Before George Dunn started his 10th season as head wrestling coach at Lansdowne High, the coach marveled at the possibility of getting at least five or six wrestlers to the state tournament at College Park.
How the team does during the regular season depends on how well some of the varsity newcomers improve.
“We have some great young guys who have been around the program, they know what it takes, they want it, they want to be there and work hard,” Dunn said.
The top returning wrestler from last season is junior tri-captain Riley Bozeman.
Bozeman was second in the states, regionals and counties last year and finished 29-6.
In the Class 4A-3A state finals at 106 pounds, he lost to Thomas Wootton’s unbeaten Eric Liau, 6-0, who finished 41-0.
Bozeman started this season at 120 pounds, but will eventually land at 113.
“He’s bigger and stronger, he’s been training all summer,” said Dunn, noting getting off the bottom against elite wrestlers was his Achilles Heel. “He lost county finals because he couldn’t get off the bottom, so that is something we’ve focused on."
Junior tri-captain Kyree Briscoe (170 pounds) returns after taking a break last season.
As a freshman, Briscoe finished 33-6 and was a Baltimore County tournament finalist. “He took a year off and he is back and he is looking real good,” Dunn said.