Last year the Ogilvie Lions wrestling team was represented at the Minnesota State Tournament by their team captain. With solid leadership and younger wrestlers on varsity, the Lions will give their best individual efforts in the new season.
The team ended last season with seven wins and 21 losses, sixth place in the Great River Conference and ninth in Section 7 A. Though they were eliminated from the postseason team competition with a loss to Rush City/Braham, 2019 graduate Alex Chidester advanced as an individual wrestler.
Head coach Adam Halvorson had this to say about the 2019-20 season:
Q: What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: We have four new captains this season: senior, Hunter Anderson, and juniors, Gavin McLevis, Ethan Warren and Beau Burk. I’m excited to see these guys own their roles as team leaders.
Q: What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A: We don’t have much depth, though we have younger guys who will wrestle on varsity for the first time.
Q: How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
A: We review the team’s postseason goals from last year, and evaluate the progress we’ve made on them. We also review each individual’s postseason goal from last year and help them set new goals for this season.
Q: What makes a player a good team captain?
A: Leading by example is essential. Additionally, communication and social skills are important.
Q: How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the sport?
A: Athletes learn how to deal with a long day and a demanding schedule; I believe they learn time management skills. They also learn to deal with success and failure.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the upcoming season?
A: The Lions will open the new season at home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when we host Mille Lacs and Holdingford.