake; and, freshmen Aaron Vire, Jeremy Salesman, Lloyd Hauger, Gabriel Harris, Sylis Adams, Hayden Wence and Keagan Kuehn. 


SHS WRESTLING

DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME

Nov. 30 Richland County 7 p.m.

Dec. 4 at NK Invite 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 8 at North Knox 6 p.m.

Dec. 11 at Evans Mem Inv 10 a.m.

Dec. 15 TH North 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 Greencastle Inv 9 a.m.

Dec. 29 Mater Dei Classic Noon

Dec. 30 Mater Dei Classic 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 5 at TH South 6 p.m.

Jan. 8 Winter Duals 10 a.m.

Jan. 11 at Cloverdale 6 p.m.

Jan. 15 WIC 9 a.m.

Jan. 18 at West Vigo 6 p.m.

Jan. 29 Sectional 9 a.m.

Feb. 5 Regional 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 12 Semi-state 10 a.m.

Feb. 18 State 6 p.m.

Feb. 19 State 9:30 a.m.

 

WIC at Edgewood

Sectional at Bloomington North

Regional at Bloomington South

Semi-state at Ford Center, Evansville

State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indy

 

Photo by B.J. HARGIS

The 2021-22 Sullivan High School wrestling program includes seniors Walker Brocksmith, Gavin Jenkins, Preston Anthony, Grace Freels and Dawson Land; juniors Lane Gilbert, Jayden Miller, Josh Wence, Zander Bedwell, Conner Hughes and Mason Drake; and, freshmen Aaron Vire, Jeremy Salesman, Lloyd Hauger, Gabriel Harris, Sylis Adams, Hayden Wence and Keagan Kuehn. 

 

SULLIVAN WRESTLING ROSTER

NAME (WEIGHT CLASS)GRADE

Aaron Vire (106, 113)9

Jeremy Salesman (106, 113)9

Walker Brocksmith (120)12

Lane Gilbert (120)11

Lloyd Hauger (126)9

Jayden Miller (132)11

Gavin Jenkins (138)12

Preston Anthony (145)12

Gabriel Harris (145)9

Josh Wence (152)11

Sylis Adams (152)9

Grace Freels (152)12

Zander Bedwell (160)11

Conner Hughes (170)11

Hayden Wence (170)9

Mason Drake (182)11

Dawson Land (195)12

Keagan Kuehn (220)9

Head coach: Roy Monroe (17 seasons, 129-126).

Assistant coaches: Zack Walker, Monty Tomey, Jade McCammon, James Followell, Wes Bedwell and Michelle Bedwell.

Monroe begins 18th season in charge of SHS wrestlers

By B.J. HARGIS

Roy Monroe begins his 18th season in charge of the Sullivan High School wrestling program, so he is used to the uncertainty that surrounds most seasons.

In addition to battling numbers, or lack thereof, Monroe is already dealing with one big injury.

Two-time state finalist Lane Gilbert dislocated his right elbow and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

“We are obviously hoping for four,” said Monroe, Gilbert’s grandfather. “We got good news today from the doctor. If it is four weeks, that would put us back for Mater Dei. 

“Lane is going to wrestle at 120 (pounds),” said Monroe. “When healthy, he is one of the best wrestlers in his weight class in the state. We are hopeful that he can return and be back at 100%.”

With a roster of 18 and unable to fill all 14 weight classes even before Gilbert’s injury, Monroe will be working overtime to fill as many spots as possible.

“Every year, you always have to shift kids into different weight classes for a lot of different reasons,” said Monroe. “That will be no different this year.

“Without Lane to start, Walker Brocksmith will be wrestling at 120. He has a lot of experience. Before it is over, he will end up wrestling at several spots, depending where we need him.”

Freshmen Aaron Vire and Jeremy Salesman will wrestle at either 106 of 113.

“The loser (of a challenge match) will be at 113,” said Monroe. “They are both young kids that are newcomers to wrestling, although Vire was in the room a little during the summer.”

Freshman Lloyd Hauger will be making the move up from middle school. He is slotted in at 126.

“Lloyd was in our middle school program for three years although he did not wrestle in club,” said Monroe. “He has some agility and athletic ability.

“He first weighed in at 126.5.”

Monroe added that cutting weight is just part of the sport, but that wrestlers end up bigger because they are building muscle.

“I don’t know why, but that is what always happens,” said Monroe. “Maybe it is just a part of the natural growth spurt.”

Monroe said they will likely forfeit early at 132, but that Hauger and/or Brocksmith could wrestle in that slot.

Gavin Jenkins returns for his fourth season of high school wrestling. He is slotted at 138, for now.

“Gavin is a good kid and he has a lot of experience,” said Monroe.

Junior Jayden Miller could wrestle at 132, but has at least a dozen pounds to lose.

“Gavin has the potential to win 25 matches and get to semi-state,” said Monroe. 

Preston Anthony is a senior who will likely compete at 145 pounds.

“We got Preston a couple of years ago from cross country,” said Monroe. “He has shown a lot of potential.

“He works hard and we are expecting him to have a good season.”

Gabriel Harris has been wrestling at 145.

“Gabriel is another freshman,” said Monroe. “He is a newcomer with no experience, but we are glad to have him in the room.”

Junior Josh Wence returns for the Golden Arrows.

“He will be wrestling at 152 for us,” said Monroe. “He overcame a lot of obstacles and had a great football season.

“He has a chance to be dominant.”

Freshman Sylis Adams, a 152-pounder, has come out for wrestling after competing for the SHS football team.

“He seems to enjoy it,” Monroe said.

Senior Grace Freels is competing in wrestling for the first time.

“Grace is a tough kid that doesn’t take anything from anybody,” said Monroe. “Even though it is not sanctioned through the IHSAA, there is a girls state tournament that we are going to try to see if Grace can qualify for it.

“Girls wrestling is going to be part of the IHSAA in 2023. So we need to think about trying to get a girls program started.”

Zander Bedwell has experience and will be competing at 160.

Junior Conner Hughes is wrestling for the first time.

“Conner does not have an off switch,” said Monroe. “That alone is going to win him a couple of matches at 170.

“Right now, we are working on teaching him technique.”

Freshman Hayden Wence also is slated to compete at 170.

Mason Drake is a junior who looks to compete at 182,

“Mason worked out all summer,” said Monroe. “We are hoping that he turns that into a good season.”

Dawson Land is healthy and will be wrestling at 195.

“Mason has worked hard since he hurt his arm in football a couple of years ago,” said Monroe. “After coming back last year, he is finally healthy.

“He is very hungry and has been working hard to prepare for his senior season.”

At 220, freshman Keagan Kuehn enters the wrestling room with one year of experience in middle school.

“Kuehn is going to get his chance,” said Monroe. “We just don’t have anybody else to throw in there at 220 and heavyweight.”

Monroe said that he has one of the best coaching staffs anywhere, led by Zack Walker, Monty Tomey, Jade McCammon, James Followell and Wes and Michelle Bedwell.

The coach said they are going to do the best with what they have.

“You can’t coach kids if they won’t come in the room,” he said. “We are glad to have the kids we do and hopefully they can learn something about wrestling and learn some things about life too.

“We are going to put these kids on the mat and see what they can do.”

Sullivan opened the season Monday at home against Richland County with a win.

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