As mid-February approaches, The Benedictine wrestling team's season comes to an impromptu close. In a usual year, The VISAA state tournament would be fast approaching, and Prep Nationals would be soon to follow, usually the next week. This year, the state tournament was cancelled due to COVID precautions and Prep Nationals were moved back to April 30-May 1, 2021.
Traveling also was extremely limited for the team this year. The team was limited to one venture (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) instead of a multitude of trips in most year that range all up and down the Eastern seaboard in search of the best talent to wrestle. Despite these changes to the season, Big Green grinded through to a record of 12-6.
The team was led by senior captains Ryan Tremain, Logan Cohn and Brenden Barnes. These three seniors combined for a record of 30-3 throughout their matches. Two-time state champion Captain Ryan Tremain wrestled at 170 pounds and came out 11-3, while state champion Logan Cohn grappled at 220 pounds and heavyweight hauling in an undefeated record of 12-0. Brenden Barnes, two-time state champion and future Air Force Academy wrestler, closed out the dominant senior trio and grabbed a record of 7-0 wrestling in weight class 126 pounds.
"The guys endured a lot of adversity this year," asserted Head Coach David Yost. "I think we can go to bed feeling accomplished despite an abbreviated season. However, we still have unfinished business at Prep Nationals."
In addition to veteran talent, the wrestling team was also highlighted by new blood eager to contribute to the program. Freshman Brycen Arbogast and junior transfer Dyson Dunham made an impact the minute they stepped on campus. Arbogast arrived in September with all other freshman and endured the orientation process through November. Dunham came late to the party transferring into the school in early December. Dunham jumped right into the environment and wrestled in all but one match and fought his way to a record of 14-2. Arbogast grappled for an extremely strong freshman campaign where he wrestled his way to an undefeated record of 12-0 wrestling in the weight class of 106 pounds.
"They are both extremely solid wrestlers," stated Tremain. "They (Arbogast and Dunham) greatly contribute to the culture of the team and bring a great amount of technical knowledge into our practice room for our lightweights."
The 2020-21 school year has been one of unique circumstances for all both in the classroom and in the athletic arena. The wrestling team, like many others, seemed to make the best of what they had and came out with a successful campaign despite setbacks.