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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 12:29 p.m.

Manchester wrestling team uses depth, not stars, in trip back to state finals

By Staff

The Manchester High School wrestling team will participate in the Division 4 team wrestling state finals for the fourth time in five years this weekend.

In past years, the Flying Dutchmen had standout individuals at the heart of their team success. The year, according to coach Steve Vlcek , their success is very much dependent on depth more so than individual standouts.


Austin Hamilton, pictured on right at last year's individual state finals, is Manchester's only returning all-state individual. Last year's team had three. file photo

“In the past we’ve had good teams and very good individuals,” Manchester coach Steve Vlcek said. “This season, our success is based more upon the depth of our team.”

Vlcek graduated nine seniors last year, including four wrestlers — Johnny Woolams, Austin Deacons, Ryan Abrigo and Dylan Neff — who were individual state finalists in their career. Just four starters returned from the team that advanced to the state semifinals last year.

“I’m not saying my kids aren’t strong individuals, but we’re putting 14 kids on the mat that want to go hard," he said. "We don’t necessarily have the big superstar but we have kids that will go out and give you everything every single time.”

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