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5 reasons to watch Ki-Be Bears wrestling in 2001-2002

1)The Bears have three returning state participants: Sergio Avila (99-7th, 00-5th, 01-13th), Josh Corriell (01-13th), Josh Corke (00-7th). Sergio will try to become only the fourth wrestler in Ki-Be history to advance to the state tourney 4 times (Ale,DeLaPena, Travis Knutson and Jay Draper were the others). Corriell and Corke should do very well in the CWAC and both seem ready to move up to the next level at the state tournament.

2)This years team will have experience on their side. Including Avila, the Bears have 9 returning seniors: Devin Leavitt, Mark McCullough, Ramon DelAngel, Cody Roos, Jeremy Walton, Chris Dehmer, Kyle Nickerson, Paul Schlotman. DelAngel and Roos missed going to state last year by one position. The Bears also have 6 returning juniors. Of the 15 returning upperclassmen, 11 of them have advanced as far as the regional tournament.

3)The unknown. There no doubt will be a freshman wrestler who pops onto the scene and surprises everyone. Will there be another Garret Knutson, Travis Knutson or Ale DeLaPena in this bunch. These three wrestlers won 7 state titles in 6 years. The highest previous state finish for the Bears had been a second place finish by Lonnie Renz in 1982. These three turned the tide for the Bears wrestling program. Will there be a new wrestler this year who will step up and keep the tradition going.

4)The Bears should be a force in the CWAC this year. Wapato moves up to 3A and Othello loses 6 state wrestlers. Grandview will do without the services of Antonio Avalos (2nd-state), Kyle Hutchinson (5th-state) and Andy Logozzo (5th-state). Tonasket will have to replace the irreplaceable Martin Mitchell (4X state champ) and state champ Tony Call. With all this the Bears should be on more even ground with the rest of the teams. Ephrata, Connell and Cashmere will probably be the strength of the CWAC.

5)Wrestling is simply the best sport in the world!