In their last eight matches the Kingman High wrestling team has had to forfeit at least one of the bouts, but the Bulldogs have moved up to tentatively having their lineup full for the dual meet at 6 p.m. today in Anthem against Boulder Creek.
"I say tentatively because I have freshman David Williams in the line up at 189," coach Brandon Clor said. "It's due to his lack of experience, and I don't want him to be overwhelmed out there."
Clor has made some other lineup adjustments as well. The Bulldogs will wrestle Isaiah Huynh (1-5, 0-2) at 135-pounds and Mike DeLance (16-12, 1-1) at 140. Jordin Hall takes over at 145 (7-9, 0-0).
Freshman Tommy Riffle (0-8, 0-1) will look to gain his first career varsity win at 130.
Clor said that all these adjustments are due to injuries as Kingman (8-15, 0-2) is still waiting for River Levandowski (6-8, 0-0) to return, and now Brock Carlson (5-20, 0-2) is hurt as well.
Clor has the two-day Mohave Invitational beginning on Friday and he wants to bring a full contingent down to Bullhead City with him. This was something he was unable to do for the Joseph City Invitational on Jan. 4-5.
"We're banged up," Clor said. "We need to be sure that we can get through it."
One wrestler that Clor doesn't have to worry about is Josh Canez (9-17, 0-2) at 152.
"He's a hard worker and is a role player," Clor said. "He doesn't get hurt and he doesn't miss practice."
Canez said that he only has one thing on his mind heading into the Boulder Creek match. "I want to win," he said. "I won more last year."
"What I like most about him," Clor said, "is that he leads through his actions. We don't have enough of that around here."
Clor also has expressed that he is waiting for his team to evolve from being good practice wrestlers into good match wrestlers.
"We have a lot of good room wrestlers," Clor said.