The Prescott Cardinals wrestling team, under the direction of head coach Jordan Poirier, is returning seven letter winners from last season which gives Prescott a strong varsity roster just weeks into the 2021-22 wrestling season.
In this winter sports preview, Cardinals head coach Poirier spoke about his varsity roster, who is coming back, and what to expect for this team throughout the rest of the winter sports season.
“We have seven returning letter winners led by three seniors,” Poirier said. “Alex Holt, Alex Iberg and Sam Murphy. Sam Murphy is coming off of his third sectional appearance last year. He placed third at the sectional last year, which every other year makes him a state qualifier.”
While Prescott’s roster has some significant experience coming back in the senior class, there are also other wrestlers coming back for the season that have had significant individual success.
“Nolan Thomley is also coming off of a sectional appearance last year as a freshman,” Poirier said. “We are looking for him to take another big step forward. Alex Iberg was a sectional qualifier two years ago and will have another successful season (this year).”
There is talent everywhere on the Prescott roster. Poirier spoke of the important senior class, and also Thomley’s individual success as a freshman last season. Coach Poirier also spoke of juniors that will contribute to the program moving forward.
“We have three juniors as well who will provide some quality wrestling for the team,” Poirier said. “Shane Butler, Benny Olson and Matthew Lynes. All three continue to get better and I am excited to see what the year brings for them.”
With an experienced roster coming back for another season, it would be easy to set unreasonably high expectations for the team. However, that’s not what Poirier did. He is focused on getting better one day at a time and competing in every match.
“We expect to compete in every single match,” Poirier said. “The results will work themselves out if we compete every minute of every match.”
As is the story with so many other teams, Prescott was negatively impacted by the public health crisis. Poirier spoke about the abbreviated season and how it impacted his wrestling program, even if it was only for one season.
“Last year we were only allowed to compete in duals until regionals,” Poirier said. “With only a handful of wrestlers last season, it’s difficult to win too many duals. It really was an abbreviated season.”
Poirier’s coaching staff is rounded out by assistant coach Jim Fleming. Prescott’s next wrestling meet is at home on Thursday, Dec. 16. The meet is a varsity triangular, which will feature three teams including Prescott, Durand and Saint Croix Central. That meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Prescott Cardinals wrestling head coach Jordan Poirier watches one of his wrestlers compete at the Ellsworth Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 4. Photo by Reagan Hoverman