CO-CAPTAINS: Juniors Jordan Partee (above) and Mitchell Sandlin (below) are two of Madison’s top returning grapplers and both have been named co-captains of the Cubs for 2012-13. (Staff photo by David Campbell, above, and Mark Campbell, below)
CO-CAPTAINS: Juniors Jordan Partee (above) and Mitchell Sandlin (below) are two of Madison’s top returning grapplers and both have been named co-captains of the Cubs for 2012-13. (Staff photo by David Campbell, above, and Mark Campbell, below)
Madison's wrestling team opens the 2012-2013 without several of the main cogs from last year's team that finished 16-15.

Ryan Fish, a state qualifier a year ago, along with semistate qualifiers Zach Adams and Cody Banks all have graduated and the Cubs are looking to their youth to help guide the program this season.

The leading returning grapplers for this year's team will be the junior duo of Jordan Partee and Mitchell Sandlin, both of whom have been named co-captains. Both wrestlers qualified for semistate last year and are looking to extend their tourney runs this year.

Partee will be moving up one weight class from 145 pounds to 152 this season and is getting early season attention as he is currently ranked third in the Evansville semistate where the top four placers advance to the state finals.

"Partee is an athlete plain and simple," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "He excels at everything he tries whether it be wrestling, track or football. He had a great run last year and he could pose some dangerous matchups for kids."

Sandlin also is looking to take the next step to state. He has worked hard in the offseason and will be moving up two weight classes from 170 pounds to 195. Sandlin led the team last year with 20 pins and has a very aggressive style.

"Sandlin has blown up over the summer," Skinner said. "He has been hitting it hard in the weight room and has really been pushing himself in the weight room during season also. He has a good combination of speed and strength. If he can mesh them together he will have a good year."

The Cubs also return a pair of sophomores - Trenton Dempler and Chayce Young - who both advanced to the regional a year ago.

Dempler wrestled at 113 pounds a year ago and will start the season off at 120 this year. Young will start off the season at 126 pounds, up from 120 last year.

"TD is a good technician and just needs to improve on his strength. He has wrestling in his blood so all that mat time should pay off for him," Skinner said. "Young is a kid that won't back down from you and he worked hard to capture our Iron Man Award for preseason conditioning. He is strong for his weight and could surprise a lot of people this year."

Other returning letterman from last year include: sophomores Chris Tingle (132 pounds), Hunter Stivers (138), Hunter Sego (160), Tanner Young (160), Alex Moore (170), Beau Turner (170) and Tanner Geer (195); and juniors Evan Young (145) and Trey Geer (152).

The Cubs open the season today at Batesville. On Saturday, the junior varsity will visit Charlestown while the varsity competes at Arsenal Tech for the Hurrle Invitational.