The Maple Leafs' wrestling team will want to attack this season the same way some think about a match.

The Maple Leafs’ wrestling team will want to attack this season the same way some think about a match.

In the first period, gain experience and continue to work on technique.

In the second period, rely on conditioning and heart.

In the third period, put the experience, hard work and heart all together.

The Maple Leafs have a lot of new faces filling in the varsity lineup after graduating the Leafs’ individual state qualifiers Sam Thomas and Zach Humphrey.

Geneseo Coach Jon Murray will depend on the Leafs’ workmanlike makeup to drive the team.

“They are probably the hardest working group I’ve ever had,” Murray said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them compete and how they respond.”

Murray believes junior Billy Blaser is on the cusp of a big season.

Over the summer, Blaser repeated as the 285-pound state champion at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association freshman/sophomore state meet, and he had success in a few varsity starts filling in for Thomas last season.

“He’s going to make a big impact,” Murray said. “I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people because they haven’t seen him.”

Geneseo’s seniors will be another group the Maple Leafs depend on to lead the team.

Murray said Josh Decker has been working to take the next step after a break-out season last year.

A sectional qualifier last year, Joe Stohl is another senior looking to build on a solid varsity campaign.

Geneseo’s Jack Morrell brings varsity experience along with Heath Henderson and Trenton Hultman-Lievens.

Murray believes newcomers Jayden Erdman, Ethan McKelvain and Will McKelvain can make an impact at the varsity level after recently moving to the area.

A sophomore, Luke Henkhaus won a regional title at 106 pounds last season.

Henkhaus will look to continue to develop making the move to the 120-pound weight class this season, and junior Andrew Rizzo returns following a sectional qualifying run last year.

Murray hopes the pieces will all fall into place by the Geneseo Invitational Jan 12-13.

“I always call that our measuring stick heading into the postseason time of the year,” Murray said. “It’s a good practice tournament to get ready for the state level competition we are going to need to be ready for.

“I would say we may not be at our peak yet by the Geneseo Invitational, but it’s about time to get ready.”

2017-18 Geneseo wrestling roster

Josh Decker
Heath Henderson
Trenton Hultman-Lievens
Ethan McKelvain
Jack Morrell
Joe Stohl
Logan Ziegenhorn
Billy Blaser
Nathan Carroll
Charlie Cathcart
Noah Coughlen
Jayden Erdman
Andrew Hock
Juan Mejias-Dansbach
Payton Parr
Andrew Rizzo
Peter Rizzo
Augie Schmitt
Eli Allen
Rylan Coons
Dawson DeCap
Luke Henkhaus
Cade Hornback
Will McKelvain
Kane Miller
Koltenn Minton
Mick Mooney
Cody Moore
Kyle State
Rob Stohl
Evan Veloz
Liam Barlow
Brandon Cathcart
Hayden Curcuru
Brenden Dawes
Clay DeBaillie
Caleb Huddleston
Noah Johnson
Bruce Moore
Thomas Robinson
Garrett Toom
Logan Tuggle
Dylan Webster
Kyler Williams
Coach: Jon Murray. Assistants: Rich Sheley, Tom Rusk, Randy Wolf, Shane Oleson, Tim Cain, West Cathcart, and Jesse Montez. Stats: Darin Pardoe Equipment: Jeff Newton. Managers: Braelyn Lentz, Kaitlynn Rossitto, Brooke Schmell, Hannah Mays, Eryn Murray, Sarah
Sebastian and Piper Howard.

2017-18 Maple Leafs' schedule

Dec. 1    Rockford East Quad    Rockford East High School    6 p.m.
Dec. 2    Rockford East Tourney    Rockford East High School    9:30 a.m.
Dec. 6    Moline at Geneseo    GHS Main Gym    6 p.m.
Dec. 9    Rockford East Soph Tourney     Rockford East High School    9:30 a.m.    
Dec. 9     LaSalle-Peru Quad     LaSalle-Peru High School    10 a.m.    
Dec. 14    Geneseo at Sterling    Sterling High School    6 p.m.
Dec. 15    Hinsdale Wrestling Tournament    Hinsdale Central High School    4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16    Hinsdale Wrestling Tournament    Hinsdale Central High School    9:30 a.m.
Dec. 21    Geneseo at Rochelle    Rochelle High School    5:30 p.m.
Dec. 28    Naperville Central Quad    Naperville High School    9 a.m.    
Jan. 4    LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo    GHS Main Gym    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6    Geneseo at Clinton JV Invite    Clinton High School    10 a.m.
Jan. 6    Geneseo at Springfield Quad    Springfield High School    9 a.m.
Jan. 10    UT at Geneseo    GHS Main Gym    6 p.m.
Jan. 11    Geneseo at DeKalb     DeKalb High School    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 12    Geneseo Invite    GHS Main Gym    4 p.m.
Jan. 13    Geneseo Invite    GHS Main Gym    9 a.m.
Jan. 16    Geneseo at Galesburg/Limestone    Galesburg High School    6 p.m.
Jan. 20    NIB 12 Invite Geneseo hosts    GHS Main Gym    TBA
Jan. 20    Geneseo at Bettendorf JV Invite    Bettendorf High School    9 a.m.
Jan. 24    Geneseo at Mercer County    Mercer County High School    5:30 p.m.