The Rosman High School varsity wrestling team looks to face the new season with a united, focused front.

Like all local teams, the Tigers faced a turbulent 2020 season because of the COVID-19 impact.

"Our season last year was different because of COVID and then having a late start," said head coach Preston Garren. "We, however, did end up with three state placers and only lost head to head with Robbinsville. This year we are working toward developing our young group of wrestlers, as well as a couple of first year seniors. Getting back to basics is the key."

Garren has two key wrestlers on his squad that he's looking at to make a difference this year.

"We have two-time state placer Brandon Ropp leading the pack and looking for goal of a state title. We also have returning state placer Jeshua Whited, who hopes to bring home some hardware from state this year," he said. "There are a couple of young talented kids who are on the roster who can definitely shock and make some noise this year."

With a close-knit community like Rosman, it's no surprise that the wrestling team reflects that. Garren highlights this as the team's biggest asset.

"We aren't just a team. We are a family," he said. "We have each other's back and support one another. No matter what, we are there for our family."

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