The Kingsbury Knights wrestlers have suited up to prepare for their upcoming first meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in Clark. The young squad has its work cut out for it this winter as three of its most talented wrestlers graduated last year.
“It will be tough to replace the three state place winners from last year’s squad, Eugene Martin (state champ), Evan Larsen (6th) and Austin Gilbertson (8th),” said head coach Steve Gilbertson of Arlington. “But the Knights plan to develop their young and inexperienced wrestlers as the season goes on.”
He said that returning junior and three-time letter winner Brody Harkness of De Smet will lead the Knights from the 113-pound weight class as the season begins. Harkness posted a 31-24 record last season and qualified for state. He posted a 1-2 record in tournament competition at that level.
Gilbertson also expects returning sophomore Dexter Thorsteinson of Arlington to step into a leadership role from the 145- or 152-pound class. Eighth-grader Tate Perry of De Smet is also a returning starter and will man the 130-pound weight class.