Junior Thomas Anderson (126), who also qualified for the state meet last season, won a 9-6 decision over Darryl Watson against New Town.

Junior Malachi Gatewood (138) and freshman Ben Hogan (113) both added first-period pins and freshman Darrien Laboo (220) came from behind and earned a fall in the third period against the Titans.

Gatewood's pin is proof how far a wrestler can come after two full seasons. In his freshman year, all four of his victories were by forfeit.

"He's coming around," Solera said. "He's one of the big dogs on the team now. He's a junior and he's gotten a lot bigger and stronger and he's doing pretty well.

Laboo was plucked off the junior varsity football field, where he was a linebacker. "He has a good practice partner in Necho, so he is definitely being pushed to the max," Solera said.

Western Tech juniors Carlos Winston (152) and Angelo Payne (182) added victories over New Town.

Wolverine sophomore Miles Dorsey (160) and junior Jacob Stirn (195), who both lost at New Town, are also part of the Wolverines' resurgence along with a host of candidates that includes middleweights DeAngelo Brown, a sophomore, and freshmen Nick Calvert, Irving Montgomery, Jose Cabrera and Leonel Gonzalez and freshman heavyweight Chuck Kalu.

Their improvement will be enhanced by the three captains who are all at different weights.

"We are working hard every day and guys like me, Austin and Necho are pushing everyone in the room," Austin said.

They are also catching the winning vibe.

"People always want to be part of a winning team," Solera said. "They are not really sure of all the work they have to put in, but they eventually learn and they get better and they buy into the system and know they are going to have success."