Coach: Dan Knight (12th season)
2016-17 season: 8-2 duals, third at MAC, 34th at state
Impact wrestlers: Aiden Evans, so., 106 (34-11, state qualifier); TJ Cole, sr., 126 (23-18, state qualifier); Keano Roberts, so., 132-138 (19-18, state qualifier); Mason Morris, sr., 138-145-152 (32-13, eighth at state); Will Jefferson, jr., 138-145-152 (36-11, seventh at state); Alex Blizzard, jr., 170 (20-23, state qualifier)
Fresh faces: Ryan Cole, fr., 113; Logan Adamson, fr., 126; Griffin Liddle, fr., 285
Back points: The Bulldogs have a good blend of youth and experience. Knight didn't rule out the possibility of having six freshmen in his lineup. Bettendorf has six wrestlers on its roster with state tournament experience, including two place winners in Jefferson and Morris. Evans starts the season ranked second in the state at 106.
Coach: Jay Huff (12th season)
2016-17 season: 9-13 duals, seventh at MAC, 27th at state
Impact wrestlers: Preston Terry, jr., 160 (45-3, state qualifier); Mason Hartman, sr., 220 (state qualifier in '16); Duncan Delzell, so., 120 (32-9, state qualifier); Isaiah Perez-Hall, sr., 170; Bryce Angle, jr., 152
Fresh faces: Drake Bailey, jr., 152; Owen George, so., 145-152; Nash Garlow, so., 182; Hunter Timmerman, so., 160
Back points: Huff said limited numbers will force Burlington to scramble to win dual meets, but he has several individuals who can make noise on the state level. Terry opens the season ranked fifth at his weight class and Delzell is seventh.
Coach: Eric Lueders (first season)
2016-17 season: 12-7 duals, fourth at MAC, 31st at state
Impact wrestlers: Lane Smalley, jr., 120 (16-14); Darrin Bethard, sr., 132 (25-12); Kyle Guilliams, jr., 138 (21-22); Jess Chapman, sr., 145 (32-14, state qualifier); Ben Chapman, sr., 160 (30-13); Ethan Barry, so., 182
Fresh faces: Zavion Moses, so., 113; Tanner Samuels, jr., 120; Trevor Bitner, so., 170; Elijah Robinson, sr., 220
Back points: A new season, a new Lueders in charge at Clinton. Eric takes over for his father, JD, as head coach. The Chapman brothers have been mainstays in the River Kings' lineup the past several years. Lueders said team success is dependent on the development of newcomers in the lineup and continual improvement of returners.
Coach: Pete Bush (12th season)
2016-17 season: 17-5 duals, second at MAC, third at 2A state (dual and traditional)
Impact wrestlers: Trenton McDonough, sr., 106 (12-3); Jacob Felderman, jr., 126 (24-15, state qualifier); Matt Robertson, sr., 132 (46-1, state champion); Julien Broderson, jr., 182 (46-2, state champion); Seth Adrian, so., 195 (22-17, MAC runner-up); Henry Martens, sr., 220-285
Fresh faces: TJ Fitzpatrick, fr., 113; Parker Beverlin, sr., 145; Clay Harland, jr., 170; Logan Schmanski, fr., 160-170
Back points: Assumption returns two state champions in Robertson and Broderson along with a state qualifier in Felderman. Despite losing eight seniors, Bush is confident several incoming freshmen and participants on last year's junior varsity can fill those spots. The Knights finished third at state last year and begin the season ranked third in 2A.
Coach: Dennis Steverson (sixth season)
2016-17 season: 10th at MAC
Impact wrestlers: Cameron Heinz, sr., 113 (23-8, third at district); David Canfield, jr., 132 (8-6); Levon Bellemy, jr., 170
Fresh faces: Nate Canfield, fr., 106; Zach Johnson, so., 138-145; Brody Erlandson, jr., 152; Callum Swanson, so., 160; Manuel McGowan, jr., 285
Back points: The Blue Devils graduated their lone state qualifier in Sam Serrano. They return only one senior starter in Heinz, who lost in wrestleback for second at districts a year ago. Steverson said Central should be formidable at the lower two weight classes and strong near the top. His biggest area of concern is in the lower middle weights.
Coach: Jake Conner (ninth season)
2016-17 season: 5-10 duals, ninth at MAC
Impact wrestlers: Tateum Park, so., 113 (25-16); Tony Pena, sr., 132-138; Noah Schoephorster, sr., 145 (10-18); Dakota Wright, sr., 195
Fresh faces: Eleazar Valerio, fr., 106; Priest Sheedy, so., 182
Back points: North opened the season with three dual losses Tuesday. The closest encounter was a 39-36 setback to New London. Conner calls this the largest and most athletic team North has had in recent history. Park and Schoephorster each placed fourth at the MAC meet last winter.
Coach: Jim Weisrock (second season)
2016-17 season: sixth at MAC
Impact wrestlers: Wyatte Shade, sr., 126 (28-22, state qualifier); Anthony Vance, sr., 132; Tyrese Johnson, so., 170; Clayton Broderson, so., 182; CJ Busch, sr., 195; Jacen Petersen, sr., 285 (16-22)
Fresh face: Travis Hodges Jr., fr., 106
Back points: Shade won more than 25 matches a year ago in qualifying for the state tournament. Nobody else returning had a winning varsity record. Busch and Petersen each placed at the conference tournament a season ago. Weisrock is encouraged about the competitive nature of his squad. "The wrestlers we put out there will compete for the full six minutes," he said.
Coach: Joe Kane (second season)
2016-17 season: 8-16 duals, eighth at MAC
Impact wrestlers: Kuinton Middagh, so., 120 (8-19); Gavyn Ashley, sr., 160 (19-20); Carter Oldfield, sr., 170 (21-22); Dalton Sell, jr., 195 (13-25); Nolan Bell, sr., 285 (27-11, MAC champ, state qualifier)
Fresh faces: Ryan Townsend, so., 138; Ethan Flynn, so., 145; Tim Nimely, fr., 170;
Back points: Bell was the lone state qualifier for Muscatine last year, but Kane expects that to change in his second season. The Muskies haven't had multiple state qualifiers in same season since 2010. Muscatine's strength will rest in the upper weights while filling the lower weights could be a challenge.
Coach: Drew Kelly (fifth season)
2016-17 record: 29-2 duals, MAC champs, seventh at state, fifth at state duals
Impact wrestlers: Caleb McCabe, jr., 126 (36-7, state qualifier); Mikey Wheeler, sr., 132 (state qualifier); Collin Lewis, jr., 145 (42-9, two-time state qualifier); Jake Matthaidess, so., 160 (32-12); Zach Petersen, sr., 220 (35-14, state qualifier); Cole Ernst, sr., 285 (31-17, state qualifier)
Fresh faces: TJ Yates, jr., 170; Drew Durant, sr., 182
Back points: North Scott returns five state qualifiers, but it graduated two-time state champion Wyatt Wriedt and state runner-up Jacob Schipper along with losing starter and state qualifier Drake Golinghorst to a football injury. Kelly said this team will need to develop its own identity. "This team is hungry and individually not happy with the way things finished last year," Kelly said.
Coach: Jacob Larsen (third season)
2016-17 season: fifth at MAC, 29th at state
Impact wrestlers: Eli Loyd, so., 132 (47-9, fourth at state, first at MAC); Brock Reddecker, sr., 145 (23-25); Dermot Weldon, sr., 160 (35-17, state qualifier); Carter Sergeant, sr., 220 (24-15, state qualifier)
Fresh faces: Alex Clemens, fr., 106; Hunter Meyrer, fr., 120; Max O'Brien, jr., 195; Evan Kilstrom, jr., 285
Back points: Loyd was PV's highest finisher at the state meet last year as a freshman and begins the season ranked third at 132. Weldon and Sergeant, both state qualifiers last winter, are ranked eighth and sixth, respectively. Larsen is confident his team will fill more weight classes this season after having only eight wrestlers compete at last year's district meet.
— Matt Coss