Cubs wrestler, coach weighing decision


Franklin Community High School senior Luke Kriech, top, finished runner-up at 152 pounds at last year's IHSAA State Final in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. File photo

Luke Kriech has stated more than once his preference for wrestling in the 160-pound weight division this season.

Longtime Franklin Community High School coach Bob Hasseman isn’t so sure about the idea.

As the 2012-13 campaign nears, the only definite at this point is that Kriech, a senior who placed second at the last year’s IHSAA State Finals at 152, would be one of the state’s best wrestlers, regardless of where he finds a home.

“He would like to go to 160, and I’d like him to be at 152,” Hasseman said. “He should be a 152, I think, but I don’t know.”

The level of Kriech’s persuasiveness should be determined soon. Franklin opens its season Nov. 29 at Columbus North before hosting Mooresville on Dec. 4.

The next few months are important to Kriech on a variety of levels. Being a defending state runner-up (he lost a 2-1 decision to Muncie South junior Isaiah Bradley in the final to finish with a 35-5 record) invites its own attention.

Winning it all greatly intensifies the spotlight.

“Last year was just an awesome feeling, all of the surroundings,” said Kriech, referring to the elaborate introductions in Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 14 championship matches. “That’s my goal this year. It’s where I want to be again.”

Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Hasseman has no doubt Kriech’s season will extend to the state meet. The only question is, how far will he go when he gets there?

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