Northwest coach Eric Prichard admits he has it pretty good.
Often, even the most successful teams will have one, perhaps two wrestlers ranked No. 1 in their weight class. Prichard has three.
Sean Gaither (152), Kyle Caylor (215) and Trey Page(285) have been ranked first by the KWCA for most of the season and have put Northwest in a position to not only win a league title but perhaps regional and state titles as well.
"I wish I could retire right now," Prichard said. "These guys have made my job so easy and have made me look good as a coach."
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As easy as the job may have been for Prichard and the Grizzlies throughout the regular season, where they are second in the City League and ranked No. 6 in Class 6A, the task gets more difficult over the next three weeks.
Northwest needs to defeat Heights at the City League tournament Saturday to earn a share of the league title.
After that, the Grizzlies' regional is loaded, with ranked teams Goddard, Garden City and Dodge City in the field. and Heights await at state.
But with its big three of Gaither, Caylor and Page, Northwest is built more for tournaments than duals, so the month of February was targeted long before the season started.
"We've talked about getting into the top three at state," Caylor said. "But right now our focus is on getting a piece of the City League."
Over their careers, Gaither, Caylor and Page have combined for a record of 291-51 and have led the Grizzlies to a dual record of 34-7. Caylor is a two-time state champion, Page finished second last season and Gaither is looking to make his first state final.
"We have put in a lot hard work over the past four years," Gaither said. "We are all close as a team and not just as individuals."
While each has had similar amounts of success, their personalities couldn't be more different.
Gaither, who has a record of 26-5 and will wrestle at Fort Hays State, is the quiet one and keeps an even keel. In fact, Prichard said he finally saw Gaither give a fist pump this season after a tournament victory.
According to Prichard, Caylor (24-1 this season) is more of the enforcer type and could be the most talented wrestler in the state. Caylor signed with South Dakota State despite getting a late scholarship offer from Old Dominion.
Prichard says Page (22-1) is the happy-go lucky comedian of the bunch. An honorable mention all-Class 6A offensive lineman, Page will play football at Butler Community College next season.
Page said he, Gaither and Caylor have come a long way since the days of goofing off in hotel rooms as freshmen.
"We've matured a lot not only as individuals but as a team," Page said. "We would usually get yelled at a lot but now we are the leaders and are trying to win championships."