Previous Mary Previews: 125-133
|141||Starter||Next Man Up||Keep your eye on|
|FR|| Jake Hegel
After a sophomore season at 149, Bismarck Century product Hunter Eckert is making the move down to 141 this year. Eckert’s record against Division II competition was a pedestrian 6-9 last season, but his style made him a tough win for even the best wrestlers there. His “everything but the kitchen sink” style is fun to watch, and keeps him in most every match. It also leaves the opportunity for a big pin on the table in dual matches. Expect a strong season from Eckert providing that the cut down to 141 isn’t something that affects his wrestling. Mary’s other option at 141 is West Fargo alum Reed Cronin. Cronin manned 141 last season for the Marauders and finished with a 7-12 record. He has the experience to compete for the spot and fill in if Eckert ends up being the guy. Cronin is very hard to score on from neutral and frustrated many opponents last season. Sophomore Noah Huff also provides depth at 141. Redshirt Jake Hegel and Logan Mahoney are wrestlers to watch this season. Hegel is younger brother to Marauders 157 starter Jake Hegel, and was two time Montana state finalist from Missoula Sentinel High School. Mahoney is a former South Dakota state finalist from Parkston.
|149||Starter||Next Man Up||Keep Your Eye On|
After spending a redshirt season raveling the world refining his Greco Roman skill set, Rudy Guillen will be back in a Marauder singlet for 2017-18 after the best freshman year of any Marauder in the Division 2 era. Guillen had a disappointing NCAA tournament that season, but finished with a 21-6 record and broke into the Intermat Division II rankings at one point. Guillen is capable of beating the very best at the weight on his best days. The Georgia native has a win over last year’s NCAA champion Keith Surber of Nebraska-Kearney. In the few open competitions Guillen competed in, he was very good, finishing 19-5 and scoring a runner-up finish at the Bison Open. Guillen should be much more reliable now at 149 as the weight cut was an issue for him two seasons ago. How far Guillen goes this season will depend on two areas he struggled frmm as a freshman; creating offense from neutral and getting away on bottom. If Guillen is better in those positions this year, he can be national champion.