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TC wrestling returns loaded roster

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Triton Central's Keyan McKee controls his opponent in a match against Rushville this season.
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Triton Central's Matt Guhl competes in postseason action last season.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

FAIRLAND — According to second-year Triton Central head coach Trey Miller, his Tigers are a “step ahead.”

Taking over the program in September of 2017, Miller had a late start in his debut season as a head coach. Miller was at home, however, as the young leader used to wrestle on the TC mats during his high school days.

With his familiarity with the program, and a full offseason with the team, Miller expects his Tigers to take another step this year.

“The first night (against Rushville), the guys came out and wrestled like they were in midseason form,” Miller said. “All the seniors won on Senior Night, that was big for them.

“The IHSAA had a new rule this year. We could have practices during football for kids who weren’t playing. It was two hours twice a week. They were able to get in shape earlier.”

A loaded roster should also help this season.

Returning to lead TC are six seniors (five in lineup). Keyan McKee (132), Carson Alfrey (138), Stewart Crouse (152), Jonathan Riggins (170), Matt Guhl (182), and Gavin Cook (220) will lead a team with plenty of talent. Cook tore his ACL during football, however, but could return in time for the postseason, Miller said.

“Last year was the first time McKee has wrestled in four years,” Miller said. “He could not wrestle in the regional with a concussion. He should make it back.

“With Alfrey, he could break into the state rankings soon.”

Guhl was a semistate qualifier last season, while Riggins was a regional qualifier. Sophomores Caden Alfrey (113) and Seth Ortel (160) were also regional qualifiers.

“Both Ortel and Caden Alfrey are really exciting,” Miller said.

Junior Josh Thacker will wrestle at 145, while sophomores Ethan McGivern (195), Nate Nuckols (285) and Lucas Lee (126) are also in the lineup.

“Lee has a lot more experience and has more technique this season,” Miller said.

Landen Gaddy (120), Marcos Davis (126), Colton Skaggs (132), Isaak Booth (145) and Tristan Gibbons (160) give the program young depth.

“Gaddy has been wrestling (forever),” Miller said. “He will help out at that smaller weight class. It is a very solid lineup.”

Miller said the Tigers, who beat Rushville 48-22 in their aforementioned opening match, will get a true sense of how they could do in the state tournament during the Spartan Classic in December.

“That will give us a sense of where we stand,” Miller said. “But the guys are confident, and we show another gear in practice. Being able to watch last year helped me (this offseason). We are trying to make first contact this year and be on the attack.”

Gaddy (5-0), Carson Alfrey (5-0) and Thacker (4-1) won individual titles at the Milan Invitational over the weekend. Riggins (4-1) was runner-up in his weight class.

Randy McPheron will assist Miller again this season.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.