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War Eagles' likely to extend success of last year's debut season

Clayton Young, a transfer from Saratoga, brings with him some considerable wrestling experience, LaBombard said.

The other end of the roster is also well-anchored, with Freshman Dan Jardine, who wrestled with the team in 2008-09, back in the lineup at 103 pounds and ready for action, LaBombard said.

"Dan's in great shape, and he's progressed a lot," LaBombard said. "He's going to be a force to reckon with."

Skipping through the lineup as he talked about the year's prospects, LaBombard said Joe Plante was "excellent" and Junior Zach Olson has acquired substantial wrestling experience over the years.

Compliments not to be taken lightly, as they are from a legendary wrestling coach.

LaBombard said that he has high hopes also for Kyle Bachem, and the others who have returned, as well as those joining the squad this year.

Coach Rounds praised the group's work ethic and dedication to the sport. Six of the wrestlers - Cecil Hayes, Hunter Hamilton, Zach Olson, Joe Plante, Justin Cook and Kyle Bachem - all were sharpening their skills in off-season wrestling, and four of them attended a wrestling camp at SUNY Cobleskill.

Both coaches said this week they're looking forward to the War-Eagles extending the success they enjoyed in their debut year into this coming season.

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