First year coach Jim Love is very optimistic about this year's squad, returning 10 letter winners from last year. And nine of the ten were in the starting line-up against Plainview-Elgin-Millville in last week's season opener.

Two of the returnees are seniors Chris Collett and Jarrett Brown. The other eight are juniors: Alex Fishbaugher, Conner Hanson, Andy Love, Trevor Barnes, Josh Jones, Tom Henry, Niko Anderson and Monty Holm. Other leading candidates are Tre Chiglo and Dalton Mart.

Picking up wins against the Bulldogs were Connor Hanson (132), Andy Love (138), Niko Anderson (170), Monty Holm (182) and Jarrett Brown (220). The Wolves forfeited at three weights, but hope to find "bodies" for those weight classes real soon.

Here are the complete results for the Plainview-Elgin-Millville varsity match.

PEM 49 FCLMC 24

106- Chase DeFrang (PEM) pinned Treyton Chiglo (FCLMC):43; 113- Sam Ebin (PEM) receives forfeit; 120- Justin Amos (PEM) pinned Chris Collett (FCLMC) 1:55; 126- Jordan Getschmann (PEM) pinned Alex Fishbaugher (FCLMC) 5:19; 132- Connor Hanson (FCLMC) 7-1 decision over Brady Norton (PEM); 138- Andy Love (FCLMC) 3-1 decision over Jakob Stucky (PEM); 145- Brenton Ring (PEM) 8-2 decision over Trevor Barnes (FCLMC); 152- Thomas Miller (PEM) 14-5 decision over Josh Jones (FCLMC); 160- Jacob Mewhorter (PEM) receives forfeit; 170- Niko Anderson (FCLMC) pinned Oscar Barness 2:51; 182- Monty Holm (FCLMC) pinned Bradley Schultz (PEM), :59; 195- Elijah Bruer (PEM) receives forfeit; 220- Jarrett Brown (FCLMC) pinned Dustin Finley (PEM), 2:37; 285- Nolan Folkert (PEM) pinned Dalton Mart (FCLMC), 1:21

Not only are the Wolves returning a strong nucleus of wrestlers, but five of them placed in the section tournament last year: Alex Fishbaugher (sixth), Connor Hanson (fifth), Tom Henry (sixth), Niko Anderson (third) and Monty Holm (fifth).

Love said, "Our line-up is strong with many returning starters. We have a few open weights earlier in the season, but look to fill those as the season goes on."

Love sees Chatfield as the team to beat in the Three Rivers Conference. Assisting Love are Allen LaFleur, Joe Cullen and Paul Snell.

Saturday the team travels to La Crosse for a tournament at Logan High School. Thursday, Dec. 13, the team is home against Chatfield and St. Charles. FCLMC will host the annual Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15.