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Macomb Township

Lutheran North wrestling presses on despite limited roster size

January 16, 2013

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Lutheran North junior Kyle Schwark participates in a recent practice. Schwark is one of just 11 wrestlers on North’s roster.

Having low numbers can make it difficult for wrestling teams to find consistent success.

The Macomb Lutheran North Mustangs squad has just 11 suiting up, instead of the 20 or so they are used to, according to coach John Dumar.

Dumar said he isn’t sure exactly what the reason is, but he is determined to turn it into a positive for the program, going forward.

“I’m (an) optimistic guy,” he said. “Whenever there’s an opportunity, you can’t let it go. I see this as an opportunity to teach kids more individually (and) give them more attention.”

Dumar said he believes there are some “good kids” on his team, and he is hoping they can hold their own, once district competition begins.

He believes kids “need challenges,” and they are likely to have just that in the postseason.

“There’s some good competition there,” he said. “We have Algonac in our districts, and they’ll be hard to beat. We would have to do very well against Algonac to win. They’ve got more numbers.”

While Dumar, who has been coaching for approximately 25 years, is trying to make the most of the season in front of him, he has also thought ahead.

Dumar expressed confidence about the future of North’s program. One of the reasons for his optimism is a feeder program that has been put in place, in which kids who may someday wrestle for North receive early training and development in the sport, starting at the elementary-school level.

Dumar believes it could pay future dividends.

“We just started having a feeder-type program,” he said. “I would hope that, eventually, it would feed (a) good, strong four or five kids a year, and we would be a solid team throughout all the weight classes.”

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