WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: Revamped practice regiment to help TrojansScott, Lunsford to spur Fairfield
Head Coach: Steve Miller, 3rd year
Key returnees: Brett Scott (Sr.), Austin Francisco (Sr.), Dakota Nye (Jr.), Bryce Lunsford (Jr.)
Outlook: The Trojans have a young team that’s comprised of 12 freshmen. They could go through some growing pains, but the talent is there to have a very strong season.
Each day in the Fairfield wrestling room, the timer gets set to 80 minutes.
Then it’s time to roll.
Head coach Steve Miller and his staff have revamped their coaching techniques in an attempt to keep the wrestlers focused. Each practice is split into 10-minute increments. The team warms up, does sprints and agility work, and after that, will probably only stop constantly moving a couple of times the rest of practice. Those stops are water breaks.
“Winter sports are so long and drawn out,” Miller said. “We’re trying to keep it fresh and light.”
When wrestlers show up to practice, they know for only 80 minutes they need to give their supreme effort. There were times last season where practices would last for multiple hours. Miller thinks this will keep the sport enjoyable while also pushing his athletes.
“I just want to teach the kids to be competitors,” Miller said.
State qualifiers Seth Davisson and Jake Mineart are gone, and they have left behind a very young Trojan squad. Of the 23 individuals out for wrestling this season, 12 of them are freshmen. Senior Brett Scott, who was a district qualifier last season, will be one of the leaders of this year’s team. Fellow senior Austin Francisco, along with juniors Dakota Nye and Bryce Lunsford, will all be called on to secure points during meets.
The Trojans could very well endure growing pains this season because of their youth. Last season, meets and dual victories were tough to come by because there wasn’t a full team, meaning other teams were getting spotted points when Fairfield couldn’t cover a weight class. Miller is not likely to unfairly plug inexperienced freshmen into those roles just to cover all of the weight classes and grab scattered points.
Miller is hoping the team will coalesce into a fighter.
“I want to make [the wrestlers] better in all the sports they do,” Miller said. “I’m not trying to build a Fairfield wrestling program. I’m trying to build a Fairfield athletic program.”
The Trojan grapplers begin their season Thursday when Keokuk, Centerville and Davis County come to Fairfield.
Fairfield 2013-14 Schedule Varsity Wrestling
12/5 vs. Keokuk/Davis County/Centerville
12/7 @ West Delaware*
12/12 @ Washington and Ottumwa
12/14 @ Mediapolis*
12/21 @ Iowa City Regina*
1/9 vs. Keokuk
1/11 @ Ottumwa*
1/14 vs. Oskaloosa, Albia @ Albia
1/16 @ Fort Madison
1/18 @ Centerville*
1/23 vs. Mt. Pleasant
1/25 @ Clinton*
1/28 vs. Wapello, Pekin @ Wapello
2/1 SIAC Fairfield Tournament*
2/4 vs. Chariton
2/8 2A Sectional @ Washington
2/11 2A Regional Team Duals
2/15 2A District in Fairfield
* — tournament