The excitement around the Jay wrestling program continues to grow as head coach Garrett
Evans has the team poised for another solid year.
Brody Thomas is a two-time state placer and will wrestling at 165-pounds this season as a senior. Thomas placed fourth last season wrestling at 157-pounds, but his focus is now getting back to the state tournament and making his way to the podium.
Another wrestler with podium expectations is Armondo Newcomb. Newcomb placed third last season as a freshman at 150-pounds and is wrestling this season at 157-pounds. Newcomb’s third place match last season was a clinic, earning a technical fall (15-0) over a Perry wrestler. Newcomb has the potential to be one of the best wrestlers at Jay this season.
Senior Connor Gough has the experience to be a very important piece of the puzzle for Jay this season. Gough, a former state placer, is wrestling at 190-pounds this season. His contribution will not only be big in duals, but his experience in the wrestling room will help this team get better as Gough looks to make his way back to the state tournament.
Kaleb Wickham (Sr.) and Korey Griffin (Sr.) are two state qualifiers coach Evans said he is excited to see perform as seniors. Wickham will fill the 150-pound spot while Griffin will wrestle at 126-pounds. Both wrestlers continue to improve and will be factors down the stretch.
Two more wrestlers to keep an eye on are Jordan Newcomb and Gage Wilcox. Newcomb is a sophomore and has tremendous potential to be an outstanding wrestling at the varsity level. Newcomb is a state qualifier and is not an easy out for anyone. His toughness will take him far in the sport. Wilcox may not get a ton of press, but he is known for his work ethic and being an outstanding student in the classroom.
Coach Evans said his hard work will pay off. Wilcox will wrestle at 132-pounds.
The girls team has just as much excitement around it thanks to the team and their accomplishments coming into the new season.
Mikenna Moffett (Jr.) was a 2023 state runner-up and will likely wrestle at 105 or 110- pounds this season. Moffett brings experience and leadership to the wrestling room for coach Evans.
“She is a multi-sport athlete who excels in everything she does. She has a strong work ethic and determine mindset to get the job done,” said Evans.
Kenadee Thomas (Jr.) is a two-time state qualifier at 120-pounds, and Angela Lee (Jr.) qualified for state last season and is expected to make the trip to the Big House again this season. Other wrestlers to watch include Serenity Cannon (Sr.), Madison King (Jr.), Keegan Cooper-Lee (Fr.), Lilly Clark (So.), Aly O’Field (So.), Addie Dingsore (Jr.), Kyleagh Holt (Sr.), Jaydence Clinton (Fr.), Jacelyn Lopez (Fr.), Maddie Rutherford (Fr.), Kiara Warren (Fr.), and Iliana Salazar (Fr.).