The 2016-2017 Wrestling Wildcats began practice November 10 with 14 athletes signed up in Coach Ron Ryan’s 48th season as head coach. This year there are seven wrestlers from Mt. Olive and seven from Gillespie in the programs 10th year as a cooperative agreement.
Assisting the team as coach is Don Harvill, with Adam Osmoe and Matt Hughes assisting when available. The first meet will be held at Mt. Olive on Tuesday November 22 at 6:00 p.m. against Mascoutah and Troy Triad. The wrestlers are at Waterloo with Carlyle on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:15 PM.
- Senior wrestlers are Branson Stevenson, Justin Fyffe, Joseph Barton, and Gillespie’s Michael Griffith and Dylan Roberts.
- Junior wrestlers are Jonny Darrah, Justin Osmoe and Gillespie’s Gavin Bertoldi, Tyler Reid, and Maxx Fritz.
- Sophomore wrestlers are Ryan Reid and Mikayla Fritz from Gillespie
- Freshman wrestlers are Jake Bailey and Isaac McDonald from Gillespie.
Mt. Olive and Gillespie also coops in cross country, boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer with Gillespie being the host school for all three of those sports.