FLINT — The Carman-Ainsworth wrestling team will be led by its seniors this season. The Cavs did lose a decorated senior class to graduation including Damion Wilkes, who placed at districts, Ronald Roland, who placed at states, and Grayden Hamilton, who also placed at states.
According to assistant coach Michael Gross, many of the current crop of seniors are still working into their weight, but are not set into which class they will wrestle. Gross is entering his third season working alongside head coach Tom Weissend.
“As a team, right now, we’re hurting (in the) lower weights,” said Gross. “I don’t have a three-pounder, a 12, a 19 or a 25-pounder. We’re going to void the first four weight classes and that already puts you in a big hole. We’re hoping to be a .500 team. As far as individuals, we’re hoping to get all six seniors through districts and get at least a couple of them to state qualifiers through regionals.”
This year’s seniors include Kenyon Jackson, Jacob Yost, Nathan Delong, Clifford Boxley, Dominiqu Horton and My’kah Lewis.
Jackson will weigh around 140-145 lbs., Yost will be between 135-145 lbs. and Delong will weigh in at 145-152 lbs. Boxley is aiming to be around 125-130 lbs., and Horton should be at an even 171 lbs.
This will be Lewis’ first season wrestling since his youth. He previously played basketball the past two years, but decided to enter the ring again for his senior year.
“He’s getting back into the swing of it pretty good,” said coach Gross of Lewis. “I’m expecting good things from him.”
Gross also noted that freshman Nathan Taylor will be a newcomer to watch at 215 lbs.
“It sounds like we have a lot with our seniors, but we’re going to be a small team of about 20 kids altogether,” said Gross. “A lot of the big programs we’re looking at (in the league) are pushing 30 strong or more. Having a small team is a good thing and a bad thing. We can really focus in on the kids, but it (can be) a bad thing because you just don’t know where your future is going to be at.”