In only its second season since the program's reinstatement last year, the McClave High School wrestling team is already showing signs of growth this year and in years to come as the Cardinals will suit 10 athletes, an increase from six last season.

In only its second season since the program's reinstatement last year, the McClave High School wrestling team is already showing signs of growth this year and in years to come as the Cardinals will suit 10 athletes, an increase from six last season.

Returning state qualifiers, sophomores Teo Dorado and Sam Cox are back this season, including three athletes who missed the state qualifying mark by one match, including juniors Dayton Garcia and Logan Becker and sophomore James Steerman.

New to the program this season are two sophomores, Derek Atchison and Diego Contreras, and three freshmen, Ken Cox, David Vanek and Michael Knight.

"We are still a young team," said head coach Cade Hasser. "It's to be expected of a program in its second year. But, I am expecting the kids who wrestled last year to step up and take on a leadership role. We have middle school kids who are dependent on learning from them. It's a big step from junior high to high school."

"There are some really good kids on the team," continued Hasser. "We were very close to sending three more kids to state last year. Ken Cox, a freshman, placed fourth last year at middle school state. Our inclusion of a middle school program is definitely going to help us."

MHS will once again compete in Region 1, which has gotten a lot more competitive, said Hasser. "They've added more teams this year and there should be more kids in each weight."

McClave will head to their first tournament of the season today (Thursday) as they take part in the Burlington Duals beginning at 11 a.m.

A complete 2014-2015 schedule follows.

Dec. 4 at Burlington 11 a.m.

Dec. 6 at Cheyenne Wells Invitational 9 a.m.

Dec. 13 at Limon Tournament 10 a.m.

Dec. 15 at Las Animas Tri 6 p.m.

Dec. 20 at Holly Tournament 9 a.m.

Jan. 8 McClave Dual 5 p.m.

Jan. 10 at Lamar Tournament 10 a.m.

Jan. 17 at Walsh Tournament 9 a.m.

Jan. 24 at Trinidad Tournament TBA

Jan. 30 at Cheyenne Wells Dual TBA

Jan. 31 at Eads Tournament TBA

Feb. 7 at Crowley County Tournament TBA

Feb. 13-14 at Regional Tournament TBA

Feb. 19-21 at State Tournament, Denver TBA