Franklin hopes to continue regular-season success in tourney


Wrestling coach Bob Hasseman directs his team during practice Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Franklin High School in Franklin, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON/

Indiana high school wrestling has been a moving target in recent years with changes in rules and weight divisions and elimination of the annual team tournament after a 17-year run.

Even the rankings are different. Instead of one poll, three exist, with student enrollment factoring into yet another prep sport.

Familiarity does exist, however. One such example is the consistency of the Franklin Community High School program under 27th-year head coach Bob Hasseman. Currently ranked third in Class 3A, the Grizzly Cubs earlier this month had climbed as high as second behind two-time defending state champion Perry Meridian.

Either qualifies as an impressive landing spot for a team that has 12 of its 14 weight classes manned by underclassmen.

“We’ve definitely stepped it up this year as a team and wanted to prove we could do it,” said senior Garrett Fentz, who so far this season has a 28-5 record at 170 pounds. “It’s hard sometimes, but it’s good to have those expectations from coach.”

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