Head coach Josh Pulsifer continues to build the Bartlesville wrestling program and currently has several wrestlers capable of having big seasons.
One wrestler currently sidelined is junior Easton Olenberger. Last season Olenberger was a state alternate and was ranked No. 10 at 138-pounds, but the uncertainty of the injury could see Olenberger sidelined for the entire season.
While the team rallies around Olenberger, another wrestler who was a state alternate last year is looking to punch his ticket to the state tournament. Adyn Peugh is a senior this year and has worked hard to be ranked the No. 6 wrestler in the state at 190-pounds. Peugh has a great shot at a memorable season.
Another senior to watch is Colton Hainzinger. Like Olenberger and Peugh, Hainzinger was a state alternate last year and is currently ranked No. 5 in the state at 215-pounds. Hainzinger and Peugh may be Bartlesville’s best chance at state qualifiers this season.
However, a few underclassmen could make some noise this year.
James Coleman (So.), Lincoln Pulsifer (Fr.), Laike Barnhart (Fr.), and Erblin Morina (Fr.) are all capable of having solid seasons. Coleman recently won the Caney Valley tournament and is one of the top underclassmen on the team. Coach Pulsifer is excited to see their development over the course of the season. He’s equally excited to see other team members make a name for themselves.
“We have several other upperclassmen looking to make an impact this season. Emanuel Camacho (Jr.), Wyatt Lumbley (Sr.), AJ Kerr (Jr.), and Elijah Lunn (Sr.),” said Pulsifer.
Since this article was written, Camacho has been sidelined with an injury, but it is
questionable how long it will keep him off the mat.