Chester wrestling is moving into a bright future Head coach Jimmy Ehlers: 'Here at Chester we are trying to develop a youth movement'
The Chester Academy High School wrestling team
By Josh Lashley CHESTER — The Chester Academy High School wrestling program is about positive growth now and a bright future in this great, challenging, and rewarding sport. “Here at Chester we are trying to develop a youth movement,” said Chester head coach Jimmy Ehlers. “We currently have a modified wrestling club open to students grades six through eight. Six members of the Wrestling Club last year have tested up and become wrestlers on our team this season. We look to also form a youth team for elementary students to build a foundation. “We have 12 returning wrestlers this season. We have three seniors on our roster who are in good position to hopefully place top four in the Section 9 Tournament in February-Liam Bullock (120 pounds), John Kennick (152/160 pounds) and Steven Bradford (160/170 pounds).” Liam will be looked to for his leadership abilities this winter. “He was a captain last season because of his passion for the sport,” Ehlers said. “He continued to attend off-season tournaments when he wasn’t at football practice. We are looking for some other members of our team to step up and become leaders for the future. “Being a team with a variety of experience we obviously look to have our more experienced wrestlers place top four at the Section 9 tournament. As for the younger members, we look to have them begin to develop for the future. We have a lot of talent and potential on the team. We also have one female wrestler-Summer Conetta — she is in her third year of being a varsity wrestler. We look to have her compete in the New York State Female State Tournament to represent Section 9 the next two years. She is extremely talented and is a true inspiration to other female athletes in our school.” The Hambletonians are scheduled to host Roundout Valley/Burke on Dec. 12. “I would like to believe we have a team that could contend for a Division title,” Ehlers said. “We have close to a full lineup this season and hope we can improve as the year goes on. If we are able to surprise some teams this year and develop faster than expected it could certainly boost the confidence of our program. And I like to think that we are not rebuilding, but we are reloading the team with new talent.”