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Bevelhimer, Birdwell

Currently made up entirely of juniors and freshmen, the 2005-06 Bearden High School wrestling team features two potential standout performers in the eyes of head coach Jason Andersen.

Juniors Nathan Bevelhimer (152 or 160 class) and Andrew Birdwell (119 or 125) are the two Andersen thinks have the best chance to qualify for state.

“Right now my best two are Bevelhimer, I think he’ll be strong at one-fifty-two, and then Andrew Birdwell, he showed improvement last year,” Andersen said.

“They both went to camps in Oklahoma this year. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the couple of weeks I’ve had ’em, so hopefully good things will come ... I’m looking for a lot of role leadership from those guys this season.”

Other experienced returnees are juniors Marc Dosch, a heavyweight, and Carlos Gonzalez at 215.

“We’ve got a bunch of freshman out ... strong freshmen I think,” Andersen said, adding that his Bulldog team’s total numbers are “twelve to fourteen right now.”

Andersen said he’s hoping some of the BHS football players will come out for wrestling now that the Bulldog football season is over.

“We need more numbers out from the football players,” the coach said. “They’re supposedly coming out, they told me, verbally. ... I’m looking at nine, ten football players coming out. .... Trying to persuade them to come out to get better for all-around sports.”

Assistants coaches are Paul Maynard, BHS varsity head football coach, and Michael Lumpkin, former Bulldog standout wrestler from the Class of 2004.

Bearden’s season starts Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Karns High School during a three-way “in-school” tournament with KHS and Union County.

See Farragut High School wrestling preview in next week’s farragutpress.


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