One program looks to make its successful debut.



Another looks to continue its successful run.



And a third program looks to rebuild with the help of a familiar friend.



The Frontenac High School winter athletic programs will sport several new looks – a new wrestling program and new coaches for both the girls and boys basketball programs.

One program looks to make its successful debut.

Another looks to continue its successful run.

And a third program looks to rebuild with the help of a familiar friend.

The Frontenac High School winter athletic programs will sport several new looks – a new wrestling program and new coaches for both the girls and boys basketball programs.

Wrestling

With the Frontenac Youth Wrestling Club serving as the feeder program – over 70 participants during its three year run – the Raiders Wrestling Team will benefit immediately during their rookie season from the crop of talent grown in its youth program.

“We started the youth program three years ago, the junior high program last year and now, we’re ready to run with it at the high school level,” said Frontenac wrestling coach Keith Aikin.

With 14 athletes participating including several newcomers to the sport, Aikin is still looking to fill some holes in all 14 weight classes to complete the Raiders lineup.

“We’re going to be open at 103, 160, 215 and heavyweight,” Aikin said. “We’ve been working them pretty tough, but we have a lot of kids who are buying into what it takes to practice, prepare and ultimately compete at this level.

“Being a first-year program, we’re going to take some lumps, but we should give some too. By the end of the year, if we train like I expect to train them, I think we will have some dark horses entered at the regional tournament.”

Freshman Trace Baldwin (112) and Jesse Davis (125), sophomores Tanner Craig (130) and Cody Lindbloom (171) have experience on the mat.

“Trace will be good at 112, Jesse has wrestled since he was little, Tanner has wrestled with our youth program and he’s raw, but with lots of energy and Cody is a big a physical kid with brute strength. Once he’s confident with his moves, he’ll be a force,” Aikin said.

Nick Kosman, a state qualifier in the 800 meter run last spring for the Raiders track and field team, is vying for a spot in the middle weights.

“It will be real interesting to see him on the mat. He’s a good, hard worker, he trained over the summer with the Army, he’s one of those rough and tough kids who takes everything we throw at him and asks for more,” Aikin said.

Even with a program in the making, Aikin refused to take it easy on the schedule booking the Raiders into nine tournaments and one double dual at Erie with West Elk.

Tournaments of note include at Neosho and Seneca, Mo., both state champion programs in 2010, Coffeyville, Labette County, Fort Scott, Blue Valley and Adrian, Mo.