With Spencer Bridgmon being the lone returning state qualifier, the S-D-A Rockets wrestling team will be looking to add more, as the team gears up for districts at David City this Friday, February 8 and 9.

“With Spencer getting to state last year and seeing what it’s all about, gave him that competitive edge going into this year,” Coach Jeremy Goebel said. “Spencer doesn’t want to get to Omaha, he wants to do some damage in Omaha.”

The Rockets are getting prepared mentally for districts that will be held at David City on Friday and Saturday. “Our focus this week is that mental preparation for our team to go out and perform to the best of their ability,”

During the Raymond Central Invite, in late January, the Rockets finished fourth in tough, 18 team field event. Goebel felt that was a confidence boost heading into districts. “I thought that was a great building block for us going into our final tournament,” Goebel said. “I felt like that was a great momentum swing for the kids.”

Guys like Burton Brandt, who won 30 matches this season, after dealing with injuries last year, will look to make a run to get to Omaha. “Brandt has come in and been a steady contributor for us and he can not only get to Omaha, but do some damage as well,” Goebel said.

Goebel mentioned seniors, Zach Beers and Jeremy Marrero, who have plenty of experience which in turn, gives them an edge to get to state. Freshman, Jace Goebel, who finished the season with 23 wins is another kid that could make a run.

Coach Goebel said that the season starts right now. “It’s the district tournament and every kid goes in with a record of zero wins and zero losses,” Goebel said. “Walk off with your hand raised, or better yet, walk off with no regrets.”

Districts: Rockets @ David City on Friday, February 8, starting at 3 p.m. and Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

2018-19 Overall records: Burton Brandt; 30-9 Spencer Bridgmon; 26-14 Jace Goebel; 23-13 Zach Beers; 22-17 Jeremy Marrero; 18-18 Owen Wander; 15-23 Zach Burr; 13-17 Bryan Bailey; 4-6 Jacob Smith; 4-16 Ashton Bader; 3-2