Danbury coach Cade McCarthy enters his second year as the Danbury wrestling coach after its inaugural year in 2011-2012 with aspirations for individual improvement rather than team competitiveness.
With only three wrestlers on the roster for Danbury, it will be difficult for the Lakers to compete in a competitive Toledo Area Athletic Conference with teams that have had programs for much longer.
McCarthy returns one letter winner in Jonathon McClellan, a junior who placed fifth in sectional tournament in 2012. McClellan will compete at 182 or 190.
"J-Mac (McCarthy) is definitely my takedown champion with 70 takedowns with a light season that included 28 matches last year," McCarthy said. "Our high school program, in general, is pretty much a young team."
Newcomers for the Lakers will be sophomore Nick Holmes and freshman Cameron Sherry, who will compete at 126 and 130, respectively.
"Nick is newer to my program, but the kid definitely has some heart," McCarthy said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what he does."
McCarthy said that he likes what he sees so far from Cameron Sherry, as well.
Sherry "has a high tolerance for pain and does not quit under any circumstances," McCarthy said. "I'm fairly confident that two of three guys I have will not disappoint when people come to watch."
Danbury's first test will be a tri-meet at Tiffin Calvert against the Senecas and Margaretta.
"I strive for sportsmanship and team unity," McCarthy said. "As far as a team placing, we are still two or three years away from that.
"Between the three age groups that I'm working right now, this (team) is an exceptional group of people."
"It is nothing but smiles across my face when they step out onto that mat."
One of the individual McCarthy said he has high hopes for toward the end of the season is McClellan.
"I would really like to see McClellan advance past sectionals and into the district competition," McCarthy said. "For the other two, I would really like to see them pull off winning seasons."
On the potential of athletes joining the team later in the season, McCarthy said he would not be opposed to it but that he isn't expecting anything.
"From this school system, it is not likely to get newcomers, but I would be open to the idea," McCarthy said. "Overall, I think the guys I have will put on a fairly good show this year."