Bryan wrestling coach Matt Dominique has a couple big losses from the 2020-21 season that he will need to replace.
But the Golden Bears’ mentor has plenty of talent to work with coming back.
Seven letterwinners, including Division II district qualifier Malachi Collins, will look to lead Bryan as the Golden Bears feature a solid blend of experience and youth.
Collins (165-175 pounds), a junior and two-year letterwinner, reached the 170-pound bracket of the Division II district tournament at Norwalk a year ago. He went 1-2 at the meet to cap off the season with a 26-10 record, which included a fourth-place finish at sectionals.
Two-time district alternate and senior Aiden Fenter (26-18 record last season, 132-138 pounds), a three-year letterwinner, also returns for the Golden Bears. Classmate Broston Bernath (16-22 record, 150-157) has also lettered in each of the last three seasons.
Juniors Lane Hurlbert (29-15 record, 138-144) and Zain Bell (285) have multiple years of experience, while sophomores Donnell Bush (13-19 record, 138-144) and Jaydon Dennis (16-26 record, 165-175) made an impact as freshmen a year ago as well.
Two key seniors graduated from last year’s squad.
Dylan McCandless, a three-time district qualifier and 2021 state alternate, finished fifth at 195 pounds at Norwalk to cap off the season with a 41-11 record. He went 40-9 as a junior and was sixth at 182 pounds in the 2019 district tournament.
McCandless was also the Northwest Ohio Athletic League tournament runner-up at 195 pounds last season. He earned a pair of sectional championships and totaled more than 100 career victories.
The Golden Bears will also have to replace two-time district heavyweight qualifier Christian Hollister, who went 29-12 a year ago.
Dominique has a large group of underclassmen out for the sport as well, including Devan Egnor, Mason Wolfe, Dameon Wolfe, Jordan Cook, Kohler Vitek, Alex Lane, Alex Corollo-Jones, Raiden Rezabek and Dom Malanga.