MARSHALL - The Marshall/Lakeview wrestling team is looking for a few wrestlers.
The Tigers, who began their season 0-4 at the Waconia Duals on Saturday, were forced to forfeit as many as five weight classes during each match due to a lack of competitors in several slots.
When a prep wrestling team has to forfeit a weight class, its dual opponent automatically earns six team points. On Saturday, Marshall/Lakeview, which gave away 24 to 30 free points in each contest, lost to Shakopee (65-12), Waconia (64-12), LeSueur-Henderson (42-39) and Milaca (55-15).
"I would like to get more kids out to help this program and to help the kids by keeping them involved in activities. That's something the public schools want us to do," Bouwman said. "It's my goal to get more kids involved, hoping it makes us a more successful program."
Bouwman said Shakopee's program has 59 wrestlers from ninth through 12th grade. In contrast, the Marshall/Lakeview program has 27 wrestlers from seventh through 12th grade.
"If we could get 40 to 45 kids involved or maybe even 50 that would help us fill the spots we are leaving open right now," Bouwman said.
The reason the Tigers have so many open spots to fill in their lineup is because of graduation.
Six experienced wrestlers - Riley Roth (26-14, section champion, state qualifier at 132 pounds), Campbell Hoffstetter (27-10, section champion, state qualifier at 182), Jared Holland (21-15, section sixth place at 195), Justin Varpness (25-6, section fifth place at 220), Austin Nath (32-5, section third place at 285), Jake Holbrook - completed their prep careers last season.
Marshall/Lakeview has several wrestlers back from a year ago, including Toby Semler, Kesmond Willert, Nick Erbes, Matt Facile, Devyn Martzloff, Brent Breczinski, Ramzi Gregoire, Jarrett Louwagie and Brandon Appel.
"These guys are the mainstays. They have been around the program the longest. When we need a win, they are guys we lean on to get a big win," Bouwman said.
Semler, a freshman, went 12-16 and placed fifth in the section last season at 106. He will compete at either 106 or 113 this season, depending on the matchup. Willert, a freshman, was 18-14 and placed fourth in the section at 113 a year ago. He is penciled into the slots at 113 or 120 this year.
Willert, also a freshman, had an 18-14 record and placed fourth in the section at 113 last season. He is expected to slide up to 120 this season.
Erbes, Facile, Breczinski and Gregoire are among the Tigers' most experienced returners. Seniors Facile (138/145) and Breczinski (138) are the Marshall/Lakeview captains this season.
Erbes, a sophomore, went 24-14 and placed fourth in the section at 120 last year. He began this season at 126 on Saturday. Gregoire, a sophomore, was 25-12 and placed fourth in the section at 140 a year ago. He moved up to 145 at the Waconia Duals.
"We had some younger kids who were on the bubble in qualifying for state last year," Bouwman said. "We're looking forward to them placing higher in the section and doing some big things this year."
Facile, Louwagie and Appel all did not place at the section tournament last season.
Facile went 18-20 at 126 last season. Louwagie, a sophomore, had a 6-27 record at 152 a year ago. He is expected to compete at 170 this year. Appel, a junior, was 5-23 at 170 a year ago. He moved up to 182 at the Waconia Duals.
Other Marshall/Lakeview wrestlers seeking mat time include Dylan Dulas (106), Wyatt Martin (152), Hunter Greve (listed at 182, but competed at 285 on Saturday), Hussein Osman (120), Collin Noriega (132) and Abdrizak Mohamed.
The Tigers host Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a dual at 7 p.m. today.