Black new Bulldog wrestling coach

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM.

“Me and coach Pettis have a great relationship,” Black said. “I’ve coached football for him for two years with the offensive line. I’m trying to climb the ladder in this (coaching) business and I saw a great opportunity to take a head coaching job.

“That’s what I’ve wanted and worked for: to be a head coach. I was nervous about taking the head coaching job, but at the same time excited to be building this program to get more attention on Crestview sports and more attention on Crestview wrestling.”

Black isn’t alone in his first year as a head coach. Former Bulldog wrestlers Michael Copeland and Logan Patten assist with the program. Copeland was a state qualifier last year for the Bulldogs.

About 20 participants tried out for the team earlier this fall, Black said. As is the case with every sport, some kids decided wrestling wasn’t for them. There were some academic casualties as well.

The number of wrestlers has dwindled to 12, which isn’t even enough to fill all 14 weight classifications in a match, but Black isn’t discouraged.

What the Bulldogs lack in numbers they make up for in quality, he said.

Senior Alex Lattrell, who competes in the 152-pound class, recently took fifth place at the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee. The meet had more than 30 teams competing.

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