Amherst wrestling eyes return to top of Class D

The 2017 Class D runner-up plaque hangs in the Amherst wrestling room (KHGI)

Since 2010, Amherst wrestling has marched through Class D unopposed, winning seven consecutive state championships, the second most in state history.

"I believe in these guys, I think they can do it, we got a lot of potential in us," said sophomore Isaiah Shields.

It's no fun for any team to having their win streak snapped, but it does give them a chance to define who they really are when up against good competition.

A challenge Amherst wrestling must now face to redeem themselves after a runner–up finish to Burwell in the 2017 state championship.

"They are going to be a very tough team to beat, but I think we got it," said Trace Baasch.

This set back could be the spark that lights the fuse to the Broncos making their climb back to the top after being 18 points short.

"They're definitely one of the top teams that we're going to be eyeing down all year long and make sure we use that as motivation in practice and everything,"Baasch says.

The Broncos graduated all but one of their wrestlers last season who placed at the state championship.

"I can improve and all of them can improve, but we got a pretty young team that has a lot of potential coming into this year," Shields says.

Amherst is at the Wood River Invitational on Friday, Dec. 8 and has two more meets before the holiday break.

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