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Mehlville hoping to grapple with success


November 30, 2005 - A glance at the Mehlville Senior High School wrestling team's roster shows that the Panthers have a fairly balanced lineup with four seniors, six juniors and four sophomores.

"We've got a good group of kids coming back this season," Mehlville head coach Joe Fisch told the Call. "We've got four seniors that are returning from last year. Overall we're young, but the kids are getting a lot more experience now in the off-season."

The Panther's four seniors are Justin Robi-doux, Ryan Grempler, Travis Dearmont and Anthony Worthy. Robidoux will wrestle at 140 pounds this season and Fisch believes that the Panthers' co-captain will be someone to keep an eye on this season.

"Justin is one of the leaders on our team," Fisch said. "He's a great kid who's very coachable and is one of the hardest workers on the team."

Grempler also is a co-captain for the Panthers and should see action at the 145-pound weight class this season. He's another Mehlville wrestler who's put in a lot of hard work in the off-season.

"Ryan's a great kid to have on your team," Fisch said. "He's doing a great job of working hard and doing what he needs to do in practice."

Dearmont (215 pounds) is another team leader and co-captain that Fisch believes could reach his potential by the end of the season.

"We look to Travis to lead these guys," Fisch said. "I think he came away from last year with a little sour taste in his mouth and has set high goals for himself this year."

Mehlville's junior class shows a lot of promise coming into the 2005-2006 season with Cameron Hollaron (125 pounds), Bryson Morgan (119 pounds), Nate John-son (152 pounds), Brian Schwertmann (160 pounds), Zach Jones (171 pounds) and Eddie Fischer (heavyweight) looking to make an impact on this year's roster.

Mehlville also has several sophomores — Nick Costa (112 pounds), Will Furlow (130 pounds) Nick Lauer (135 pounds) and Max Muench (189 pounds) — who may be light on experience at the varsity level, but appear to have a lot of potential.

The Panthers open the season at Lind-bergh at 5:30 p.m. today — Dec. 1 — with a Suburban West Conference meeting with the Flyers. Mehlville then will compete in the Fox Invitational Friday and Saturday.

"We're pretty excited about getting the season started," Fisch said. "I'm not really sure who they (Lindbergh) have coming back this year. I'm just focused on getting my guys ready for the season."

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