The Brevard High School varsity wrestling team will head into the 2021 season with fire in their hearts with first-year head coach Chad Laney. Laney acknowledges, like all coaches in Transylvania County Schools, how hard COVID-19 related mayhem hit the students, but still praises the team as a group of hard-hitting achievers.

    "I was still very proud of them as they still put it all out on the mat and had some great successes," he said.

    He said that he would be attempting to create a sense of familial unity this year.

    "I plan to create a positive family like environment that instills hard work, mindset, dedication, perseverance and grit," he said.  "Especially mindset, as I believe that mindset is the biggest hurdle in the world of wrestling."

    More specifically, he means a lack of consistent, solidly held beliefs through the whole team was a hurdle in previous seasons.

    Laney is excited about the prospects of the entire team, rather than any one individual wrestler.

    "The key prospects for the team this year is everyone that is in the room," he said. "It takes everyone coming together as a team and pushing each other to put out their best everyday on the mat, as well as holding each other accountable on and off the mat."

    However, Laney did highlight his team captains, voted for by the team itself rather than the coaches.             First is Carlo Columbo, who will not be actively wrestling due to a broken collarbone injury,

    Laney praised him as "one of the hardest workers in the room and has a great mindset." Laney also brought up Jesse Phillips, Jacob Stockton, Ray Laney and Jarek Stewart Karolewics.

    "All these guys are returning wrestlers and I look to have them set the example in the room as well as keep everyone coming together and always moving forward," Laney said.

    Assistant coach Joe Ellenberger is also one of Laney's biggest assets. Per Laney, Ellenberger has been coach with the wrestling team for many years and "has been an incredible asset" in helping the team to build the best program possible. In terms of their biggest asset this season, Laney said that it is the "grit" that they showed in their first few matches.

    "We are a very young team this year, and I didn't know how a lot of our wrestlers were going to react to the stresses of competing on the mat," he said. "They all impressed me right off the start.  Not all our guys have won their matches, but everyone, win or lose, has fought until the very end to try and overcome the opponent that was put in front of them.  This is something that is hard to teach and is a result of the environment in the wrestling room and how hard they have been working.  (I'm) proud of them."

Trending Video

Recommended for you