Bulldog wrestling coach sets high bar; says program 'back on the map'

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 05:50 PM.

"It's really starting to get Crestview wrestling back on the map. Everybody has laid the foundation and now it's starting to show: the payoff of what everybody had done before me."

Wrestlers to watch

Tradition and history don't win on the mat, but having good wrestlers does, and Black is fortunate to have several top-flight wrestlers on the team.

"At the 152-pound weight class we've got Christian Zoppina ... an outstanding wrestler," Blacks said. "Another outstanding wrestler is Raheem Anthony. He is 145 this year and went to region last year at 138. He's bigger and stronger and we are really excited about him."

Quinton Englebright could have a strong year once he recovers from an injury, Black said.

Hunter Walker, Crestview's undersized heavyweight, also could surprise some people, the coach said.

"My underdog in the heavyweight division is Hunter Walker," Black said. "Last year was his first year wrestling. He played the offensive line for me in football and I convinced him to come out because I thought he would like it.

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