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Returning wrestlers lead the way at RRMR


Returning wrestlers lead the way at RRMR

Will Portis ranked No. 5 in preseason standings

As the season gets rolling, the Warriors will start off with some tough competition in the first week of the year.

RRMR will take on powerhouse schools such as Osage, Lake Mills and Newman Catholic, all within the first week of the year.

The challenging opponents don’t worry head coach Justin Heimer and the Warriors, however.

“We don’t get much say in our schedule, so we’ll just roll with it,” Heimer said. “We’re always preaching that we won’t back down.”

Heimer said it’s one of the toughest opening weeks a team could ask for.

The Warriors come into the 2015-16 season with plenty of experience. Only losing one senior to graduation, Colin Kuhelmeier, the Warriors have nine returning varsity members. One of which is a state qualifier.

Will Portis, a 50+-win wrestler for the Warriors, will be back on the center stage for RRMR this season. Portis comes in ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, in the 113-pound weight class.

Throughout the season, the Warriors’ expectations and goals will be constantly fluid. Starting off, however, the goal is just to see where the team is at stamina and skills wise, Heimer said.

“Our goal is just to build, build, build,” Heimer said. “We’ve got Will coming back with 50-plus wins; we have our three seniors we’ll rely on leadership with; we have Heath Farr who was a 30-win wrestler. We’re excited to get going.”

The Warriors start their season by hosting a quad with Lake Mills, Osage and Central Springs tomorrow night. The matches begin at 6 p.m. at Rockford Senior High School.

By Stephen Koenigsfeld [email protected]

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