This year's Delta Panther wrestling team will be, by class numbers, a relatively young team. Combined, there are 27 wrestlers competing on the mat in practices each day.
Four of those 27 are returning seniors; Shane Anderson, Hunter Brasfield, Kyle Collins and Lino Ortiz.
From the junior class, there are five athletes working out; Hayes McCracken, Ty Cordova, Tim Rogers, Cordell Stroud and Chris Prosser.
This year's largest contributions come from the sophomore and freshman classes with nine athletes each. The sophomore class listings include Jayden Chynoweth, Wyatt Church, Daryan Urquahart, David Brown, Henry Komives, Derek Horn, Daniel Brown, Alejandro Medina and Marcus Garcia.
The freshmen that are listed include Luke Anderson, Colton Cordova, Kavan Trujillo, Shaun Staats, Alex Duran, Kodie Komives, Kelby Brown, Stephen Davignon and Kory Mills.
Clayton Curtis returns as Delta's head coach and is in his sixth season at the helm and 10th overall in the program. With Curtis as assistants are Luiz Meza (seven years), Tyler Morfitt and Kyle Morfitt (three years each), Rudy Fantin (two years), Randy Fantin (three years) and Nathan Trujillo (first year).
A list of impact wrestlers for Delta this season featured five athletes. Shane Anderson topped the list at 132 with Brasfield second at 160. Stroud (170), Horn (145), and Brown (113) completes the list.
Delta has numerous athletes who have potential to advance to post-season action. When asked how his team would do in 2012-13, Curtis' reply was, "We have a young team that will battle this year. Our end-of-the-year goal is always to be in the top ten at state."
This year's Delta High School varsity roster in wrestling will include Chynoweth (106), Brown (113), McCracken (120), Ty Cordova (126), Anderson (132), Kodie Komives (138), Horn (145), Brasfield (160), Stroud (170), Collins (182), Medina (195), Ortiz (220) and Garcia (HWT).
Delta defeated Montrose last Thursday for the first time in many years and then competed in the Maverick Duals at CMU over the weekend where they were 2-3.