Editor’s note: The Preps to Watch column that appeared in Wednesday’s Courier did not have the corresponding photos for the student-athletes. This is the correct Preps to Watch column. The Courier regrets the error.
Graves has worked his way into becoming a strong contender his senior season. Last weekend, Hudson’s 220-pounder improved his recorded to 7-0 with six pins, including a pin over MFL-MarMac’s No. 7 Kolby Keeher in the championship match of the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational. “As a freshman, Nathan wrestled 126 pounds, but with determination he has been working diligently in the weight room to make the jump to 220 pounds,” Hudson coach Wayne Haskovec noted. “Nathan is continuing to get acclimated at his new weight, and continues to progress on the mat.” Graves was also a first-team all-state linebacker.
Brandt is part of a balanced attack for Class 1A’s No. 7-ranked AGWSR. The senior two-time first-team all-conference and all-region selection leads the 4-0 Cougars with an average of 13.3 points and is shooting 8 of 14 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range. Brandt also ranks among her team’s leaders in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. “She’s been one of our leaders for several years and she’s continued to step up as a major part of our team,” AGWSR coach Laurie Gann said. “We work well when she’s working well.” Brandt is an honor student who also competes in volleyball and was a state track placewinner in the 4x800.
A successful summer of Greco-Roman wrestling that included a state runner-up finish followed by a 2-2 effort at a national tournament has translated into an impressive beginning to Gleiter’s senior season. The Trojans’ 195-pounder improved to 15-3 last weekend by defeating champion Robby McKeeman in the finals of the Oelwein Invitational. “Eric won one match as a freshman and has improved every year to getting his first tournament title this weekend,” East coach Jay Llewellyn noted. “He is the team captain, valedictorian of the class, has a great work ethic, and we rely on him like a coach.” Gleiter has also competed in football and is a National Honor Society member.
Robinson has developed into a stronger shooter, cut back on turnovers and is more vocal on the court for an improved West team this season. Last week, the senior finished with 12 points, seven steals, three rebounds and two assists as West pushed Hempstead to overtime before recording 18 points and nine rebounds with four assists during a Friday win over Waterloo East. “Aliyah has worked tremendously hard to improve her skills and she’s playing the best basketball of her career right now,” West coach Tony Pappas said. “She’s providing excellent senior leadership and she’s a pleasure to coach.” Robinson is a basketball co-captain and two year letterwinner in cross country.