Courtney's Team-By-Team Look (12/7/2006)

The Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun's Prep Sports Columnist, Courtney Oakes, continues to provide in depth coverage for Aurora High School wrestling.  Here's what Courtney says about Grandview in "A team-by-team look at the city's wrestling teams".

Grandview faces its first season in recent years without a deep group of seniors, but coach Greg Maestas is still feeling the ripple effect of last season's state victories.

The Wolves have 13 returning lettermen and two state qualifiers to build around in sophomore Eric Wilson and junior Patrick Brown. Seniors Tyler McGoffin and Kevin Magoon and sophomore Josh Star should help keep Grandview strong.



Last year: Seven 5A state qualifiers (Two returning)

Coach: Greg Maestas, 9th season

Wrestlers to watch: Eric Wilson, 103 pounds, soph.; Patrick Brown, 125, jr.; Josh Starr, 130, soph.; Tyler McGoffin, 135, sr.; Kevin Magoon, 171, sr.; Cody Gilmore, heavyweight, jr

2006-2007 outlook: Coach Greg Maestas finally saw two of his Grandview wrestlers crowned state champions, as Jon Brascetta and Curtis McNary broke through to win titles last season at the Pepsi Center. The championship pair and five of the Wolves' seven state qualifiers graduated, but 13 lettermen are back and as usual some quality youth should help keep the team at a high level this season and make them a major force next year. The biggest difference for Maestas' team - seventh in each of the past two years - is the absence of its typical group of established seniors setting the pace in the wrestling room. There are just six seniors total, with 135-pounder Tyler McGoffin and 171-pounder Kevin Magoon the most experienced among them at the varsity level. McGoffin placed fifth at regionals last year with the four qualifiers in front of him all placing at state. Magoon lifted hard in the offseason and is up a few classes at 171s. Grandview's two returning state qualifiers are underclassmen in sophomore Eric Wilson and junior Patrick Brown. Brown, who will move up from 112s to 125s, won his first state match before losing to eventual state champion Geoff Meng of Monarch to finish the year 30-8. Wilson (22-14) was shut out in two matches. Sophomore 130-pounder Josh Starr wrestled almost 100 matches over the summer, some at the national level, and could take off this year. Heavyweight Cody Gilmore is a strong cog in the upper weights.