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State qualifiers O’Hern, Wesselman to lead BHS wrestling

With young and inexperienced grapplers occupying many weight classes, the 2004-05 Bearden High School wrestling team’s proven talent is centered around a pair of state-qualifying veterans.

Senior Aaron O’Hern finished sixth in the state in the Division 1 145-pound class last season after winning the Region 2 title.

O’Hern is praised by new BHS head coach Jason Andersen as a “pretty dominant one, he’s got the drive. I think he’ll place again at state. He’s wrestled since he was a freshman. He’s got the aggressiveness as a wrestler. He did cross country, he’s in shape.”

Also expected to provide plenty of team points is Scott Wesselman, who qualified for state last year in the 171-pound class.

Though Wesselman is currently out with shin splits until Nov. 22, Andersen said he’s impressed with the senior’s physical conditioning. “It seems like he’s in pretty good shape, he and Aaron O’Hern are probably my top two conditioned guys,” Andersen said. “I’ve heard (Wesselman’s) style of wrestling is unorthodox. Different type of counter moves, defensive type moves. Coming from the state of Iowa that I am (from), some of those kids who wrestle there, or even in Colorado when I coached there, unorthodox doesn’t necessarily means you’re bad, it’s just that you’re a different style.”

At 189, Andersen said senior Doug Plumly is “really strong … he’s going to be a strong candidate for state.”

In the 215 class, senior Jonathon Holmes will fill in here if and when a serious cut above his eye properly heals. “He’s a pretty strong kid, a pretty tall kid,” Andersen said. “It seems like he’s got the moves, but he’s been out for a while so I don’t know about his technique yet.”

At 275, Andersen said he expects senior Chris Kelton to be his heavyweight. Kelton was expected to try out for the team by mid-week (after press deadline). Sophomores Mark Dosch and Carlos Gonzalez provide depth.

“The thing is, with our whole team, we’re inexperienced,” Andersen said. “I’m just trying to get a feel for these guys. We’re really young.”

In the other weight classes, Anderson said he’s unsure about the 103 and 125 classes.

At 112, possibly sophomore Andrew Birdwell; 119, Birdwell or sophomore Hanif Mansoor; 130, possibly junior Steven Cook; 135, possibly sophomore Daniel Greene; 140, possibly sophomore Matthew Pomy or Nathan Bevelhimer; 145, possibly O’Hern, Bevelhimer or junior Shane Prince; 152, possibly Bevelhimer or Prince if O’Hern moves down to 145; 160, possibly Bevelhimer.

Andersen, 36, is a native of talent rich Iowa who wrestled briefly at NCAA Division I powerhouse Iowa State. He most recently served as head coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver (2,700 approximate enrollment) the past four seasons.

BHS head football coach Paul Maynard will assist Andersen.

The annual KIL Wrestling Jamboree is Thursday evening at Central High School, with action starting shortly after weigh-ins at approximately 6 p.m.


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